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How to See Standup Comedy Every Night of the Week in Denver, Colorado

Denver’s standup scene is as vibrant as ever—and the host of reside performances occurring each night time show it.

By Jerilyn Forsythe | Might 7, 2019

I really like standup comedy. And Denver’s scene right now, properly, it’s good. However it could additionally really feel a bit insular, which is why we’re giving it some love by speaking about the myriad standup exhibits that call Denver house. There are literally performances occurring every night in the Mile Excessive City; under, discover a curated listing of open mics, showcases, and particular occasions for every night time of the week.

Disclaimer: Normally, there are both spoken and unspoken rules to seeing standup. Number one, two, and three are principally don’t be a d*ck. Getting on stage is more durable than you assume, so please be respectful of performers by following venue rules, protecting quiet throughout sets, and—as all the time—laughing freely. Furthermore, included in the under record are some open mics, which, as I discussed above, can really feel just a little insider-y. Don’t fret; most comedians are completely satisfied to have a “civilian” in the audience on whom to check their jokes. Briefly: Go together with an open thoughts and prepared to snort.

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MONDAYS

Final Monday of the Month at the Monkey Bar: Month-to-month’n Around
Head to the Monkey Bar on the final Monday of the month for Month-to-month’n Round, a collection hosted by Kyle Burtman. The once-a-month event brings a set of native and visiting comics to the stage and, as its just over one-year-old, we only anticipate its laughs to get louder. The venue, the Monkey Bar—a delightfully cozy dive in the Art District on Santa Fe—has beer pong, flip-cup, and pickle photographs, so be happy to keep late or get there early to imbibe in all of its choices; just ensure to hold the noise to a minimum while the comics are on stage. Last Monday of the month at eight p.m., 1112 Santa Fe Dr.; free, plus libations

Every Monday at Lion’s Lair: Open Mic
Just lately, in an try to woo a pal into accompanying me to an open mic well beyond my ordinary bedtime on a Monday night time, I despatched this textual content: “You’ll laugh! You’ll cringe! You’ll overall mildly enjoy yourself and be glad you came. Plus: Cheap beer.” The text labored. It’s also true; attendees of Lion’s Lair’s weekly open mics should come prepared to journey the nice wave of open mic standup comedy. There are peaks, there are valleys, and—as in the case of most open mics—most (if not all) of the room is made up of different comedians. The Monday night time open mic at the East Colfax dive is particular although—it’s the Mile Excessive Metropolis’s longest operating open mic and, experience-wise, has one of the most numerous signup sheets. It additionally has the certain raw, gritty je ne sais quoi that encapsulates the comedy scene. Positive, they’ll be occasions you’re so uncomfortable that you simply’ll want to avoid eye contact with whoever is on stage, however for those who love comedy and need to get an actual, intimate portrait of the comedian’s hustle, then Lion’s Lair ought to be on your comedic bucket listing. Every Monday night time round 10:30 p.m., 2022 E. Colfax Ave.; free, plus booze

TUESDAYS

Every Tuesday at Comedy Works: New Expertise Night
There could also be no higher place to see the Mile Excessive Metropolis’s rising stars than Comedy Works. The downtown comedy club is an incubator for native expertise, and its Tuesday evening show puts up-and-coming comics on the stage for brief, open-mic-style units. New Expertise Night is so good that celebrities like Dave Chappelle and Mike Birbiglia have been recognized to drop in unexpectedly (no less than, according to Comedy Works’ web site). So maintain your eyes peeled—and take word of the on-stage faces, since you is perhaps seeing an entire lot extra of them. The present is just $12, plus the membership’s traditional two-item minimum, which is a steal for seeing some of the greatest new talent in the city. Most Tuesday nights beginning at 8 p.m., 1226 15th St.; see Comedy Works’ full calendar here

Every Tuesday at Black Buzzard: Open Mic Comedy Night
The opening of Black Buzzard is arguably one of the greatest things that happened to Denver comedy last yr. The intimate, subterranean venue—an offshoot of Oskar Blues’ LoDo outpost at 16th and Market streets—has grow to be a vivacious alcove for some of the city’s greatest units. Every Tuesday night time, an open mic is hosted by Janae Burris, one of 303’s picks for the 5 Funny Ladies You Want to Know in Denver, the New Faces Champion of Comedy Works’ annual hunt for brand spanking new expertise in 2016, and founding member of the now defunct-group Pussy Bros. (which was featured on NBC’s 1st Look). Every Tuesday night time beginning at 9:30 p.m., 1624 Market St.; free

