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Locals Pass on sale for Comedy Festival

Stewart Oksenhorn

Buyers of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Locals Pass will have a choice of seeing the Freedom in the Arts 2003 forum; “J. Edgar,” a new show starring Kelsey Grammer and John Goodman; a live performance of “Mr. Show”; or a spate of “Saturday Night Live”-related events.

The USCAF’s Locals Pass is available for $95 at the festival’s ticket and information hot line, at 1-800-778-4633. The ninth annual festival is set for Feb. 26 through March 2 in various Aspen venues.

Those buying the Locals Pass will be able to choose among six presentations in the Main Show category. The Locals Pass also offers admission to choices of sketch shows, alternative presentations, stand-up performances and film screenings in the Film Discovery Program.

Among the Main Show choices are one-person shows by Norm McDonald and Julia Sweeney, both “Saturday Night Live” alumni, and a tribute to Weekend Update, the satirical news segment which has been a weekly feature since the debut of “Saturday Night Live.”

Other Main Show presentations are:

A live performance of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s offbeat “Mr. Show.” “Mr. Show” appeared on HBO after executives from HBO, which produces the USCAF, saw a performance at the festival several years ago.

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Freedom in the Arts 2003. The round-table forum will feature filmmaker Michael Moore, whose latest film is the social commentary “Bowling For Columbine”; and Kevin Smith, whose films include “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma.”

Last year’s Freedom in the Arts 2002, the first of the series, featured television icon Norman Lear, filmmaker Oliver Stone, “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Garry Trudeau, creator of the comic strip “Doonesbury.” The 2002 forum was moderated by David Steinberg; no moderator has been announced yet for the upcoming forum.

J. Edgar,” a new comedy piece starring Kelsey Grammer and John Goodman. “J. Edgar” was written by Harry Shearer, another former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, and the voice of C. Montgomery Burns and other characters on “The Simpsons.” Shearer also had his movie, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” screened at the USCAF in 2001.