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Comedy fest makes news

Debate shows up for debate

The line between the news and comedy will be debated in Aspen next month.

The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, will host the industry forum “Wag the Debate: What’s the Future of the Pundit?,” led by MSNBC talkshow host Joe Scarborough. The seminar is just one of the final events to be announced prior to the fest’s Feb. 9-13 run.

Comedian Janeane Garofalo, “The Daily Show” exec producer Ben Karlin and former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart are some of those who’ll discuss the vitality of news channel debate shows, especially in the wake of CNN’s cancellation of “Crossfire.” The role of latenight comedy shows as media outlets will also be assessed.

“The Pew Center did a research poll in 2000 and again last spring about how latenight comedy shows were a primary source for campaign news for adults 18-34 as opposed to traditional news outlets,” said fest director Craig Minassian.

Single women with guy problems will get to ask questions of comedic authors Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, who’ll be reading from their bestseller “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

Also returning to Aspen this year are comedians Eddie Izzard, Patton Oswalt, Dane Cook and Colin Quinn.