The fourth annual High Plains Comedy Festival begins just thirty days from now, and the 2016 lineup has all the makings of an old-fashioned giggle gauntlet. From August 25 through August 27, over 100 of the country's funniest people will descend upon Denver's Baker neighborhood to crack wise, tickle fancies and delight local comedy nerds.
Since its first year, the High Plains Comedy Festival has earned accolades for its tightly organized and well-curated showcases, and the producers intend to proudly continue that tradition this year. The odds of success are stacked in their favor with headliners like Aparna Nancherla, Baron Vaughn, Kyle Kinane, Cameron Esposito, Bobcat Goldthwait and Garfunkel & Oates (to name but a few) joining the Denver standup scene's best and brightest for the comedic highlight of the year. "I couldn't be more excited about the national acts coming in, as well as the locals who have been kicking ass all year long to earn a spot on the fest," boasts High Plains founder Adam-Cayton Holland.
"My role in High Plains has evolved this year, and I'm excited to tackle it," says festival coordinator Karen Wachtel. "I've moved into the position of executive producer — essentially being the 'boots on the ground' with sponsors, performers, industry and media, and I was responsible for logistical planning while Adam was filming Those Who Can't in L.A."
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In addition to the stacked lineup of performers, fans can enjoy special editions of beloved local showcases like Cartoons & Comedy, Lucha Libre & Laughs and Uncalled Four joining such national festival favorites as Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and Picture This. "Basically we're packing the three days with an insane amount of fun stuff," Wachtel explains, "so the hardest thing will be deciding which shows to go to!"
VIP weekend passes have already sold out, but tickets remain for individual showcases, including the main event at the Paramount Theatre. Check out the official website for more information and links to buy tickets.
Full disclosure : I'm one of the local comics who'll be performing at the High Plains Comedy Festival.