Early philosophers often engaged in debates concerning the nature of humor, posing each other enigmatic questions beginning with "What's the deal with" and ending with "Am I right?" Indulge in classic rhetoric with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a comedy package at Improv Denver (up to a $138 value). The comedy package includes:
- Two tickets to a show (a $40 value)
- Two well drinks or domestic beer (up to an $18 value)
- Four tickets to a future show (an $80 value)
Part of a national network of comedy lounges, Improv Denver parades an eclectic lineup of modern jesters to conjure chuckles on its stage. The original Improv was founded in New York in 1963, shortly after humor was invented, and has since spread all over the country following an unstoppable deluge of spit-takes and pratfalls. Pairs sip at their well drink or domestic beer of choice and slap their knees to upcoming hilarious humanoid acts such as Shang, Kyle Dunnigan, or Lynne Koplitz. After ingesting their dose of prescription-strength laughter, Groupon customers will get four ticket vouchers good for future shows.
The first Improv comedy club had virtually nothing to do with comedy. Broadway producer Budd Friedman founded the now legendary franchise in 1963 as an intimate spot for performers to eat, drink coffee, and sing along to piano ditties after their shows. Soon after, the club’s first comedian, Dave Astor, performed on a whim to try out new material. The stand-up set was a hit and led to the venue’s eventual transformation into a full-blown comedy club. New York’s hottest comedians would do nearly anything to be featured on the Improv stage; for instance, it's rumored that Lily Tomlin hijacked a parked limousine in order to make a stunning entrance when first meeting Budd.
A recent addition to the respected chain of Improv comedy clubs—where comedic heavyweights such as Andy Kaufman, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld first started working the stand-up circuit—Denver Improv lives up to the reputation set by its preceding locations by hosting a full calendar of well-known comics and promising up-and-comers. Audience members can fuel laughter with pub grub such as potato skins and pulled pork sandwiches, all while sipping a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.
8246 E 49th Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80238