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Moontower Review: Austin Towers
The Austin Towers showcase helped close this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival. The lineup featured many of Austin’s comedy darlings, like Maggie Maye, Amber Bixby, Brently Heilbron, and Vanessa Gonzalez. And, like any other authentic Austin experience, it had its share of Californians, too.

12:30PM Mon. Apr. 24, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

Moontower Review: Ali Wong
Moontower Comedy Festival headliner Ali Wong no longer has what she called “the luxury of anonymity.” As she noted in her set Friday night, sure, you’re rich, but it means you can’t be “shitty to people in public.” She went on to explore her struggle with this newfound fame and the literal shit she deals with as a new mom.

11:33AM Mon. Apr. 24, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

In Memoriam: Lashonda Lester
Lashonda Lester was the funniest person in Austin. She used her voice like a whip. If something was out of joint, Lashonda would be the first to notice, the first to call it out, and her word had the finality of a judgment.

12:20PM Fri. Apr. 7, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy: Doug Benson & Master Pancake: Leprechaun 5
Horror movies are like frozen yogurt shops: There are always three times more of them than the world needs. At least with horror movies, there’s joy in the glut, as a tremendous number of weird entries are there to mine for humor. Thus, the now 5-year-old SXSW tradition of Doug Benson joining Master Pancake to mock a Leprechaun movie.

1:15PM Fri. Mar. 17, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy Review: A Good Trip With Shane Mauss
When Shane Mauss took the stage at the Hideout Theatre Tuesday night to perform his acclaimed stand-up show A Good Trip, he wore a hoodie, a graphic T-shirt, loose jeans, and sneakers. It became apparent within minutes that his slacker-comic costume was part of a calculated ruse to pleasantly baffle the packed house’s expectations.

2:50PM Wed. Mar. 15, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy Review: Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live!
Witch Taint. Mystikum. Have you ever heard such dark, brutal names of any black metal band in your life?

5:00PM Tue. Mar. 14, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Comedy: A Good Trip with Shane Mauss
Shane Mauss is not afraid to explore the farthest reaches of his mind. The L.A.-based comic, who once broke both his feet while hiking and turned the experience into a hysterical album, is now winding through a six-months-and-counting tour all about psychedelic drugs. But this isn't a “far out, man” Cheech & Chong routine. Mauss gets real.

4:45PM Tue. Mar. 14, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel: Veep: A Conversation with the Cast and Showrunner
A surprisingly complete cast – plus showrunner – appeared before a crowded ballroom to drop hints about (and a trailer for) season 6 of HBO’s award-winning and critically-beloved political comedy.

3:30PM Tue. Mar. 14, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy Review: Comedy Bang! Bang!
For a “record-breaking 11th year in a row,” garrulous comedian Scott Aukerman returned to SXSW, this year to tape two live episodes of his beloved Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. With his usual whip-smart timing and managerial expertise on full display, Aukerman guided the first taping at Esther’s Follies to frenzied, deserved applause.

2:00PM Mon. Mar. 13, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

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