Stand-up comic Amy Schumer included the Denver Comedy Works club in a lauded list of her top 10 top-flight comedy clubs in the country, which she shared with USA Today in its Friday edition.
Long-time Comedy Works owner Wende Curtis, who has locations on 15th near Larimer and in the Landmark development in Greenwood Village, has created a national reputation for her clubs among stand-out stand-up comedians.
Schumer, whose Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” premieres April 30, told USA Today that “the layout, the staff and the type of crowd all help make for a memorable show.”
The story says that “Schumer recorded an album at this downtown Larimer Square club, and particularly likes the crowds.”
“They’re smart and they’re excited … and the staff knows how to produce a show,” she said.
Curtis said she was thankful that her club was included in such a list of luminaries. “I think I speak for all of us who know we have created something really special in Comedy Works,” she said.
“The comics, the staff, the management, the crowds and the spaces themselves…well, they speak for themselves. And we know how comics feel about Comedy Works. They tell us week after week.
“And now more of the nation knows.”
Check out coming shows at both locations at www.comedyworks.com.
See the rest of Schumer’s picks at http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2013/01/10/10-great-places-where-comedy-is-king/1824839/.
Race to this casting call
The amazing CBS hit show “The Amazing Race” is holding a casting call in Denver beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 24 at Sports Authority at Southlands, at 6155 S. Main St., near South Aurora Parkway and Orchard Road.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to endure grueling challenges in countries with blistering heat or bitter cold, grab a partner and head to the try-outs.
Teams may begin to line up at 8 a.m. The first 200 teams in line will have the opportunity to try out on camera.
The NightShine Gala, a celebration of the Denver Health Foundation, has snagged the hip hit-making band Train for the April 27 event at the National Western Events Center, 1515 E. 47th Ave.
The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6, dinner at 7:30, live auction and program at 8:30 and Train’s performance at 9:30.
This year’s event chair is Oakwood Homes owner Pat Hamill; 2013 honorees are James and Pamela Crowe.
Maggie O’Malley is the new general manager at the superb steakhouse (and noted cougar den) Elway’s Cherry Creek.
O’Malley, who hails from Mequon, Wis., and graduated from the University of Milwaukee with a degree in communications, moved to Denver after college, applied for a server position and was hired before the popular spot opened.
She graduated to a management role after three years as a server, and jumped at the chance to move downtown to assist in the opening of Elway’s at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. She moved up The Ritz food chain as food and beverage manager then director of banquets in the Lake Tahoe, Calif., hotel.
With her return to Denver, she swears to be an avid Broncos fan next season, unless they play her beloved Green Bay Packers. Then it might take a coin toss to see who she roots for.
“I’m really excited to be back in Denver as a part of the Elway’s team,” O’Malley said. “I’ll apply my energy and passion to strengthen the Elway’s brand that already stands for great food and service.”
The Denver Swoozie’s store at 589 Fillmore St. is hosting a Bridal Showcase from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
All brides will receive the Engagement Pass good for 15 percent off personalized wedding orders. The first 20 brides to RSVP by calling the store at 720-328-7195 will receive a Swoozie’s swag bag valued at $50, and all brides will be entered to win $250 toward their wedding invitations.
Eavesdropping on a Facebook post about Club 404: “This place is showing the Broncos-Ravens game two nights after the fact. It’s a bar for masochists.”
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