The ten best comedy events in Denver this August
3) Mick Foley
Sunday, August 31
Comedy Works Larimer Square
Three-time WWE champion Mick Foley is a bestselling author and widely acknowledged king of hardcore wrestling. The man lost an ear! His avuncular demeanor -- out of the ring, of course -- has won him a post-wrestling career as a color commentator, actor, standup and story teller. In addition to his manifold talents and formidable heft, Foley is an activist and humanitarian who dedicates time and resources to Make-a-Wish Foundation and ChildFund International. Having been inspired by the songs of Tori Amos -- as all humans with ears surely must be -- Foley has become an outspoken advocate for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and volunteered over 550 hours talking to victims online. He'll be in Denver to perform his one-man show "Tales from Wrestling Past" -- a rare opportunity to see Foley live. The man lost an ear!
Showtime is at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $25 and can be purchased through the Comedy Works website.
2) Dave Chapelle at Red Rocks
Sunday, August 24
Red Rocks Amphitheater
After years of avoiding the spotlight in the aftermath of his hit sketch show, Dave Chapelle has exploded back on the standup scene and is turning Denver into one of his regular stops. He was here in May, crushing a week of sold-out shows at Comedy Works and forever endearing himself to the local comedy scene by dropping by the Too Much Fun showcase. It's not only remarkable that Chapelle chose to return so soon, but that he chose to celebrate his birthday here. As it stands, this Red Rocks show is the only other performance Chapelle has scheduled for 2014, so don't take his frequent visits for granted yet, Denver. You never know when he'll disappear again for ten years.
Doors open at 6:30; the show begins at 8 p.m.Tickets cost $55-$65 and be purchased through the Red Rocks website.
1) High Plains Comedy Festival
After a smashing inaugural last year, the High Plains Comedy Festival rides again this summer with a lineup overstuffed with national crushers like Beth Stelling, Sean Patton, Kate Berlant and Cameron Esposito (to name only a few), along with local favorites like the Grawlix, the Fine Gentleman's Club, Troy Walker and Adrian Mesa joining headliners Kumail Nanjiani, T.J. Miller and Pete Holmes for a two-day giggle gauntlet. While the main event occurs at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, the rest of the fest is held in the Baker neighborhood, where one show is merely a drunken stumble away from the next. Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern, Mutiny Information Cafe, TRVE Brewing and Illegal Pete's will also host comedy showcases, live podcast recordings and other festival events. Check out the official High Plains website for more information. Ticket prices for individual shows vary, but weekend pass for the entire festival cost $100 and is available from the High Plains website.
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