How the Legal Marijuana Industry Is Helping Grow Denver’s Comedy Scene
Comedians like Doug Benson and Stephen Colbert have been getting a lot of joke-mileage out of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana last January. The name is derived from Khalatbari’s chain of pizza restaurants, Sexy Pizza, one of which hosted the first Sexpot Comedy show early last year. The show has since grown and splintered into several regular events, hosted at different comedy clubs and music venues around town under the Sexpot banner. For years Denver has been a known destination for touring comics; the thirty-year-old Comedy Works has been proclaimed by performers like Dave Chappelle and Dave Attell as their favorite comedy club. Last summer, Juett and comedian Adam Cayton-Holland produced Denver’s first large-scale comedy festival, The High Plains Comedy Festival, which was headlined by Reggie Watts and ended up being a sold-out success.
It was Kayvan Khalatbari’s marijuana dispensary, Denver Relief, that initially sponsored several different comedy shows and podcasts around town, back when Sexpot was just a witty pun being tossed around. While this continues in some arenas, the Sexpot Comedy shows have been gaining a lucrative momentum of their own, in part thanks to Juett’s utilization of the local comedy radio station for marketing, as well as the throbbing enthusiasm coming from Colorado’s energized marijuana scene. There’s no getting around the fact that some cannabis consumption goes on at Sexpot shows, whether through edibles, vaporizers or straight-up smoldering joints. While some Denver comedians don’t care for a stoned audience Andy Juett – who himself has acted in many sketch videos and recently began performing standup – says that there are upsides to playing for a red-eyed crowd. Khalatbari shares Juett’s feeling that marijuana shouldn’t come to dominate the identity of Sexpot Comedy.
He’s derisive of the Cannabis Cup and 420 Festival culture that has become an unfortunate media focus of Colorado marijuana scene; and says that he is equally sick of the endless cosmos-and-munchies jokes that every hack comedian rolls out when performing in Denver. Josiah Hesse is an entertainment and pop culture journalist in Denver, Colorado whose work has appeared in Westword, Out Front Colorado, and comedy blogs LaughSpin, Splitsider and The Spit Take.
Danny McBride’s religious comedy ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ ordered by HBO
Oct. 3 – Danny McBride’s new comedy project about a televangelist family, titled The Righteous Gemstones, has received a series order from HBO. John Goodman will star in the series as Eli, the patriarch of the Gemstone family who has built an empire through his ministry and television show. McBride, who created the series will be seen as Eli’s oldest son Jesse who is expected to take his father’s place and who hopes to modernize the ministry. Edi Patterson and Adam Devine will star as Eli’s other children, Judy and Kelvin, respectively. The Gemstone family is described as having a long history of deviance, greed and charitable work, all done in the name of Jesus Christ.
McBride posted on Instagram Tuesday a family photo of the Gemstones featuring himself, Goodman, Patterson and Devine. McBride is executive producing the show alongside Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and Greg Alan Williams round out the rest of the cast. The Righteous Gemstones is McBride’s third series at HBO following Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals.
Doug Benson, marijuana’s favorite comic, to play Charleston Comedy Festival
Doug Benson, marijuana’s favorite comic, to play Charleston Comedy Festival High on life Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Mon, Nov 24, 2014. At 3:12 PM Stoners rejoice: Doug Benson will be doing a show at the Charleston Comedy Festival on Jan. 16 at the Sottile Theatre. Benson is the guy behind Super High Me, a documentary in which he abstains from marijuana smoking for 30 days, then smokes or consumes it for 30 days straight, charting the effects on his health. He’s also the creator and performer of the show The Marijuana-Logues, has a new Netflix comedy special out called The Doug Dynasty, and is the creator of The Benson Interruption, a TV show and podcast in which he interrupts other comedians while they tell their jokes.
Mike Tyson is pitching a TV comedy about his life as a ganjapreneur
Boxing legend Mike Tyson is shopping around a new TV show loosely based on his own life as a marijuana grower. According to Page Six, Tyson Ranch merch will make cameos on the show, thwarting the ban on advertising pot products. If it wasn’t already clear, Tyson is a big marijuana proponent, dropping truth bombs about how the majority of pro athletes use some form of cannabis for pain relief and anxiety. Tyson’s business partner Rob Hickman said he expects the show to be on air within five months. TheFreshToast.com, a U.S.
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Can Mike Tyson Interest You in His Marijuana Farm TV Show?
Take whatever you associate with Mike Tyson and toss it out wild into the marijuana fields like the rich, hearty manure it is. That’s probably not how marijuana is grown, but if Tyson succeeds in getting his new TV show made, you’ll find out for sure one way or another. According to Page Six, Mike Tyson is reportedly shopping around a scripted comedy series based on his life as as a burgeoning weed magnate, entitled, of course, Rolling With The Punches.