High Plains Comedy Festival is a comedy festival held each August in DenverColorado. Founded in 2013 by Denver comedian/writer Adam Cayton-Holland, the Festival features a mix of local and national comics in venues throughout the city—with a special emphasis on the historic Baker neighborhood surrounding South Broadway. High Plains has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talent-packed and fun-filled Festivals in the country.

Festival Founder & Executive Director

Adam Cayton-Holland

Despite being born into a white, upper-middle class family, Adam Cayton-Holland has been able to overcome the numerous non-existent hurdles that have faced him to become by far the funniest comedian on his block. Named one of “25 Comics to Watch” by Esquire magazine, and one of "10 Comics to Watch" by Variety, Adam is a national touring headliner who plays clubs and colleges all over the country.

Adam made his late-night television debut on CONAN. Other recent appearances include Comedy Central’s @midnight, Seeso’s Hidden America With Jonah Ray, Hulu’s Deadbeat, and Viceland’s Flophouse. He’s also participated in comedy festivals like the Montreal Just For Laughs, SXSW, Bridgetown Comedy and San Francisco Sketchfest festivals. He has two albums, I Don’t Know If I Happy and Backyards, both available on iTunes, and he’s currently writing his first book, Tragedy Plus Time, due to be released by Touchstone Books in 2018.

Adam, along with comedians Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, comprise The Grawlix, a trio that hosted a wildly popular monthly show in Denver for three years and created a mockumentary-style web series following their backstage exploits. The troupe went on to develop a show called Those Who Can’t about dysfunctional teachers, set in Denver. The show premiered on truTV—as its first scripted comedy—on February 11, 2016, and was renewed for a third season in January 2017.


ARCHIVES

AUGUST 25 - 27, 2016

PERFORMERS

Garfunkel & Oates
Kyle Kinane
Cameron Esposito
Adam Cayton-Holland
Andrew Orvedahl
Ben Roy
Maria Thayer
Bobcat Goldthwait
Sean Patton
Steve Agee
Aparna Nancherla
Baron Vaughn
Josh Blue
Solomon Georgio
Eliza Skinner
Brent Weinbach
Andrew Santino
Dulcé Sloan
Nick Vatterott
Ahmed Bharoocha
Ian Karmel
Chris Garcia
Caitlin Gill
Joel Kim Booster
Troy Walker

David Gborie
Kristin Rand
Bryan Cook
Chris Charpentier
Amy Miller
Jordan Doll
Sean White
Gilbert Lawand
Nato Green
Kate Willett
Kenny DeForest
Brandie Posey
Martin Morrow
Kristin Clifford
Sam Tallent
Justine Marino
Stephen Agyei
Greg Baumhauer
Troy Baxley
Alan Bromwell
Christie Buchele
Janae Burris
Bobby Crane
Anthony Crawford
Ian Douglas Terry

James Draper
Haley Driscoll
Shayna Ferm
Kevin Fitzgerald
Brent Gill
Byron Graham
Damian Griffin
Mike Hammock
Eric Henderson
Jim Hickox
Hippieman (John Novosad)
Louis Johnson
Mitch Jones
Andy Juett
Jason Keyes
Timmi Lasley
Nathan Lund
Zac Maas
Adrian Mesa
Matt Monroe
Kevin O'Brien
Zach Reinert
David Rodriguez
Derrick Rush
Joshua Skillman

Cody Spyker
Preston Tompkins
Aaron Urist
Steve Vanderploeg
Rachel Weeks
Jordan Wieleba
Mara Wiles
Harris Alterman
Matt Cobos
Meghan DePonceau
Zeke Herrera
Dave Losso
Kira MagCalen
Georgia Rae
Corey Rhoads
Heather Snow
Geoff Tice
Andrew Bueno
Cory Helie
Bethany Hernandez
William Montgomery
Miriam Moreno
Daniel Reskin
Mallory Wallace


