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Though laugh tracks conjure up unfunny sitcoms and forced chuckles, the Laugh Track Comedy Festival offers real belly laughs that don’t need to be cued by a sound engineer. The organizers of the festival, now in its third year, have added another day and another venue to the fun, so this year, there will be more than forty comedians, thirty comedic short films and a whole slew of parties to celebrate the things that make our sides split.

The event showcases comedians hand-picked by brothers and co-directors Evan and Adam Nix, including locals like Westword MasterMind Andrew Orvedahl, Sam Tallent and Mara Wiles as well as traveling standup performers like Andy Sell, Amy Miller and Mo Welch.

“Denver has this emerging comedy scene that’s really burgeoning right now,” explains Evan Nix. “Part of [the festival] is to bring in travelers to expose them to what we have going on here, and of course part of it is also to expose the people here to some of the comedians elsewhere.”

Beyond the comedy and short films, the three-day festival includes a live podcast taping from the Denver Diatribe, a discussion panel with Dr. Peter McGraw about his book, The Humor Code, and an awards ceremony.

The Laugh Track Comedy Festival kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, and continues Friday and Saturday at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue. Advance tickets are $9 for individual screenings and $30 for full festival passes; prices go up to $12 and $35 at the door. For ticket information and a full schedule, visit
Aug. 2-4, 2012


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