WEDNESDAYS

First Wednesday of the Month at Infinite Monkey Theorem: Uncorked
When you love wine and laughing, boy is that this occasion for you. Head to Infinite Monkey’s RiNo taproom for this monthly showcase, hosted by Meghan DePonceau. The local performer cofounded That’s My Jam, the umbrella for a set of tasks, together with a podcast referred to as Scorching Buns and Shanty City, a “traveling house party comedy show.” The first Wednesday of each month beginning at 8 p.m., 3200 Larimer St.; free

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Second Wednesday of the Month at Call to Arms Brewing: The Kickback Comedy Present
Head to the Berkeley brewery for this monthly present, hosted by Katie Bowman, an open mic common who has carried out at Denver’s High Plains Comedy Pageant and the Longmont Snort Fest. Kickback’s lineup varies each time, and includes a hodgepodge of native and out-of-town humorists to hold things recent. In the event you take pleasure in this occasion, contemplate going to its sister show, Research Hall, the place you’ll probably see the “before” product: seasoned entertainers testing out new materials. Research Hall happens on the final Wednesday of the month. The second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 4526 Tennyson St.; free

Every Wednesday at LoDo’s: Comedy Buffet
Load up on as much comedy and tacos as you possibly can at this weekly “buffet.” The downtown sports bar might feel like an unlikely selection for comedy, however LoDo’s has been internet hosting this laugh-out-loud showcase for some time. Get reeled in with free tacos (starting around 7 p.m.), then hooked by the offbeat humor of local funny man and host Ben Kronberg. Every Wednesday beginning at eight:30 p.m., 1946 Market St.; free

THURSDAYS

Every Thursday at Sushi Hai: Highlands Comedy Show
Branded the “The Best Sushi Comedy Show in the World,” this weekly showcase is hosted by local performer Jon Wilkins, who puts together a lineup of local and national acts who chances are you’ll acknowledge from the levels of Comedy Works, the Denver Improv in Stapleton, and Loonees Comedy Corner in Colorado Springs. Every Thursday starting at 7 p.m., 3600 W. 32nd Ave.; $10 cowl (reservation advisable)

First Thursdays at Mutiny Cafe: Queen Metropolis Companion
This hour-long show does things a bit of in a different way. Hosted by Jen Kolic and Brian Flynn, Queen Metropolis Companion invites native writers and performers to tell fictitious stories on stage. The imaginative storytelling is a welcomed twist on traditional standup, and a deal with for the thoughts. Plus, should you haven’t been to Munity, a relic of South Broadway, a go to to the cafe/comic ebook retailer is an experience in itself. First Thursday of each month at 8 p.m., 2 S. Broadway; free

Second Thursdays  at Grandma’s House Brewery: Grandma’s Comedy
Dad jokes are taken to one other degree at this South Broadway brewery, the place you’ll take pleasure in laughs courtesy of host Jon Spurgfin and his curated lineup, all in the comfort of an area that is as snug as your grandma’s front room. Second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m., 1710 S Broadway; free, plus beer

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FRIDAYS

Every Friday at Dean Ween’s Honey Pot Lounge: the Devil’s Lettuce
Head to one of Denver’s only social-consumption licensed businesses, which doubles as the city’s first cannabis-friendly concert venue, for an evening of strange and undoubtedly stoned humor. The South Broadway lounge (which used to be Vape and Play earlier than it was taken over by new management earlier this yr) feels a bit like a bar, except there’s no booze—solely bongs and different consumption units. It’s BYOW, so be happy to deliver your personal vape pen or flower, and seize a snug seat up entrance. The present is hosted by comedic couple and native open mic regulars Alison Rose and Zeke Herrera. Every Friday starting around eight p.m., 1753 S. Broadway; $7.50 for members, ask about nonmember pricing at the door

