Chris Hardwick Praises Comedy Works for Using Yondr

Chris Hardwick is a comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer and producer. Recently, Hardwick had some good words to share about his past weekend at Comedy Works in April on his podcast called Idiot with Chris Hardwick.

“You sort of forget that people, even if it’s just a little bit, they’re just not in the moment at all times. And having not been in a situation for so long where everyone was just engaged in something without being on their devices, it was… UN-F*%$ING-BELIEVABLE!”

As most Comedy Works’ regulars know, Yondr is a company that we have chosen to create a more substantial comedy experience. Yondr creates little “sleeping bags” for phones that lock with the clasp of a magnet.The phones stay in possession of the owner and are unlock-able at any showroom exit. We use these bags at each show to ensure a quiet, interruption-free environment.

Contrary to Hardwick’s timeline, Comedy Works has used Yondr since 2016, but he was correct in saying Dave Chappelle introduced us to the company.

Yondr hasn’t been limited to our home-club shows. Comedy Works has been seen Yondring at places like the Bellco Theatre and Red Rocks Ampitheatre.

 

Comedy Works’ Headliners at Bonnaroo 2018

Taylor Tomlinson and Aparna Nancherla have been confirmed for Bonnaroo’s 2018 Comedy Lineup.

Bonnaroo is a music and arts festival held in Manchester, Tennesse. This year Bonnaroo will feature two ladies you might recognize from Comedy Works: Taylor Tomlinson and Aparna Nancherla.  

Taylor Tomlinson, Comedy Works South 12/09/17
Taylor Tomlinson will be back at Comedy Works Downtown May 16-19
Aparna Nancherla will make her Comedy Works Downtown debut November 15-17

Nate Bargatze on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Again.

Nate Bargatze can be recognized most recently from his half-hour special on Netflix’s The Standups or his 6 plus times on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He currently has a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop his own TV show based on his life. Jerrod Carmichael is set to write and executive produce the TV show.

Bargatze was welcomed by Jimmy Fallon for the 7th time last month:

 

 

See Nate Bargatze LIVE! Comedy Works South at the Landmark in Greenwood Village May 24-26! 

Major May Friday for Josh Blue!

Comedy Works’ most widely recognized comedian, Josh Blue will be on The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon this Friday, May 4th!

Friday, May 4th, Josh Blue will be featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 10:30PM on NBC. Although this is Josh’s first time on The Tonight Show, he is pretty familiar with NBC. Josh won NBC’s Last Comic Standing back in 2006 and credits his career explosion to the attention and endearment he earned from Last Comic Standing. Along with being accustom to NBC, Josh has had his fair share of talkshow appearances.

  • Josh Blue was the first comedian to preform comedy on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
  • Featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • Comedy Central Special Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue 
  • Showtime Special: Sticky Change

 

Watch Josh Blue’s Tonight Show Debut at Josh Blue’s Very Own Art Exhibit!

You may know Josh from his nationally recognized comedy, but did you know he is an artist as well as a comedian? Josh has had several art exhibits around Denver and during the whole month of May, you can experience his art for yourself! Josh’s art is inspired by his childhood in Africa and features sculptors, paintings and masks. 

Where: Ion Gallery 2049 Larimer St
When: May 1-31
Josh Blue will be at the exhibit on May 4th to premiere his debut on The Tonight Show at the gallery.
Live Music ⋅ Meet Josh Blue ⋅ Purchase Art

 

 

Don’t miss Josh Blue at Comedy Works South at the Landmark July 6 & 7!!

Upcoming Netflix Specials with Comedians You’ve Seen at Comedy Works

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives on Netflix May 8th
– Seen at Comedy Works July 2017 

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife on Netflix May 13th
– Seen at Comedy Works September 2016

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life on Netflix May 25
– Tickets still available at Red Rocks Ampitheatre August 6, 2018

Gabriel Iglesias: One Show Fits All as well as another stand-up special not yet named and a TV series called “Mr. Iglesias.” Netflix has not posted premiere dates for any of these just yet.
– dedicated his last concert in Denver to Comedy Works in December 2017

Talkin Shop with Wende Curtis

Talkin’ Shop, a podcast hosted by local Denver comic, Anthony Crawfordfocuses on the best and most respected people in comedy. This week’s episode featured Comedy Works’ own, Wende Curtis. 

 photo credit: Andrew Bray
“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).

Listen to Wende talk about:

–  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

 

Yondr Spreads to Schools

Do these look familiar? 

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.

What are your opinions on using Yondr in schools?