Ten Things to Do in Denver for Under $10 (Six Free)
By Westword Staff
Having fun and experiencing all that Denver has to offer needn’t be the sole purview of bourgeois weekenders. Our city is too vibrant, too filled with the creations of odd characters to let something like pricey tickets keep you homebound. The following list offers ten wildly different opportunities to engage with the multi-colored tapestry of Denver culture, with everything from LGBTQ-friendly comedy to summertime festivals, film screenings and miniature opera shows. Keep reading for ten great local events you can attend for less than ten American dollars.
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. In her eponymous talk show Ellen, with its entrance boogies, viral stunts and goofy guest appearances, she invented a distinct style of her 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 show 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 events 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 evening’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.
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