The Five Best Comedy Specials of 2014

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Yes, 2014 was a strange year for comedy, marred by scandal, controversy and the tragic loss of legendary talents. New comics seized the spotlight, blossoming into full-fledged stardom on the strength of career-best showcases, while others saw their acclaim diminish. Frankly, it made us shudder to see the lead-in photo of Bill Cosby from last year's list: Fittingly, Hannibal Buress, the comedian who launched a thousand think-pieces by refusing to remain silent about the accusations against Cosby, had a banner year. And then there were the specials: Whittling them down to the five best omits some fine hours of comedy: Specials like Patton Oswalt's Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time and Jim Gaffigan's Obsessed are worth seeking out, but lack the distinction of their finest work. Meanwhile, performers like Nick Offerman and Wyatt Cenac, whose American Ham and Brooklyn were released last year, seemed to merely coast off the goodwill of their TV careers, experimenting with interesting formats but mostly stumbling through laugh-free hours. All of the comedians listed here, however, are at the top of their respective games, turning in their funniest work yet.

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The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in January

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Suspiria!
The new year is upon us, and it's time to start making -- and breaking -- resolutions. If you've resolved to get out and do more fun geeky activities in 2015, then you're in luck -- January will help you start the year off right. From gaming tournaments to classic horror on the big screen, the month to come offers a bounty of geeky joy. Here, in chronological order, are ten of January's best geek events.

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The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in January

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Terry Richardson
January is an overrated month. From New Year's to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January bundles up against the treacherous snow and punishing cold, assuaging its regret over resolutions broken with indica, hot toddies and Netflix marathons. But you can break out of the doldrums with comedy; the January lineup includes perennially listed local favorites and returning visits from high-profile headliners. Here are ten reasons (in chronological order) to bundle up and check out a comedy show in the first month of 2015:

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Being a Fangirl, a Crossfit Junkie and an Ice Queen Make This 2015 Bucket List

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Melanie Levi
Jumping into 2015 with Converse All Stars and a bad haircut.

Editor's note: It's time to put 2014 into the history books and look forward to 2015 -- but not before one last bash to kick off the transition in style, something you can plan with our New Year's Eve Guide listings. Do you have even bigger plans for the coming twelve months? Now's the time to start thinking about them. To help, five of our writers have laid out their goals for 2015. Find all of their bucket lists on the Show and Tell blog.

As we close the book on 2014, I'm reflecting on the ups and downs that filled this year's chapters. On New Year's Eve, I'll be covered in glitter and toasting myself for gaining independence, embarking on a "big girl" career and making a life for myself in Denver. I'd like to think that 2015 is full of promise and will offer me the opportunity to cross a few more things off my bucket list.

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Cruising the City's Architecture and a Stay at the Brown Palace Make This 2015 Bucket List

Categories: Holidays, Lists

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Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Editor's note: It's time to put 2014 into the history books and look forward to 2015 -- but not before one last bash to kick off the transition in style, something you can plan with our New Year's Eve Guide listings. Do you have even bigger plans for the coming twelve months? Now's the time to start thinking about them. To help, five of our writers have laid out their goals for 2015. Find all of their bucket lists on the Show and Tell blog.

It's no secret that Denver is in a constant state of transition, with some changes for the better, some for the worse. But as my city continues to figure itself out, I think 2015 is the year to celebrate what's great about it right now. From day trips to small towns in the summer to cruising city neighborhoods that are troves of great architecture, the coming year, for me, is all about Colorado as it is, in the moment.

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Twelve Denver Arts Flashbacks From 2014

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Photograph by Tom Loonan
Joan Miró, "Le Carnaval d'Arlequin," 1924-25. Oil on canvas. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © 2014 Successió Miró S.L./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.
As 2014 comes to a close, we're taking a moment to reflect on what knocked our socks off this year in the Colorado arts world. Got some favorites of your own? Tell us about it in the comments below.

See also: Fifteen arts flashbacks from 2013

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Five Best Places to Find Lumbersexuals in Denver

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Where are all the beards?
This fall Gear Junkie introduced us to the lumbersexual. Described as a flannel-wearing outdoor enthusiast with an unkempt beard, the lumbersexual can be found barhopping with his MacBook Air in tow. Since the term was coined, the world has become infatuated with finding these bearded men -- and this obsession has inspired the creation of social media sites like Bristlr, Hair Trigger and Your LL Bean Boyfriend, all of which help locate and celebrate lumbersexuals. To do our own bit in tribute to those with beards, we've come up with our own list of the five best places in Denver to find lumbersexuals.

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The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in December

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That's not Santa on the line.
Don't worry if you've been too naughty for Santa to bring you anything good, because December is full of great stuff for every geek girl and boy. You won't even have to leave any cookies and milk out to enjoy all the great nerd fun that Denver has in store for you this month, from weird horror to hard science. Here, in chronological order, are Denver's ten best geek events in December.

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The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in December

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Whether you've been staunchly making merry since Halloween or crankily sneer at holiday cheer each year, December is unquestionably dominated by its traditions -- driven by consumerism, religiosity and compulsory family bonding. This year, amid economic anxiety, polar vortexes and heartbreaking news reports, people might find themselves in dire need of a laugh. And while Entertainment is usually an afterthought in December, typically limited to agreeably mediocre Hollywood spectacles, Denver comedy bundles up and trudges on through the month. While we may have fewer high-profile visitors than during last month's banner programming calendar, we have a proliferation of locally-produced showcases that run the giggle gamut, including two live sketch comedy shows, on-the-rise comics and international TV stars with a devoted cult following. So brave the polar vortex and take a break from the seasonal doldrums at one of our top ten comedy shows, listed in chronological order.

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The Five People You'll Run Into When Home for the Holidays

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You're bound to see these five people home for the holidays
With the holidays approaching, these things are certain: Someone in the office will begin playing the Mariah Carey Christmas station on Pandora today, Black Friday deals will assault you via airwaves and billboards, and you will undeniably run into the following five people if you head home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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