This theater is the comeback kid. After starting with new ownership, then closing down after COVID, they’ve managed to not only keep things going, but foster... an even stronger community than before. As a performer and patron, I am proud and grateful for RISE. Keep it up, guys!read more
Margarita A.
Margarita A.
22:38 30 Nov 21
I was visiting Denver and wanted to stop in to see how the new ownership had changed things. It was amazing. I had so much fun and participated in their free... Jam. I went back the next night to watch a great night of improv for under $20. Cheap PBRs were great too! 5 starts 100%read more
James T.
James T.
01:19 19 Nov 21
Wonderful community of improvisers and talented funny people. I felt welcomed right away when I attended my first jam! They always have something going on... whether it’s a show, class, or workshop. Really excited to get more involved and learn!read more
Haley C.
Haley C.
13:46 18 Nov 21
Love this place. The shows are great and when you get a ticket you can usually stick around for a second show, so it's a great deal. I also started doing the... improv classes here. They're super fun and the staff, owners and community have been awesome.read more
Brian M.
Brian M.
15:40 16 Nov 21
I love that they offer so many options to see different improv shows, often with different performers and almost always amusing! You can make a whole evening... of it and see one, two, three or four shows in one night! Plus, you can stay and easily perform karaoke on nights that's offered too. No super-long wait like at some karaoke bars. If you think you'd love it, you could even try an inexpensive drop-in class to see.read more
shelley O.
shelley O.
17:54 12 Nov 21
I love this place. The shows are entertaining, the classes are super fun, and the community is warm and welcoming. If you have ever thought about trying out an... improv class, this is the place to go.read more
abigail
abigail
16:09 12 Nov 21
This place has great shows, and an incredibly kind, fun and welcoming community. With the variety of shows and classes, there’s something for everyone! Happy... to spend much of my free time at this place.read more
Nicholle H.
Nicholle H.
02:01 12 Nov 21
This place is an amazing community of creative humans! I like to go places where I feel safe and have fun and this is it. Fun shows, great staff, & a good... value.read more
Cybil H.
Cybil H.
01:34 12 Nov 21
We have been to a few comedy shows and open mics at Rise. They have all been amazing, talented comedians, great bartenders. Rise is really easy to get to and... just a perfect little spot to spend an evening laughing. Love it!read more
Lisa R.
Lisa R.
17:18 07 Nov 21
RISE comedy is an incredible company in downtown Denver! I have been to several shows at this venue and they have all been spectacular. The atmosphere is so... inviting with a great bar and seating area to hang out with friends as you wait for the show or if you just aren't ready to leave once the show is over. The performers are hilarious and the monthly Sunday night sketch show is my absolute favorite! ​I love that this venue supports local comedians and offers classes. Check out RISE on your next night out in Denver, you won't be disappointed!read more
Ashley M.
Ashley M.
15:46 20 Oct 21
We have been to several shows at Rise in the past months and have always had an amazing experience. It’s in the perfect location that allows for easy... drinks/dinner before and after shows in the heart of downtown Denver. We especially love the kindness that every single person at Rise offers from the moment you walk in, to ordering drinks at their bar, to the hilarious comedians who perform. We especially love the Sunday night sketch team shows, and look forward to going every month for date night! Huge kudos to all the comedians on the house teams as well as Nick and Chris- keep it up, guys!! Support your local businesses and comedians and check out Rise for your next fun night out.read more
Dominique and William B.
Dominique and William B.
04:22 19 Oct 21
Rise is conveniently located right next to Coors Field and many other bars/restaurants. The interior looks great and has a bar with plenty of seating to hang... out before/after shows. There are a variety of shows like: Open-Mic Stand-Up on Wednesdays, Open-Mic Improv (The Jam) on Thursdays, mix of stuff on Fridays, and The Duel on Saturdays (which is a competition of tight, 2-person improv teams with some stand-up at the end). My personal favorite is the new sketch show (think SNL) which happens once a month on Sunday nights! Classes are also offered on weekdays.read more
Alexander F.
Alexander F.
02:35 19 Oct 21
We worked with Rise Comedy for a team activity with our 20 employees with the goal of not only having fun and coming together but all honing our team... communication. And that's just what we got! The entire team had no idea what to expect and were nervous but coming out of the experience I can say with certainty we will be doing this again. Stephen lead our team through several games that had us communicating, stepping out of our comfort zone and working together in creative ways. Highly recommend!read more
