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"...Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2015 lineup is out and includes Amy Schumer, Upright Citizens Brigade, W..."
"...Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2017 lineup is out and includes Wyatt Cenac, Wanda Sykes, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, and Dan Harmon, among others...."
"...Lashonda Lester's incredible year began last May when she was crowned Funniest Person in Austin, the first African-American to win the contest and first female winner in 16 years. Now, at Sunday's SXSW Comedy major showcase, she’s sharing the stage with Janeane Garofalo, Joe DeRosa, and Shane Mauss – and it’s no big thing...."
"...Compared to the bulletins put out by SXSW's Interactive, Music, & Film arms – news blasts so frequent they leave us fairly reeling – SXSW Comedy has only just made its first lineup announcement of the 2013 calendar year. Don't worry: There's plenty there worth having waited for...."
"...It’s easy to make jokes about SXSW – the lanyards, the tech scene enthusiasts, even the whiteness (as comedian Moshe Kasher puts it, “diverse kinds of white people”). The six performers for SXSW Comedy With Natasha Leggero never missed an opportunity to capitalize on the ridiculousness of Austin’s culture while they performed in the middle of it...."
"...Knock, knock. Who’s there? The 2016 South by Southwest Comedy lineup, yo! Side-splittin' through the door!..."
"...It's the first salvo in SXSW Comedy's campaign for 2014, as announced Tuesday afternoon. A full lineup of comics and parties is forthcoming in February, but the release of this quartet of panels certainly whets the appetite for more of the laughs in this year's festival schedule...."
"...Comedians Bill Burr, Al Madrigal, Nate Bargatze, Sasheer Zamata, Glenn Wool, and Paul Virzi comprised the evening’s six-person roster of what will likely go down as the Holy Grail of SXSW Comedy this year...."
"...For years, he had a live stage show in L.A. based on interrupting comics in the middle of their set, and Comedy Central even made a short-lived series of The Benson Interruption in 2010..."
"...For several years, South by Southwest has been quite the flirt when it comes to comedy, teasing it with stand-up showcases that each year it's let go a little farther and a little farther ("one night, now two nights, now four nights ...") and the steadily expanding number of comedy special events, yet never taking the relationship seriously enough to bestow upon it the full conference status of Music, Film, and Interactive. Well, comedy still doesn't have a ring on its finger this year, but SXSW is showing more signs of commitment..."
"...If you do the math on the seventh edition of SXSW Comedy – full schedule at www.sxsw.com/comedy – you'll count 33 official events, three official parties, and 60-plus performers squeezed into its eight days, March 8-15...."
"...The 2016 edition of South by Southwest Comedy will feature more than 100 comics over nine days. Here's a quick tour of highlights. Live But It's For TV..."
"...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...."
"...For a “record-breaking 11th year in a row,” garrulous comedian Scott Aukerman returned to SXSW, this year to tape two live episodes of his beloved Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. With his usual whip-smart timing and managerial expertise on full display, Aukerman guided the first taping at Esther’s Follies to frenzied, deserved applause...."
"...Benson will return to Austin in May to perform at Cap City Comedy Club, and to join members of Master Pancake as they lampoon Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3. (They parodied the first Sleepaway Camp together earlier this year.) In the meantime, you can catch Bearden performing at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest in April..."
"...The SXSW Comedy opening night party at the IFC Crossroads House, presented IFC and JASH..."
"..."It’s funny that the show is called Take My Wife and then we’re all white guys.” Those words came from Moshe Kasher, whose mini-set for SXSW Comedy absolutely destroyed at Esther’s Follies Saturday night...."
"...On their Monday afternoon panel, Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy, comedians Burr (Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), and Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies podcast, Super High Me) talked the rise of artist-owned co-ops and how they’re helping to circumvent old media models. “Artists are always coming up with scenes, like music scenes or comedy scenes,” said Burr..."
