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Top Upcoming Comedy Shows In Denver

February 17, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: Robert Dubac/vimeo)

(credit: Robert Dubac/vimeo)

(credit: Robert Dubac/vimeo) (credit: Robert Dubac/vimeo)

There are a lot of hilarious comedy shows to be seen in Denver. You can catch a lot of great touring stand-up comics at the big comedy clubs in town, but did you know that there are also several smaller theatres in the area that have weekly and monthly comedy shows to enjoy? Most of which even feature all local comics. Skip your weekly trip to the movies and try something a little different this weekend. Check out any of these hysterical comedy shows that take over smaller theaters throughout the Denver area.

The Grawlix
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-9984
www.grawlixcomedy.com

Visit The Bug Theatre on the last Friday of every month and you’ll find a long line filled with eager patrons clamoring to get a seat for the monthly comedy extravaganza that is The Grawlix. This is a comedy show unlike any other. With stand-up, sketch comedy and video segments, you’ll love all of the different ways that these funny men can make you laugh. The Grawlix has been seen on stages from New York to Seattle but it always comes home to Denver and the Bug Theatre – again the last Friday of every month.

Related: Top Local Stand-Up Comics And Comedians In Denver

Text-a-Saurus
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-9984
www.bugtheatre.org

Speaking of The Bug, there is another wonderful monthly comedy show that you simply need to see to believe. Text-a-Saurus is the child of funny man Deacon Gray, and it is the only stand-up comedy show that asks you to text during the show. The show starts as Deacon, your host, introduces you to the four stand-up comics for the night. You’ll get a short segment from each but as you watch, you are asked to text in new topics for the comics to joke about in the second half. When the second half rolls around, the comics have no idea what is coming at them, and they have to think on their feet to make your suggestions funny. It’s an hilarious concept, and you’ll love this unique comedy show, on the first Monday of the month at The Bug.

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

What happens when you take the scripts away from musical theatre actors? You get the only unscripted musical comedy show in town. The brilliant performers on stage will ask the audience for a suggestion of a title. From there, they create an hour-long Broadway-style musical comedy featuring live accompaniment, ballads, dancing and anything else you’d expect from a traditional musical. The team at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse has been hard at work bringing all sorts of great new comedy to its stage but Hit and Run Musical Improv is one show that remains a favorite and is sure to convert anyone who isn’t sure if improv comedy is for them. Check it out Friday nights at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse.

Related: Top Comedians In Denver

Denver’s Next Improv Star
Bovine Metropolis
1527 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 758-4722
www.bovinemetropolis.com

Back for a fifth season, Denver’s Next Improv Star kicks off at the Bovine Metropolis on February 22. This premier competition puts 15 improv actors against each other in a battle for the title. You’ll watch as the actors are put through a variety of both long-form and short-form improv competitions and games. Each week, there will be prizes and someone will be eliminated. Three judges hold the fate of these performers in their hands plus one night when the audience is in control of who goes home. Check out this fun improv show every Saturday night through May 17.

The Book of Moron
The Avenue Theatre
417 E. 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 321-5925
www.avenuetheater.com/Book_of_Moron

Date: March 7-23, 2014

“The Book of Moron” is part play/part stand-up comedy act but it is 100 percent the brilliance of comedian Robert Dubac. The concept of the play comes to life as Robert takes the persona of the “everyman” who has lost sight of the bigger picture. As this comedian is bombarded with propaganda and hype, he struggles to remember what his purpose is. It is the audience that gets to enjoy the ride as Robert uses his inner voices to find all of the answers. His Inner Idiot, Inner Child, Voice of Reason and more all take turns at the microphone, and you’ll laugh along with every single one of them.

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

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