Trevor Noah works on set during a taping of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini, Invision/AP)
HBO and Comedy Central regulars, the return of a beloved local showcase and a solid run of club dates await Denver stand-up fans in March.
Here’s the best of the best in the metro area (and beyond) this month.
Comic Brian Posehn plays Comedy Works. (Handout)
Un-missable character actor, comics/metal nerd and all-around professional weirdo Brian Posehn may have mellowed a bit with age, but his sense of humor is as gleefully juvenile as ever. From his cred-heavy “Mr. Show” and “Comedians of Comedy” days to his bevy of sitcom appearances, Posehn is as remarkably consistent on-screen as he is on stage, his imposing frame offering the ideal contrast to droll (and occasionally explosive) observations.
Various times March 1-3 at Comedy Works at Larimer Square, 1226 15th St. Tickets: $20-$29, comedyworks.com.
“The Daily Show” host is still fine-tuning his TV presence, but Noah’s unassailable storytelling will likely become even more ubiquitous as the South African native’s memoir, “Born a Crime,” gets adapted for movie theaters some time in the next year (or three).
7 p.m. (sold out) and 10 p.m. March 3 at the Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. Tickets: $45-$95, axs.com.
Well on his way to becoming a household name in the U.S., firebrand Aussie comic Jefferies last month celebrated his Comedy Central talk show getting picked up for a second season. That adds a bit of bounce to his Denver date at the cavernous Bellco Theatre (which has recently hosted the likes of Chris Rock), but fans already know little can suppress the 41-year-old’s snarling buoyancy.
8 p.m. March 9 at the Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50, axs.com.
Token Comedy Show
Much like “Mystery Science Theater 3000” writer/star Baron Vaughn’s The New Negroes, this local showcase addresses the diversity of its performers in the title — however tongue-in-cheek. The second-ever installment, hosted by founder Nolawee Mengist, features Colorado crushers Janae Burris, Stephen Agyei, Byron Graham, Derrick Rush and Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, most of whom will be familiar to Comedy Works fans and Denver stand-up scenesters.
7 p.m. March 10 at the Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. Tickets: Free with a $5 suggestion donation, 303-523-1688.
Former “Saturday Night Live” writer Smoove’s showbiz merry-go-round has made plenty of stops, but most memorable is as the disarmingly funny Leon on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Smoove’s stand-up exhibits a good bit more range than that character, but retains his signature (and deceptively casual) mastery of timing, inflection and verbiage.
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. March 23-24 at the Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Blvd. Unit 1400. Tickets: $30, denver.improv.com.
Also worthy: “Full House” refugee and unapologetic filth-peddler Bob Saget, March 30-31 at Comedy Works South; and “Last Comic Standing” champ Iliza Shlesinger (lately going only by “Iliza”) at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House March 16, and Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center March 17.