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Apsen’s laughing hard this week

ASPEN – With a connection in the entertainment business, you might have a chance to see Jim Carrey be presented with the AFI Star Award at this week’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (USCAF). Slip someone the right substance, and a seat at Cheech & Chong: Together Again, the pot-loving duo’s first on-stage appearance in 20 years, might open up.But those without such behind-the-scenes wiles are far from shut out at the USCAF. Tickets to numerous acts, including those with recognizable names, are still available at the Wheeler Opera House box office.The 11th annual festival opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday.As of early this week, there were tickets remaining at the Wheeler for Freedom of Speech Award: Garry Trudeau; “Trumbo: Red, White & Blacklisted,” a drama starring Christopher Lloyd as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo; the Experts Only special events with Colin Quinn, Dane Cook and Greg Behrendt; the music comedy act Sarah Silverman & Her Silver Men; and numerous other performances featuring lesser-known comedians. And those craving a hit of Cheech & Chong are not entirely out of luck: there are tickets for the duo’s guest shot on the live taping of “Sunday Morning Shootout.”Tickets for many events are also often available at the door.Main shows at the USCAF include Writers’ Room: Harvard Lampoon, moderated by Andy Borowitz and featuring “Simpsons” writers George Meyer, Mike Reiss, Tom Gammill and Mike Pross; “American Dad” Live, a live reading of the new animated sitcom with creator Seth MacFarlane; and a reunion of the cast and creators of the 1997 mockumentary “Waiting for Guffman.”The festival’s Film Discovery Showcase features 22 feature films, including six world premieres.For further information, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.