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Top Local Stand-Up Comics And Comedians In Denver

February 25, 2013 6:00 AM

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There are lots of great stand-up comedy spots in Denver and plenty of amazing national touring acts that hit each club every week. However, there are also many amazing local comedy acts that perform week after week and never leave the Mile High City. So why not add some variety to your weekly entertainment and check out some of these great local comedy acts? Plus, at these prices, it’s much cheaper than going to a movie and a lot more hilarious too.

Bad Times Extravaganza
at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
1260 22nd St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 578-0079
www.voodoocomedy.com

Playing the third Friday of every month at 10 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $5

What’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Remember that story, and now try to imagine what it would be like if local stand-up comics and improvisers took your terrible story and made it into comedy gold. That is just what happens at Bad Times Extravaganza, hosted by the hilarious and talented Sam Tallent and Ryan Mattingly. Every month, Mattingly and Tallent bring in special guest stars to share their stories of woe, and the greatest comedy minds in town then take their turn at making it funny. As Mattingly explains, “what separates the show from your basic stand-up show is the fact that all the comedians are writing things on the spot. It shows how quick Denver stand-up comics are, and it shows their ability to generate material on the spot that allows them to relate these stories to their own lives and to everyone else in the audience.”

(credit: bovinemetropolis.com)

(credit: bovinemetropolis.com)

On the Spot
at Bovine Metropolis
1527 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 758-4722
www.bovinemetropolis.com

Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $16 for the 8 p.m. show and $10 for the 10:15 p.m. show

For more than 12 years, On the Spot has been bringing hilarity to Denver. A rotating group of improvisers take turns in the weekly shows, using audience suggestions to improvise new scenes, games and even songs. It’s a lot like “Who’s Line is it Anyway” only without Drew Carey. Improv comedy can be a difficult art to master, and the comics at Bovine Metropolis have been doing it right for many years. Catch up to 25 different improv games in just one show, and enjoy watching some of the most hilarious comics in Denver show how funny they truly are.

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Adam Cayton-Holland
The Grawlix at The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-9984
www.grawlixcomedy.comPlaying the last Friday of every month at 10:30 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $10

Based out of Denver, Adam Cayton-Holland is one of the funniest talents around. You can catch him performing regularly at Comedy Works in Denver, as well as his monthly comedy show, “The Grawlix,” which takes place over at The Bug Theatre on the last Friday of every month and usually has lines wrapped around the block. If you’ve never had a chance to see Cayton-Holland, then be sure to head over to The Bug and catch The Grawlix, which will showcase this hilarious comedian along with fellow comedians Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy.

Impulse Theater
1634 18th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-2111
www.impulsetheater.com

Performances are Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $18

If you enjoy comedy, then check out the hilarious team at Impulse Theater in Denver. This improv comedy team brings 90 minutes of comedy gold week after week. Since it’s improvised, no two shows are alike because each performance includes audience suggestions and interaction. The trick to a strong improv comedy team is the chemistry between the players, and the group at Impulse has plenty of it. You’ll be able to enjoy 10 to 12 short scenes during each show, and you’ll want to go back again and again to catch the hilarity in action.

Hit and Run: Musical Improv
at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
1260 22nd St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 578-0079
www.voodoocomedy.com

Performances are every Friday at 9 p.m.
Price: Tickets are $9

Yes, Voodoo Comedy Playhouse is on this list twice, but that’s because it really has a lot of great shows happening seven days a week. If you are a fan of comedy and you enjoy musicals, then you simply have to check out “Hit and Run: Musical Improv.” It’s just like it sounds – based on a title suggestion from the audience, a team of amazing performers come together and create a completely original hour-long Broadway-style musical comedy. With live music, plenty of dancing and lots of emotion, this musical improv show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The show features some of the best musical theater talent in Denver, so you know it’s going to be great.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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