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Jim Carrey headlines Aspen’s comedy festival

AP Photo Jim Carrey sticks his tongue out as he accepts the award for Favorite Male Movie Star at Nickelodeon's 17th annual Kids' Choice Awards, in April in Los Angeles. Carrey will headline the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in February.

Zonker, Mort Guffman, “Maus” and the Harvard Mafia will join Jim Carrey as the subjects of celebration at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.The 11th annual festival is set for Feb. 9-13 in various Aspen locations.

Festival producers announced that “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, the cast and makers of “Waiting for Guffman,” prominent figures in the world of graphic novels, and alumni of the Harvard Lampoon will all be featured in live programs at the upcoming festival.Trudeau will be the recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award in a career tribute hosted by Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip “Boondocks.” The first comic strip artist to earn a Pulitzer Prize, Trudeau regularly courts controversy in the long-running “Doonesbury.” Trudeau, who also teamed with Robert Altman to create the campaign comedy TV series “Tanner ’88” and the current sequel “Tanner on Tanner,” joins such past honorees as George Carlin, Michael Moore, August Wilson and the Smothers Brothers.

The cast and makers of “Waiting for Guffman,” a mockumentary about a small-town theater group hoping for its day in the spotlight, will gather for a look back at the 1997 film. Scheduled to participate in the reunion are director Christopher Guest and actors Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Bob Balaban and Parker Posey, who also formed the core of the cast for subsequent Guest films “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.”The USCAF will also present The Rise of the Graphic Novel, a look at how the comic book has evolved as one of the most subversive literary forms. Dave Eggers, author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” and editor of the literary journal McSweeney’s, will moderate a panel of graphic novelists, including “Maus” creator Art Speigelman, as well as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Lynda Barry, Charles Burns and KAZ.

Additional acts have yet to be announced. Ticket packages for the 2005 USCAF are now available at 1-800-778-4633, or at http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.

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