Beth Stelling headlines Comedy Works Downtown January 4 through January 6.
The new year has arrived, and after a tumultuous time for comedy on both a local and national scale, it’s a relief to have a fresh start. Fortunately, Denver comedy is in fighting shape for 2018, and the city’s clubs, theaters and DIY venues all plan to put their best foot forward in the month ahead. Though primarily focused on standup showcases, our picks for the top ten comedy events in January also include movie-roasting, crowd-pleasing improv and Lucha Libre wrestling — an apt demonstration of the local comedy scene’s breadth and creativity. So make a resolution that you can surely keep: See more comedy shows in 2018. The following ten are a good start.
Thursday, January 4, through Saturday, January 6
Comedy Works Downtown
Beth Stelling’s profile continues to rise. After delivering a series of outstanding late-night appearances —seriously, who else could wring laughs from a guinea pig funeral?— on shows like Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Chelsea Lately, Stelling smashed her debut standup special on Comedy Central’s Half Hour series, followed up by another stellar half-hour on Netflix’s The Standups. She’s also a staff writer on the HBO series Crashing and appeared on the sitcom Red Oaks. Stelling is poised to truly conquer in 2018, so don’t miss the opportunity to see her perform now at the town’s premier comedy venue. Showtimes and admission prices vary; visit the Comedy Works’ box office page to learn more. Readers in the Fort Collins area can also catch Stelling on Sunday, January 7, at the Aggie Theatre, thanks to Fort Comedy.
Anthony Crawford enjoying himself at last year’s 50 First Jokes.