REVIEW: Dave Chappelle Red Rocks birthday party

[caption id="attachment_90685" align="alignnone" width="610"] Dave Chappelle performs at the 2013 OddBall Comedy fest at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. Photo by Lisa Higginbotham,[/caption] Dave Chappelle seems capable of anything, and not just because he once walked away from his hit Comedy Central show, or because he left the stage after being heckled during a headlining set at last year's Oddball Comedy tour.

High Plains Comedy Festival adds national stand-ups, fill out lineup with Denver comics

[caption id="attachment_91240" align="alignnone" width="610"] (Logo courtesy of Michael King)[/caption] The stated goal of the High Plains Comedy Festival has, according to co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, always been to promote not only stand-up as an art form but Denver's rising comedy scene, which has in recent years birthed more national headliners and festival favorites than in arguably all its previous decades combined.

Why So Serious, Louie Anderson?

[caption id="attachment_90282" align="alignnone" width="610"] Comedian Louie Anderson credits his decades-long career with comedy that "means something." (Photo provided by Eve Sadof)[/caption] Louie Anderson is an inherently visual comic, which presents serious problems when performing an audio-only set.

Why So Serious, Matt Braunger?

[caption id="attachment_90186" align="alignnone" width="610"] Comedian and late-night veteran Matt Braunger, who co-founded the Portland, Ore.-based Bridgetown Comedy Festival, headlines Comedy Works South through May 25.

Why So Serious, Kevin McDonald?

[caption id="attachment_90193" align="alignnone" width="610"] Kids in the Hall veteran Kevin McDonald will perform and teach a two-day improv class at the Ballpark neighborhood's Voodoo Comedy Playhouse May 2-4.

Why So Serious, Kathleen Madigan? (2014 edition)

[caption id="attachment_90369" align="alignnone" width="610"] Kathleen Madigan is in comedy for all the right reasons. (Photo provided by Comedy Works)[/caption] For a comedian with dozens of TV and radio show spots, national tours and industry honors under her belt, Kathleen Madigan has remained surprisingly candid about her motivations.

Adam Cayton-Holland joins Funny or Die’s “Road 2 Oddball Tour” in May with Brody Stevens, Howard Kremer

[caption id="attachment_87226" align="alignnone" width="576"] Grawlix member Adam Cayton-Holland can add another feather to his cap: a national stand-up tour for Funny or Die. (Denver Post file photo)[/caption] Denver stand-up and Grawlix comedy troupe member Adam Cayton-Holland will join L.A. comics Brody Stevens and Howard Kremer on Funny or Die's "Road 2 Oddball Tour," Funny or Die announced today.

Why So Serious, Kumail Nanjiani? (Meltdown edition)

[caption id="attachment_86075" align="alignnone" width="610"] Kumail Nanjiani's Meltdown showcase in L.A. is getting its own 8-episode Comedy Central run.[/caption] Contrary to the career aspirations of most comedians, Kumail Nanjiani was not desperate to land a series on Comedy Central.

Why So Serious, Rob Gleeson?

[caption id="attachment_86065" align="alignnone" width="578"] Comedian Rob Gleeson is getting ready for his biggest role yet as "House of Lies" premieres on Jan. 12. (Provided by Showtime)[/caption] When Rob Gleeson tried out for a small part on Showtime's "House of Lies," he figured that even if the audition went well he would end up only on an episode or two.

Why So Serious, Mike Lawrence?

[caption id="attachment_83201" align="alignnone" width="609"] Working at McDonald's for seven years is akin to a lengthy, and not all that pleasant, sex act, according to comedian Mike Lawrence.[/caption] When Kayvan Khalatbari and Andy Juett dubbed their comedy show at the Oriental Theater a "Holiday Sausage Fest," they meant it.

Why So Serious, Tig Notaro?

[caption id="attachment_82729" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Tig Notaro talks about the comedy that earned her a Grammy nomination this week ahead of her Friday, Dec. 13 Boulder Theater show.[/caption] 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, Peter Atencio?

[caption id="attachment_81295" align="alignnone" width="610"] Comedians Jordan Peele (left) and Keegan-Michael Key are only two-thirds of the primary creative team behind Comedy Central's hit sketch show "Key & Peele."[/caption] When Comedy Central renewed "Key & Peele" for a fourth season last month, it wasn't just a victory for comedian-writers Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.