Accounting - Expenses Rueth T.
Accounting - Expenses Rueth T.
13:07 04 Oct 21
I had a wonderful experience my entire visit here. The staff and casts were warm. The shows were great. The theater and lobby/bar are roomy and delightful. ... I saw several improv shows, plus illusionist/mentalist Professor Phelyx. All shows were incredibly fun, and had top-notch production, from lighting to music to cast energy.read more
Michael A.
Michael A.
05:25 02 Aug 21
Improv + the most incredible mentalist we have ever seen!Shane met us at the door, ushering us in and making us feel welcome even though we were running a... few minutes late. The opening improv show was fantastic. The actors were warm and friendly. The second act, Professor Phelyx blew my mind! His stage presence shows how much he loves his craft. We couldn’t stop talking about what a fun, inspiring and amazing experience it was to watch Professor Phelyx. He is here at RISE on the fourth Saturday of each month. We would highly recommend going to see him. Mind blown!read more
Dusti Y.
Dusti Y.
16:18 31 Jul 21
My husband and I hired performers from RISE comedy to provide entertainment for our guests during our wedding reception. Hosting a wedding reception during the... pandemic came with many challenges and we were very worried that our guests would be bored at the reception, since so many restrictions were in place for social distancing. Steve was awesome to work with. He was able to work within the budget that I had, and accommodated several changes along the way. More importantly, the private improv performance allowed our guests to be engaged during the reception while remaining socially distanced. We had a blast, many of our guests were impressed with this entertainment option. The two performers arrived early and were able to incorporate their observations from the guests, our slideshow, and our toasts to provide a highly personalized experience. I would absolutely work with them again in the future. Their performance at our reception made it so fun and memorable. Definitely recommend!read more
Genevieve B.
Genevieve B.
15:47 12 Oct 20
We had a team building workshop and had a blast. As one of our first events together since March of 2020, Steve went out of his way to ensure we were safe and... had tons of fun!read more
John R.
John R.
20:40 24 Sep 20
Omg this was such a great time! We saw the stand up comedy and improv comedy on friday night. Everyone was super cool and the comedians were pretty funny. The... improv comedy was so impressive! Bonnie was the best (i love her voices)! Hours of laughter and awe for $16! I'll definitely be back!read more
Jeremy O.
Jeremy O.
19:42 01 Mar 20
This place is amazing! The location and ambience are exactly what you're looking for when spending an evening in downtown Denver. I also recently rented out... the venue for a private event, which is a service they offer when their schedule allows. The manager and staff were incredibly accommodating and easy to work with. I'll be back again and again!read more
Kevin M.
Kevin M.
17:33 21 Jan 20
Acts were really fun And different from eachother, admission was super cheap for the 3 shows that occurred back to back, drinks were a bit pricy but that's a... fine tradeoff for the value admission. A great memorable night in the city.read more
Jeremy G.
Jeremy G.
02:06 27 Aug 19
This comedy club is great, it is small and quaint however this allows for lower prices as well as more crowd involvement. They also do charge separately per... show each night so make sure to buy tickets in advance or be ready to possibly wait until the next show of the night.read more
Tyler M.
Tyler M.
21:58 23 Jun 19
I love when a group of individuals of all ages, and backgrounds join together to create something...out of nothing. Yes! That's what these folks do. It's not... easy to improvise, or what I call "acting on a dime." Sometimes the results are hilarious and other times not so much. But these folks do it, and do it well. So if you're looking for a super laid back in person experience, and are willing to roll the dice, make this an option. At the very least they have a full bar so you can fully participate in creating the laughs!read more
Steve “Stevie G.” G.
Steve “Stevie G.” G.
16:58 20 Nov 21
For the price, I enjoyed it. A local improve troupe, called Smooth came in and ran with it from two different audience topics, marine biology, and riddles. The... ticket taker and emcee were nervous, but hey, it's ok!read more
Jeff H.
Jeff H.
14:26 22 Feb 20
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Welcome to RISE Comedy (formerly Voodoo Comedy), Denver’s only full-time improv comedy bar and theater!  We offer fun and unpredictable entertainment experiences in the heart of LoDo.  RISE Comedy is the place to enjoy a wide variety of intriguing, original improv comedy, sketch comedy, Denver improv classes, karaoke and more; a well-stocked bar; and a unique, affordable night out that you and your friends won’t soon forget.

