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We’ll Always Have Aspen

This year’s first Aspen RooftopComedy Festival was one of those experiences that made being a comedian fun again. It was everything most comedy-caravans are not: relaxed, funny, and catered. There were no “actor / comedians” or huge egos. It was just a bunch of really funny people there to have a good time.

I have to admit, I had my doubts. It’s hard to entertain entertainers, especially really sarcastic ones. I had imagined comedians throwing themselves off balconies out of boredom but instead the balcony was full of comedians watching every show. Laughing.

Robert Hawkins had the whole house in tears. Matt Braunger’s hate-filled owl thing was definitely a highlight. Chris Porter and Auggie Smith were huge crowd pleasers and Robert Buscemi was just fun to watch.

Even the college competition was a great surprise. I originally was against the whole idea of it. “College kids? They aren’t real comedians.” But again, I was not only proven wrong but left impressed with how much talent and unique perspectives there really were. Check out Reid Faylor… he was my favorite.

So again, good job Rooftop. Nice set.


Comment from Paolo
Time: June 5, 2008, 7:29 pm

A great article, Andi, and i must say, i especially enjoyed the line about no actor/comedians or huge egos rolling through to the fest, like other mountain-located gatherings i know of.

Comment from Robert Buscemi
Time: June 6, 2008, 4:32 am

I thought it was the best ever, frankly. As you implied, Andi, it was a great shot of adrenaline and … dare I say love? … in a profession that can leave you tired quick.

I just had one of the best weekends of my life. I didn’t want it to end. It felt like I was there for a whole year in one way, and just 15 minutes in another way.

You’re right it’s hard to get smart-ass comics to put their weight behind a collective thing. But as far as I could tell, everyone did.

Plus it felt like we were part of something new — a new kind of festival in a new era of standup.

I was just so chuffed. I felt like I didn’t stop grinning all weekend.

I can get sappy and romantic, but … the minute I got off the plane I knew it was going to be great. And yeah — everyone watched everyone’s set too, which doesn’t always happen.

Can we do it again next weekend?

Comment from Andy Miller
Time: June 6, 2008, 6:38 pm

Aspen was just one big, long smile. Every single person i’ve spoken to has had nothing but rave reviews.
For me personally, i couldn’t have been more impressed with all the comics….amazing. And that goes for off stage as well as on. Like you said, Andi, “There were no “actor / comedians” or huge egos” and I think that was why the weekend was such a smashing success. That ‘community feeling’ that you guys mentioned above is so true…it really felt like a big, happy comedy family.
see everyone next year.