"...It’s been a minute since I laughed as hard as I did - soberly and with focus - at the performances in SXSW Comedy’s Completely Official Showcase of Comedy. Hosted by L.A.'s Megan Gailey, the show featured two of comedy's most respected Todds (Barry and Glass), Kaufman-esque opener Joe Pera, and Nate Bargatze...."
"...The show has simply converted that to a literal point system: two points for a name drop, three points for flirting with the host, etc. For this show, Joel Kim Booster (Conan, Comedy Central) was the scorekeeper, Casey Schreiner (Attack of the Show) provided judging on points, and series producer Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wanda Sykes Show) provided artistic commentary after each guest’s performance...."
"...However, attendees should be forewarned: The show is still going to kill you with laughter. Mauss stopped at Cap City Comedy Club last February, when this two-and-a-half-hour show was still new, and I got the chance to see an earlier version of it..."
"...Heckling has a long and well, not exactly distinguished tradition in the field of comedy, but it's the rare comic who hasn't been or isn't prepared to be interrupted midjoke by some wisenheimer who thinks he has something funnier to say. With The Benson Interruption, Doug Benson has given a new spin to that occupational hazard, building into a show the act of breaking in on stand-ups midroutine..."
"...With Austin becoming widely recognized as a thriving city for comedy and South by Southwest internationally known for being at forefront of great things, I made the decision to start this year’s festival by trying to catch as much comedy as possible...."
"...Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove Red Carpet Get Hard Red Carpet The Breakfast Club Anniversary Screening Spy Red Carpet SXSW Comedy: An Above Average Evening With the Upright Citizens Brigade The Comedians Red Carpet Furious 7 Sneak Screening Adult Beginners Red Carpet Trainwreck Red Carpet SXSW Film Saturday: Ex Machina, Angie Tribeca, Lost River, Fresno, Stone Barn Castle, Hello, My Name Is Doris Final Girls Red Carpet SXSW Film Opening Night Party Texas Film Awards..."
"...The 10th Fun Fun Fun Fest may feel like something of a reunion for fans, at least those who frequent the JASH Comedy Yellow Stage. According to the lineup just released, lots of familiar funny faces will grace the fest Nov..."
"...Elsewhere, look for the premiere of Mike Birbiglia's comedy Don't Think Twice with Keegan-Michael Key and Community's Gillian Jacobs. Jake Gyllenhaal loses it as a grief-stricken investment banker in Demolition, and the love affair of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham finally comes to light in Jesse Moss' doc The Bandit..."
"...Top to bottom, it’s a pretty nifty-looking lineup. There are the big projects from bold-faced names, like the work-in-progress premiere of Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s collaboration Trainwreck and Headliner screenings like Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the Will Ferrell Is Going to Prison comedy with Kevin Hart, Get Hard, and action-comedy Spy, Paul Feig’s third film with lucky rabbit Melissa McCarthy, who’ll also star in his 2016 Ghostbusters redo..."
"...Wright's eagerly awaited crime drama gets its world premiere, while his fellow Englishman Ben Wheatley returns to SX for the first time since 2011's Kill List with the U.S. premiere of his madcap action comedy Free Fire..."
"...21 Jump Street Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Story by: Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get sent back to high school as undercover cops in the action-comedy 21 Jump Street. Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, with Ice Cube (World Premiere)..."
"...The SXSW coming attractions stack also includes a couple of special events: Eagle Pennell's newly restored Last Night at the Alamo gets a chance to establish the reputation it deserved, while local cinema baiters/haters Master Pancake will join with stoner-comedy king Doug Benson for a long overdue interruption of Leprechaun 4: In Space...."
"... "Two years ago," says Ramzinski, "SXSW Comedy got some attacks from the Huffington Post and Jezebel, for not booking enough women and for 'hating women.' But in reality, the Boston-based Women in Comedy Festival paralleled SXSW, thus preventing a typically strong feminine presence on the Austin bill. As a comic, I know this makes sense and is totally fair, but SXSW still caught a lot of flack for it – unjustly, in my opinion..."
