If you're anything like me, then your idea of a fun and relaxing evening often means staying in, and watching t.v. or a movie. Recently, my girlfriend and I have become OBSESSED with NBC's Parks and Recreation. The show features a couple of The Office's original writers, as well as an amazingly talented, and gut-bustingly funny cast. Another added bonus is that the show has a really convenient time slot, as it airs right before The Office (Thursday nights at 7:30C, or visit http://www.nbc.com/parksandrecreation). But wait, the purpose of this article isn't really to review television shows, in fact, it's quite the opposite. Sure, staying in watching t.v. and movies can be a really awesome way to relax and spend an evening , but there are other ways to kick back and laugh until it hurts. One pretty awesome way to do that would be to go out to a local comedy club. Here in Denver, we are lucky enough to have one of the nation's top comedy clubs right in the heart of downtown, Comedy Works. The venue has hosted top-notch comedians such as: Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, and just last night... Parks and Recreaton's Aziz Ansari headlined the venue. So, now it should be easier for you to see why I began this piece by plugging P & R, because thanks to Comedy Works (and of course, Aziz Ansari), I was able to go from watching Parks and Rec. and enjoying Tom Haverford's (Ansari) hilarious antics from my living room, to watching Aziz Ansari doing stand-up the very next night at Comedy Works.
The venue is small, and Aziz Ansari is currently sky-rocketing in popularity, so needless to say, the show was jam-packed, and sold out rather quickly. I was lucky enough to arrive early and get toward the front of the line (Comedy Works has a first-come, first-serve seating policy). The very friendly hostess seated us in the second row, center stage, and I was literally only about ten feet away from Ansari during his act. It's a really intimate venue, which as I learned last night, is the absolute best way to experience stand-up comedy. Over the years, Comedy Works has apparently garnered a reputation as a sort of "creative mecca" for comedians testing out their new material, and thank God for that. Last night, the audience was treated to all-new material from Aziz Ansari, and just as all of his movie and t.v. roles have succeeded, so did his new jokes. I don't want to spoil the new jokes for those who haven't heard them, but let's just say there are a lot of real gems in there, from Aziz mocking the idea of R. Kelly doing an online dictionary (which mixes ordinary dictionary definitions with Kelly's trademark sexual undertones), to Aziz shedding light on the fact that rapper 50 Cent isn't aware of what a grapefruit actually is (which, by the way, was the hardest I laughed all night).
So while I give Aziz's new material an A+, I also give Comedy Works and it's staff an A+. After all, it is thanks to the venue's stellar reputation that so many of the big names in comedy hold it in such high regard. If you love to sit back, relax, and laugh like there's no tomorrow, then you need to rip yourself up off of your couch, and head down to Comedy Works for an experience that even t.v. and movies (yes, even in HD) can't compete with.
Comedy Works is located at: 1226 15th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
For more information, call: (303) 595-3637, or visit: http://www.comedyworks.com