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.
Medley remains in a medically induced coma due to his severe injuries.
The local and national stand-up community has rallied around one of their own to help defray the costs. The website supportcaleb.com has already raised more than $360,000 of its $500,000 goal.
Below is a partial list of participating shows, some of which will also benefit general funds for theater shooting victims.
• Hard Rock After Dark, Hard Rock Cafe
Comics will collect donations for Medley after each show for the next few weeks at the 16th Street Mall location of the Hard Rock. 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$7. All ages. facebook.com/hardrockcafedenver.
• Gabriel Iglesias, the Denver Improv
National headliner Iglesias told Denver Improv general manager Al Canal that Medley “could have been any one of my friends” after calling to offer himself for a benefit show. He headlines the Northfield Stapleton club, with all proceeds benefiting Medley. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sold out. denver.improv.com.
• Caleb Medley Benefit, the Impossible Playhouse
Pueblo-based Steel City StandUp and the Impossible Players partnered to book comics who knew or performed with Medley, including Garrett Waller, Charley McMullen, Sean David, James Amos, Liz Benfield and others. 8 p.m. Saturday. $10. impossibleplayers.org.
• Wit’s End Comedy Club fundraiser and silent auction
“Last Comic Standing” contestant and radio regular Kristen Key will join Dave Testroet, Bob Meddles, Lori Callahan and others for a benefit and silent auction. 7 p.m. Aug. 5. $10-$100. witsendcomedyclub.com.
• The Grapes of Rad featuring Jon Daly, Gothic Theatre
This monthly stand-up showcase, hosted by the members of the Grawlix alt-comedy show and produced by Andy Juett, will donate the proceeds of its next show to Medley’s fund. 8 p.m. Aug. 8. $12-$15. gothictheatre.com.
• Doug Benson, Comedy Works
Stoner hero and “Doug Loves Movies” podcast host Benson will donate all proceeds from his upcoming Comedy Works podcast taping to Medley’s fund. 4:20 p.m. Aug. 12. $20. comedyworks.com.
John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and digital media 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.