Empire Control Room
"...Yes, Kerri Lendo's going to be performing at Moontower Comedy Festival this year – but that's not what this post is about...."
"...What can you say about Maria Bamford that hasn't been said before? The spirit animal of neurotic white single ladies took the stage Friday night following a talented line-up of her neurotic sisters that included Mary Patterson, Alice Wetterlund, Emily Heller, Kerri Lendo, and Morgan Murphy...."
"...Still kicking yourself you didn’t get in on the ground floor with the Moontower Comedy Festival? You’re gonna kick yourself even harder when you see the comedy chops on-camera in Inside Joke, a behind-the-scenes web series hosted by Kerri Lendo and John Merriman...."
"...Kerri Lendo: You have to fly from there...."
"...Jake Flores. Kerri Lendo..."
"..."Not me, man," says McCormick. "This was Kerri Lendo's idea, and it seemed appropriate to let her run with it..."
"...Sure, the two women instigating this event, Kerri Lendo and Maggie Maye, are stand-up comedians who are used to making audiences laugh. And, yes, there will be comedic bits from them and other general shenanigans as part of the spectacle. "Yeah, we're gonna do some sketches and stuff, and some dance numbers of our own, between the competitions," says Lendo..."
"...Graphic designer? Hell, that Jemison sparkled in the staged readings of Craig Staggs' Earp script, portraying Big Nose Kate in the soon-to-be-animated Western farce, voicing arch dialogue among the likes of Chris Cubas and Kelli Bland and Jason Liebrecht and more, in SVT's smaller studio theatre right off the lobby. And the studio space itself, its bare-boned black box an ever-changing smorgasbord of performative diversity, hosting the No Shame Theatre showcase as wrangled twice each month by Kerri Lendo; and the Weird! True Hollywood Tales series by this year's Funniest Person in Austin winner, Lashonda Lester; and the improvised spectacles of Get Up and the Knuckleball Now and RhinoDino and others following in the wake of Gnap!'s Guilds of Steel and Showdown and False Matters; and the multimedia, Asian-focused explorations of Leng Wong's Lucky Chaos company; and the hilarious rodential antics of The Ratgirls Go to Hell...."
"...He's been a legend since the Armadillo World Headquarters days. And we've got Chris Cubas, Kerri Lendo, Lisa Delarios, Daniel Rugg Webb, a bunch of people, just the funniest people around...."
"...Here, improv performer Sam Schak takes a soda break in a bib necklace and matching earrings from Suzanna Dai. (Caftans on loan from Kerri Lendo's Etsy shop, Connie Day at Austin Antique Mall, and private collections.)Back to column...."
"...Soderberghian undertones aside, Pictures of Superheroes is a tightly edited look at the hapless, inertial life of maid-for-hire Marie (played to deadpan perfection by Kerri Lendo) as it intersects with manic businessman Eric (McCormick, going for full-bore suit-and-tie lunacy), candy-devouring man-child Joe (John Merriman), and Eric (Byron Brown), Marie's sleazy, clueless ex-boyfriend. Maybe it's a film about the existential ennui of Marie's dull grind of a life, or possibly a celebration of adults who eat ice cream for breakfast; mainly, though, Pictures of Superheroes is a terrific, and odd, ensemble piece with what seems like at least half of Austin's best actors popping up in every other scene...."
"...8pm: 4-Hole Punch (comediennes Maggie Maye, Martha Kelly, Kerri Lendo, and Lashonda Lester) and My Real Dad (improv mainstays Rachel Madorsky and Dave Buckman, with Larry, Rachel's 70-year-old divorce lawyer dad who has never performed comedy for an audience)..."
"...And if you were at all concerned about Austin comics being part of the fifth Moontower, let me ease your mind. The new roster includes such local favories as Chris Cubas, Chris Trew, Matt Bearden, Lashonda Lester, Mac Blake, Maggie Maye, Matt Sadler, Brian Gaar, Kerri Lendo, Amber Bixby, Ralph Hardesty, Andrew Dismukes, Bob Khosravi, Brently Heilbron, Bryan Gutmann, Danny Palumbo, Joe Hafkey, and Martha "Baskets" Kelly...."
"...2. Or maybe you want a bunch of good stand-up in your Friday night instead? In fact, maybe you’ve been planning on checking out what’s up at the legendary Velveeta Room comedy club on Sixth? Well, then you’re in luck – because Kerri Lendo & friends are gonna send the joint to, like, the laughter stratosphere this weekend...."
"...And then there's the plethora of showcases! How can you afford to miss out on any show that pulls together James Adomian, Andy Kindler, Mike Lawrence, Nick Mullen, the aforementioned Ms. Schaefer, Rory Scovel, and Ari Shaffir, with our own Kerri Lendo as host? (Four Eyes, Wednesday, 7:15pm, the Parish) Or a Comedy Jackpot that hits just that with Jackie Kashian, Sean Patton, John Ramsey, Esther's Follies alum-now-SNL cast member Noël Wells, and 2006 Funniest Person in Austin Doug Mellard? (Thursday, 9:30pm, the Velv Comedy Lounge) And I can't even start talking about Austin Towers!, the series of showcases, one each night, that shine a spotlight on enormously talented local laughmakers..."
"...Chris Cubas, the former host, has absconded with his hilarity and his Superfund-level 'fro-and-beard to work for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kansas City, and now Cownie's in charge, and I'm looking at him over my big triple-shot cappuccino and I'm thinking, "This guy is like if Kerri Lendo had a male twin."..."
"... If you haven’t been paying attention: John Merriman is a very funny man. And he’s parlayed that into a gig as the official year-round blogger for the Moontower Oddity and Comedy Festival; maybe you recognize from his pre-existing gig hosting Moontower videos with comedy cohort and frequent collaborator Kerri Lendo?..."
"...Austin comedians John Merriman and Kerri Lendo once again hosted their backstage series Inside Joke. Embedded below is their Day Four wrap-up with Pete Holmes, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Posehn, Andy Kindler, and Jim Norton..."
"...Another She-Bang show, featuring Moshe Kasher, Morgan Murphy, Emily Heller, Mary Patterson, Kerri Lendo, and Maria Bamford, will take place Friday, 8:15pm, at New York New York, 222 E. Sixth..."