August 20 - 22, 2015

Performers

Anthony Jeselnik
Nikki Glaser
Rory Scovel
Ron Funches
Adam Cayton-Holland
Andrew Orvedahl
Ben Roy
Kurt Braunohler
Matt Braunger
Beth Stelling
Jonah Ray
Jay Larson
Sean Patton
Ron Lynch
Guy Branum
Brody Stevens
Karen Kilgariff
Drennon Davis
Power Violence

Ben Kronberg
Bryan Cook
Andrés du Bouchet
Josh Androsky
Matt Knudsen
Rhea Butcher
Noah Gardenswartz
Ian Abramson
Karl Hess
David Gborie
Dan St. Germain
Sean Jordan
Sonia Denis
Rylee Newton
Sammy Arechar
Shane Torres
Kate Willett
Justine Marino

Troy Walker
Kristin Rand
Chris Charpentier
Haley Driscoll
Jim Hickox
Stephen Agyei
Nate Balding
Greg Baumhauer
Troy Baxley
Ben Bryant
Christie Buchele
Janae Burris
Bobby Crane
Anthony Crawford
Carey Denise
Jordan Doll
Ian Douglas Terry
James Draper

Brent Gill
Jay Gillespie
Byron Graham
Hippieman
Louis Johnson
Andy Juett
Timmi Lasley
Nathan Lund
Nora Lynch
Matt Monroe
Kevin O’Brien
Zach Reinert
Sam Tallent
Aaron Urist
Steve Vanderploeg
Matt Wayman
Jordan Wieleba
Mara Wiles


August 21 - 23, 2014

Performers

Pete Holmes
T.J. Miller
Kumail Nanjiani
Amber Tozer
Adam Cayton-Holland
Kate Berlant
Nick Thune
Beth Stelling
Bryan Cook
Cameron Esposito
Andrew Orvedahl
Howard Kremer
Matt Knudsen
Josh Blue
Ben Roy
Sean Patton
Ian Douglas Terry

Aaron Urist
Adrian Mesa
Brent Gill
Chris Charpentier
Christie Buchele
Andy Juett
Chuck Roy
Elliot Woolsey
Jim Hickox
Jordan Doll
Kevin O'Brien
Kristin Rand
Mara Wiles
Matt Monroe
Nate Balding
Sam Tallent

Troy Walker
Timmi Lasley
Nathan Lund
Brian Hocker
The Walsh Brothers
Matt Ingbretson
Chris Thayer
John Roy
Nate Bargatze
Dan Soder
Ian Karmel
Ben Kronberg
Andy Haynes
Billy Wayne Davis
Chris Fairbanks
Eugene Cordero

Mike O'Connell
Emily Gordon
Matt Wayman
Bobby Crane
Eric Henderson
Stephen Agyei
Jeff Albright
Haley Driscoll
Carey Denise
Anthony Crawford
David Gborie
Zach Reinert
Eric Dadourian
Roger Norquist
Shayna Ferm

Greg Baumhauer


August 23 - 24, 2013

Performers

Reggie Watts
Jake Weisman

Amber Tozer
Andy Wood
Adam Cayton-Holland
Kate Berlant
Beth Stelling
Bryan Cook
Cameron Esposito
Matt Braunger

David Gborie
Andrew Orvedahl
Brendon Walsh
Kurt Braunohler

Kyle Kinane 
Kevin White
Howard Kremer
Matt Knudsen
Ben Roy
Sean Patton
Stephanie Hasz
Noah Gardenswartz
Ian Douglas Terry
Zach Peterson
Aaron Urist
Adrian Mesa
Andy Peters
Bobby Valentino

Brent Gill 
Chris Charpentier
Christie Buchele
Andy Juett
Chuck Roy
Deacon Gray
Elliot Woolsey
Louis Johnson
Eric Anker
Hippieman
Jim Hickox
Jordan Doll
Kevin O'Brien
Kristin Rand

Mara Wiles
Matt Monroe
Nate Balding
Bobby Crane
Roger Norquist
Jodee Champion
Sam Tallent
Troy Walker
Tim Messenger
Timmi Lasley
Nathan Lund
Brian Hocker
Brett Hiker