At my first comedy show in Florida a few years back, my friend and I were seated at a table right next to the stage. We quickly learned that’s just not the place to be. Especially at amateur comedy night.
The comedian just couldn’t believe we weren’t dating (“no, sir, we will not make out to prove this …”), that we’d actually chosen journalism careers and that I don’t wear colored contacts. Witty, eh?
So Wednesday, when my foxy friend and I hit up Comedy Works for Seaton Smith and John Mulaney, I was fine with our fourth-row seats: all the laughs without divulging my innermost secrets to a high and/or drunk crowd. (Especially after our Red Bull-vodka pregaming, I shudder to think what we’d have said. Vodka, man. That shit’ll get you all kinds of chatty.)
Cool, though, to spend a night laughing your ass off. Shame it doesn’t literally shed some bum padding.
I’ve got some options closer to home, so you needn’t brave the mind-numbing construction hell that is U.S. 36. This weekend, The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) is screening “Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor,” a documentary about five severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who share experiences through comedy. The veterans are paired on stage with comedic geniuses such as Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and B.J. Novak. From the preview, it looks powerful and it offers great laugh. Hit up thedairy.org for info.
Or, chuckle all Sunday night at the Bohemian Biergarten‘s (2017 13th St.) weekly comedy show. Comedians hit the stage at 7 p.m., and the Biergarten has happy hour deals on tap.
At the Biergarten tonight, Boulder rock/folk group Whiskey Autumn will celebrate its debut album release, The Common Collapse. The band hits the stage at 10 p.m. Get a taste of the band: augustusband.bandcamp.com.
Saturday, The Burroughs are bringing soul-filled sound for Throw Back Night, where the Biergarten encourages folks to dress up from the 1930s-1960s.
Also this weekend, License No. 1 (2115 13th St.) is hosting a Warren Miller vintage movie marathon Friday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. “Swingin’ Skis,” “The Sound of Winter” (which I imagine is more beautiful than my sailor-esque bitching about the cold) and “Beyond the Edge” are a few on tap for the screenings. Check out the bar’s Facebook page for details.
Miller’s latest film, “No Turning Back,” will be at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) Friday through Sunday, too, at 9:30 p.m.
Too cold to leave campus? That’s cool. CU’s Program Council is showing “The Giver” for free in Chem 140 tonight at 9. And before that, hop over to the free Fall Poetry Slam at 8 tonight in UMC 235, where 10 exclusive CU poets will put out their best work.
And because I love-a da beers, you need to hit up Avery Brewing (5757 Araphahoe Ave.) Sunday and try the Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer, at a hefty 17.81 percent ABV. It spent four months in fresh Bourbon barrels, where it sat with 1.6 pounds (per barrel)of Ozo Coffee’s Organic Isabelle Espresso. It’s basically your new morning pick-me-up. Check out the par-tay at 11 a.m., along with a bunch of rare beers that are being tapped for the occasion.