Newhart, `Fernwood 2Night’ slated for comedy festival
Versatile comedian Bob Newhart and the cutting-edge late night comedy “Fernwood 2Night” will be toasted at the upcoming U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The seventh annual USCAF is set for Feb. 28 through March 3 at various venues throughout Aspen.
Also announced as additions to the festival are the Late Night Lounge with Catherine O’Hara and Friends, and Janeane Garofalo’s All Star Winter Comedy Pageant. Both O’Hara and Garofalo have been regular performers at the USCAF.
Previously announced headlining acts include Billy Crystal, who will receive the AFI Star Award, and a reunion of the cast and creators of the film “American Graffiti.”
Martin Mull and Fred Willard will reprise their roles as Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard for the tribute to “Fernwood 2Night,” which ran on network television from 1977-’78. A spinoff of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” created by Norman Lear, “Fernwood 2Night” was a politically incorrect parody of the talk-show format.
Newhart is best known for playing low-key psychologist Bob Hartley on “The Bob Newhart Show,” which ran from 1972-’78, and for “Newhart,” the ’80s sitcom in which he starred as an offbeat Vermont lodge owner. Newhart has also been a noted standup comedian.
The USCAF will once again feature a film component, with nearly 100 screenings scheduled over the four days of the festival.
The USCAF has also announced it is offering the Local Pass at a discounted price of $95. The pass, available to residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, allows admission to one main show, as well as a One-Person Show, an Experts Only/Late Night show, an Alternative/Sketch show, a Standup show, a theater presentation, and one daytime film screening each day. Local residents are also being offered a 15 percent discount on the Black Diamond Pass and the Gondola Pass.
For tickets and further information on the USCAF, call 1-800-778-4633, or log on to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.
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