The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver in June
A June day sees Denver at its loveliest: its streets peopled with sun worshipers and its balmy evenings ripe with promise. But it’s not just natural urban splendor awaiting residents this month: June has enough comedy shows in store to tickle every rib in town. From locally produced talk shows to frantic riff-offs, the sheer breadth of entertainment options is staggering. Denver continues to draw top-notch talents like Dave Attell, Paula Poundstone and Brian Regan, but readers shouldn’t overlook the efforts of hardworking local comics, who hustle and grind to produce showcases that rival anything going on at the clubs. Keep reading for the ten best comedy shows of June 2017, listed below in chronological order.
Sexpot Comedy Presents: David Huntsberger
Friday, June 9, 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Sexpot Comedy is back with a new series of standup showcases at artsy Denver mainstay Syntax Physic Opera. After a smashing debut last month, the series continues on Friday, June 9, with headliner David Huntsberger. Former co-host of the Professor Blastoff podcast and SYFY’s Reactor, Huntsberger is a brainy joke writer prone to hilarious digressions. He’s appeared on Last Comic Standing as well as Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and he was recently a staff writer for The Benson Interruption. Sexpot has also booked local comic Nolawee Mengist; Caitie Hannan will emcee. Tickets, $7, are available at nightout.com.
Casa de Haha: The Ellen Episode
Saturday, June 17, 1 p.m.
Denver Open Media
Ellen Degeneres has achieved the type of single-name ubiquity only available to sitcom stars or daytime talk-show hosts, two fields of historic achievement for an affable comedian whose proud advocacy neither diminished nor defined her media empire. Her eponymous talk show, with its entrance boogies, viral stunts and goofy guest appearances, invented a distinct style of its own, which makes it perfect fodder for the Casa de Haha treatment. The brainchild of local standup Daniel Reskin, Casa de Haha plays gently parodic tribute to a different chat-show staple each month — last month’s was a riff on The Daily Show — for a studio audience at Denver Open Media. Join Reskin, in character as “Allen,” along with guests DJ Alisha B and Denver’s favorite veterinarian comic, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, to enjoy this fun-filled taping, which includes all the free pizza and dancing your bellies and feet can handle. Visit the Casa de Haha Facebook event page to learn more.
Boulder Comedy Show – Fourth Anniversary
Sunday, June 18, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
For four years now, the Boulder Comedy Show has brought laughter to the historically joke-barren college town twice a night every Sunday. Seated Viking-style in the consistently packed taproom of the Bohemian Biergarten, beery audience members might be fickle, but they reward good jokes with hearty guffaws. Produced and hosted by Brent Gill, a dab-besotted CU alum with the stage presence required to warm up the crowd each week — no easy feat during any sports season — the Boulder Comedy Show boasts some of the best lineups in the state. Each week, Gill brings in the best local comics and national headliners; even The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj dropped in for a surprise guest set. To celebrate the show’s fourth anniversary, Gill is assembling a crew of Boulder Comedy Show favorites like Gary Anderson, Chrissie Mayr, John “Hippieman” Novosad and Mo Alexander. Admission is $5 at the door; visit the Boulder Comedy Show Facebook page to learn more.