The ten best comedy events in Denver this April

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April is a month of rejuvenation and light-hearted trickery, a season of pranks, afternoon showers and street-sweeping tickets. Only the truly foolish would miss out on the fine assortment of comedy shows in Denver this month. With everything from a visit from the reigning ice queen of late-night talk shows to a benefit for Down Syndrome, some great local showcases and an appearance by improviser, singer and all-round showman Wayne Brady, there's plenty of levity to carry local comedy fans through the month. Fortunately, many of these shows are free, which should provide at least a little relief to those unjustly ticketed for blocking street-sweeping operations.

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10) Late Night Playtime with Ultra Sex Laser
10:30 p.m. Thursdays
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

The standup showcase format, while enduring and straightforward, can also get pretty stale from time to time. While synth-pop comedy trio Ultra Sex Laser is known for livening up any show on which it's featured, over the past few months the crew has quietly put together what may be Denver's most unique and vibrant comedy show. Late Night Playtime with Ultra Sex Laser sounds like the title of tastefully softcore erotica from the future, but is actually the name of a weekly variety show scored by USL's semi-improvised comedy songs and featuring some of Denver's funniest comics venturing outside their comfort zone. Each week, one comic opens the show and then hits the neighborhood for the "Ballpark Grand Slam," a challenge that includes taking video of themselves doing karaoke at the nearby Star Bar. The headliner customarily ends each show by eating a cupcake onstage. Late Night Playtime is always good for a giggle, but the comedians lined up for April's shows promise to kick things up a notch. With cupcake-filled headlining sets from Mara Wiles, Kristin Rand, Stephen Spinola and Stephen Ayegei; stints by special guests Werewolf Radar, and featuring Steve Vanderploeg and Bobby Crane doing Ballpark Grand Slams, there are plenty of reasons to play at night with Ultra Sex Laser this April. Particularly since these Thursday night shows are free.

9) Hippieman's Plan for America
Thursday, April 3
Dairy Center for the Arts

John "Hippieman" Novosad is a mainstay of the local comedy scene. The Boulder native has appeared on Last Comic Standing and twice on CBS's Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, toured all over the country, and prepared an unusually civic-minded one-man show called Hippieman's Plan for America.

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Encouraging his viewers to question authority, Hippieman outlines his humorous solutions our nation's ills.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Tickets are $15 to $20 and available on the Dairy Center's website. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet session and an event poster signed by Hippieman.

8) Laugh It Up for Down Syndrome
Wednesday, April 23
Comedy Works South

Presented by the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Comedy Works' second Annual Laugh It Up for Down Syndrome is a benefit dinner with "a mission to assure inclusion and enhance independence of people with Down Syndrome by providing education, resources and support in partnership with individuals, families, professionals, and the community." With a headlining set from local favorite and Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue, this should be a great evening for a great cause.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 23. Tickets are $15 to $25 and can be purchased on the Comedy Works website.

7) Tony Woods
April 24-27
Comedy Works Downtown

Tony Woods began his career as an original member of Russell Simmons'a Def Comedy Jam and has subsequently appeared on Showtime at the Apollo, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central Presents. He has toured internationally and wowed audiences in Europe and Australia, so his laidback delivery and precise sociological observations should be a big hit with the Comedy Works downtown crowd.

Woods is headlining the entire weekend; showtimes vary. Tickets are $14 for Thursday and Sunday, and $22 for Friday and Saturday. They're available on the Comedy Works website.

6) Propaganda!
Sunday, April 27
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

Winner of the Best of Denver 2014Best Comedy Night, Propaganda! maintains a well-curated lineup each month, thanks to the tireless hustle of host and organizer Matt Monroe. Featuring John Crist, Jules Posner and Keith D'Souza from San Francisco, John F. O'Donnell from New York and headliner Emily Heller this month, Propaganda! continues to feature top-notch out-of-towners wile spotlighting some of Denver's most crushing crushers.

April also marks Propaganda's expansion into a second monthly show, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23rd at the Denver Improv. Doors at Lannie's open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show on April 27. Tickets are free.

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