The stated goal of the High Plains Comedy Festival has, according to co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, always been to promote not only stand-up as an art form but Denver’s rising comedy scene, which has in recent years birthed more national headliners and festival favorites than in arguably all its previous decades combined.
So it should come as no surprise that today’s announcement of a handful of out-of-town comics — including Comedy Central’s Nick Thune, L.A.’s Eric Dadourian, Colorado native/San Francisco resident David Gborie and Omaha’s Zach Reinert — is a mere side note to the laundry list of Mile High comics filling out the bill.
In addition to Cayton-Holland’s fellow Grawlix comedy troupe buddies Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, the High Plains Fest will feature these Denver-area comics:
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald
In any other city that might seem like too many, but these are, by and large, headliners and festival vets in their own right with credits galore.
From “Mile High Sci-Fi” co-founder Harrison Rains and the members of the Fine Gentleman’s Club troupe, which runs the weekly “Too Much Fun” showcase at the Deer Pile, to Moxie buddies Mara Wiles and Kristin Rand and rising names like Jeff Albright and Haley Driscoll, High Plains didn’t skimp when it came to representing the Denver scene.
The High Plains Fest runs Aug. 22-23 on South Broadway and at Civic Center park in downtown Denver. Check out the High Plains preview show at tonight’s Underground Music Showcase, also on South Broadway, at the Safari Room (no UMS wristband is necessary for entry).
Updated ticket prices are also available for the High Plains Fest, with all individually-ticketed shows now on sale via the High Plains website for $10-$30, day passes for $60 and weekend passes for $100.