"...The comedian who took on – and took down – the fallacy that "women aren't funny" in her 2014 "cockumentary" Women Aren't Funny, and who continues to put the lie to it every time she takes the mic, is booked at five events, including one with her name front and center: Bonnie McFarlane presents These Four Dudes (Sat., March 11, 11pm, Hideout Theatre). The wealth of appearances comes as no surprise given how much McFarlane has done to distinguish herself in the comedy scene..."
"...In addition to previously announced films like opening night comedy I Love You, Man (the cast of which – including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones – will all be in attendance at the festival), SXSW 09 has some big-buzz films, like Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, and the locally made Beeswax from Andrew Bujalski. You got return trips from SXSW alums Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), and Alex Karpovsky (Trust Us, This Is All Made Up), plus you’ll-never-believe-this docs like Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man and Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie (it’s Troll 2, in case you were wondering)… Not to mention the world premiere of Women in Trouble, written and directed by Sebastian “Snakes on a Muthafuckin’ Plane” Gutierrez..."
"...What We Do In the Shadows D: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties, What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human, life is better with friends. Special Events..."
"...Comedy and drinking, drinking and comedy: They go together like gin and tonic, like tequila and birth control. No wonder that most of these five things are stained with the wonders fermentation hath wrought:..."
"...In Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, 35-year-old Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is the vilest imaginable specimen of the hipster beast, a walking back-issue of Vice magazine, sporting the telltale beard, Wayfarers, Topsiders, and a PBR gut – shirtless all too often. Despite his trust-fund millions, he’s always seen brushing his teeth in public restrooms because he’s neglected to fill up on running water for his houseboat..."
"...The action comedy is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) from the comic by Mark Millar and John S. Romita and stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse...."
"...Two Pigeons UK D: Dominic Bridges A wide-boy estate agent unknowingly shares his home with a malicious tenant, one with a totally surprising agenda. Two Pigeons is a dark, urban morality tale with an underlying streak of jet-black comedy..."
"...SXSW kicked it off today with an announcement tantamount to an, ahem, soupçon of skin (no more strip metaphors, I swear). First off, there’s Centerpiece comedy Observe and Report, which stars Seth Rogen as a mall security cop embroiled in a turf war with the (real) boys in blue..."
"...That's just one of 15 additional features announced today as part of the SXSW Film 2012 slate; other adds include Sundance buzzed-about time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, LCD Soundsystem doc Shut Up and Play the Hits, a newly restored print of Yellow Submarine, and the world premiere of SXSW alum Todd Rohal's latest, Nature Calls, which pairs Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville as warring brothers...."
"...The line between comedy and drama, they always say, is a thin one. As Alice Lowe's murderous maternal massacre Prevenge shows, there's no line at all between dark horror and dark humor...."
"...Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are best known for escalating one-joke sketch comedy, typically riffing on race and black identity in America...."
"...But the writer/performer’s relationship with Armisen, they explained, went back nearly 20 years to when Armisen first began circulating VHS tapes of him acting out at SXSW. In fact, the Portlandia co-creator credited Odenkirk for jump-starting his career by casting Armisen in Next!, a failed sketch-comedy pilot in 2002..."
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest's 2014 comedy roster offers a respectable, if overly male, sampling of notable alt-yuksters. Although not overflowing with marquee names, the lineup offers notable talent and distinctive voices. Fred Armisen..."
"...In addition to all the SXSW Film festival and conference has to offer, your Film badge gains you admittance to SXComedy and SXSports programming. There are also free events like the Auditorium Shores concerts and SXSW Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd.), which runs Friday-Sunday (3/13-3/15), noon-8pm..."
"...So there are even more movies added today to the list, including two music movies added to the 24 Beats Per Second tracks (the world premiere of session player doc Hired Gun and the North American debut of backwoods blues tour I Am the Blues, and new narrative short "Home"). Plus, if you're lucky enough to get into the world premiere of Pee-wee's Big Holiday, stay in your seat, because Judd Apatow is bringing some special friends along for a one-off comedy show...."