The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: February 2017
According to America’s preeminent groundhog meteorologists, we can expect six more weeks of winter and at least four more years of rapidly encroaching fascism. Needless to say, the cathartic release of comedy is in high demand, perhaps now more than ever. Fortunately, February’s post-Super Bowl weeks are stuffed with a tasty ten-layer dip of comedy shows, the majority of which are proudly produced by local talent. From the literally in-your-face antics of Ben Roy and Bridget Everett to a preponderance of roast shows, Denver has delights in store all month long.
Pussy Bros Present: Birthday Party Comedy with Josh Blue
Monday, February 13
As the Grawlix and Too Much Fun fade into fond memories for the Denver comedy community, the Pussy Bros have taken their place at the vanguard as the scene’s leading supergroup. Since their eponymous showcase debuted at El Charrito one year ago, the Bros — local standups Janae Burris, Christie Buchele and Rachel Weeks — have headlined at comedy festivals, produced one of Denver’s best-attended shows and made great individual strides as standups. Sadly however, the Pussy Bros’ first year as an institution was also marred by tragedy, with the sudden and heartbreaking loss of founding member Jordan Wieleba. Burris, Buchele and Weeks have admirably carried on, honoring Wieleba’s legacy by not only continuing to run great shows, but to take up her mantle of proud advocacy and generosity. To celebrate the Pussy Bros’ perseverance throughout this trying year, the trio has cooked up a new show at the Rackhouse Pub, fittingly called Birthday Party. With a lineup including Mara Wiles and Josh Blue, we wish we could celebrate the Bros’ birthday every month.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Sexpot Comedy Presents Bridget Everett
Friday, February 17
The Gothic Theatre
Bridget Everett is hilarious, but she’s no mere comedian; she’s the marquee act at a seedy cabaret located in a fever dream, straddling and motor-boating her fans with gleeful abandon. A trained singer with a powerful voice, Everett leads a supergroup called the Tender Moments, which includes erstwhile Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz. She’s appeared on Girls, Lady Dynamite and Inside Amy Schumer as well as in the film Trainwreck, and her first one-hour special, Gynecological Wonder, premiered on Comedy Central in 2015. After spending decades trying to gain a foothold in the entertainment industry, Everett looks poised to finally capitalize on her immense talents. She has prominent roles in not one, but two major Sundance Film Festival premieres, Patti Cake$ and Fun Mom Dinner. Both films were acquired for distribution. Join Everett, a proudly unclassifiable entertainer, for an unforgettable evening of funny songs and fleshy encounters. Hosted by Sexpot’s own Andy Juett.
Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at axs.com.
Sexpot Comedy Presents The Nerd Roast: Presidents
Friday, February 24
Since debuting last year, Sexpot Comedy’s Nerd Roast quickly grew into a final Friday tradition for the entire Denver comedy community. Though the pay is scant and booking is a logistical nightmare, the show is a true labor of love for co-hosts/producers Preston Tompkins and Zach Reinert — whose Step Dads sketch videos are delightfully dark snippets of grim absurdity. The theme for this month’s roast will delight history buffs and roast aficionados alike, as history’s most memorable presidents square off on the dais. Local comics Dick Black, C.J. Willard, Cory Helie and Aarons Maslow and Middleton will portray former commanders in chief, both great (Obama; Lincoln; Roosevelts Teddy and Franklin) and ignoble (George W. Bush, Richard Nixon) in the best White House roast since the War of 1812. Fortunately, for anyone despairing over vile acts of the vile man currently holding the office, to enjoy the prospect of presidential humor, Trump will not be represented on the dais. In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I’ll be participating in this month’s Nerd Roast in the role of FDR.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. Admission is free.