HBO and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (USCAF) announced the initial programming today for the 12th annual festival, which returns to Aspen, Colorado, from March 8 - 12, 2006. Highlights of the upcoming USCAF include salutes to "The Larry Sanders Show" with creator and star Garry Shandling and co-star Jeffery Tambor and the 15th anniversary of a Def Comedy Jam with Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Sandy Wernick, a presentation of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and a screening of the feature film based on "A Prairie Home Companion," as well as Jim Henson's 'Puppet Improv.' The USCAF will also feature a full line up of stand-up, sketch and alternative performances and the only major competitive film festival dedicated to comedy film. For more information, visit their website. [Brian Brooks]