The Comedy Festival

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The Comedy Festival
Genre Comedy festival
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada
Aspen, Colorado[1]
Years active 1995-2008[2]
Founded 1995[3][4][5]
Website
hbocomedyfestival.com
thecomedyfestival.com

The Comedy Festival, formerly known as the US Comedy Arts Festival,[6] was a comedy festival that ran from 1995[7][8] to 2008.[9] The festival included stand-up comedy performances, appearances by the casts of television shows, and has a film component[10] called the Film Discovery Program.[11][12]

The first 13 editions of the US Comedy Arts Festival were held annually at the Wheeler Opera House and other venues in Aspen, Colorado.[13] Comedian Joe Rogan says the festival's location at the time was for the "Executives to ski".[14] The primary sponsor of the festival was HBO, with co-sponsorship by Caesars Palace (the primary venue), TBS, GEICO Insurance, Twix candy bars and Smirnoff Vodka. In-between, HBO had started a spin-off version simply named The Comedy Festival, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 2006[15][16] in collaboration with the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The Aspen event folded in 2007 once HBO exited the festival business, considering the expenditures too high.[17] TBS picked up the Las Vegas event in 2008, and organized a follow-up edition that year, also arranging for other comedy festivals in collaboration with Just For Laughs.[18] In turn, Aspen replaced the festival with similar events, the Aspen RooftopComedy Festival and the Aspen Laff Festival.[19][20][21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1997-03-03/entertainment/ca-34274_1_afi-tribute
  2. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/2004/03/celebrating-a-decade-of-laughs-u-s-comedy-arts-festival-wraps-in-aspen-79068/
  3. ^ Comedy fest drops Aspen
  4. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-03-07/features/9703070212_1_snl-lorne-michaels-comedy-arts-festival
  5. ^ https://wayback.archive.org/web/20040612040335/http://hbocomedyfestival.com/uscaf_history.html
  6. ^ https://www.trademarkbank.com/trademarks/74574524
  7. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/1995/04/02/what-are-you-laughing-at-weird-and-hostile-detours-in-the-search-for-new-comedy/64b885bd-79e9-4455-91c3-7053c4400c01/
  8. ^ Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), Sunday, March 26, 1995, Page 55. ... going for yucks at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo.
  9. ^ Comedy fest drops Aspen
  10. ^ http://www.festivalfocus.org/news/22/hbos_comedy_fest_announces_win/
  11. ^ "THE HBO COMEDY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN ASPEN FEBRUARY 28TH – MARCH 4TH, 2007" (Press release). IndependentFilm.com. 2006-07-18. 
  12. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/2007/08/30/hbo-no-u-s-comedy-arts-festival-next-year/
  13. ^ http://variety.com/1997/scene/vpage/live-from-aspen-1117435505/
  14. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-03-29/features/1998088041_1_carpenter-comedy-arts-festival-deal/3
  15. ^ "HBO and AEG Live will team up once again to make Las Vegas “the home of funny” when the second annual edition of The Comedy Festival is presented Nov. 14-18, 2006."
  16. ^ https://wayback.archive.org/web/20061020060838/http://www.thecomedyfestival.com/about/
  17. ^ Comedy fest drops Aspen
  18. ^ TBS expands comedy festival work
  19. ^ http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20130221/NEWS/130229981
  20. ^ http://www.aspentimes.com/news/hbo-pulls-u-s-comedy-arts-festival/
  21. ^ https://www.aspenchamber.org/wheeler-opera-house-announces-line-2017-aspen-laugh-festival
  22. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/2007/05/14/comedy-arts-festival-was-a-hoot-in-aspen/

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