Comic’ added to Comedy Fest |

Comic’ added to Comedy Fest

Stewart Oksenhorn

Comedy stars from film, television and stand-up stages, from the past and the present, will gather in Aspen for this year’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

The seventh annual USCAF is set for Feb. 28 through March 4, at various locations throughout Aspen.

Most recently added to the USCAF schedule of events is the theater piece, “The Comic.” Written by Mark Schiff and directed by Mark Herrier, “The Comic” stars actor Larry Miller in a realistic look at the life of a stand-up comedian. Miller earned the USCAF award for best actor in a film last year, for his work in “Pros and Cons.”

Also added to the schedule are “Un-Cabaret,” starring Beth Lapides; “An Evening with Price, Nash and Blieden,” a show about an odd nuclear family; the Def Poetry Jam, featuring poets Taylor Mali, Steve Coleman and Black Hair, Brown Eyes and Yellow Rage; and Wayne Brady from “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”

Other featured events include Billy Crystal, who will be honored with the AFI Star Award; a reunion of the cast and creators of “American Graffiti”; a tribute to the television show “In Living Color”; and a tribute to comedian Bob Newhart, hosted by David Steinberg.

Also, Martin Mull and Fred Willard will reprise their characters Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard from the `70s television parody show “Fernwood 2 Night”; Catherine O’Hara will host two evenings of late-night entertainment; and Janeane Garofalo will host the All-Star Winter Comedy Pageant.

The USCAF is offering the Local Pass to residents of the Roaring Fork Valley for $95. The discounted package includes admission to six shows, including one headline performance, and four film screenings. Locals are also given a 15 percent discount on the Black Diamond and Gondola ticket packages.

Tickets and more information about the festival are available by calling 1-800-778-4633.

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