Denver comedy

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, 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.