We have been performing in Denver since 2008, with The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show and Hit and Run: Musical Improv.  Over the years, our passion for interactive, unscripted theater grew exponentially, and we realized it was time to expand our dreams and move into our own theater space.  After a lot of hard work and planning, founder Steve Wilder opened RISE Comedy as the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011.

There is an amazing level of comedic talent in our city, and we are most proud to present these shows for your approval.  We consider all of our shows to be the cream of the comedy crop, with performers who are or soon will be known on the national stage.  We’ve also hosted many nationally known improv and comedy acts, such as Kevin McDonald of Kids In The Hall, Frank Conniff & Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ithamar Enriquez, Patrick Rowland, Karen Graci, Craig & Carla Cackowski, Brian Babylon of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and many many more.

Over its history, RISE Comedy has helped to raise the profile of improvisation and comedy, both in Colorado and beyond.  In 2016, RISE hosted the first meetings of the Diversity in Colorado Improvisation group, which promoted positive changes for inclusion & diversity in the Colorado comedy scene which continue to this day.

On January 1st, 2019, RISE was pleased to welcome Nick Armstrong and Josh Nicols as new partners and co-owners.  Working with original RISE Comedy founder Steve Wilder, Nick & Josh have brought their decades of comedy and improv experience to the table, and we are excited to usher in the next wave of evolution in Denver improvisation!

