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Cartoonists, comedians draw laughter

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BEAVER CREEK – Six of the best-known cartoonists of The New Yorker present three days of wry observation and illustrated storytelling in Beaver Creek. Guests can sharpen their edges and their wit as they meet the “minds behind the lines” of their favorite cartoons from the magazine, when The New Yorker presents Humor on the Slopes Feb. 23-25.

In its second year, the program will feature a headline performance from five-time Emmy Award winner Dennis Miller. Stand Up Comedy Night features live performances from comedian of the year Craig Shoemaker and Kathleen Madigan, voted best female stand-up at the American Comedy Awards.Participating cartoonists include Matthew Diffee, Harry Bliss, C. Covert Darbyshire, Drew Dernavich, Mort Gerberg and Carolita Johnson. Samples of each artist’s work are available at http://www.cartoonbank.com.

Artists will provide a snow-or winter-sports-themed caption-less illustration as part of the Humor on the Slopes Caption Contest. Guests are invited to submit captions to the cartoons of their choice. The winners will be given the original, art signed by the cartoonist and hand-lettered with their caption. Guests can talk with their favorite cartoonists and can take home custom drawings at Cartoons and Cocktails events offered daily. Cartoonists Bliss and Diffee will entertain the younger set with daily Kid-tooning events and more. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to view an upcoming comedy film release.

The event continues with a celebration of the just-released book “The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See in The New Yorker.” The book’s editor, Matthew Diffee, and his colleagues provide an entertaining look into the creation, submission and decision-making process for cartoons you see – and don’t see – in the magazine. The Rejection Collection Show features audience participation and a rare opportunity to watch cartoonists competing and collaborating.Most Humor on the Slopes events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for purchase to Friday’s Stand Up Comedy Night and Saturday’s Dennis Miller headline performance, preceded by The Rejection Collection Show. Sunday’s Comedy Film Sneak Preview is a ticketed event, free of charge. To purchase tickets, call the Vilar Center for the Arts at 845-TIXS.


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