Hosted by Telluride funnyman Jeb Berrier and the Sheridan Opera House, the four-day festival features comedians Rob Corddry, Seth Morris, Jason Mantzoukas, Jon Daly, Scot Armstrong, Owen Burke, Nick Thune – and a few last-minute additions.
“Nick was basically referred to me by Seth Morris, who comes every year,” says Berrier. “I was really surprised and pleased that he wanted to do it – he’s really busy and just got back from a European tour of his show,” the Nick Thune Standup Show, “but apparently he likeds to ski.”
Berrier pronounces himself thrilled to have Corddry back after a three-year hiatus, as well. “He’s hilarious,” Berrier says of Corddry, whom he met “doing Shakespeare in New York back in the 90s that toured around the country.
“He was an actor,” Berrier says of his longtime friend, adding he’s glad to see Corddry getting kudos for his role as the adoptive father of the upstart butter sculptor in the hit comedy Butter. “Now he does interviews and he’ll say, ‘I was a very serious actor for a long time, saying serious like it’s important. While he was pursuing the acting thing, he got into improve and comedy, and that’s what made his career. But he was always funny, and he was always great at comedy.”
Tickets are on sale at sheridanoperahouse.com (prices vary, from $25, general admission, for Thursday night, to $30-35, Friday-Sunday, to $125 per person at VIP cocktail tables).
Variety Night ($25 General Admission) Jokes pertaining to Telluride, some improv, some standup and some sketch. (Featuring Morris, Mantzoukas, Burke, Berrier and Armstrong.)
Comedy Night ($30/$35 Reserved) Rob Corddry, creator, writer and director of television’s Children’s Hospital, and star of the new hit comedy, Butter, opens with a brief stand-up set, followed by comedians presenting everything from pre-planned skits to the event’s trademark “Pass the Mic.”
Comedy Night ($30/$35 Reserved) Nick Thune, new to the Telluride Comedy Festival this year, takes the stage. Thune has appeared in a number of mainstream comedy hits, including Knocked Up, Extract, Unaccompanied Minors, Spring Breakdown and more. He has appeared at the Laugh Factory, David Letterman and Happy Endings. Following Thune’s set, he will be joined be his fellows onstage for a round of improv and sketch routines. Opening for Thune is second-year veteran Jon Daly, with a short standup set.
Comedy Night ($30/$35 Reserved) Sunday Night is the finale, with more improv. Festival performers all got their starts in improve, and Telluride is where they come to reunite and to revisit their comedy roots. Expect a small set of sketch comedy acts featuring Berrier, Mantzoukas, Morris, Daly, Armstrong and Burke.