Too Much Funstival drunkenly presented Denver comedy with a gift

Categories: Comedy

Josiah M Hesse
These Fine Gentlemen are in the midst of having too much fun.
While last week's High Plains Comedy Festival was a tightly run ship that set sail to introduce the world to the Denver comedy scene, this weekend's Too Much Funstival was a sloppy drunken kiss on the lips to this city's funny fans, an incredibly loose bacchanal of free food, booze, entertainment, and a bouncy castle.

In the interviews conducted for last month's cover story on the Fine Gentleman's Club, the comedians repeatedly stated that they and their sponsors raised the Funstival funds in order to present a free gift to those who have supported their shows. And without a doubt, this years TMF was a gift that kept on giving, and giving, and giving, until you eventually found yourself doubled over on a public sidewalk, jackpotting their free amenities onto the pavement, before laying down with a smile on your face as passersby listened to you mumble the only syllable you could muster: "fun."

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Christine Cool
A bit of tropical weather and sultry heat would've been preferable for the TMF kickoff party at TAXI Pool, instead of the grey skies and chilly breeze we were left with. But the live music of Wheelchair Sports Camp, Pizza Time and SAUNA, along with the endless amounts of free beer, was plenty of motivation for the couple dozen brave souls who leaped into the boxcar-converted pool -- which was surprisingly warm. After closing out their set with a cover of The Troggs "A Girl Like You," Pizza Time singer David Castillo split the sea of drunken swimmers with a cannon ball leap from the stage into the pool.

The debut evening of TMF was also facing off against a plethora of similar comedy gatherings, with Grawlix at The Bug Theater, Moxie! at Voodoo, and Bret Ernst headlining Comedy Works all that same Friday night. While a decent crowd had gathered at TAXI to enjoy the music, bouncy castle, and "beach-blanket bong-off" -- and then later at Matchbox for Tjutjuna and The Bald Eagles -- the lack of an overwhelming attendance spoke to the desire of many scenesters for a hearty comedy show over a live music throwdown.

Christine Cool

Though since The Fine Gentleman's Club weren't selling tickets and originally planned this year's Funstival as a chaotic tribute to the comedy scene, I'm sure they didn't lose any sleep over the first night's middling attendance numbers.

Josiah M Hesse
A wounded soldier of drunken kickball, Chris Charpentier aids comedy compatriot Nathan Lund

Considering the late hours and excessive indulgences of Friday night, it was surprising to see day two of Funstival begin at the relatively early hour of noon in Curtis Park. Though the free food from Sexy Pizza and Noodles and Co., along with the inevitable stock of help-yourself beer, perked up the crowd of comics and fans hanging out in the sun. This was enough to rouse a few dozen funsters to burn off their carbs with the rotation of flag-football, kickball and dodgeball that ate up the afternoon in the park -- while large sections of the more athletically nihilistic crowd chose instead to keep busy under the shady trees, making sure there was no food or marijuana going neglected that day.

Josiah M Hesse
Comedian Jim Hickox hanging with his dog, Bishop

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