Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: March 2017
They say March comes in like a lion, and Denver comedy has enough treats in store to keep you roaring with laughter all month long. From home-brewed showcases on local stages to top-notch headliners performing all over the Front Range, this month’s calendar is replete with shows to tickle your ribs. This month, we’ve expanded our boundaries to include a truly special evening of comedy up in Fort Collins, but there are plenty of shows available for Denver-bound readers, as well, including headlining engagements by Sean Patton and Michael Che at our city’s comedy clubs, showcases with novel formats that blend education and laughter, and the triumphant return of our perennial favorite, Lucha Libre & Laughs. Shows are listed in chronological order.
Joke and Tell
Friday, March 24
Inspired by nostalgic memories of Show and Tell from grade school, Steve Vanderploeg has been trying to get Joke and Tell off the ground for years. After taking a couple months off and tinkering with the format, the core idea of comics riffing about their prized possessions remains intact, only now there’s a much bigger lineup and a Denver comedy party atmosphere. Embark on a treasure hunt through the past with a bill of twenty local comics including Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, James Xiong, Jason Keyes, Adrian Mesa and many more. Be sure to stick around at El Charrito after the show ends to watch drunken comics warble their way through karaoke songs. In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that Steve Vanderploeg is my roommate.
Showtime is at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Fort Comedy Presents Rory Scovel
Wednesday, March 29
Mallory Wallace, Kyle Pogue and David Rodriguez of Fort Comedy have great shows planned all month long, but this one may be their best yet. Their headliner, Rory Scovel, who’s appeared on @Midnight and Inside Amy Schumer as well as several memorable performances on Conan, commits fiercely to absurd premises, dropping non sequitur chuckle bombs on the audience from seemingly out of nowhere. “You guys ever steal an old person?” Scovel begins, scanning the crowd’s nervous reaction before doubling down. “Here’s a tip: Old people in wheelchairs rarely turn around to see who’s pushing them.” While Scovel has enjoyed the acclaim of being a comedian’s comedian for the past few years, it looks like the entertainment industry is finally catching on to his talents. Consistently the funniest part of the now-defunct TBS sitcom Ground Floor, Scovel appeared in several episodes of Undateable and has a starring role as Principal Quinn on TruTV’s Those Who Can’t alongside Denver’s own Grawlix trio. Joined by Denver favorites Ben Bryant and Zach Reinert, this show is worth the shlep up I-25.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Get tickets, $20, and more information on the Aggie Theatre’s events calendar.
Lucha Libre & Laughs: Fight to the Future
Friday, March 31
After a brief month-long hiatus, Lucha Libre & Laughs surges back into the ring this month with colorful commentators Sam Tallent and Nathan Lund resuming their rightful places in the booth. Referee/ producer Nick Gossert has assembled a knockout lineup both in the ring and on the mic to close out March in classic LLL style. Featuring the comedy stylings of Kyle Pogue, Mallory Wallace, Preston Tompkins and headliner Dante Powell (Des Moines) to keep audiences chuckling between rounds, this month’s edition also boasts a heated match that pits Mike Sydal against Danger Dean, and a triple-threat Heavyweight Championship bout with Caleb Crush, Zema Ion and current title-holder Lonnie Valdez. Come see why Lucha Libre & Laughs is not only the crown jewel of Sexpot Comedy-branded showcases, but also the winner of Westword‘s Best Comedy Night for two years running.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show; admission is $10. Visit the Oriental’s events calendar for information and tickets.