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Q&A With Kurt Braunohler
On his personal Tumblr page, Kurt Braunohler describes himself as someone “inserting absurdity into strangers' lives to make the world a better place.” Although this eccentric phraseology may sound like a self-effacing goof, Braunohler is one the few comedians active today whose work is unanchored by misery.

4:50PM Fri. Sep. 16, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

Lewis Black’s Campaign
Lewis Black wrestled with an existential dilemma before a packed Paramount Theatre on Thursday night.

11:30AM Fri. Sep. 9, Bryan Rolli Read More | Comment »

New Live Comedy Show Is Doper Than What, Exactly?
There was this sort of televised explosion in the early Nineties that unleashed, like, a skadillion Wayans family members into the national comedy zeitgeist. Remember? Also, that Jim Carrey guy.

2:30PM Wed. Jul. 13, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Funniest Person in Austin 2016: Lashonda Rules!
The third time was the charm for Lashonda Lester when it came to the finals for the Funniest Person in Austin Contest. The Detroit native, a third-place finisher in 2014, took the stage Monday like a force of nature and copped the crown – a win that was most timely, as Lester has been dealing with kidney failure and dialysis for the past year.

1:30PM Tue. May 17, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Funniest Person Finals/Andy Ritchie Tribute
Zac Brooks. Andrew Dismukes. Vanessa Gonzales. Lashonda Lester. Maggie Maye. Jon Mendoza. Andrew Murphy. Abby Rosenquist. Ali Safar. Elizabeth Spears. Martin Urbano. Daniel Webb. All are funny. By midnight Monday, one will be funni-est, as in the 2016 Funniest Person in Austin.

4:24PM Mon. May 16, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Moontower Review: Andy Kindler's Particular Show
Most people measure how hard they laugh by the ache in their sides or soreness in their face. With me, there's a line at the base of my skull that throbs whenever I've laughed too much. Of Andy Kindler's Particular Show, suffice to say that that cranial seam started smarting mere minutes in and burned for two hours straight.

4:05PM Tue. Apr. 26, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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Moontower Review: New York’s Finest
Beginning late Saturday night and going into the wee morning hours of Sunday, the nine participants in the second incarnation of New York’s Finest closed out the 2016 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival with aplomb.

11:45AM Mon. Apr. 25, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

Moontower Review: Leslie Loves Colin
You know what there are just too few of? Mimes. Is not something you thought you’d read today. But then, a lot about yesterday’s Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival show Leslie Loves Colin (featuring Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones and Colin Jost) might appear jarring in print.

11:15AM Mon. Apr. 25, Ashley Moreno Read More | Comment »

Moontower Review: David Cross
At Friday’s taping of David Cross’ Netflix special, the Paramount Theatre began to take on the hue of an acid rain cloud. Some of that was because the production team had chosen a blueish-purple lighting scheme, but the comedian, in the fourth month of his “Making America Great Again!!” tour, was also in prime form, hitting new levels of acrid genius.

4:45PM Sat. Apr. 23, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

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