The definitive guide to comedy festivals for 2016

Almost nine years ago now, the seeds of The Comic’s Comic firmly planted themselves into my brain during a blizzard of snow and laughs in Aspen, Colo. Back then, you had Aspen and Montreal. Those were the two places to see the entire comedy industry converge, merge and splurge. New talent rubbing shoulders with veteran theater-filling headliners, all attracting the attention of agents, managers and bookers. HBO handled the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival each February in a ritzy ski resort town in the Rocky Mountains, while Just For Laughs held court each July in the center of French-Canadian Montreal....

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