Comedy Clubs in Wheat Ridge


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  • Comedy Works
    Just over three decades ago, it seemed that New York, LA, and Chicago had a stranglehold on the standup circuit. For those with guts in need of busting and knees in need of slapping, the only alternatives were treks to the Catskills or nights spent snuggling with a Bob Newhart doll. Lucky for the Denver community, Doug Olson, Edd Nichols, and George McKelvey opened Comedy Works in 1981, the city's first club to specialize only in full-time standup. Unsurprisingly, it transformed the Southwest into a prime destination for the nation's top touring comedians, even landing a spot on USA Today's list of the Top 5 Comedy Clubs in the US. The downtown location, which still resides in the basement of the Granite Building, has played host to a who's-who of comedy throughout the decades. Roseanne Barr got her start doing open mics there, while Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, and George Lopez have all milked the mile-high elevation for maximum laughs. Now under the ace management of Wende Curtis (one of the country's few female comedy-club owners), Comedy Works has expanded to The Landmark at a second location known as Comedy Works South. The environs are decidedly posher than its predecessor's, with a 380-seat showroom, and accompanying restaurant, lounge, and ballroom. Despite the differences in atmosphere, both locations maintain the club's comedic pedigree and passion for nurturing the next generation of standups.
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    1226 15th St
    Denver, CO US
  • Denver Improv
    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.
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    8246 E 49th Ave.
    Denver, CO US
  • The Agency Sketch Comedy
    The Dinner Detective's renowned troupe of talented actors engages audiences with an evening of laughs, intrigue, and suspense as mock murder accompanies a four-course meal where everyone in attendance is a suspect. A dressed-down cast of professional Hollywood- and Chicago-trained sleuths circulates through the crowd, sniffing out phony alibis and asking the hard questions to solve the mystery of each whodunit. Before the night is over, the fictional criminal is cuffed and the most accurately detecting diner takes home a prize package. The Dinner Detective leases out its gumshoes to clean up crime during private events such as fundraisers, family reunions, or embezzlement hearings. The thespians have sharpened their entertaining chops by performing for such Fortune 500 companies as Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.
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    1260 22nd St.
    Denver, CO US
  • Bovine Metropolis Theater
    From basement beginnings to their own bona fide theatre space, the Bovine Metropolis Theater has nourished the improv community of Denver for over a decade. Co-owner and artistic director Eric Farone, who cut his comedic chops at famed Chicago institutions such as Second City and iO, and his cohort Denise Maes, have trained over 700 actors in the art of improvisation. Now with seven different shows and up to eight performances per week, the Bovine Metropolis Theater ensures that Denver never has a drought of quick-witted, off-the-cuff talent.
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    1527 Champa St.
    Denver, CO US
  • Mills Entertainment
    Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
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    1621 Glenarm Place
    Denver, CO US
  • Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
    Jump to: Reviews | Mystery, They Solved Gratify gastronome and gumshoe desires with today?s Groupon. For $35, you?ll get sips, savories, and sleuthing at Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, a whodunit dinner party voted best dinner theatre by A-List 7 voters ($53 to $61 value, depending on the night and location). Put your detective skills and Jessica Fletcher tendencies to good use as the show unfolds between four courses at the Embassy Suites hotel in Denver or the Millenium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder. A troupe of actors (theater, TV, and film-industry vets) pose as average patrons in the audience, so even the most instinctually astute will be left throwing around false accusations and making citizen arrests. Slyly scope out the scene while amusing your bouche with mini Asian spring rolls, quiches, or other appetizers upon arrival. Guests will enjoy a mixed green salad before selecting from the entr?e menu, which includes chicken, fish, and vegan options. Options vary slightly between the Denver menu and the Boulder menu, but your choices may include a classic London broil, chicken picatta, ginger salmon, or Tuscan penne pasta (vegetarian, but can be made vegan). Strategize potential suspects between forkfuls of dessert or sips of complimentary iced tea and coffee. Other beverages and libations are available for a nominal fee. Shows take place almost every Saturday and start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are based on availability; call the box office to confirm seating. Reviews Boulder?s Daily Camera appreciates the show for its surprising twists and secret thrills: What distinguishes The Dinner Detective from other local murder mystery shows is the audience members don't know who most of the actors are. That means that couple sitting across from you at your table may or may not have deadly motives. ? Mark Collins, Daily Camera CityVoters on Denver?s A-List voted it as the Best Theatre Group in the Denver Area: I've seen several murder mysteries, and this one tops them all! ? Yunie M. Mystery, They Solved Since the success of Murder, She Wrote, about a writer who solves mysteries, the television detective genre has tried to replicate the success of the show by finding other, non-detective livelihoods for amateur crime solvers. Here are some of the less-popular attempts: Monday Morning Detective: Pro quarterback Jake LaBeau has all the right moves on the field. But when he’s not avoiding sacks and completing passes, he’s training to become a licensed private detective. Unfortunately, his two worlds frequently collide, forcing Jake to solve football-related crimes. Also unfortunately, there were just not that many football-related crimes, and the show only lasted four episodes. The Barker: Carnival barker Percy “Barker” Barksdale has a sideline in solving crimes, but he’s got his work cut out for him each episode because the carnival is going to move in a few hours. America did not like the idea of a person getting murdered at the carnival every week, and the show was quickly cancelled. Dr. Detective: The idea of a doctor solving crimes is a great one, but most of the scripts were merely recycled episodes of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and featured an abundance of synchronized Swatches instead of crime solving. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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    7525 E Hampden Ave.
    Denver, CO US
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