7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
500 16th Street #320

Denver, CO 80202 United States
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Cocktails & Comedy

Cocktails & Comedy is BACK!

The most hilarious, most outrageous, most delicious Gala Fundraiser you’ll go to this year!

 Join Athena Project for the 8th Annual Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser at Live@Jack’s 500 16th St #320, Denver, CO on Monday, October 7 at 7pm.  Tickets for the general public are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  There is a special artist rate of $25 each with proof of a business card, website, or headshot/resume at the door.  All tickets include appetizers, desserts, FREE laughs, and a chance to play games and win prizes. Purchase your tickets below.

 Once again Debbie Scheer stars as our venerable MC and laugh master for the evening. Shanel Hughes warms up the crowd and Janae Burris headlines the evening. New this year, rounding out the evening, a performance by powerhouse soul singer, SUCH.

Debbie Scheer is an auctioneer, emcee, humorist and single mom of two boys so she identifies as primarily tired! She is the co-producer and co-host of Broadsided Comedy: An Estrogen Fueled Comedy Show and the producer of Track Suit Chronicles: Stories for the Long Haul. To find out more information about where she will be next, head on over to her website www.debbiescheerspeaks.com.


Meet the Artists

Debbie Scheer

Debbie Scheer


Debbie’s perspective on life and her humor has an element that will get a laugh from anybody. Her comedic timing is naturally clever while being kind but provocative in nature.  Debbie brings to her speaking engagements the ability to create an authentic and vulnerable space as she shines the brightest of lights on topics that many feel shy talking about. Debbie passionately believes that combining humor with education is the only way to approach sensitive topics and she seamlessly weaves the two together to create captivating presentations and that will engage the audience in new and powerful ways.
Janae Burris

Janae Burris


Janae Burris is a comedian, writer, actor and former co-host of the Denver Post’s Cannabist Show in Denver, Colorado.  She is a South Los Angeles native and a California Institute of the Arts alumna. Her years growing up in one of L.A.’s most notorious neighborhoods, combined with her training in avant garde theater make Janae’s comedy style something similar to a one woman show, a perfect fit for Shit Talk Tours, which she hosts regularly at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. 
Shanel Hughes

Shanel Hughes


Shanel Hughes has performed at various venues across Denver, Aurora, and Colorado Spring, including Comedy Works and the Improv. To the stage, she brings with her three year of improve and acting skills. Please check out shanelhughes.com for more of her upcoming shows.
Tracy Kellett

Tracy Kellett


Wife. Mom. Army vet. LGBTQ+ member. Shark expert when drunk. Tracy Kellett is a new face in the Colorado comedy scene. Honest and witty, Tracy’s unique perspective and social commentary both engage and entertain.
Stephanie McHugh

Stephanie McHugh


After doing comedy less than a year, Stephanie won a trip to the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and now has been on the Denver comedy scene for 17 years. You may have seen her on Nick at Nite’s TV Show “America’s Funniest Mom”. Her home club is the world famous Comedy Works where she can be seen in the MentalPause Comedy Show. In addition to stand up, Stephanie now helps entrepreneurs and speakers add humor to their presentations.



October 7
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Athena Project