The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver: July 2017
Now that the dog days of summer are here, it’s time for another Westword inventory of the ten best comedy shows in Denver. Though July is dedicated to both ice cream and hot dogs, Denver’s comedians, producers and vendors haven’t taken the summer off. Indeed, so robust are the comedic offerings that winnowing the list down to ten was a challenge that led to omissions like Steve Martin and Martin Short’s two-man show on July 22 at the Bellco Theatre (which sold out long ago, anyway, but here’s a ticket link if you’re willing to face price gouging on the resale marketplace). With everything from the triumphant return of erstwhile local Chris Charpentier to visits from movie-riffing robots and none other than Dave Chappelle, we’re confident your ribs will be sufficiently tickled in July. Here’s our top ten, in chronological order.
Lucha Libre & Laughs
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.
The Oriental Theater
Lucha Libre & Laughs, the multiple Best of Denver-winning mashup of professional wrestling and standup comedy, returns to its home at the Oriental Theater with “A Winner Is You!,” featuring an exceptional lineup of performers both on the mic and in the ring. Including a title bout between LLL Tag Team Champions the Left Coast Guerillas and the Handicapped Heroes Gregory Iron and Zach Gowen (WWE), the ringside action should be more than enough to slake the bloodthirst of Lucha Libre & Laughs’ rowdy fans. Also featuring colorful commentary from Nathan Lund and Aaron Urist during the matches, along with performances from local favorites Geoff Tice and Phil Palisoul, Lucha Libre & Laughs is like no other show in town. Showtime is at 8 p.m., on Friday, July 7. Visit the Oriental Theater’s events page to learn more and buy tickets for $10.
Guest List: Comedy Album Recording
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Bakery Arts Warehouse
Last July, local comedian Ben Bryant took a big gamble on a new venture, a monthly standup and sketch comedy showcase called Guest List at the Bakery Arts Warehouse, a DIY-friendly venue that had never hosted comedy before. Investing large sums of time and money (scarce resources for comedians) into renting the space, curating the lineups and attracting a crowd, Bryant weathered the dizzying highs and dispiriting lows of producing a comedy show, persisting until he reached the milestone of a one-year anniversary. To celebrate, he’s inviting forty different local comics (including Westword‘s own Byron Graham) to perform streamlined three-minute sets and compiling the results into an album. Essentially a mixtape of some of Denver’s best comedians circa 2017, the recording is divided into two different shows, with one beginning at 8 p.m. followed by another at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Visit Guest List’sFacebook events page to learn more and follow the Eventbrite link to buy tickets, which cost $10.
(This is an excerpt from the full article.)