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Moontower 6: First Comics Announced
Appears that arctic front didn't just bring our first freezing temperatures of the fall; it also dropped the first list of comedians for the 2017 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Among the names of the first 50 funny folk booked for the humor fest's sixth edition were headliners Ali Wong, Patton Oswalt, and Ralphie May.

9:00AM Fri. Dec. 9, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin
Austin, are you ready to Rock? I know, I know, it's a pun unworthy of a comedy genius on the order of Chris Rock, but it does help cut to the chase, which is letting you know that Rock is bringing his Total Blackout Tour to Bass Concert Hall on May 14. Yeah, that's gonna be one mother of a Mother's Day.

1:10PM Tue. Dec. 6, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

The Buzz on Buzzkill Comedy
The host and founder of Buzzkill at the Buzzmill, Katie Pengra, has left the weekly show and placed it in the capable hands of two new hosts. Like an almighty hydra, one goes, two more take its place. But just who are these couple of comics?

3:55PM Wed. Oct. 5, 2016, Spencer Beghtol Read More | Comment »

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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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