FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2016
Contact: Gena Buhler Craig Boleman
Wheeler Opera House Announces Line-up of 2017 Aspen Laugh Festival
Aspen, CO (Nov 1): Expect lots of hilarity this February at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Over four days, the Wheeler will host some of America’s premiere comedy talent as part of the festival including co-creator of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” Whitney Cummings, funnyman and featured actor on ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” Adam Devine, social commentator and stand-up legend Margaret Cho and critically-acclaimed actor and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kevin Nealon.
The Wheeler will kick-off the 2017 Laugh Festival on Tuesday, February 21 (6:30 PM) with an Open Mic Night for local Aspenites. The festival continues for the next four nights at 7:30 PM with Whitney Cummings on Wednesday, February 22, Margaret Cho on Thursday, February 23, Adam Devine on Friday, February 24 and Kevin Nealon closing the festival on Saturday, February 25. Comedians opening for each evening’s program will be announced in the coming weeks.
Comedy fans can see all four shows for only $165 with the 2017 Laugh Pass. Single tickets and festival passes will go on sale on Wednesday, November 16 at noon by phone (970-920-5770) and online at www.aspenshowtix.com. Wheeler Wins members may buy tickets and passes early beginning Monday, November 7 at 12 noon.
Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler, “We’ve been planning and considering talent for the upcoming 2017 Aspen Laugh Festival since we closed last year’s. Patrons from previous years were very open with our Wheeler staff about their love and appreciation for the annual comedy festival. They also informed us that they hoped we could present bigger names in the future. With these four headliners, we are confident we met these wishes. And we can’t wait!” Buhler acknowledges, “Yes, our spellchecks love us too because we are changing the name of the festival from ‘Laff Festival’ to “Laugh Festival.’”
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Locals Open Mic Night | Tuesday, February 21 (6:30 PM)
Test your mettle against the greats as we kick of the Aspen Laugh Festival with local talent in our one-night-only Open Mic Night! FREE
Whitney Cummings | Wednesday, February 22 (7:30 PM)
Whitney Cummings is a Los-Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and producer. Cummings is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls,” which is currently in its sixth season. She also wrote, produced and starred in “Whitney,” which aired on NBC from 2011 to 2013. Cummings appeared regularly on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” as well as Comedy Central’s Roast series. See all 4 shows with the Laugh Pass for $165. Single tickets to Whitney Cummings are $60.
Margaret Cho | Thursday, February 23 (7:30 PM)
The Agent Provocateur of stand up, Margaret Cho is never one to shy away from a taboo topic. There are literally no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho has conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Having been nominated for three Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award, her comedy tours are a constant sell-out both here and abroad. She’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (“I'm The One That I Want” and “The Sensuous Woman”) and her last stand-up, “psyCHO,” was filmed at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. See all 4 shows with the Laugh Pass for $165. Single tickets to Margaret Cho are $60.
Adam Devine | Friday, February 24 (7:30 PM)
One of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world, Adam Devine is best known as a co-creator, writer, and star of the hit Comedy Central show “Workaholics.” He can be seen on Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party,” as well as on the award-winning hit ABC series, “Modern Family.” He was most recently seen on the big screen opposite Zac Efron in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” See all 4 shows with the Laugh Pass for $165. Single tickets to Adam Devine are $55.
Kevin Nealon | Saturday, February 25 (7:30 PM)
Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including The Subliminal Man and Hans and Franz. He has also received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, “Weeds.”
Nealon has found great comic success in his film career, teaming up with Adam Sandler in “Anger Management,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” He was also featured in a number of other films with “SNL” cast mates David Spade, Eddie Murphy, Molly Shannon and Steve Martin. See all 4 shows with the Laugh Pass for $165. Single tickets to Kevin Nealon are $75.
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ABOUT WHEELER OPERA HOUSE:
Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.
ABOUT ASPEN LAUGH FEST
Ski during the day and laugh the night away at the 2017 Aspen Laugh Fest. After thirteen years as the featured site for the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and three years as the co-producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the Wheeler Opera House now presents its own unique three-day comedy experience. Lots of big laughs are in store at Aspen’s historic opera house with the Laugh Fest every year in February.