Why So Serious?

Why So Serious, Louie Anderson?

Louie Anderson is an inherently visual comic, which presents serious problems when performing an audio-only set. “When I say, ‘I can’t stay long, I’m in-between meals,’ that plays differently on the radio than it does in person,” said Anderson, who’s known for jokes about his 400-plus pound weight despite having lost 40 of it recently.

Why So Serious, Kevin McDonald?

The bad news: the much-vaunted Kids in the Hall reunion tour is not playing Denver. The good news: Kevin McDonald is. McDonald, who's one-fifth of the seminal Canadian sketch team, will be playing a few live dates this year with his aging supergroup.

Why So Serious, Anthony Jeselnik? (Boulder edition)

Some comedians seem destined to become talk-show hosts. Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Pete Holmes and Chris Hardwick have all flourished as much — if not more — behind the TV interview desk as the stand-up mike, using their monologues and celebrity interviews to expand their mainstream profile.

Why So Serious, Jeff Ross?

Insult comedy is alive and well in stand-up, thanks to headliners like Lisa Lampanelli, Anthony Jeselnik and Bob Saget. But few comics do it as harshly and effectively as Jeff Ross.

Why So Serious, Kumail Nanjiani? (Meltdown edition)

Contrary to the career aspirations of most comedians, Kumail Nanjiani was not desperate to land a series on Comedy Central. The 35-year-old Pakistan native, based in Los Angeles, enjoys a busy touring, podcasting and acting career with spots on "Portlandia" and "Franklin & Bash," and late-night sets for Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien.

Why So Serious, Mike Lawrence?

When Kayvan Khalatbari and Andy Juett dubbed their comedy show at the Oriental Theater a "Holiday Sausage Fest," they meant it. The Denver Relief MMJ dispensary co-owner and comedian/producer, respectively, aren't just putting on a show stacked with four excellent dude comedians.

Why So Serious, Tig Notaro?

Tig Notaro has one of those fabled “good problems.” The Los Angeles comedian attracted a new and much larger audience in 2012 after a career-defining set that found her discussing her cancer diagnosis and other life-altering events.

Why So Serious, Rhys Darby?

Flight of the Conchords fans know Rhys Darby as the bumbling band manager Murray Hewitt from the HBO series of the same name. But over the last decade Darby has also forged a successful stand-up career in the U.K., Australia and elsewhere with similarly quirky (if not quite as bobble-headed) material that he's increasingly taking on the road -- including at downtown's Comedy Works Thursday, Oct.

Why So Serious, Keenen Ivory Wayans?

Call it favorite-child syndrome. For all of Keenen Ivory Wayans' work as a writer, actor, director and producer, including groundbreaking comedies like "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" and Eddie Murphy's legendary concert film "Raw," one project stands out from the pack.

Why So Serious, Greg Baumhauer?

Greg Baumhauer is synonymous with the Squire Lounge. Or more accurately, he's synonymous with that East Colfax Avenue dive bar's infamous comedy open-mic night, which Baumhauer hosted for six-plus years before taking a brief step out of the spotlight.

Why So Serious, Moxie?

LadyFace should have worked. The Denver sketch comedy group, which featured five of the city's most promising young female performers, put on only a handful of shows in its year-plus together but generated an inordinate amount of fans and positive press from their perch at the Spark Theater.

Why So Serious, Ben Kronberg?

Quick: what are you doing tonight? It's probably nothing good. Getting drunk? Lame. Well, maybe not so lame if you're around a TV. Here's what you should be doing: watching Denver-bred comedian Ben Kronberg's first Comedy Central half-hour special, which debuts at 12:30 a.m.