The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver in April
Despite what the grey skies above belie, Spring has begun in earnest and dampened Denverites have reasons to hope. As per usual, the comedy scene continues to flourish, with laughter ringing from our clubs, theaters and even VFW halls. Our local chuckle merchants have filthy game shows, Luchador hijinks and a pair of shows at a notoriously haunted hotel, while comedic greats like Margaret Cho, Sebastian Maniscalco and Dana Gould roll through town. A dovetailing spirit of mirth and generosity abounds on the list this month, with local comics and producers coming forward to donate their time and efforts to noble causes like medical donations and protecting civil rights. Once again, the shows are listed below in chronological order.
Bloodlines: Blood and Punchlines
Saturday, April 1
VFW Post 2461
Unless you’re a trained professional or Nosferatu, giving blood is an ordeal to be endured. Thanks to a partnership between Bonfils Blood Center, a gaggle of Denver-based comics and erstwhile Westword photographer Kevin Galaba, Bloodlines: Blood and Punchlines aims to liven the uncomfortable but vitally important process of blood donation with a murderer’s row of Denver’s funniest comedians, including Steve Vanderploeg, Anthony Crawford, Timmi Lasley and more joining headliner Sam Tallent to crack wise for all the donors. Hosted by 3 Course Comedy’s Adrian Mesa and Eric Henderson, Bloodlines is an ideal way to have a laugh while helping out. Volunteers will also have the chance to sign up to be bone-marrow donors, a potentially life-saving gift.
Event begins at 11 a.m. with comedy beginning at noon. $5 suggested donation.
Lucha Libre & Laughs: Cheap Pop!
Tuesday, April 18
Perennial Westword favorite Lucha Libre & Laughs leaps off the ropes and back into the ring this with a special Tuesday night showcase. Boasting the same ringside thrills and minute-to-minute hilarity of a regular LLL showcase at half the price, Cheap Pop! has a brawny and bawdy lineup both on the mic and in the ring. With color commentators Nathan Lund and Mitch Jones along with standups Cody Spyker and Andrew Bueno opening for headliner Andy Peters (Those Who Can’t), the laughs side of LLL’s equation is in good hands. The real marquee attraction, however, is the title event match between Lucha Libre & Laughs Champion Cody Devine and Japanese wrestling legend Kikutaro.
Doors open at 7 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Visit the Oriental Theater’s events calendar to learn more and buy tickets, $5.
7. Uncalled Four/20
Thursday, April 20
Denver’s favorite debased and debauched comedy game show, Uncalled Four, lurches back into the scene after months of quietly behaving itself. Fittingly returning to celebrate its fourth anniversary just in time for the 4/20 holiday, co-producers Jake Browne and Samantha Taylor welcome back returning Uncalled Four champions Aaron Urist, Sam Tallent and Jodie Champion along with wild card David Gborie to compete in a take-no-prisoners competition to see who can claim the title of Denver’s Worst Person. Essentially evil mad-libs with the cards written by standup comedian, this legally distinct and entirely original game is merely the opening act for a whole evening of 4/20 festivities including a performance from the Ying Yang Twins and a consumption-friendly Colorado Cannabis Tours bus stationed outside.
Doors open at 6:30 for the 7:00 p.m. show. Admission costs between $15-$25 via Hold My Ticket.
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