Ben Gleib brings stand-up act to Comedy Works South

By Michelle Karas Updated: April 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm • Published: April 12, 2017 0
photo - Ben Gleib will perform at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village April 13-15.
Ben Gleib will perform at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village April 13-15.

With special guest Justine Marino, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. Tickets: $15-$23 at bengleib.com or ComedyWorks.com. Info: 720-274-6800.

Something else: Free meet & greet after every show.

Get ready for three nights of "comedic glory." Mind you, those are not the words of Ben Gleib, the comedian who will perform at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village this week.

"They are the words of America," Gleib said by phone while preparing to go onstage in Sacramento, Calif., last weekend.

Will certain Colorado-centric topics come up in his Denver act?

"I definitely will do some weed jokes," Gleib said. "And I do enjoy a good Ben Carson joke."

While politics is at the forefront of "Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib" - Gleib's weekly news and pop culture commentary podcast - it won't be a big focal point during his shows.

"A little bit of it is political, but it's mostly just fun, lighthearted stuff. I talk about relationships, choices people make that I don't understand and ... peoples' obsession with Mars, and my feelings of anger and distrust for the moon. A lot of people are always pushing the moon on you. Why can't we just enjoy what we have here on Earth?"

America might argue that Gleib is one of the hardest workers in show business. He's the star of Showtime's current hourlong stand-up special "Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster" and is host of the Emmy-nominated comedy brain-teaser game show "Idiotest," now in its fourth season on GSN. He's also a regular on the "Guys Tell All" panel on "The Today Show," and was the voice of Marshall the Sloth in the animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift," and of Goya and Dali in "The Book of Life." For years Gleib was Chelsea Handler's go-to comic on "Chelsea Lately" on E!, with more than 100 appearances.

The 38-year-old comedian with an obviously solid work ethic was recently named one of the "funniest comedians working today" by TBS. And with everything else he has going on, stand-up is still his passion.

"It's my first love and what I'll do for the rest of my life. You've gotta make time for that love," he said. "I'll do promos for the show ('Idiotest') on the road. I can do a lot of the work from the road. And on top of that I do Instagram stories every day. It's a hard-knock life. It would be pretty annoying if I complained about it."

You may, however, hear Gleib complain a little about recently becoming a vegan and cutting out sugar and alcohol, "because I am done enjoying life."

Does he incorporate the diet changes into his stand-up comedy? "I definitely mention it - when I have the energy."

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