The ten best comedy events in Denver this September

As their High Plains Comedy Festival hangovers fade, local comedy fans must look to the future after a game-changing August. Ironically, what lies ahead this month is firmly rooted in the past. We've got '90s sitcom stars, a slate of road-dog headliners, and two Saturday Night Live alums coming to Comedy Works -- one of whom is often still quite funny, and one of whom is Jon Lovitz.The main event however, is the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, studded by a rare headlining set from the reclusive Dave Chappelle.

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10) Kevin Nealon
Although Kevin Nealon will always be remembered as Saturday Night Live's drollest Weekend Update anchor, and from the TV show Weeds, where his character proved so integral that he stuck around longer than was narratively plausible. Throughout his performing career, Nealon has been crafting his absurdist standup act on the road, collecting some of his best bits last year for the awesomely titled comedy album,Whelmed But Not Overly. A Comedy Works regular, Nealon will be peddling his wise-crackery at the South Club in Greenwood Village.

Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7, with shows at 8 and 10 p.m. both nights at the Comedy Works South.

9) Paul Rodriguez
Paul Rodriguez is a bi-lingual comedy sensation, enjoying consecutive decades as one of comedy's top-draws. Rodriguez has also amassed quite a résumé of film and TV performances, cultivating a level of audience loyalty that belies the need for much promotion. Rodriguez's comedy bona fides are long-established so he should have no trouble attracting fans to the Denver Improv, despite stiff competition from other headliners in town for the same weekend. It should be noted that Rodriguez owns three chihuahuas, dogs that are as aesthetically comical as they are loyal and affectionate. For some reason, that endearing factoid from his bio that makes him seem more trustworthy. You can trust a guy with three chihuahuas.

Friday through Sunday, September 6-8 at the Denver Improv. The early shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the late show beings at 9:45.

8) The Clean Guys of Comedy featuring Jamie Kennedy and Dave Coulier
Holy '90s! Nostalgia seems to be the main draw of the Clean Guys of Comedy tour, which makes a stop the the Temple Buell Theater on September 19. Jamie Kennedy is listed as the headliner on the events page, but it's difficult to believe he's the real draw here. Dave Coulier is an icon and cool-uncle surrogate to a generation of Full House fans while all people remember about Jamie Kennedy is that he gets stabbed real good in Scream 2.

6:30 p.m., September 19 at the Temple Buell Theater. Tickets are $29.50.

Location Info


Blue Blaze Bar - CLOSED

5300 Washington St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Improv

8246 E. 49th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Temple Buell Theatre

14th and Curtis streets, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, CO

Category: Music

Comedy Works

1226 15th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Bug Theatre

3654 Navajo St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Boulder Theater

2032 14th St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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