During his second show at this year’s Fest, comedian Doug Benson said the Downtown government buildings made a “great backdrop for all the anti-government movies they’re showing” at SXSW. Just as fitting: his 4:20 curtain call three blocks from the Texas State Capitol.
The advance billing for SXSW Comedy’s Super Secret Show left everything to the imagination until the 11th hour, having simply promised for weeks to deliver a “true legend” onto the yoga mat-sized Hideout Theatre stage. “This is like one of them experimental theatre places,” the performer chuckled after being introduced.
A week from now when we all reflect on the adverse lifestyle choices we made during SXSW 2015, the dedicated minority who stuffed their way into Esther’s Follies on Monday night for The Laugh Button Live showcase will gently smile to themselves and nod off with an IV in their arm.
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