Laughing uproariously in public is sometimes inappropriate, which is why people feel most comfortable laughing in comedy clubs or into a jar in the bathroom. Let it all out with this GrouponLive deal to see a comedy showcase at the Denver Improv. For $20, you get a comedy-show package (up to a $52.99 total value) that includes:
- Two tickets to a comedy show, not including special events (up to a $40 value). All seating is first come, first served. Comedy shows require a two-drink minimum per person (not included in this deal).
- One appetizer or sandwich (up to a $12.99 value).
As part of the revered chain of Improv comedy clubs––where greats such as Jay Leno, Robin Williams, and Jerry Seinfeld honed their chops early in their careers––Denver Improv continues its namesake’s storied legacy with performances by big-name comedians and up-and-comers. Actor Steve Byrne (October 28), star of the TBS series Sullivan and Son, takes a break from entertaining the troops on USO tours and appearing in films such as Couples Retreat to ignite belly laughs with his physical standup comedy and witticisms inspired by his Korean and Irish heritage. Known for his bewildering stamina, as seen in the documentary 13 or Bust, where he attempted 13 Manhattan shows in one night, Byrne barely takes a breath during his barrage of punch lines.
Denver Improv’s calendar of upcoming jokesters also includes Def Comedy Jam and Comic View veteran Shang Forbes (November 1–4), who sprays his cunningly satirical aerosol into the sociopolitical climate. Chris Rock’s little brother, Tony Rock (November 29–December 2), also contributes to the assault on funny bones with bits that riff on hot-button topics such as racism and bedroom antics. As laughter loosens inhibitions, the club’s menu loosens belts with an array of delicious options, such as the Dip Trio appetizer with spinach artichoke, black bean, and queso dips, and the hearty blue-cheese-and-bacon burger.
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.