The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver this September
As the year lumbers toward autumn and Denver shakes off its summer-festival hangovers, our city's bleary-eyed revelers have few better live entertainment options than comedy. From a nice roster of comedy-club headliners rolling through town to a banner month for some of Denver's most esteemed local showcases to a greedily stacked comedy festival, comedy fans have solid options nearly every week. Seriously, September is packed with so many great shows that we could easily double the list and glaring omissions would still abound. And the lineup gets off to a very strong start today.
10) Christian Finnegan
The Denver Improv
Christian Finnegan first rose to prominence in the instant-classic Chappelle's Show sketch "Mad Real World," and has since made appearances on Are We There Yet, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. The actor, writer, and comedian has recorded Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents specials; he released his latest hour-long Au Contraire! in 2009. Finnegan is an adept cultural commentator with a wry voice who somehow avoids the pitfalls of facile snark.
Finnegan is headlining the entire weekend at the Improv, there's a 7:30 p.m. showtime each night, with additional 9:45 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 on the Denver Improv website.
9) Lucha Libre & Laughs
Sunday, September 14
The Oriental Theater
Month after month, Lucha Libre & Laughs brings local fans an incomparable evening of entertainment, featuring brawls from underground wrestling superstars and Denver's funniest comedians, many of whom are rabid fans of the sport. In September, however, LLL -- which is itself a labor of love produced at great expense -- gives a little back by partnering with Go4TheGoal.org to organize a fundraiser for pediatric cancer patients. The title matches feature color commentary from Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent for the bouts between Xander Creed vs. El Tecolote and former WWE star and pediatric cancer survivor Zach Gowen vs. Lucha Champion Golden Star. Between matches, comedians Ian Douglas Terry, Josh Skillman and Jim Hicox will join host Jordan Doll to create a great time for a good cause.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets cost $10 on the Oriental Theater's website.Comedy Works Larimer Square
At first glance, the idea of a comedy duo comprised of identical twins seems like a gimmick worthy of P.T. Barnum. The Sklar Brothers, however, have become unlikely comedy-nerd heroes by maintaining distinct identities while mining their biological connection for a seamless stage banter wherein Jason and Randy Sklar complete each other's jokes and riff with twice the speed of a single comic. The extensive resume they've accrued includes appearances on CSI, Comedy Bang Bang and Wild Hogs; the Sklars also have a knack for creating beloved shows that get cancelled before they have a chance to gain a cultural foothold, like Apartment 2F and ESPN's Cheap Seats. The Sklars tour regularly and co-host the popular sports podcast Sklarboro Country.
Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Go to the Comedy Works website to buy tickets.
Sunday, September 28
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret
Over the past few years, Matt Monroe has emerged as one of the savviest ambassadors of the Denver comedy scene, leveraging the connections made during his frequent travels to pack his show with out-of-town crushers. His Westword-lauded signature showcase Propaganda! returns this month with a lineup that boasts some of the finest chuckle merchants from across the land, including Grant Pardee and headliner Ron Babcock from Los Angeles, Chicago's Puterbaugh Sisters, and Austin comics Aaron Brooks, Mac Blake and Danny Palumbo.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. showtime. Admission is free (though patrons are strongly encouraged to order a beverage from the bar).
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