The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: November 2017
November is upon us, and a bountiful joke harvest awaits. In addition to fine showings from our city’s theaters, which have imported the finest and funniest from across the country, Denver’s locally sourced talents are flourishing this month as well. The following list contains so many heavy hitters, comedy fans are sure to find themselves making difficult decisions about which performances to catch. Luckily for our giggle-gobbling readers, the laughs continue all month long.
The Phone It In Film Festival
Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m.
LFX Filmworks and Events Space
Spearheaded by hardworking Denver standup Zac Maas, the Phone It In Film Festival challenges local filmmakers, comedians, actors and other creatives to put logistical and financial hurdles aside and make films with the device nearest at hand — one that’s handily equipped with an HD camera. Adapted from Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy collective (whose roster of showcases also includes the enduringly popular Weeding Out the Stoned), Denver’s version of the Phone It In Film Festival has benefited from an Imagine 2020 grant. The rules are simple: Submissions must be no longer than three minutes, films must be shot on smartphones without the aid of special lenses, and they can’t be literal pornography. Beyond that, the only limits are contestants’ imaginations and the capabilities of their editing software. Participants can send a link to their films to Phone It In Comedy on its submission page by November 9, or merely show up to watch and judge at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. Donations of $5 are suggested at the door. Last year’s inaugural festival showcased over twenty different short films screening for a packed house, and this year’s soiree promises to be bigger and better — and will boast 100 percent more robots.
Lucha Libre & Laughs: Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die
Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.
The Oriental Theater
Rarely a month goes by without a Lucha Libre & Laughs showcase to recommend, and November is no exception. Join host Bobby Valentino (Greg Baumhauer), bumbling referee Nick Gossert, Antebellum ringside manager Alabaster Cain (Deacon Gray) and guest color commentators Ian Douglas Terry and Mitch Jones for an evening of jokes that hit almost as hard as the wrestlers. There will be ringside thrills aplenty supplied by Anaya, Filter, Danger Dean, Xander Kreed, Cody Devine and more, all of whom will face off before Allie Gato defends her Women’s Title against the Pumpkin Queen, Sage Sin. The title bout is a triple-threat match between Matt Cross, Mike Sydal and current champion Lonnie Valdez. With comics Brian Edmond (Atlanta), Kacy Dahl and headliner Mike Stanley on hand to sling jokes, it’s safe to say that Sexpot Comedy’s Lucha Libre & Laughs is back off the ropes with another fearsome night of entertainment unlike anything else in Denver. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I will also be telling jokes between matches). Tickets are $10 on the Oriental Theater’s box office page.
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