Our Very First Show
Our very first show on the RISE Comedy stage, way back in 2011!
Rise is conveniently located right next to Coors Field and many other bars/restaurants. The interior looks great and has a bar with plenty of seating to hang... out before/after shows. There are a variety of shows throughout the weekend like: Open-Mic Stand-Up on Wednesdays, Open-Mic Improv (The Jam) on Thursdays, mix of stuff on Fridays, and The Duel on Saturdays (which is a competition of tight, 2-person improv teams with some stand-up at the end). My personal favorite is the new sketch show (think SNL) which happens once a month on Sunday nights. Classes are also offered on weekdays.read more
Alexander F.
Alexander F.
02:32 19 Oct 21
I recently held a Sales Kick Off for my company and invited Steve from Voodoo Comedy to lead a session on improv to help our sales team focus more listening,... communication and, most importantly, being present. After completing session, my only reaction is WOW! The energy Steve was able to bring to the team and the level of engagement from our sales team was incredible! Everyone had an amazing time and even a few days after the session, I have been consistently hearing our sales team use and remind others of techniques Steve taught us. Thank you Steve and the entire Voodoo Comedy team! I highly encourage any company who is trying to identify ways to increase their sales team soft skills to utilize Voodoo Comedy. I promise you won't regret it!read more
Andrew John G.
Andrew John G.
19:48 17 Jan 20
I tried my hand at standup last night at a “Butter Your Muffin” beginner night. It was wonderful!
I could not have found a better place for my first time... on stage.
The staff and the customers they attract are so nice it’s hard to believe.
Voodoo Comedy gets my highest marks!
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Andy G.
Andy G.
15:23 12 Jul 19
Love this place! Great venue and the shows are on point. I have been here a few times and I am never disappointed. From the best bartender in town, Jason, to... my favorite comedy clan, Chuckleheads, that are an awesome, friendly and talented group of people just trying to make the world and the people in it laugh. I plan on keeping Voodoo on my list of entertainment to-do for awhile! Cheers!read more
Michelle C.
Michelle C.
23:42 30 Apr 18
Had a great time with Third Kind Improv on Thursday night. Tickets are reasonable, drinks are reasonable. "Family Friendly" recommendation was right on (for... this particular show). Was enjoyable for all of us - aged 11 - 52 years.read more
Michelle McNemee R.
Michelle McNemee R.
23:28 01 Jan 18
My wife and I dropped in to the Monday night drop-in improv class. Our teacher was none other than Steve Wilder, the owner of the club. We are both new to... improv and weren't sure what to expect. Steve created a really comfortable environment to just play and try new things. We'll definitely be back.read more
Brian A.
Brian A.
18:33 10 Oct 17
Visited from Boston and I swear this was one of my favorite times! The improv was hilarious and the bartender was nice and friendly. Very affordable and... awesome because you can hang out the whole night! Loved this place and will miss it!read more
Nina Cherie E.
Nina Cherie E.
06:45 26 Jun 17
First time there. We went with a big group for one of our friend's birthday. Soo funny!!!! We stayed for the drinking game afterwards. We were still talking... about it at home and I was telling everyone at work today about it. I would love to bring friends and family there for the same experience! UNIQUE
(My bf was injured and in SOO much pain, but he was cracking up and participating.) �
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Mary Theresa M.
Mary Theresa M.
04:22 11 Jun 17
Improv is incredibly entertaining. A night spent seeing improv is a night well spent. Voodoo is a great place to see it. As a man who doesn't drink, I... appreciate that the Voodoo does not have a drink minimum.read more
Jake H.
Jake H.
19:52 06 Jun 17
Cool place for local comedy! I always have a great time with the staff. As a huge fan of improv the Improv players at the theatre really knew how to give the... audience an amazing show.read more
Tony L.
Tony L.
12:37 15 May 17
I really liked it! Tix were $15 and we were welcomed to stay all night. Good drinks & funny/ awkward comedians had us laughing throughout the night. It's an... intimate setting and we will be back.read more
Quinn P.
Quinn P.
02:11 15 May 17
As a local performer and producer I have always appreciated any opportunity to perform at The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. A LOCALLY owned business that cares... about the community and gives back whenever they can, Steve and his crew should be proud of the performing venue they have built. The patrons that make up the audience at The Voodoo are always well behaved and courteous, which is a big deal if you've ever played a club that needs security to control a darker type of element in their club. The club is well maintained, clean, well lit and very accommodating and I've always found the front of house crew to be very friendly. The Voodoo opens it's stage to a wide variety of shows from crazy variety like mine to improv stand-up and burlesque and all of these shows go through a selection process that promises to bring only the best to the club. I have friends and family who are disabled and this club is extremely accommodating. The ticket prices are incredibly affordable especially for an entertainment venue right in the heart of Denver's bustling downtown. So do yourself a favor and plan an evening in the city patronizing a locally owned business and gifting yourself with some much needed laughs!read more
Mona L.
Mona L.
06:07 13 Feb 17
I was the event planner for a preschool fundraiser, with a night of improv and silent auction. We decided to book the VooDoo, and Steve and his team could not... have been better - responsive and helpful from time of booking through the show, they helped make our event a great success!! We loved the intimate venue and the VooDoo team was so welcoming and friendly to our group. Thanks, VooDoo, for an awesome event!read more
Kristi Kue G.
Kristi Kue G.
16:49 01 Feb 17
Looking forward to my shows this weekend
Steve who runs the room is good people
You saw me in my awkward teen years as skippy on family ties
Now... see me perform live in my awkward adult years !!!read more
Marc P.
Marc P.
17:39 15 Dec 16
Steve Wilder and Nick Trotter set up an unforgettable evening for my team, and we had a blast! We had a group of roughly 30 workmates who are coordinating... changes across policies, processes, tools, and culture, and we were looking for a group activity that would enable us to have fun while also reinforcing how best to work with multi-functional, large-scale groups. After spending time talking with Steve, we knew he understood how to take these concepts and translate learning into fun activities. We certainly did not know what to expect, and our team was a mixture of folks who were “very nervous” and “can’t wait to get started.” Everyone learned something and were still talking about it the next day. Thanks VooDoo for a great event!read more
Leann D.
Leann D.
18:30 16 Nov 16
Voodoo facilitated a workshop and put on a show for my son's middle school improv class. They were talented, professional and very hilarious. The students... learned a lot of technical skills. The facility is nice and they kept it at middle school level for this group, which was probably hard to do. Can't wait to come back here for the adult shows and drinks. Nice job.read more
Marjii Guichon M.
Marjii Guichon M.
20:59 21 Oct 16
One of my most very favorite places in Denver to hit up for an enjoyable evening. HIGHLY recommend Hit & Run Musical improv or The Duel if you are looking for... particular shows. Improv theater is something near and dear to my heart, and I believe in supporting the local improv scene by attending shows. I would very much recommend Voodoo Comedy Playhouse to others!read more
Aaron N.
Aaron N.
05:55 11 Apr 16
Just went here for the first time. I got to see 3 improv shows for the price of one. Can't beat that–especially when they all KILLED! Whether you like... Shakespeare, musicals, Doctor Who, or anything else, the Voodoo will knock your socks off with hilarity!read more
Ian M.
Ian M.
06:05 27 Feb 16
We had our Company Christmas Party at Voodoo Comedy playhouse. We had an absolute blast!. We were able to have our food catered and we were able to use the... facility for the whole event. The show was amazing and geared toward our group they even kept it rated G and still kept the show hilarious. Charlie was our bartender and went above and beyond even providing us with some entertainment. This is a top notch Improve group. I would highly recommend having your group activity at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Thank you All for a tremendous time. We will be back.read more
Emily O.
Emily O.
22:55 22 Dec 15
Its a small place but the entertainment is good. We got a few laughs from it and there is small bar there and a good restaurant behind it. You will have fun... laughingread more
James A E.
James A E.
17:02 20 Nov 15
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse is a fun and inexpensive way to mix up your evening and enjoy some great laughs while supporting local acts. It's a great value for... your money, so get there. Like now. Go.read more
Gail M.
Gail M.
03:11 30 Mar 15
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We offer a fully-stocked bar for your enjoyment, as well as a technologically advanced theater setup to provide the ultimate in amusement.  We are open five nights a week for shows.  The bar opens at 7:30 PM Tue – Thu, and 6:15 PM Fri & Sat.  Shows are 18+ before 10:00 PM, and 21+ after 10:00 PM.

