Chances are if you call yourself a cannabis consumer, you know who Doug Benson is and you’d love to smoke marijuana with him. Doug Benson is a veteran comedian of 27 years known for his cannabis-focused comedy. A 2007 documentary Super High Me in which he abstains from marijuana for 30 days and then gets extremely high for the next 30 is a cult classic, and his podcast “Getting Doug with High” has been going strong for two years, now. Doug’s affection for cannabis and his round table discussions with noteworthy people and other comedians in which various topics are discussed are hilarious, interesting, and often revealing in unplanned ways. Last year Benson performed on 4/20 at Denver’s Comedy Works, and this year he’s brought his popular podcast to Denver to kick off a country-wide tour.
Getting High with Doug at the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO
Monday night’s show at the Oriental Theater sold out, and was an absolutely outstanding display of all five talented men who took the stage. The show was filmed and broadcast live for Benson’s regular podcast show, and was the first episode the crew has filmed outside of California. For his guests, Doug tapped four men of comedy and other Internet abilities who have made more than one appearance on his show: Geoff Tate, Todd Glass, Kassem G, and Colorado’s own Josh Blue. The show was sponsored by Denver Relief and Sexy Pizza, as well – the exact meaning spoken delivery of “sexy” and “pizza” used in combination was also a funny sidetrack during the show.
You could have tuned in last night and watched the show live, or you may want to watch it in the near future. From Doug’s comments on last week’s podcast episode, he plans to take “Getting Doug” on the road, traveling to cities like Chicago and Minneapolis on tour. There is no word on those dates as of yet – and it’s probably still TBD who will show up with Doug. The podcast from last night’s show isn’t up yet on Doug Benson’s YouTube channel, but it’s expected to go up soon.
Last night’s show was side-splittingly funny – I’m fairly sure I only stopped laughing during the three five minute breaks in filming. Topics ranged from Colorado’s 420 Cannabis Tours’ party bus experiences to what type and how much of any cannabis product the comedians had imbibed while in Colorado, and the failure of Doug to scope out the odd positioning of the stools on stage prior to the show. Todd Glass was the only person that had eaten an edible (presumably an Incredibles edible if the sponsors were any indication), sang the praises of Walmart’s sushi, and was only able to name two superheroes from the new movie Captain America: Civil War. The film was a consistent topic throughout the night, culminating in a contest to see which of the five men could name all ten (or was it twelve?) superheroes in the movie. I’m not sure that “Scarlett Spider” counts as a character, but we know who he meant. Also, none of them named Captain America even though he’s in the title. Gabe, the show’s magician, came out numerous times to loud applause in order to deliver mostly sativa batches of vaporized smoke – when indica was finally offered, Doug admitted he’d gotten them mixed up.
Kassem G (a YouTube sensation from California) admitted he only appears on the show in order to smoke free marijuana, and Todd had hysterical thoughts to share and a silent battle with unruly audience members. Geoff Tate was in rare form, and had several ideas that the audience cheered for enthusiastically. One consistent audience member yelled “marijuana” through the majority of the show. All in all it was a highly recommended experience – be sure to catch Doug’s next podcast, next tour date, or next “Getting Doug with High” episode when he comes to your state, and if you were there in Denver last night, you can listen for the sound of your own applause or obnoxious yelling sometime this week. I have to admit I was hoping for a Sarah Silverman appearance, but maybe next time.