“They don’t F*$%#ing get it,” Curtis whispers as she explains Comedy Works compared to its rivals.
The basement of the Granite Building has been home to the famous Comedy Works downtown showroom since 1981. Ranked in the “Top 20 Things To Do in Denver” on TripAdvisor.com, going to a show at Comedy Works is unlike any comedy club experience in the country.
“There’s something so magical about that room,” Curtis, Comedy Works’ CEO, muses. The shadowy basement that seats over 200 customers “like little sardines” is unique and quaint to Curtis. When she says they just don’t get it, she’s talking about the variety of other comedy clubs who don’t favor the close-knit, underground room. But to so many, Comedy Works’ downtown showroom is the best stage they’ve ever performed on. As Dave Chappelle put it, “Comedy Works is the best independent comedy club in the United States.” (And Chappelle prefers the downtown club to our other club).
– creating space for young comedy after The Squire Lounge closed
– booking TJ Miller in the wake of the #MeToo movement
– how to evolve the club with the times
– being a female business owner in a male-dominated industry
Anyone who has been to Comedy Works in the past year or so can relate to the phenomenon that is Yondr. Yondr is a company that prides itself in creating a phone-free environment. These little sleeping bags for your phone are made out of soft, durable material that lock with the shut of a magnet. The bags keep you from using your phone during an event but it does not block your service.
Since the creation of Yondr in 2014, huge names like comedian Dave Chappelle and musician Donald Glover have utilized Yondr on their tours. Fast forward 4 years and Yondr is being used in schools. Students at a Massachusetts high school are subjected to Yondr bags all day long and do not get unlocked until dismissal time. Other schools reported using Yondr in Canada, New York and Nevada.
Denver’s own Adam Cayton-Holland has started 2018 with a bang releasing a new comedy album and publishing his first book!
Check out his comedy album titled Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits, released on Comedy Central March 23, 2018. Find the album on iTunes
Also be on the look out for Cayton-Hilland’s first book titled Tragedy Plus Time. Now available for pre-order, officially on sale August 21, 2018. Purchase yours at TragedyPlusTimeBook.com
Adam say about the book, “Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to publish a book – long before comedy or anything. When people asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, I told them, ‘A writer.’ But I never in a million years would have thought the subject matter of my first book would be the suicide of my little sister, whom I love and miss so much. I’m excited and heartbroken… I’m sure anyone who has suffered through such a major loss can relate. But this book helped me grieve… And as sad as it is, I did my best to make it funny and honest too, like Lydia was. Like my family is. It’s a tribute to the littlest member of our clan who burned so brightly, and it’s an honest look at mental illness and mourning. So pre-order the book if you feel so inclined. Get to know an amazing person gone too soon, one I miss and love dearly. Every single day.”
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Catch Ben Higgins performing stand-up on New Talent Night at Comedy Works Downtown, airing this Saturday, Jan 20 on NBC’s 1st Look (after SNL)! Thanks to the Pussy Bros.(Rachel Weeks, Christie Buchele, Janae Burris) for giving the bachelor some pointers.
“Speaking of albums, you recorded your 2011 album, Coke Money, at Comedy Works. What do you think makes the club an ideal setting for album recordings?
Ask any comic and they will probably tell you that Denver’s Comedy Works is the best club in the U.S. I’m assuming it’s a mixture of the low ceilings and slightly raked stage of the club and the amazing Denver crowds.”
Tuesday, October 10th David Rodriguez, Mike Hammock, Zach Reinert, and Geoff Tice were all promoted into Comedy Works Almost Famous Program, which puts them on track to becoming a roster comic at Comedy Works.
The process is not easy and it takes time to complete, but with hard work and dedication these men have done it! Congrats!