Second Fridays at the Lake Home at Cherry Creek: Float Your Boat
A singular and stately venue, this sit-down joint at the Marina at Cherry Creek State Park touts itself “Denver’s only beachside venue.” The view is actually fairly pretty, and positively a welcomed change of surroundings for hard-hustling comics who’re probably used to performing in dungeon-like rooms. The comedians, who come from near and much, are coordinated by Terri Barton Gregg of Hold Please Productions. Second Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. (doorways open at 6:30 p.m.), 4800 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village; $15 ($4 goes to Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

Second Fridays at Chain Reaction Brewing Firm: Comedy Night
The showcase is hosted by native comic and improviser Steve Vanderploeg, who has carried out at comedy festivals across the nation, together with Excessive Plains Comedy Pageant in Denver and the Bay Space’s SF Sketchfest. Every month the lineup modifications, however you possibly can anticipate to see acquainted faces, as well as performers from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The present was voted greatest comedy night time in Westword’s reader’s selection awards earlier this yr. Second Friday of every month, starting at eight p.m., 902 S. Lipan St.; free, plus beer

Third Friday of the Month at Diebolt Brewing Firm: Clean Slate
As you may need observed, local breweries are hospitable and gracious hosts of native comedy productions huge and small. Head to this intimate Sunnyside brewery for a showcase of local and traveling expertise organized by Kira MagCalen of OdDmosis. Food vans are often onsite; you will discover their schedule on Diebolt’s Fb web page. Third Friday of each month starting at eight p.m., 3855 Mariposa St.; free, plus beer

Final Friday of the Month at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre: We Still Like You
Hosted by the aforementioned Kira MagCalen and Alison Rose (host of the Devil’s Lettuce), this storytelling showcase rigorously selects performers to come on stage and share their most embarrassing, cringeworthy, and shameful moments. The tales are adopted by “We still like you” shouts from the audience, which is an exquisite and intentional train of collective unconditional love and acceptance. You may cry, but you’ll undoubtedly snort at this energetic celebration of humanity. Final Friday of every month starting at 11 p.m., 2620 W. 2nd Ave., #1; $10

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Once-a-Month Saturdays at the Oriental Theater: Lucha Libre & Laughs
Watch local heavy hitters take it to the streets at this amateur-wrestling-meets-professional-comedy extravaganza. Whereas the wrestlers duke it out, comedian hosts present epic commentary to take the present’s leisure factor up even a number of extra notches. The raucous six-year-old present doesn’t stay in the bounds of the ropes of the stage, so be ready for some, er, crowd work. Word: For unknown (to us) reasons, the Might occasion is diverting from regular scheduling and will take place on Wednesday, Might 14 at Ratio Beerworks (7 p.m., free). The June event will resume per ordinary at eight p.m. on Friday, June 7

SATURDAYS

Saturdays at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse: LMAO Stand Up Comedy Showcase
If Voodoo isn’t already in your radar, it ought to be. The 5 Points comedy membership is a stalwart member of Denver’s comedy scene, including being one of the largest academics of aspiring funny individuals, with several ongoing and one-off courses, including a brand new standup course taught by Christie Buchele. Its Friday night time showcase features ever-changing lineups, including Colorado comics as nicely nationally touring comedians. Every Friday at eight p.m., 1260 22nd St.; $16–$18 at the door

SUNDAY

Second Sundays at Marquis Theater: The Ruckus Comedy Social gathering
Hosted by Matt Cobos, Pat Richardson and Cory Helie (pictured above), this energetic Sunday night time present has all of it—comedy, music, even professional headliners. The Ruckus Comedy Social gathering has seen the likes of Adam Cayton-Holland, who cofounded the Grawlix and writes for TruTV’s These Who Can’t, and Sam Tallent, an enormous fish in Denver’s comedy pond, whose crowd-work could have you doubled over. Second Sunday of the month at 7 p.m., 2009 Larimer St.; $10–$12


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Jerilyn Forsythe, Digital Associate Editor

Jerilyn Forsythe co-directs 5280.com’s editorial strategy, produces the Native (a every day publication), and oversees 5280’s digital internship program. Comply with her on Instagram or Twitter @jlforsyt.