The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in November -- and a Bonus

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As the holiday season approaches, the entertainment calendar for November has plenty of comic delights for giggle gobblers. Sidling up to a table richly dressed with top-notch performers, local comedy fans will be heartily stuffed and belly-sore by the month's end. With options including a Denver comedy institution celebrating its fourth anniversary, two of The Daily Show's most accomplished correspondents dropping in for grand theater shows, club sets from movie stars and comic heroes alike, as well as a truly exceptional month of programming from both Comedy Works locations, it's a moveable feast of funny all November long. Keep reading for our top ten comedy events, in chronological order, with a rescheduled bonus at the end.

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Hampton Yount on Conan, Depression and What to Expect at Sexpot Comedy Tonight

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Hampton Yount, a rising star on the national comedy circuit, will bring his hilarious laugh-attack to Sexpot Comedy at the Oriental Theater tonight, when Sexpot cofounder Andy Juett will be celebrating a birthday -- not to mention the imminent launch of sexpotcomedy.com and the upcoming one-year anniversary of the live series. "We've been really fortunate to have a lot of friends come through town and do the show," Juett says. "We book the types of comics that raise eyebrows due to the caliber of our national and local acts."

The continued support is reflected in Denver's burgeoning comedy scene.
It's been growing pretty rapidly for the last couple of years," he reports. "Month after month, the Sexpot show attracts new people who have never seen the show." And the audience isn't just larger, it's diverse: "This scene has been getting bigger than the core of mostly urban folks. We're seeing people from all walks of life who are interested in a good product. We're seeing a whole swath of different folks who just really enjoy comedy."

In advance of tonight's show, we caught up with Yount to ask what it was like to be on Conan, and what to expect from him here in Denver.

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Share Mundane Musings and Hormone-Fueled Stories at the Next My Teenage Angst

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Megan Nyce
When Megan Nyce's boyfriend, Ian, went to college, she drew a picture of all the busty blondes he was probably making out with.
When you were a teenager, a journal was your best friend and confidante. You told it all your secrets, as well as plenty of banal details about your day. You shared your dreams -- and sometimes even imagined that your words would one day be immortalized, read around the world.

Some journals were hardcovers that locked with a key, others a spiral notebook, still others a marble copybook covered in stickers. No matter what form that journal took, though, when you flip through it today, you realize that those insights that were so important when you were a teenager now seem trivial and silly. Still, it's not too late to share those dreams: Megan Nyce has created an opportunity for former teens to memorialize their mundane musings at My Teenage Angst.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Mara Wiles

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Erin Brinkley
#50: Mara Wiles

Mara Wiles broke into comedy doing improv with Denver's Impulse Theater, but soon made the shift to standup, becoming an integral member of the comedy scene and a regular attraction at local clubs and comedy nights. As a testament to her collaborative spark and likability, you'd be hard-pressed to find a stage in town that hasn't been graced by her presence, including some opening performances for national comics coming through Denver. She's often at Deer Pile and Syntax Physic Opera, where she performs as Moxie! with Kristin Rand; she was a hit at both the Laugh Track Comedy Festival (where she was crowned Best Comic in 2011) and the recent High Plains Comedy Festival. Keep reading to learn more about Wiles via her answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kristin Rand

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#51: Kristin Rand

Kristin Rand is one of Denver's funniest people. You can catch her in the act at comedy nights and clubs all over town, because she's also a hardworking gal. Your best bets include Moxie!, her monthly sketch revue with fellow comic Mara Wiles at Syntax Physic Opera, and the Greater Than Social Club music and comedy showcase, which she hosts once a month at Lannie's. What makes the funny lady tick? We asked her to tell all in her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Bob Saget on Riffing, Self-Awareness and Dirty Daddy, His New Book

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Natalie Brasington
Bob Saget has a famously dichotomous public image: While he's still widely recognized for his '90s television ubiquity, Saget was a standup long before he became a huggy surrogate father to a generation of Full House viewers. The ribald nature of Saget's act is less shocking to today's comedy audiences, thanks to his appearance in The Aristocrats and a role that subverted his family-friendly image on Entourage; still, what stands out about Saget's humor is how defiantly strange it can be. Saget's penchant for the absurd shines through, whether he's onstage or behind the camera for the underrated cult comedy Dirty Work. With his first book, Dirty Daddy, due out in paperback this month, Saget is really hitting his stride. In advance of his run at Comedy Works South this weekend, Westword caught up with Saget for a rambly and digressive phone conversation covering Dirty Daddy, his dichotomous public image and why you shouldn't have sex with things.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kevin O'Brien

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#53: Kevin O'Brien

A fixture in the local standup scene, Kevin O'Brien takes that scene a step or two forward every time he takes the mic. He's also served as the host of Arguments and Grievances, one of Denver's cleverest comedy nights, for nearly four years, and with fellow pop-culture aficionado Taylor Gonda, he co-hosts the thriving podcast These Things Matter, a mashup of culture-speak and insightful interviews with interesting people. We invited O'Brien to answer the 100CC questionnaire; read on to find out what makes his funny world spin.

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The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in October

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Natalie Brasington
October is a month for costumed ghouls and seasonal melancholy. As the autumnal leaves drift wanly into the dampened streets and crumble under the indifferent feet of passersby, many listless Denverites may find themselves in dire need of a laugh. Fortunately, this month promises a bountiful giggle harvest from Denver's comedy crops, with the return of some of our most creative local showcases, laudable fundraising efforts, and visits from comic luminaries drifting into town on the tide of nostalgia for decades long past. Though the confluence of sporting seasons means fiercer competition for the wandering attention of local entertainment-seekers, comedy is bringing its A-Game to town this month. Here are our ten best comedy events for October, now in chronological order.

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Comedian Ryan Hamilton on Inspiration, Comic Competitions and More

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Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton has been around the block a time or two; the resident of New York City (who grew up in Idaho) was named one of Rolling Stone's Five Comics to Watch in 2012 and appeared on two seasons of Last Comic Standing, where he gave a good showing. He'll be performing at the downtown Comedy Works, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, starting Wednesday, October 1, and continuing through Saturday, October 4. In advance of that run, we caught up with Hamilton to talk about where he finds his inspiration, participating in comedy competitions and more.

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Winnie Wenglewick Brings Kink to the Stage with BITE

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Winnie Wenglewick and Denver's Dangerous Theatre present BITE.
Winnie Wenglewick loves showing her audience how to get kinky. The owner, producer and artistic director of Denver's Dangerous Theatre, Wenglewick is currently producing BITE, a "choose-your-own-adventure sex farce" that offers audiences numerous opportunities to vote for what happens next, whether it's a "blowjob fest" or some other kinky escapade. In a recent conversation with Wenglewick, we learned why she choose BITE and how Denver audiences feel about BDSM.

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