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Adam Cayton-Holland lands on Esquire.com, Wired.com, in Montreal for Just for Laughs (news)

'What's that over there? The future, you say?' Photo courtesy of Adam Cayton-Holland.

'What's that over there? The future, you say?' Photo courtesy of Adam Cayton-Holland.

When comedians do well they kill, or crush. When they don’t, they die. Fortunately, for Denver comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, it’s been a crushing, killer week. And it’s only two days long.

As one-third of the Grawlix monthly alt-comedy show and FunnyOrDie.com web series, Cayton-Holland is well known to stand-up fans in the Mile High City. But today he capped off a successful couple weeks for him and the scene in general with a mention on Esquire.com’s “Best New Comedians” 2012 feature.

And before you bemoan the fact that click-baiting lists are a dime a dozen online, consider the fact that it’s Esquire. And that Cayton-Holland is in some pretty fine company, including Chelsea Peretti, Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane, Tig Notaro and Rory Scovel. Also consider that the panelists choosing comedians for the list were Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Hardwick, Andy Kindler and Amy Schumer.

Cayton-Holland, in particular, got the shout-out from Hardwick, who runs the Nerdist podcast empire and who has welcomed Cayton-Holland as a guest on a recent episode.

“Every year in December, we do something called the Stand-Up Cluster on my podcast,” Hardwick told Esquire writer Adam K. Raymond. “We use it to expose our audience to comedians, and I had Adam on the second one, in 2011. He crushed.”

Just yesterday, Cayton-Holland was planning to head to the prestigious New Faces competition at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival — easily the World Series of stand-up, and a goal Cayton-Holland was working toward when I shadowed him to L.A. last year for this profile.

“I just got to Montreal just now and saw that (Esquire mention) online,” Cayton-Holland told me a few minutes ago via phone. “I’m here and it’s already surreal, even though I don’t have shows until tomorrow. I’m looking forward to performing and watching Ben Roy,” another Denver comic representing the Mile High up north.

As a longtime follower of his career, I’m psyched for the guy — provided he doesn’t forget my love of expensive, foreign chocolates and hand-tailored suits once he makes his first million in Hollywood.

Update: Score another one for Cayton-Holland this week. His interview with Denver-based writer Joel Warner just went up on Wired.com.

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and blogs editor for The Denver Post and the author of “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” (Speck Press/Fulcrum). Follow him @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.

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  • annon

    He’s funny.  Great writer.  Works hard at it.  Good on him!