Karen Wachtel

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Karen Wachtel has been a live comedy event producer, booker and logistics specialist since 2014. With a 20+ year career in marketing, advertising and communication, she combines analytical planning with experiential design skills to help create events that are memorable for all the right reasons. She serves as Executive Producer for High Plains Comedy Festival (now in its seventh year in Denver, Colorado), which has quickly gained a reputation of being one of the best—and best-run—festivals in the country. In addition, she has served on staff for RiotLA, SXSW Comedy, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Bonnaroo, and reviewed submissions for Limestone Comedy Festival. She also co-produces The Grawlix monthly show and annual 50 First Jokes show in Denver. Karen has been interviewed by Interrobang, Vulture, and The Denver Post, and Westword once referred to her as a "fest producer {who} does not fuck around," which is the best professional accolade she's ever received. In her free time, Karen is Vice President of Operations for a major Denver real estate brokerage…but that's obviously just for the cool points