Empire Control Room
"..."I was in a Walgreen's … at night. So already I fucked up," opined Mac Blake in leading off a very funny story about a mouth-breather shopping for a belt at the drugstore..."
"...The answer, in this case, is Mac and Joe. Mac Blake and Joe Hafkey, to be specific...."
"...Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival features tons of great comedians from all over. But as you pick shows, don’t forget great hometown comics, like 2013 Funniest Person in Austin and Mascot Wedding co-host, Mac Blake, and 2014 FPIA hopeful and co-host of Sure Thing, Brendan K..."
"...Like its predecessors, Last Days is aesthetically gorgeous, strenuously unsentimental, and maddeningly opaque. Nothing much happens in the last days of a thinly fictionalized mumbling rock star named Blake (The Dreamers’ Pitt)..."
"...And, at 31, the recent FPIA finalist's style? "John Buseman and I do this bit like we're in Cirque du Soleil," he says, "where it's just two guys balancing on each other and they dim the lights and add dramatic music? Our version is much clumsier: We tuck our underwear into thongs, I stick my gut out, we struggle to strike very simple poses – and it's glorious. We don't say a word and keep a stern face the entire time as we flail through the audience." – W.A.B. [image-12-right] Mac Blake..."
"...1. The Hideout Coffee House, that Downtown bastion of improv and other arts – recent site of SXSW's Dailymotion outpost (wherein Mac Blake reigned triumphant, laughswise, in an impromptu showcase of some of Austin's best stand-ups) – that Hideout has finally supercharged its restricted liquor license by offering wine-and-vermouth-based cocktails and aperitifs..."
"...AC: Speaking of which. Mac Blake, Joe Hafkey – everybody loves each other in this town – but they're your competition, right? Jazz Cigarette on Mondays?..."
"...They regularly performed an Austin-flavored live version of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 at the Alamo Drafthouse, drawing large crowds and helpless laughter with their mockery of classic (or classically bad) movies. Now it's just Erler and Parsons – and occasional guests such as Mac Blake, David Jara, Ben Bartley, Scott Chester, Buzz Moran, Mary Jo Pehl, Martha Kelly, Zack Carlson, and Leslie (yes, that Leslie) Cochran – bringing the wiseass disrespect and skits that redeem a bad movie and make a good movie even more enjoyable...."
"...As for Palumbo, the Pittsburgh transplant was already enjoying a busy year, hosting the stand-up showcase Live at Coldtowne, then taking over co-hosting duties for the stand-up showcase Jazz Cigarette from Joe Hafkey and 2013 FPIA Mac Blake, and earning international attention for his satirical restaurant website Abbrev's (austinchronicle.com/daily/food/2015-02-03/the-new-abbrevs-small-you-care-to-eat), a follow-up to his other fake foodie site, lil' buco ("fine dining for kids"). All of that means you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch Austin's new reigning king of comedy in person, starting with his appearance at Austin Sketch Fest Thursday, May 21...."
"...From those, the dirty dozen has emerged: 12 comics who will go punch-line to punch-line in the final bid for the title of the 28th Funniest Person in Austin. In alphabetical order, they are: Amber Bixby, Mac Blake, Duncan Carson, Ryan Cownie, Chris Cubas, Cody Hustak, Bob Khosravi, Maggie Maye, Luke McClory, David McQuary, Derek Phelps, and Chance Royce...."
"..."The writing process boils down to just trying to make each other laugh," says Stag!'s Mac Blake, who also works the stand-up circuit as well as Mascot Wedding. "We generate a lot of scripts, and we'll read them and talk about them as a group..."
"...“I’m kind of going on tour with Mac Blake and Aaron Brooks, too,” says Palumbo. “We’re going to New Orleans and Atlanta in the springtime..."
"...Fomented and formulated by Austin's own Danny Palumbo, who previously brought us the kindercore foodie hilarity of lil' buco, the Abbrev's website is Best-of-The-Onion-level funny. No wonder Mac Blake and Joe Hafkey chose this Palumbo (along with Aaron Brooks) to take over the Jazz Cigarette stage; no wonder Palumbo's weekly "Live at Coldtowne" stand-up showcase is such a popular show...."
"...And we'd choose his gig, partly because it's impossible to read his Twitter feed without eventually laughing a soft drink right out the nostrils, even if he didn't have a decent opening act. But, since the show's opener is FPIA winner Mac Blake (of terrific, pro-level sketch troupe Stag Comedy), there's simply no way we could recommend any other comedy event more highly...."
"...Once that success, Sure Thing at Austin Java, had been going for a couple of years, the comics chose to start their own comedy label, also Sure Thing, to help local comedians expand their reach and get a level of exposure matching the level of their talent. To date, Sure Thing has released 10 albums, among them recordings by Bryan Gutmann, Mac Blake, and Eric Krug..."
"...The legendary Velveeta Room (521 E. Sixth) is your first source of laughter, welcoming up-and-coming stand-up comedians such as Kath Barbadoro (Master Pancake Theater) and Mac Blake (2013’s Funniest Person in Austin winner)..."
"...Jeff Babko left his post as keyboardist on Jimmy Kimmel Live long enough to accompany Short on a grand piano, which naturally led to the question: “How does a man sit on a piano?” Short tried a few poses. (None really stuck.) There were other fun cameos, too, including one by Austin’s own Mac Blake...."
"...I really don't fit in,'" he says. Where Austin headliners such as Mike MacRae or Mac Blake were joke machines, and others, like Martha Kelly, were alt-abstractionists, Brooks preferred to narrate his own life..."
"...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...."
"...But the number one thing we've done to make it stellar is put together a great line-up. Mac Blake is a former Funniest Person in Austin winner and has an album out with Sure Thing Records..."