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Tickets to laughs go on sale

Aspen Times Staff Report

Tickets go on sale today for a variety of events in the upcoming U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, set for March 3-7 in various venues throughout Aspen.Tickets will go on sale at the Wheeler Opera House box office this morning at 10 a.m.Among the shows that will be made available today include a pair of headline events: the presentation of the USCAF Writer’s Award to Neil Simon, and the presentation of the AFI Filmmaker Award to James L. Brooks.Playwright Simon will be presented the award, in a ceremony that includes a retrospective screening of his work and a question-and-answer session moderated by Jeff Greenfield, at the Wheeler on March 4. Brooks, a writer, producer and director whose credits include “The Simpsons,” “Taxi” and “Broadcast News,” will be honored in an event to include a discussion and retrospective screening March 5 at the Wheeler.Tickets will also go on sale for the March 5 screening of the film “GO.” Directed by “Swingers” creator Doug Limon, “Go” is a dark comedy that recently debuted at the Sundance Festival.Also on sale are tickets to three one-person shows: “James Gregory’s “Grease, Gravy and John Wayne’s Momma,” Tim Bagley’s “Happy Hour,” and Cindy Caponera’s “The Debutante Ball.”Alternative shows on sale today include Vanessa Hollingshead’s “Flashback,” Cory Kahaney’s “Having It All and Other Myths,” “The Two Andy’s: Episode I,” a double feature including Cathy Ladman’s “Scaredypants” and Steve Marmel’s “Right Turn, Ten Years Ahead,” and Aspen Alternative Hour Presents Moon Zappa, Paul Greenberg, Rose Abdoo & Jacob Vargas.Tickets for sketch shows “Jimmy Ray’s Funeral”; Reunion Concert, featuring comedy teams Collins & Friedman, King & Mende, and Wallem & Tolan; and Kravitz & Jones’ “Making Faces” and Gohring & Stein’s “Without Pants” will also be put on sale.Two theater presentations – a double bill of “Two Bitter Women” and Amy Wilson’s “A Cookie Full of Arsenic” and Andy Prieboy’s “White Trash Wins Lotto” – will go on sale as well.The fifth annual USCAF includes more than 70 shows, including stand-up, theater, sketch shows, alternative presentations, films, industry seminars and cartoon programs. The festival is presented by HBO.


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