Marginalized Folks, Butts and Jokes: When Pop Culture Is Made to Laugh at Us, Not With Us

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As a feminist, why must I have an opinion on this existing?
Back in August, I went to see Dave Chappelle perform at the Boulder Theater with my boyfriend and a gaggle of our best dude friends. A longtime fan of Chappelle's work, it was the first time I would be seeing his standup live, and I was stoked.

But halfway into his set, I had to turn off. If you are a female-identified person, a person of color, a member of the GLBTQIA community or any other under-represented or marginalized group, you know what I'm talking about. It's that inevitable time during a pop-culture-oriented experience when the subject matter turns on you: You become the punchline or the subject of harm or are put into a position of submission. Suddenly, you have to filter what is being presented to you.

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Sexpot Comedy Launches Website That Takes Local Funny Business Seriously

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Sexpot owners Andy Juett (left) and Kayvan Khalatbari.
It just got easier to laugh in Denver. Kayvan Khalatbari, local ganjaprenuer, owner of three Sexy Pizza spots and godfather of the Sexpot series of comedy shows, just launched a new website that ties together many of the various strands that make up Denver's burgeoning comedy scene. The site, SexpotComedy.com, is a hub of information that includes a calendar of area comedy shows and an audio archive of past shows, as well as podcasts and videos, mostly produced by Denver comedians.

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John Leguizamo on His Standup Tour, Fugly and Summer of Sam

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To call comedian John Leguizamo versatile is an understatement. The man is a show-business chameleon, flexing his talents in writing and producing, while also acting in film, television and on Broadway. This weekend Leguizamo will bring his Latin History for Dummies tour to Comedy Works South. In advance of the two-night run, we talked with Leguizamo about what makes him tick and how he can switch roles so effectively.

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Tig Notaro Gets Her Life Back on Track With Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour

Categories: Comedy

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Tig Notaro shares her new perspective on life and comedy after cancer.
In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro delivered a set at Largo, a Los Angeles club, that would change her life. Notaro had lost her mother, lost her relationship, contracted a life-threatening intestinal disease and just been diagnosed with breast cancer -- and she says she felt compelled to share her misfortunes on stage, in a performance that would later be released as her CD Live. After the show, she received an overwhelming amount of support from fans and the comedy community, with comedians like Louis C.K. saying it was one of the greatest sets he had ever seen.

Two years later, Notaro is happy and healthy and embarking on a new tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted, which will bring her to the Paramount Theater on Sunday, November 9. In advance of her visit here, Westword spoke with Notaro about life after rock bottom.

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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

Categories: Comedy, Events

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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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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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#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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