Category Archives: Local Comics

Louis Johnson

Seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, A&E, B.E.T. and his own Showtime Comic of the Month Special. Plus, over 20 U.S.O. World Comedy Break Tours for troops. Currently headlining comedy clubs, major cruise lines, colleges, corporate events. He’s also a founding member of the critically acclaimed The S.E.L.L.O.U.T. Comedy Tour. He recently headlined at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Indianapolis News says, “His jokes make fun of life’s everyday occurrences that break all racial and economic barriers.”

CBSDenver.com said Johnson is the “Owner of the gift that every comic craves-the ability to draw the long hearty laughs from start to finish.”

The Boulder Daily simply states that, “There was only one difference between us. He was funny-very funny.”

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Phil Palisoul

Phil Palisoul has made his living as a comedian for over 20 years. In that time, he’s been all over the world, performing in such far flung places as Hong Kong, China, Juneau, Alaska and Billings, Montana. He recently toured Afghanistan to perform for the troops with Comics on Duty. He’s worked with and won the respect of some of the biggest names in comedy, like Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and George Lopez.

Phil has made dozens of TV appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, two seasons of Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. In the summer of 2013, Phil took first place at The Great American Comedy Festival, in Johnny Carson’s hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska.

Having performed for countless clubs, corporations and cruise ships, Phil is comfortable in any venue. From funky bar-rooms to luxury theaters, small rooms, big rooms or no room at all – he’s been there/done that – and done it well! Alongside his successful standup career, Phil worked as a TV writer for a number of years in LA on every major network, as well as Comedy Central.

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AJ Finney

Stylistically manic, artistically brilliant, AJ Finney is an eclectic Midwesterner with a passion for the psychedelic scene of the Sixties. Comedy, jam bands and Volkswagens — that’s him.

He’s an eco-friendly, improvisational, sometimes philosophical, patchouli-soaked quipster. AJ’s organic approach is refreshing and his poetic stream of consciousness style makes for a colorful and unforgettable comedic experience. His audience (much like the Deadheads) are finding him through alternative venues such as music festivals, head shops, and record stores.

AJ joined TJ Miller on his Meticulously Ridiculous tour in 2015. In 2014 AJ was crowned “Best of the Midwest” winner at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids. He was also featured on the FOX television show Laughs, and was one of the 100 performers chosen for Season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. In 2013 he was a semifinalist in Comedy Central’s Up Next. He was a finalist in the 2011 San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He was voted “Best in Fest” at the 2011 Detroit LaughFest and was a finalist in HBO’s Lucky 21 comedy competition.

AJ is an effective and engaging storyteller with a rhythm that quickly pulls you into his world. You’ll laugh until you leave and then later you’ll laugh again.

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Andrew Orvedahl

Andrew Orvedahl is a stand-up comedian from Denver, Colorado, who has spent the last fifteen years performing in clubs, colleges and comedy festivals from coast to coast. His stand-up has been seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as Last Call with Carson Daly and Flophouse on Vice. He is also the co-creator and co-star of the sitcom Those Who Can’t, which is set to debut its third season on TruTV this winter.

Andrew’s comedy style mixes observational jokes with true stories. His debut album, Hit the Dick Lights, was one of the top ten comedy albums in Time Out New York magazine, and averages 18,000 listens a month on Spotify.

Currently Andrew splits his time between Los Angeles and Denver, and is hard at work writing some new shows and movies.

Get tickets HERE to see Andrew LIVE November 7 & 20, 2018!

Adam Cayton-Holland Publishes First Book

Denver native and Comedy Works’ regular, Adam Cayton-Holland has published a tragicomic memoir remembering his funny yet incredibly honest relationship with his younger sister and her suicide. Tragedy Plus Time is set to release on August 21st.

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.

We know Cayton-Holland from Tru TV’s Those Who Can’t, CONAN, The Late Late Show and of course, our very own Comedy Works’ stage. But this is a side of Cayton-Holland unbeknownst to the comedy world. Cayton-Holland always knew he wanted to be a writer but he never imagined this would be his first published book’s subject.

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 – which is pretty much how I’ve operated ever since Lydia passed away.

The Cayton-Holland’s had three children: Anna, Adam and Lydia. All of which had developed OCD by the time they were teenagers. Anna found her peace through law, Adam with comedy but Lydia, quite arguably the brightest of them all, struggled to find her place. When Adam sunk into a deep depression his freshman year of college, Lydia pulled him out. Later when Lydia begins to slip into her own depression, although he tries, Adam couldn’t return the favor.

Cayton-Holland recommends his book to anyone who has suffered a major loss. Mental illness is no longer something to whisper about but to learn and to understand from. Cayton-Holland’s Tragedy Plus Time aims to guide the grieving, relate to the ones left behind and remember those who’ve gone too soon.

Pre-order Tragedy Plus Time here!

 

 

Heartfelt and Brilliant – Patton Oswald

Tragedy Plus Time absolutely gutted me- then it filled me with hope. I hate that Adam has this story to tell, but he tells it so beautifully. – Tig Notaro 

A searing memoir… This is Cayton-Holland’s heartbreaking word of genius. He writes with candor and care of Lydia’s bright light and his own darkest hour, making for an unforgettable read. – Booklist 

 

 

Adam Cayton-Holland will be headlining Comedy Works Downtown October 3rd. Get your tickets here!