Hit and Run: Musical Improv and our other improv comedy shows are available for private events, and the theater itself is available for private functions and rentals.

With RISE Comedy, we have made our dreams real, and we’d love to have you in for a show and a drink.  See you soon!

About The RISE Comedy Co-Owners & Partners

Nick Armstrong is managing director and co-owner of RISE Comedy.  Nick is an Actor, Improvisor and Writer living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, New Girl, Stan Against Evil, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Parks and Recreation. He has also sold and written TV shows to numerous networks including TruTv, A&E and more. Nick has trained at The Groundlings and iO West. He is an alum of The Sunday Company at the Groundlings and currently performs at the M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater with LA’s Critically Acclaimed Harold team King Ten and County Line. He has also taught improv at iO West, The Groundlings, The Pack Theater and has done workshops all over the world. Nick is also the Camp Director and Founder of Camp Improv Utopia a a 501(c) (3) Non Profit improv retreat for grown ups. He is also one of the founding members of the The Improv Network.

Josh Nicols Josh Nicols is artistic director and co-owner of RISE Comedy.  An LA Native, Josh has been a professional improv teacher, producer and performer for over 20 years. He has studied under instructors from iO West & Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, Groundlings, UCB, Second City & The Pack Theater. Josh is the creator of Spectacles Improv Engine’s unique focus based curriculum. He has performed and taught around the country and abroad. He is the Artistic Director/ Co-owner of RISE Comedy in Denver as well as the head counselor for Camp ImprovUtopia. Josh was the improv teacher at Mater Dei High School, He also served as the Training Center Director at the Westside Comedy Theater, prior to that he was the Artistic Director/ Co-Owner of Spectacles Improv Engine in Fullerton Ca. He created and directed 7 years of The Orange County Improv Festival and founder and former director of The Improv Cup.

About The Founder Of RISE Comedy

Steve Wilder (Stephen Wilder) is the original founder of RISE Comedy in Denver, Colorado (formerly Voodoo Comedy), operating since October 26th, 2011.  He has been teaching, improvising and performing for 28 years.  An alumnus of iO West and Second City Hollywood, Steve has performed with and studied under improv luminaries such as Michael Pollock, musical director of Second City Hollywood and the premier improv accompanist in the country; Shulie Cowen, the founder and director of Opening Night: The Improvised Musical in Hollywood; David Razowsky; Armando Diaz; Kevin McDonald; Craig Cackowski; Dave Hill; Eric Hunicutt; Karen Graci; and many many more.

Steve now operates as CTO and corporate/private workshops & events manager for RISE Comedy.  He has personally deployed corporate workshops and events for companies such as Apple, Adobe, Comcast Xfinity, Chipotle, DaVita, Dell, Ernst & Young, Google, Microsoft, Vail Resorts, and many others.  Steve is honored to have been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2021 RMHA conference in Black Hawk, CO.

In addition to RISE Comedy, Steve is co-executive producer for The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show®, where he manages 8 cities across the country, as well as coordinating the websites for all 75+ locations.  Steve is also founder and director of Hit and Run: Musical Improv™, Colorado’s longest-running improv comedy show, which has created hundreds of fully improvised Broadway-style musicals over the past 16 years, at theaters and festivals across the country.  In 2016, Steve co-founded the Diversity in Colorado Improvisation group; this group kickstarted a change in inclusivity and diversity in the Colorado improv scene, which continues to this day.

In the virtual arena, Steve produces online shows for HNR and RISE Comedy, as well as operating as Lead Digital Architect for The Virtual Detective.  Through The Virtual Detective, Steve has so far produced 8 full-scale digital productions, and has performed hundreds of shows for dozens of colleges and organizations across the country and internationally, including shows in Canada, Bahrain, Hawaii, Morocco, Italy, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, and many other countries.

Steve’s comedy festival and improv festival performing & teaching credits include: Los Angeles Improv Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival, New York Improv Festival, Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, Montreal Improv Festival, Duke City Improv Festival, Denver Improv Festival, Colorado Improv Festival.