HBO Comedy Fest Features J. Edgar! Musical, Fringe Play Matt & Ben, Feb. 26-March 3

News   HBO Comedy Fest Features J. Edgar! Musical, Fringe Play Matt & Ben, Feb. 26-March 3 The HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Feb. 26-March 3, begins at Aspen, Colorado featuring a musical and an upcoming Off-Broadway show as well as six plays by up-and-coming playwrights.

Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers' 2002 FringeNYC Award-winning play, Matt & Ben which will embark on a national tour before returning to New York City for an Off-Broadway run is among the highlighted events at the fest. The musical satire on the pre-paparazzi, pre-fame friendship between Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon stars the two women authors as the film duo. Kaling plays Affleck because they "have the same color hair" and Withers portrays Damon as they "are both shy around new people" states the show's website. (www.mattandben.com) Another highlight at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival will be J. Edgar!, a musical by Harry Shearer and Tom Leopold, about the infamous FBI director will take place at the ninth annual festivities. The musical, which appeared at Los Angeles Theatreworks featuring John Goodman as the longtime assistant to Hoover and Kelsey Grammer as the FBI man who lead a double-life, will reteam the actors as well as creators Shearer and Leopold with Michael McKean ("Spinal Tap"), Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons"), Tress McNeille and Judith Owens.

The festival will also feature selected scenes of plays by up-and-coming playwrights including Lakeera by Christopher Shinn (What Didn't Happen), In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Our Lady of 121st Street), Evolution by Jonathan Marc Sherman (Sophistry), We Did What We Could With What We Had by Megan Mostyn-Brown, Buicks by Julian Shepard, and Be Aggressive by Annie Weisman.

For more information on the festival, visit www.hbo.com/comedy/uscaf.