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US Comedy Arts Festival
The Comedy Festival
Genre Comedy festival
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada
Aspen, Colorado[1]
Years active 1995-2008[2]
Founded 1995[3][4]

The Comedy Festival, formerly known as the US Comedy Arts Festival,[5] was a comedy festival that ran from 1995[6][7] to 2008.[8] The festival included stand-up comedy performances, appearances by the casts of television shows, and has a film component[9] called the Film Discovery Program.[10][11]

The first 13 editions of the US Comedy Arts Festival were held annually at the Wheeler Opera House and other venues in Aspen, Colorado.[12] Comedian Joe Rogan says the festival's location at the time was for the "Executives to ski".[13] The primary sponsor of the festival was HBO, with co-sponsorship by Caesars Palace (the primary venue), TBS, GEICO Insurance, Twix candy bars and Smirnoff Vodka. In-between, HBO had started a spin-off version simply named The Comedy Festival, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 2006,[14] in collaboration with the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The Aspen event folded in 2007 once HBO exited the festival business, considering the expenditures too high.[8] TBS picked up the Las Vegas event in 2008, and organized a follow-up edition that year, also arranging for other comedy festivals in collaboration with Just For Laughs.[15] In turn, Aspen replaced the festival with similar events, the Aspen RooftopComedy Festival and the Aspen Laff Festival.[16][17][18][19]

References

  1. ^ Phil Rosenthal (1997-03-03). "Live From Aspen, It's a Tribute!". LA Times. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Celebrating a Decade of Laughs, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Wraps in Aspen". IndieWire. 2004-03-16. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Steve Johnson (1997-03-07). "`Animal House' Without Belushi". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "HBO Comedy Festival - USCAF History". hbocomedyfestival.com. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Details, a Report by Trademark Bank | Calendar Your Mark | Monitor Similar Marks". Trademarkbank.com. 1994-09-16. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Lei, Richard (1995-04-02). "What Are You Laughing At? Weird And Hostile Detours In The Search For New Comedy". The Washington Post. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), Sunday, March 26, 1995, Page 55. ... going for yucks at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo.
  8. ^ a b Hooper, Troy (2007-05-10). "Comedy fest drops Aspen". The Denver Post. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ The Mandy Network (2006-03-12). "HBO's Comedy Fest announces winners | HBO Comedy Festival". Festivalfocus.org. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "The HBO Comedy Festival to Be Held in Aspen February 28th - March 4th, 2007" (Press release). IndependentFilm.com. 2006-07-18. 
  11. ^ "HBO: No U.S. Comedy Arts Festival next year". Denverpost.com. 2007-08-30. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Variety Staff (1997-02-24). "Live From Aspen". Variety. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Comic opera High drama at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: A comedian from Maryland seeking a manager, and a TV deal. A well-connected manager seeking new talent, and a TV deal. Would they find each other? Would both find a deal? You must be joking". Baltimore Sun. 1998-03-29. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "The Comedy Festival - About". The Comedy Festival. Archived from the original on 2006-10-20. Retrieved . HBO and AEG Live will team up once again to make Las Vegas "the home of funny" when the second annual edition of The Comedy Festival is presented Nov. 14-18, 2006. 
  15. ^ Szalai, Georg (2008-02-21). "TBS expands comedy festival work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Aspen Laff Fest just for laughs? Nope - the Wheeler wants smarts, too". AspenTimes.com. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "HBO pulls U.S. Comedy Arts Festival". AspenTimes.com. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Wheeler Opera House Announces Line-up of 2017 Aspen Laugh Festival | Aspen CO Chamber". www.aspenchamber.org. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Husted, Bill. "Comedy Arts Festival was a hoot in Aspen". Denverpost.com. Retrieved . 

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