Ten Denver comedy events to look forward to in October 2013
With two Halloween events, three filthy shows and three comedy contests, October humor is shaping up to be scary, sexy and heavily competitive. After a summer of record-breaking comedy festivals, you can fall into the autumnal weather with some bone-chilling monologues of creepy copulation with Bob Saget and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, or just some humorous nostalgia with In Living Color founder Keenen Ivory Wayans and Deer Pile's nineties-tastic Cartoons and Comedy show.
10. New Talent Contest finals
With 140 entries in this year's New Talent Contest, every comic involved will have to step up their game and sharpen their best five-minute set for the chance to win a cash prize and a possible advancement in the Comedy Works hierarchy. Previous years winners include iconic names like Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Kronberg and Josh Blue. The contestants have been slinging their mic skills at CW since last May, and finalists Jordan Doll, Mike Hammock, Nicole McCormack and Zac Maas, along with four other, yet-to-be-named comics, will be entering the final round to determine what name you will surely be hearing more of in the years to come.
8 p.m., October 16 at Comedy Works. $12. For more information visit comedyworks.com
9. Margaret Cho
A multi-decade veteran of both dirty stand-up and family friendly sitcoms, Margaret Cho has been a pioneering force not just for women in comedy, but for cooling mainstream America's heads about gay culture and relationships. Building a progressive fanbase the world over, Cho continues to delight her followers with anecdotes about her Korean family and editorials on human rights.
8. Cartoons and Comedy
Now entering its sixth month bringing nostalgic cartoons and contemporary comedy commentary to Deer Pile, Cartoons and Comedy will be hosting a special Halloween-themed event. Host Christopher Baker presents three celebrate locals, Kristin Rand, Andrew Orvedahl and Jordan Doll, to riff on unforgettable spooky TV classics like Scooby Doo and Are You Afraid of the Dark.
7. Chuck Roy's Shock-Tober
As the creator of the NAUGHTY (dirty) holiday show, and Spicy 'Lil Jalapenos, Chuck Roy is now bringing his fowl friends together for a Halloween night of dirty comedy with Shock-Tober. Lisa Landry, Deacon Gray, Eugene Kenny and Troy Walker will bring the frightening filth on Wednesday at Comedy Works South, while Bob Meddles as Dirty Santa, Phil Palisoul, Sam Tallent, and Nathan Lund will entertain on Wednesday downtown.
6. Keenen Ivory Wayans
While Richard Pryor may be known as the godfather of African American stand-up, there's possibly no one more influential in establishing the identity of black sketch comedy than Keenan Ivory Wayans. As the host and creator of the Fox series In Living Color, Wayans was responsible for launching the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez, as well as his brothers Damon, Marlon and Shawn. Returning to his stand-up roots, Wayans is bringing his time-tested skills of the stage to a new generation of fans perhaps unaware of how he's shaped the culture they're currently living in.
5. Ben Kronberg
As one of the most successful alumni of the Denver comedy scene, an appearance by Ben Kronberg in his hometown is always a highly anticipated event. Fresh off the debut of his recent Comedy Central special, this creepy-eyed one-liner comedian is riding high on a momentum of spicy wit and mainstream success. Kronberg's show at the Oriental Theater will see him joined by the thorny Greg Baumhauer, who has been working alongside Kronberg since their open mic days at The Squire Lounge.