Hoo-Hoo! It’s The Simpsons | AspenTimes.com

Hoo-Hoo! It’s The Simpsons

Stewart Oksenhorn

A wide variety of comedy greats – from Jerry Lewis to Apu Nehasapeemapetulon, Steve Martin to the Smothers Brothers – will be in Aspen for the sixth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.The festival, which has brought the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Neil Simon, and reunions of the casts of “Animal House” and “Second City” to Aspen in past years, is set for Feb. 9-12 in various venues throughout Aspen.In all, more than 70 presentations will be included in the festival, which is sponsored by HBO. The festival will include film, theater, one-person shows, sketch comedy, seminars, tributes and more.Among the featured presentations at the upcoming festival will be a live episode of “The Simpsons,” with cast members from the television show delivering a live performance of the program on stage. Also scheduled are a reunion of the cast and writers of “The Smothers Brothers Show” – timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show’s dismissal from CBS for its politically controversial programming – hosted by Bill Maher; a Tribute to Jerry Lewis, hosted by former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Martin Short; and a career tribute to the comedy team of Mike Nichols & Elaine May, hosted by Steve Martin.Additional programs will be announced.The Comedy Arts Festival will again be offering its Local Pass to residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. The $125 pass will include admission to a variety of shows, as well as a choice of one headline show – “The Simpsons,” “The Smothers Brothers Show Reunion,” the Tribute to Jerry Lewis, or the Career Tribute to Mike Nichols & Elaine May.Local residents can also receive a 15 percent discount on the festival’s Black Diamond Pass and the Gondola Pass.For further information or to purchase a ticket package, call 1-(800) 778-4633, or log on to the USCAF Web site at http://www.uscaf.com.


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