Updated: The ten best comedy events in Denver in June

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Updated: Since this post was originally published, Tracy Morgan -- who performed a show in Denver June 1 -- was injured in an auto accident.

As summer approaches at its leisurely, flip-flopped gait, comedy fans have a full calendar of laugh appointments ahead. While almost nothing can compete with the natural splendor of a languid June evening spent outdoors in Denver, only a jejune goon would miss out on these fine shows. Besides, at a comedy club you're significantly less likely to accidentally drink the moth that flew into your beer. From stars of stage and screen gracing local venues to a showcase that actually encourages comments from the audience, comedy nerds will be drawn to these events like an eclipse of moths to an outdoor light bulb.

It's important to note that a lot can happen in a month, and national headliners often have to reschedule long after press time, so dates are subject to change (which happened last month with Bobcat Goldthwait). Regardless, there's plenty of live comedy in June that's guaranteed assuage your melancholy, and reduce you chances of discovering the unmistakable taste of foamy moth.

See also: The ten best geek events in Denver for June

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10) The One-Liner Show
Friday, June6
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

The tradition of one-liner comedians includes such luminaries as Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg. A good one-liner requires the precision of a haiku and the timing of a metronome. James Gold has dedicated a monthly showcase to the lost art of the micro-joke, challenging local comedians to string together an entire five-minute set of one-liners -- and inviting the audience to crown a winner. One-liner jokes take mere seconds to complete, so in this context, five minutes is much longer than it may seem. The June lineup includes Gold, contestants Joshua Skillman, Timmi Lasley, Cory Rhoads and Haley Driscoll, as well as headliner Tim Messenger.

The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5 at the door. Pre-sale tickets cost $3 at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse website.

9) Father's Day Pump & Dump
Saturday, June 14
Hard Rock Cafe

Shayna Ferm and MC Doula are joined by Grawlix fathers Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy in a special Father's Day edition of their Pump & Dump showcases featuring new songs, guffaws aplenty and all the cathartic boozing you expect from these typically mom-centric shows, only this time geared toward the dads -- who are affectionately referred to as "mother-fuckers" in Pump & Dump's surprisingly dense internal lexicon. A ticket for your own father would be a great gift, even though what he really wants is for you to do him proud for goddamn once.

Tickets cost $15 for balcony seats, $20 for general main floor seats, and $30 for VIP, which includes preferential seating and a pre-show cocktail reception. Check the Pump & Dump website to buy tickets.

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Brent the Gill at last month's Making Fun
8) Making Fun
Thursday, June 26
Deer Pile

In most cases, comedy audience membership is a spectator sport. Unbidden participation in a standup set inspires enmity at best; at worst, it makes your face a target for tossed drinks and fists. At Making Fun, however, feedback from the crowd is built into the show's format. The brainchild of comedic power duo Christie Buchele and Kristin Rand, Making Fun gives each comic who performs a three-minute set before audience members get to write in tags for jokes or zing the comics and have the funniest lines projected onto a screen behind the comedian onstage. This month features local crushers Aaron Urist, Haley Driscoll, Matthews Monroe and Wayman, plus a secret special guest.

The show begins at 8 p.m. It's free, but donations are suggested.

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7) Chuck Roy presents Daddy's Day
Sunday, June 15
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Chuck Roy's idea of a perfect day for "Daddy" is undoubtedly too raunchy for any Hallmark card. Continuing his longstanding tradition of ringing in the holidays with dirty jokes, Roy has two consecutive shows scheduled on Father's Day, which gladly no longer shares a date with PrideFest. The first show, Comedy Radio Theater, is an old-school radio play punctuated by standup sets from Matt Need, Mona Lott, Bradley Haltom and Jordan Wieleba. In the second show, 5 New Jokes, the same comics will compete to see who can generate the best extemporaneous joke.

Comedy Radio Theater begins at 7 p.m. and 5 New Jokes at 8:15 p.m. Tickets to each show cost $10 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are $8 each or $12 for both shows and available on the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse website.

Keep reading for more of the best comedy events in Denver.


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105 comments
John Hargett
John Hargett

because some prick blamed him for it. The little fellow said: we don't want to post this. A Big huge corporate ass was like...whatchu talking' bow Willis? I beats my wife, I own the Broncos, my kids beats da white women. Wanna tussle?

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

How is Jim Jefferies not on this list... He should easily be no. 1

Tom Santon
Tom Santon

Yeah, I don't think he'll be making his appearance.

Kyron Rough
Kyron Rough

^^^^thank you for the response westword^^^^^^

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

Hi all -- As many of you have surmised, we scheduled this post before Tracy Morgan's accident yesterday. Our thoughts are with him and the others hurt and killed in Saturday's crash.

Anthony Florez
Anthony Florez

Takes a real genius to "forget" about their "auto-post" about the guy who's dying! Keep up the good work guys! Denver sure is proud of you and your incredible reporting skills!

Julison Artis
Julison Artis

If you all actually read the article, Tracy was already here, this is a re post

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson

ummmm.....at least one of these events is not happeneing

Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica Gonzalez

What idiot put this up??? I guess Tracy Morgan will be doing comedy while in a coma.... Fucking idiots

Julie Ann Williams
Julie Ann Williams

On my Facebook feed it says this was posted yesterday (Saturday). Fact. Regardless of when the post hit the Westword site, auto-posting it to Facebook without thinking is poor taste.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

jennifer, could you please e-mail me at patricia.calhoun@westword.com? We did remove the misattributed quote, but I would like to apologies directly to you.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

uh -----hes not going to be there.

Cliff Sneary
Cliff Sneary

I hope he is ok. Any new updates on how he is doing? He has made me laugh more than once. Praying.

Jennifer Stephens Demps
Jennifer Stephens Demps

yes, social media people have to be on call at all times because of the shit storm it can cause at any minute!

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

So... Who's the dolt who didn't remove the scheduled weekend posts?

Amy Klingenberg
Amy Klingenberg

Wow- seems like someone should have edited this before it was posted to Facebook!

Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

Excellent point Bradford. Doesn't matter when it was sheduled. The story has been all over the news and social media almost a full day. Someone should have gone in and changed it. Epic fail on Denver Westword part. :P

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

not nearly as boneheaded as the Celeb Boutique Twitter fail but close enough

Diane Stinson
Diane Stinson

Adrian Gutierrez- what about the kids in our own city/state/country?

Diane Stinson
Diane Stinson

Well they just shared this post 2 hours ago... so...

Joshua Richardson
Joshua Richardson

The Tracy Morgan show was last week on June 1. He's already done this June show.

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

Who is the semi-literate, dumb-ass, journalism school drop-out intern who decided that it would be fun to push the button on this?

Julison Artis
Julison Artis

If he already had his show this month and It does not represent anything negative about Tracy, how is it in bad taste?

Adrian Gutierrez
Adrian Gutierrez

*trolling* who seriously wants to edit an old article over some D-list comedian when we could all be crying about "real" news... Like starving children or dead kids rotting in the streets of Syria. Insensitive pricks westword. Never reading your free mag again!

Mark Leiby
Mark Leiby

The Westword shouldn't use automated postings then. Especially when it results in bad taste after a tragedy.

Adrian Gutierrez
Adrian Gutierrez

So let's act like he's dead and remove his image from the internet. Yeah? Forget that this article is about all comedy shows in June written on May 30th. How dare you, westword! Change the picture!

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

sorry, make that "apologize." The editor could use an editor this morning.

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