Cabaret Of The Unexpected

Cypherbird Projects presents a genre-bending fusion of comedy, storytelling, poetry, drag, and interactive art that takes audiences on a journey through The Unexpected at the Mercury Cafe on June 6 and 8.

Snag a surprising stanza from a poetry-blending machine and experience a captivating mashup of disparate arts on a common theme, a Poetry Slam/ Moth Story Hour/ Absurd Comedy kind of show, melding original performances and art by nine Colorado creatives in one intriguing evening.

CW: Recommended for ages 18+ due to material with strong language and adult themes.

Adults Only
65 minutes
Cabaret, Comedy, Theatre, Storytelling, BIPOC, LGBTQ+
Mercury Cafe Jungle Room
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

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From the Colorado Queer Comedy Festival to Red Rocks, DCPA, Meow Wolf, the Kennedy Center, NPR, and the BBC, these creatives have left their mark around the world. Watch what happens when they come together at the Mercury Cafe on June 6 & 8.                                             

Multi-genre Artists

  • Israel Avila (stand-up comedy)
  • Cristina A. Bejan (poetry)
  • James Brunt (performance art)
  • Sean Michael Cummings (storytelling & theatre)
  • Lisa Wagner Erickson (theatre)
  • Corrina Espinosa (immersive art)
  • Cara Leoni (stand-up comedy)
  • Brice Maiurro (poetry & storytelling)
  • Weird Al Spankabitch (performance art/ drag)

Cara Leoni will perform on 6/6, Weird Al Spankabitch will perform on 6/8, and all other artists will be featured on both nights.

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I loved the variety and the creativity! Thanks for feeding my constant curiosity.
What a fun and enjoyable time! Such varied and fun acts! I found myself laughing out loud and glued to my seat.
So glad I was there!
Lisa Erikson's creativity is infectious, whether in her own writing or how she brings innovative people together. Unexpected and unforgettable! Her work always guarantees a laugh!
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Mercury Cafe 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance for both the Ballroom and the Jungle Room venues is on the southeast side of the building off of California St. 

Parking: There is a large paid parking lot just across California St. and street parking

Accessibility: If you have any accessibility needs or concerns, please reach out to us at

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show