“I remember thinking ‘how are they going to keep bringing more acts every year,’” Watts says, “because they’ll run out pretty quick.” And this does hit on the difficulty that might occur with a festival with such a distinct lane, that there is only so much that could exist within the music and comedy banner. But four years in and the bookings remain creative and exciting. Some comedians, like Armisen and Rudolph and Heidecker, have enough varying talents that multiple appearances can still feel fresh. Otherwise, Black and Gass still have a number of artists they haven’t been able to land yet, noting that Louis CK, Dane Cook, or their white whale, Spinal Tap.
Ceazan-Fleischli is not ready to give up on Spinal Tap, noting that they want to do it, but there’s just a lot that happens in the Spinal Tap universe. “I wouldn’t rule it out, ever,” she says.
Because where else would be better for something like Spinal Tap to perform than Festival Supreme. It’s taken just a few years to establish an unlikely comedic paradise, one that can feel as much inclined for comfort and luxury as it is for dirty jokes and loud rock music. “Comedy tends to be an opportunity for kids at a music festival to sit down, to get out of the sun, to rest,” Heidecker notes. “And they are all high, and by the time they come into our tent, they are probably exhausted or feeling sick or dirty. It’s not my favorite kind of audience, obviously, but we adjust what we’re doing to to accommodate that. We’re not going to go up there and do something where we’d be disappointed if people didn’t get the subtleties. That doesn’t tend to be the Festival Supreme experience.”