Understanding masked musicians: Marketing, mystery or privacy?

[caption id="attachment_102520" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Slow Magic performs at the Bluebird Theater Oct. 9, 2014. Photos by Juli Williams, heyreverb.com.[/caption] Since Liszt dazzled audiences with his feverish piano solos in the mid 19th century, musicians have grappled with the status of celebrity.

Why So Serious, Josh Blue?

[caption id="attachment_48473" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="If you wouldn't give this man the time of day on the street, you've clearly never seen his comedy."][/caption] In many ways, Josh Blue is an old-school showman.

Why So Serious, Bill Bellamy?

[caption id="attachment_42495" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Former MTV VJ and "Last Comic Standing" host Bill Bellamy brings his "Ladies Night Out" tour to the Improv this weekend."][/caption] Have you ever met someone whose emotional range is basically manic-to-screaming?

Why So Serious, Iliza Shlesinger?

[caption id="attachment_30255" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="\'Last Comic Standing\' champ Iliza Shlesinger has a joke that she can\'t stop telling about pizza and midgets, but you\'ll have to see her live at Comedy Works to hear it."][/caption] For this installment of "Why So Serious," we caught up with Iliza Shlesinger, winner of Season 6 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Like Denver favorite Josh Blue, Schlesinger got a significant bump from winning that program -- though she has worked hard to maintain her growing audience, going out of her way to perform multiple times every night of the week.

Why So Serious, Natasha Leggero?

[caption id="attachment_24612" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Natasha Leggero\'s on the hunt for pop culture targets."][/caption] Welcome to another "Why So Serious?" -- a column where we ask stand-up comedians five questions, and don't expect anything resembling straight answers.

Why So Serious, Fortune Feimster?

[caption id="attachment_57743" align="alignnone" width="610"] Fortune Feimster knows comedy gold when she hears it -- especially if it's coming from the mouths of her family members.

Comedy shows to benefit Aurora theater shooting victims

[caption id="attachment_38777" align="alignleft" width="610" caption="Doug Benson will play an Aurora theater shooting benefit at the Gothic Theatre. Photo courtesy of Robyn Von Swank."][/caption] Among the dozens of heartbreaking stories to come out of the Aurora theater shooting was that of Caleb Medley, a 23-year-old comedian who had advanced in Comedy Works' popular New Faces contest two days before being shot at the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20.

Louis C.K. skewing Ticketmaster and the truth behind money in comedy

[caption id="attachment_52007" align="alignleft" width="610" caption="In this April 28, 2012 file photo, Louis C.K. appears onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. After selling a comedy special directly to fans and upending the comedy business, C.K. is taking the same approach with tickets to his next tour."][/caption] Early on his new album "Animal Furnace," comedian and "30 Rock" writer Hannibal Buress eviscerates a college newspaper writer who clumsily revealed how much money Buress was making by playing the school.