The High Plains Comedy Festival will be back for a third round August 20 through August 22, and just released the full lineup. “Our schedule this year is insane — there’s no other way to put it,” said Andy Juett, who co-founded the festival with Adam Cayton-Holland, in announcing the schedule additions. “We’ve been incredibly lucky to get so many national and local superstars who want to be a part of this thing. Fitting them all in has been a challenge, but it translates to the best deal ever for Denver comedy fans who get to see more than seventy crushers take to the stage.”
The expanded schedule includes the addition of more than forty Denver-based (or previously Denver-based) comedians (including Westword contributor Byron Graham), as well as free and low-cost themed shows packed with talent and a special appearance by Ron Funches, who will be at Comedy Works that week recording his next album. Along with Funches, L.A. comedians Josh Androsky and Justine Marino have joined the bill, and most of the recent crop of Denver-to-L.A. transplants will be returning to the High Plains stage: The Grawlix, Troy Walker, Kristin Rand, Chris Charpentier, Haley Driscoll and Jim Hickox will all be back to perform for their “hometown” audiences.
The special shows on the final day will kick off with Mara Wiles & The Funky Brunch, a showcase-meets-improv show with a throwback vibe; and Cartoons & Comedy, which features comedians riffing on favorite ‘80s & ‘90s cartoons and commercials. Both are at Mutiny Information Café, and both are free. Saturday's lineup also includes a live version of the über-popular These Things Matter podcast at Hi-Dive (with guests Funches, Jay Larson, Jonah Ray and Karen Kilgariff) and a jumbo-sized Uncalled Four which will actually host five comedians doing short sets, then competing in a one-of-a-kind (and often offensive) game show that takes board games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity into a new realm.
Saturday night continues with the headlining show at Paramount Theatre with Anthony Jeselnik, and a stacked backing lineup, and concludes with the High Plains Super Finale Party where The Grawlix will welcome a highlight reel of High Plains performers and special guests for the final Festival blow-out.
VIP Festival Passes and tickets to all shows are now on sale at highplainscomedyfestival.com.
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