Aspen RooftopComedy Festival

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The Aspen RooftopComedy Festival is a stand-up comedy festival that was held annually in Aspen, Colorado on or around the Memorial Day Weekend since 2008. The festival is the concept of Roxane Davis and the City Of Aspen.[1] Davis, a consultant and producer, created the partnership between and Aspen's Wheeler Opera House, a historic theater located in downtown Aspen.

The Aspen RooftopComedy Festival was designed to fill the gap left by HBO canceling the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which had been held in Aspen from 1985 - 2007. HBO has since renamed the festival and relocated it to Las Vegas, Nevada.[2] 2008 marked the inaugural debut of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival as a replacement to the former HBO event. brought the focus of the festival towards an underground talent base and an online media focus, and The Wheeler Opera House ensured that the festival transitioned to an event for the Aspen community by offering affordable tickets and local discounts on festival passes. Whereas the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival had evolved into primarily an industry event, the producers of the new festival committed to creating a community for developing unproven comics, as well as presenting comedy for a devoted live-comedy audience.

The festival ran for three editions, being followed in 2011 by the Aspen Laff Festival.[3][4]

2008 Festival Details[edit]

Other Highlights
  • Industry Panel: Comedy meets New Media

A cross-section of new media and comedy industry leaders discuss how the Internet is impacting the comedy business, and how comedians are harnessing new media strategies to further their careers. Participating Panelists are below. The discussion was moderated by RooftopComedy.

  • Mark Day, Comedy Content Manager, YouTube
  • Dylan Gadino, Editor-in-Chief,
  • Allison Kingsley, Executive Producer/GM,
  • Mike Kwatinetz, General Partner, Azure Capital Partners
  • Kevan O'Brien, Digital Film and Video Specialist, Adobe
  • 2008 RooftopComedy Awards

Awards were presented to comedians and those working in the field of online comedy who "are doing exciting, innovative and, yes, hilarious things."[5]

  • National College Comedy Competition Finals

The Finals of the NCCC featured the top 4 students in the categories of Stand Up and Short Film from across the US competing for the title of Funniest College Student.

  • Tim Ball from Duke University won in the Stand Up Category.
  • Dan Perrault from Emerson College won in the Short Film Category with Car Phone.


  1. ^ IMDB - Roxane Davis-
  2. ^ Oksenhorn, Stewart, "HBO pulls U.S. Comedy Arts Festival", The Aspen Times (
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ the RooftopComedy Awards at The Aspen RooftopComedy Festival Archived June 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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