Wheeler announces Laff Fest lineup; Breuer, Titus to headline
“Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Breuer, NPR standout Ophira Eisenberg and stand-up stalwart Christopher Titus are among the headliners for the 2015 Aspen Laff Festival, the Wheeler Opera House announced Tuesday.
The fifth annual Laff Fest runs Feb. 19-21, 2015 at the Wheeler. Tickets go on sale Dec. 8.
Boulder-based comic John “Hippieman” Novosad – a regular at the Wheeler since 2011 – opens the comedy festival with a free show on Thursday, Feb. 19.
He’ll be followed by Breuer, the popular comic, memoirist, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “Half Baked” star.
Friday’s festival includes two double sets and an early “Short Snort” show with “Last Comic Standing” contestant Andrew Sleighter, who makes his Aspen debut. The Short Snort format, introduced last year, offers a short Happy Hour set and an inexpensive ticket ($12 a head).
Friday’s main shows begin with a double bill of Eisenberg and Robert Dubac at 7:15 p.m. Eisenberg, host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” was on the Wheeler stage in March, at a sold-out live taping of “The Moth.” Dubac is best known for his one-man shows “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?” and “The Book of Moron.”
Friday closes with Kira Soltanovich and Tom Rhodes. Of Soltanovich, a San Francisco-based comic, Wheeler Opera House director Gram Slaton said, “We just think she’s one of the funniest women out there.” Rhodes has been doing stand-up for 30 years, and has made two Comedy Central specials.
Saturday’s festival opens with a Short Snort set from Emily Galati, best known for appearances on “Last Comic Standing,” “Laughs” and “Stand Up for Diversity.” She’s followed by two returning Laff Fest comics, Pete Lee and Josh Sneed, in a double set.
The festival closes with Titus, who filled the Wheeler in two previous years for his high-energy Laff Fest sets.
“If you have missed Chris in action during our 2011 or 2013 festivals, then you have missed the kind of bravura jaw-dropping, side-splitting tour de force that standup comedy’s been without since George Carlin left the stage,” said Slaton. “But Chris is his own animal and we can say without a doubt, ‘Do not miss this show.’”
Tickets for headliners will range in price from $22.50 to $30. Full festival passes are $112.50 and day passes are $46.50 for Friday and $52.50 for Saturday.
“We just want everyone to come and experience everything,” said Slaton. “We’ll be featuring day passes again this year, and want to make it impossible for people to say ‘no’ to this great festival of ours.”
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