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]

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]


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  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
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  11. ^ "THE HBO COMEDY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN ASPEN FEBRUARY 28TH – MARCH 4TH, 2007" (Press release). 2006-07-18. 
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  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."
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  17. ^ Comedy fest drops Aspen
  18. ^ TBS expands comedy festival work
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