Jordan Wieleba on stealing a copy of War of the Worlds and coming out transgender

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Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a bi-weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

Jordan Wieleba is a comedian, musician, illustrator, GLBTQ advocate, cornerstone of Denver's comedy community and Best of Denver winner. Recently seen gracing the cover of Out Front Colorado, she also provided the illustrations for the book Sharing the Good News: A Positive Model for Coming Out as Transgender. Westword recently caught up with Wieleba to discuss helpful books for people struggling with gender identity, prescient sci-fi authors and her beloved stolen copy of War of the Worlds.

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Denver's Dangerous Theatre gives audiences a leg up with Black Stockings

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Winnie Wenglewick and Brittany Lacour in Black Stockings.
Winnie Wenglewick was introduced to the threater through the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, where she volunteered for ten years. That experience so inspired her that in 2006 she opened Denver's Dangerous Theatre, and started not just producing and directing, but acting. She'll do all three with Dangerous Theatre's production of Peter McGarry's Black Stockings, which will have a three-week run here before it moves on to this year's Orlando fringe festival.

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Andy Haynes on Midnight Run, 9/11 jokes and getting heckled during his own comedy special

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Andy Haynes is a veteran of several standup scenes, moving from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, then from New York to Los Angeles, cultivating his sharp joke-telling style and putting in strong appearances on Conan and the Comedy Central Half Hour. Haynes is also known for his Midnight Run comedy showcase, which gets comedians unreasonably stoned and then lets them sort through the weirdness onstage. A natural fit for the Sexpot Comedy brand, Haynes is in town this week to bring his Midnight Run showcase to an appreciative and equally stoned Denver audience. In advance of the April 17 date, Westword talked with Haynes about Midnight Run, 9/11 jokes and getting heckled.

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this April

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April is a month of rejuvenation and light-hearted trickery, a season of pranks, afternoon showers and street-sweeping tickets. Only the truly foolish would miss out on the fine assortment of comedy shows in Denver this month. With everything from a visit from the reigning ice queen of late-night talk shows to a benefit for Down Syndrome, some great local showcases and an appearance by improviser, singer and all-round showman Wayne Brady, there's plenty of levity to carry local comedy fans through the month. Fortunately, many of these shows are free, which should provide at least a little relief to those unjustly ticketed for blocking street-sweeping operations.

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Chris Fairbanks on Sexpot Comedy, suicidal civil engineers and the Tosh controversy

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Chris Fairbanks is a standup comedian, illustrator, and skateboarder who has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Fairbanks is making the most out of his trip to Denver this week, with performances scheduled every night starting with 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Deer Pile, where he'll share a story for the Narrators podcast. At 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, he'll be at the Oriental Theater, co-headlining Sexpot Comedy's Vernal Equinox showcase with Rory Scovel and a load of local chucklers. Fans can also catch Fairbanks with the Fine Gentleman's Club at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Meadowlark and performing with Andrew Orvedahl at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23 Comedy Works South. Westword caught up with Fairbanks in advance of his packed visit to talk about Sexpot comedy, the Texas highway system and the Tosh rape-joke controversy.

See also: Comedian Rory Scovel on crowd tension, Bobcat Goldthwait and why Aurora didn't steal Batman from him

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W. Kamau Bell on political humor, rape jokes and why he wants an Obama cabinet position

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W. Kamau Bell is a comedian and sociopolitical commentator who came up in the San Francisco comedy scene. Until recently, Bell served as the host and creator of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, a political satire featuring revealing interviews and sharp political commentary steeped in the catharsis of laughter. In the wake of FXX's cancellation of his show, Bell has mounted the "Oh, Everything" tour, which lands in Denver at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Soiled Dove Underground. In advance of that show, Westword called Bell to talk about his visit to Denver, how his standup act grew more politically engaged, the debate about rape jokes he hosted on his show, and why he thinks he should have a cabinet position in the Obama administration.

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Denver comics remember Lori Callahan

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All photos by Crystal Allen
Lori Callahan, a pillar of the local comedy scene for thirty years, passed away last Friday. She was 54. The news has sent reverberations of grief throughout the community she was so instrumental in shaping. A generous spirit, Callahan organized and performed at many benefit shows. She provided many new comics with their first road gigs, along much-needed moral support in their nascent careers. Always a hit with audiences, Callahan won the respect of her peers with her comedic chops, but won their hearts with her motherly guidance.

That's why the most fitting tributes to Lori's life and career have come from the comedians she inspired. Their outpouring of grief on social media only hints at the surface of this devastating loss. Westword asked some comedians to share their memories of Mama Callahan, and we've reprinted excerpts of others' heartfelt Facebook posts.

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Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

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As the arrival of spring melts away the remaining sludge of the February doldrums, comedy blooms anew in March. With visits from veteran standups, sets by hilarious newcomers and a chance to see the stars of TV's funniest sketch comedy series in person, there's a vast and crowded field of new entertainment options in Denver. While the lion's share of March's comedy offerings are imported, the lineup also includes a promising new free local showcase and the second round of the Comedy Works Funny Final Four contest. The fact that so many of these events take place in concert venues like the Gothic and Paramount is a testament to the drawing power of the headlining acts we have in town this month, as well as to Denver's boundless hunger for comedic entertainment. Here are the ten best comedy events to feed that hunger.

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The ten best geek events in Denver in March

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It's March, the month of college basketball brackets and St. Patrick's Day. But don't worry: While the rest of your office is busy throwing money away pretending to care about college hoops and drinking shitty green beer, there's plenty of great geek fun to be had. March's ten best geek events include a celebration of steampunk, some VHS nostalgia and multiple takes on the experience of fandom. All of that, and more, awaits you within...

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Nikki Glaser on the Weirdo Olympics, stolen jokes and a new mattress

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Nikki Glaser is a New-York based comedian with a formidable list of credits and an immediately engaging performance style. Despite their raunchy subject matter, Glaser's jokes are wryly observant and leavened by her considerable charm. Glaser has appeared on @Midnight and Last Comic Standing, as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; until recently, Glaser could be seen co-hosting The Nikki and Sarah Show on MTV. Glaser has a soft spot in her heart for Colorado; she performed her first set at the University of Colorado at Boulder and appeared on the pilot episode of the Grawlix's Those Who Can't.

Tomorrow Glaser returns to the Mile High City to headline Sexpot Comedy's Weirdo Olympics. In advance of that appearance, Westword caught up with Glaser to discuss the end of her show, having a bit stolen, and why she'd move to Denver if she could.

See also: Ten best comedy events in Denver in February

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