Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 (Four Free)
BY DENVER WESTWORD STAFF
While living in Denver gets more expensive by the month, our fair city’s creative community has your entertainment needs covered. While there’s always plenty of marquee talent circulating through local venues, many budget-conscious Denverites balk at some of the steeper ticket prices. Fortunately for those destitute readers, we’ve scoured town for ten great events anyone can attend for less than ten American dollars, including four events that are entirely free. Anyone with an open mind and a crisp Hamilton will find plenty to do around town this weekend, from burlesque wiggles to drunken giggles.
Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.
After participating in a comedy scene for long enough, viewers who see comics perform over and over will learn not only their jokes, but their tics and idiosyncrasies as well. Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game has turned these observations into a rib-tickling and liver-pickling standup showcase. Co-produced by two open mic hosts —Caitie Hannan and Westword‘s own Byron Graham — who’ve both watched an inadvisable amount of local comedy, the format is fairly simple: Hannan and Graham write down their notes about each comic on a large easel pad and prompt the audience to drink each time the comic onstage says or does something on their list. Throughout the show, one of the hosts remains onstage in the role of “Designated Drunkard” to guide the audience and generally make a drunken spectacle of themselves. Inspired by “Wait, What?” a similarly boozy brouhaha run by New Orleans comics Geoffrey Gauchet and Isaac Kozell, very few shows achieve the same level of bacchanalian abandon. June’s lineup features local favorites Corey Rhoads, Aaron Maslow, Miriam Moreno, Ben Bryant and Anthony Crawford hitting El Charrito’s Comedy RoomRoom stage to entertain the boozy throngs. Tickets, $5, are available via Nightout.
Birthday Party with David Huntsberger
Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Blow out the candles because the Pussy Bros. are back with another Birthday Party, and they’ve got a real corker planned for June. Janae Burris, Rachel Weeks and Christie Buchele are three of Denver’s most prominent comics and well worth seeing on their own, but they’ve stuffed your goodie bags with giggles this month by booking David Huntsberger to headline, thus concluding his brief run of local shows. Former co-host of the Professor Blastoff podcast and SYFY’s Reactor, Hunstberger 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. The theme this month is “pajama party,” so join the Bros. along with DJ Erin Stereo in your coziest or comeliest nighttime attire. While the name “Birthday Party” is usually just meant to evoke a celebratory atmosphere, this show just so happens to nearly coincide with Buchele’s own birthday, which means there’s the bonus entertainment of watching her try and keep it together. Tickets, $5, are available via Nightout.