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Louis van Amstel and Margaret Cho at the season 11 premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010. —Courtesy of Shutterstock

Last Laughs: 6 Comedy Shows to Catch Before Year’s End

As temperatures drop, Denver's comedy scene heats up. Here are some stand-up shows that will keep you entertained this fall and winter. 

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As the final quarter of the year begins, the winds of change will blow in a flurry of tremendous standup acts around Denver. As the temperature gets colder, gather around the hearth of great comedy and get in your last laughs of 2015 with the following killer shows:

Jim Breuer: The famed SNL alum (1995–98), Half Baked stoner idol, and enduringly resonant “Goat Boy” is a devoted family man these days, but that’s not to say his latter-day sets contain any less voltage than years’ past. Expect exuberant musings on family and heavy metal to predominate as Breuer rocks the suburbs at Comedy Works South, September 25–26.

Tom Green: The term “wild card” only comes close with an “ish” to characterizing this former music television sensation. The Canadian comedian and offbeat talk show host burst into the public eye in 1999 with MTV’s The Tom Green Show; shortly thereafter, his cinematic brainchild, 2001’s Freddy Got Fingered (which he wrote and directed), entrenched itself as arguably the strangest mainstream comedy ever made. So who can say what Green has in store for his one-off engagement at Comedy Works Downtown on October 14?

Bob Saget: People still can’t quite disassociate Saget from the wholesome, morally upright patriarch of ABC’s Full House. Twenty years removed from the show’s final taping, the now 59-year-old “adult-oriented” comedian has spent decades going out of his way to shock and appall audiences through his raunchy comedy. The artist formerly known as Danny Tanner will perform at Comedy Works South October 16–17.

Margaret Cho: The prolific and politically outspoken Asian–American comic, actress, and author has bagged seven comedy albums/specials since the mid-‘90s. Now 46, Cho returns to the circuit in full force with The Psycho Tour: where race, sexuality, and LGBT issues are sure to be given new and insightful glosses of wit and vulgarity. The famed activist/comedian will belt out her beliefs at The Paramount Theatre on November 13.

Brian Posehn: Posehn exists in rarified air as an alt-comic actor by virtue of complimentary roles on Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–98), The Sarah Silverman Program (2007–10), and more. As a standup act, he and Patton Oswalt—whose show at the Paramount Theatre was rescheduled earlier this month—mirror each other as comedy’s undisputed torchbearers of “Nerd Rage.” Posehn performs at Comedy Works Downtown, November 12–14.

Josh Blue: Denver’s adopted son by way of St. Paul, Minnesota, Blue won the fourth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006 and has wowed audiences with a self-deprecating style that employs his struggle with cerebral palsy as ingenious performance art. The Denver resident plays at Comedy Works Downtown, December 26–27

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