We get it: It’s January, and bank account balances are low. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this month. Case in point: Denver’s blossoming and boisterous comedy scene is in full swing. The city’s plethora of venues (often thanks to the hospitality of local restaurants, breweries, and other businesses) means there are plenty of affordable stand-up showcases that shouldn’t be missed. Put these seven events on your calendar, and get ready to laugh—the local comedy landscape has never been better.
If you’re a fan of Netflix’s hit series Glow—and even if you’re not—this raucous live performance is a must-see. Delight in watching the strength and showmanship of amateur wrestlers duking it out in the ring, while Denver-based comedians Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent up the ante with their hilarious commentary. Denver native, cancer survivor, and comedy veteran Rick Bryan will host the evening of fun, while Nancy Norton—who became the first woman to win the Boston Comedy Fest in September of 2018—will headline. Wrestlers include "Yoga Monster" Mike Sydal, Lonnie Valdez, Darin Corbin, Allie Gato, and many others. Psst… If you’re looking for an extra-eventful night and don’t mind, shall we say, close encounters with the show—both comedy- and wrestling-wise—sit in the front row.
Go for as little as: $10 per person; doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm on January 4, 2019 at the Oriental Theater
Hosted by Christie Buchele every Wednesday night, this show at Black Buzzard—Oskar Blues’ subterranean club downtown—is a fantastic way to see varied and energetic new voices. Though lineups can change each week, host Buchele (a favorite comedienne in the local scene) masters the stage by keeping things lively in between sets.
Go for as little as: Zilch; doors open at 9pm, show starts at 9:30pm, every Wednesday at Black Buzzard
This regular series—happening on the last Wednesday of every month—is a great way to see up-and-coming comedians in an intimate setting. Hosts Harrison Garcia and Alexander Fenaughty (of Malcontent Comedy) work hard to put together a great lineup of locals who are working hard for laughs—and work-shopping jokes, which makes for a more sincere and intriguing experience for the crowd. Bonus: There’s beer—need we say more?
Go for as little as: Free, plus the cost of beer; 7:30 to 9:30pm on the last Wednesday of every month (except for January 23, which is the third Wednesday) at Jagged Mountain Brewery
Cartoons & Comedy is described on their Facebook page as a “rare glimpse into childhood from the safely ironic distance of years past.” And that’s exactly right: This monthly series, hosted by local comic Chris Baker, is an evening full of laughs, nostalgia, and sometimes, er, questions, about some of our childhood staples. Cartoons& & Comedy will celebrate its sixth anniversary with a January 31 show headlined by Amy Miller. The rising West Coast comic won Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest and was featured on Season 9 of Last Comic Standing.
Go for as little as: Nada; time is TBD but will likely start around 10pm on Thursday, January 31 at Black Buzzard
Free Comedy Show at Westfax Brewing
Hear new material from five local comics at this evening of stand-up, beer, and food truck grub. This monthly series, hosted on the last Saturday of the month at Westfax, a brewery in Lakewood, is hosted and organized by John Davis. Davis is the co-creator and co-host of As the Rhyme Goes On, a hip-hop podcast with a dose of humor. Check Westfax Brewing’s website for details.
Go for as little as: Free.99; show starts at 8pm on the last Saturday of every month
This gem of a show, coordinated by accomplished local comic Ben Bryant, features some of the best stand-up and sketch performers and materials that Denver has to offer. The Guest List is so much more than a monthly event; it’s a collective, headed by Bryant, that produces shows, albums, sketches, and other productions to showcase local comedy. The Guest List also just released a Denver Comedy Album featuring big names from Denver stand-up like Troy Walker (Late Late Show, Just For Laughs), Jordan Doll (Just for Laughs, Comedy Central Snapchat), and Harris Alterman (Laughing Skull, Winner of ComedyWorks’ New Faces Contest).
Go for as little as: $5; doors at 7:30 and show starts at 8pm on the last Friday of the month, usually at The Bakery, 2132 Market Street, Denver
Though he’s somewhat of a celebrity in and outside of Colorado, Adam Cayton-Holland isn’t too big for his Rocky Mountain britches. Cayton-Holland, a busy man—he created, writes and stars in truTV’s Those Who Can’t, has appeared on the Conan and The Late Late Show, and even released a memoir, Tragedy Plus Time, in 2018—still makes time for cozy performances like this one. This evening’s lineup —(also put on by Malcontent Comedy) includes local comics Kyle Pogue, Andres Becerril, and Katie Bowman.
Go for as little as: Nothing; 7:30 to 10:30pm on February 2, 2019 at Dry Dock Brewing Co.-South Dock, 15120 East Hampden Avenue, Aurora