The comedy shows playing in Denver during 2017 are sure to make you laugh. Each month, you will find a few big-name comedians at places such as The Paramount Theater, The Buell, or the Pepsi Center.
However, the heart of the comedy scene here is in our smaller clubs all around town. Some of my favorites include the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Comedy Works, and Denver Improv.
Read on for a calendar of top performances, details on some of my favorite clubs, and other tips that will keep you laughing your entire visit!
Address: 3120 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205
For some great comedy in Denver, head to Backstage at Beryl's in the RiNo district. The venue hosts local and national improv, standup, and sketch performers.
It's not all laughs here though as this venue also schedules variety and live music shows. Regularly occurring programs include drinking games, trivia, and unscripted reality TV and radio shows. Most shows cost $10; some are free.
Because it's located within Beryl's Beer Company, patrons can enjoy barrel-aged, hand-crafted brews. If you're hungry, food trucks come on Fridays and Saturdays.
Address: 8246 E 49th Ave., #1400, Denver, CO 80238
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10 p.m., and 10:15 p.m.
Age Restrictions: 21 and older
This nationwide chain of clubs schedules both well-known and up-and-comers four to five nights a week. Ticket prices are reasonable, but try to find a coupon through Goldstar, LivingSocial, or Groupon for discounted tickets. For headliner shows, get there early to nab the best seats.
Dining options include sriracha candied "baconispy" chicken wings (what they refer to as "man candy"), flatbread pizzas, pulled pork, and funnel cake fries. Two-item minimum per person.
Address: 1260 22nd Street, Denver, CO 80205
Age Restrictions: 21 and older after 10:30 p.m.
Situated in downtown's LoDo district, Voodoo Comedy Playhouse features improv and sketch comedy. Fridays are dedicated to karaoke, and there's no cover charge or drink minimum that night. Brave singers take the stage at 11 p.m.
The venue regularly schedules more than 20 diverse, unscripted shows with tickets ranging from $5 to $10. A secret gem: Stick around after your show to see the next one for free!
Voodoo offers many classes for those courageous enough to try their hand at comedy. The venue also includes a fully stocked bar and roomy patio where you can enjoy a drink before or after a show.
Address: 417 E 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
Now in its 27th season, Avenue Theater offers performances three nights a week. The intimate venue is the only remaining brick-and-mortar playhouse in the Capitol Hill Theater District. Because the theater is run by the nonprofit Avenue Theater Group, donations are always appreciated.
The theater offers a dinner show package that includes $3 off tickets and a three-course meal (salad, entree, dessert) for $26 a person. You can also check out the many dining options in the neighborhood.
Just four blocks from downtown's legendary Brown Palace Hotel, the theater has easy parking and nearby RTD service.
Address: 1226 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
Age Restrictions: 18 and older on Wednesday nights, otherwise 21 and older unless stated
Voted multiple times as the city's Best Comedy Club, this is a great place to check out some comedy in Denver. Since opening in 1981, Comedy Works Downtown has hosted top comedians such as Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dennis Miller. The club also develops homegrown talent, such as Josh Miller, winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."
The venue, located in Larimer Square, features performers most nights of the week. Tickets start at $12. Those looking to break into the biz can sign up for a slot on Tuesday's New Talent Nights.
Address: 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
The downtown Comedy Works location branched out in 2008 when it opened its south location in Greenwood Village. Like the flagship location, Comedy Works South books well-known comedians such as Christopher Titus and Jon Lovitz. This venue also hosts private functions in addition to comedy shows.
The drink menu in the showroom features an extensive list of Scotch, bourbon, mojitos, margaritas, and frozen and hot beverages; food choices are American fare. Lucy Restaurant, located just above the club, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lila B Lounge on the first floor is great for drinks and small plates before or after a comedy show.