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Sausage Bang

Chris Cubas and Kath Barbadoro call the shots on Moontower's all-guy and all-gal shows

By Wayne Alan Brenner, Fri., April 27, 2012

Chris Cubas
Chris Cubas
Photo courtesy of Allsion Narro

Because we're gonna sit here on our high journo horse and give you some tips about what's good to see at this Moontower thing, right?

C'mon. For that, we call in experts – say, Chris Cubas and Kath Barbadoro, because when it comes to stand-up, they know what's up.

Cubas took second place in last year's Funniest Person in Austin contest. And even if you buy into the immutable truth of those rankings, well, 2011 winner Andy Ritchie has moved to L.A. – so that makes Cubas No. 1 in town. (Never mind this year's FPIA; we're making a point here.) The man's an increasingly successful stand-up, sure, having killed at Cap City's Punch! and South by Southwest and the Altercation Comedy Tour and so on, but, really, Cubas is one of those guys who just breathes funny.

And Barbadoro? After moving to the ATX from San Antonio less than two years ago, she hit the local comedy stages like a Kath-shaped chunk of phosphorus in water (hello, Wikipedia) and has been burning brighter and brighter ever since.

So these are the comedy pros that we asked to tell us why the all-male Sausage Fest and all-female She Bang shows are worth seeing.

Austin Chronicle: OK, Sausage Fest. All these guys, but with Jackie Kashian as the host. What's good about this gig?

Kath Barbadoro: Joe Mande's the one that sticks out, as far as being for people who like comedy but may not know about him. I think he's one of the best, the most distinctive of his age group. He has the funniest Twitter account – I'm obsessed with his Twitter account. He's the best retweeter; he retweets all these terrible corporate tweets, like Carl's Jr. ....

Chris Cubas: And White Castle!

KB: And stuff about Malcolm X's assassination. And he got in this huge Twitter fight with [NBA star] Gilbert Arenas. It got to the point where Joe Mande was the only person Gilbert was following, and he was obsessed with taking Mande down. It was awesome.

Sean Patton's awesome. I got to do a show with him in New Orleans, and he's like a gaseous element that will fill any space you put him in. He's not super loud or abrasive; he's just got a very big personality – and super funny. I like him a lot.

Kath Barbadoro
Kath Barbadoro

AC: Are any of the comics in this show really guy guys? Like, brewski-swigging types that you'd expect to find at something called Sausage Fest?

KB: No, they're not necessarily the most macho types. They're definitely dudes; they do things from a dude's perspective, their comedy is male-oriented, but I don't think it would be alienating to anyone who isn't into, you know, beer drinking, football watching –

CC: Yeah, like "Oh, these bitches," that's not the kinda stuff you're gonna get from those guys.

AC: What's good about She Bang?

CC: Ah, everything? Chelsea Peretti's obviously, like –

KB: She's my hero.

CC: An absolute genius – and another person whose Twitter account is fucking hilarious. She tweeted a picture just last night: "I feel weird getting into this bed." And the picture was of a fold-out couch with a giant picture of Chelsea Peretti over it. I mean, where does that even exist? She writes on Parks and Rec, she's superhuge right now, and you're getting to see her at a small bar in Austin. That's awesome. Plus, you got Maria Bamford, who's maybe the top female comic? I hate ranking people, but you know what I mean? She's so brilliant and so weird. And Rachel Feinstein's amazing. And Mary Lynn Rajskub – she was on Mr. Show, and she's so funny, and I don't think people get exposed to her as a stand-up that much.

KB: People are like, "Oh, she was on 24!"

CC: Yeah, yeah, yeah, she does all the acting, but she also does good stand-up, and getting to see that aspect of her is a treat. She Bang, it's another group of people who – I mean, I hate even mentioning that stereotype of "Oh, I'm gonna talk about my period" kind of thing.

KB: Yeah, that's not –

CC: Good comics don't do that! It's like, when people shit on stand-up, they always shit on stand-up the way it was 25 years ago. They're like, "Oh, it's all airplane-food jokes." What are you even talking about? Stop watching A&E Evening at the Improv tapes and fucking catch up a little bit!


She Bang and Sausage Fest take place Friday, April 27, at ND at 501 Studios, 501 N. I-35. She Bang is at 8pm, Sausage Fest at 10:30pm. For more information, visit www.moontowercomedyfestival.com.

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