Denver’s Best Comedy Shows and Funny Things to Do in Denver: June 2018
While genuine patriotic feeling may be in short supply on the eve of Independence Day, comedy keeps the fireworks going all month long in Denver this July. Keep reading for the ten best comedy shows in the Denver area circa July 2018. Matt Besser Friday, July 6, 8 p.m.Oriental Theater In a rare example of a pipe dream coming true, Matt Besser is bringing his 420 Comedy Show through the Centennial State, much to the delight of pot-humor enthusiasts. A co-founder of the game-changing Upright Citizens Brigade improv theatre, Besser and his performance philosophy have permeated the industry to the point that nearly every comedy show on TV has at least one UCB alumnus in its cast. Besser has amassed an impressive on-screen résumé in his own right, stealing scenes on shows like Parks & Recreation and Modern Family and films like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking GameSaturday, July 7, 7 p.m.The Comedy RoomRoomFittingly for a show dedicated to boozy overindulgence, Designated Drunkard forgot its own anniversary and has subsequently never gotten around to celebrating a year of rib-tickling and liver-pickling comedy drinking games. On Thursday, July 12, Alexander will be joined by local standups Charlie McMullen, Mo Vida and Anthony Crawford for a cavalcade of chuckles to cap off a week’s worth of shows in our state, including a headlining engagement at Loonies in Colorado Springs. A finalist on the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing, Wood first rose to prominence on radio thanks to his facility with the lost art of prank phone calls before going on to appear on shows like Sullivan & Son, Conan and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and releasing his first one-hour special Father Figure, on Netflix. Recently named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling show This Is Not Happening, Wood’s ascendant career means locals shouldn’t miss this opportunity to see him in a comedy-club setting. Be sure to check the Arts & Culture section next week for Westword’s interview with Roy Wood Jr.
DeRay DavisJuly 13 to 15, showtimes varyDenver Improv A Denver Improv favorite, DeRay Davis is a South Chicago-hewn comedian, actor and television presenter whose wry smirk and acute timing have charmed audiences on programs like Showtime at the Apollo, Wild N’ Out, All Def Comedy and Comics Unleashed. In partnership with the Boulder Comedy Show, Hiker brings his drunken dick-joke duel to the Bohemian Biergarten with former champions Sam Tallent and Christie Buchele vying for the belt. A twenty-year veteran of the stage and mic, Gulman has earned the rare distinction of having appeared on every late-night comedy program, recorded five standup albums and two specials for Comedy Central.
John Cleese caught talking about ‘marijuana caravans’ live on GMB
Monty Python actor John Cleese was caught in the act on live TV this morning. It all unfolded during John’s interview with hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Ben Shephard, who tried to start their segment but the actor was completely unaware they had returned from the advert break and were live on-air. John completely missed the cue and is heard saying: ‘There’s this extraordinary caravan which is powered almost entirely by marijuana or something. In the midst of uneasy laughter, Ben joked: ‘That’s how we should start an interview at all times. Realising what had happened, John suddenly broke into an awkward smile and swivelled around in his chair, almost like a school kid who’d been caught talking about something naughty.
Seriously, we need to know more about those marijuana caravans, John. Reacting to John’s gaffe, a viewer tweeted: ‘You need your own whole show interview – 5 minutes wasn’t nearly enough. The trio managed to gloss over the awkward moment but not for long as the comedian later launched into a tirade about his plans to leave the ‘corrupt’ UK. Not holding back, John ranted: ‘I’m going to buzz off in November because I’m fed up of the corruption in this country. ‘In particular, with just how awful the newspapers are and the way they censor news so people in England don’t know certain things, particularly anything critical of them. ‘I don’t think you can run a democracy until you have reasonably reliable information out there to help people make up their mind how they’re going to vote. MORE: John Cleese is leaving the UK in November because he’s ‘fed up of corruption and awful newspapers’.
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Revolutionary Clinics Offers Marijuana-Themed Comedy
Medical marijuana dispensaries are still new to Somerville, and Revolutionary Clinics-recently opened in East Somerville-is aiming to make getting educated fun. The dispensary hosts patient education nights every Thursday, and this week is hosting a free, marijuana-themed comedy show featuring comedians from Greater Boston. He’s been doing comedy since 1994, and got involved with ImprovBoston when he moved to the area in 2014. The show will feature storytelling and stand-up comedy. The performers-Laura Clark, Lauren Brown, Alan Richardson, Pamela Ross, and Wes Hazard-will share funny stories about their experiences with marijuana.
While the performance will focus more on anecdotes than straight information, Fear says that comedy is a great way to communicate about marijuana. The show is free and there’s free parking available.