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Stand-up Comedy: The Tweet & Lowdown
Chris Cubas and Kath Barbadoro hashtag it out
DAILY Chronolog  April 27, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Which was sad, that cutting, because not only do Cubas and Barbadoro have a lot to say, it's, I mean, it's pretty fucking smart. About the craft of comedy..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Comics
The stand-up people behind the city's comedy scene
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L. Malin and Robert Faires
"...The original Funniest Person in Austin (as in the contest's first winner in 1986), this Houston native moved to River City in 1970 and is in his fifth decade of blessing it with his music (he's a founding member of absurdist band Uranium Savages), art (he co-created the Austintatious mural on the Drag, served in the Armadillo World Headquarters' Armadillo Art Squad, and painted the massive mural at the Westgate Central Market), and wit. Wit? Years and years with Esther's Follies, holding court at the Velveeta Room (named for Awn's Ronnie Velveeta character) and brightening comedy mics all over town..."

Stand Up Guys
The film stars Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin as a trio of petty crooks who reunite postretirement to settle some old scores and rediscover the meaning of friendship.
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Film Review  February 1, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...Yet another boomer-sploitation comedy about puckered septuagenarians throwing Geritol to the wind, Stand Up Guys stars Pacino, Walken, and Arkin as a trio of petty crooks who reunite postretirement to settle some old scores and rediscover the meaning of friendship. As directed by character actor-turned-filmmaker Fisher Stevens, Guys has the lax, sleep-deprived vibe of one of those end-of-the-show "experimental" sketches on Saturday Night Live..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up
Who makes the jokes, where you can see them, and who keeps the scene running in a city where laughing matters
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...No setup for a joke here. It's literally what happens at Cap City Comedy Club every May when the Funniest Person in Austin contest hits the finals round..."

Stand-up's Best Medicine Show
The Comedians of Comedy provide stand-up's best medicine show
Arts Story  March 11, 2005, by Steve Birmingham
"...Austin hasn't gone this agog for a live revue by the subjects of a documentary since the madcap cast of Titicut Follies barnstormed the Vulcan Gas Company, but the red-hot juggernaut the Comedians of Comedy tour (and the Michael Blieden-directed tour film) is a veritable stand-upalooza of today's freshest comedic voices. The Chronicle recently caught up with tour mastermind and headliner Patton Oswalt in advance of his Emo's appearance with tour mates Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis, and special guest Eugene Mirman...."

Brently Heilbron's Stand Up Empire Signs With PBS
New show to bring ACL-like coverage of Austin's comedy scene
Screens Story  December 10, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Last time we told you about local comedy mover-and-shaker Brently Heilbron, it was because of his emo puppet band, Fragile Rock. This time it's because of his new show on PBS: Stand Up Empire...."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Podcasts
So local you don't have to leave your house
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Carina Magyar and Ashley Moreno
"...Cubas partners with a different Austin comic to discuss every dang episode of their favorite short-lived series. At 100 episodes and counting, Canceled has covered Kolchak with Pat Dean, Freaks & Geeks with Ralphie Hardesty, Terriers with Joe Hafkey, and many more lost shows in loving, hilarious detail. – C.M. Comedy Wham! Presents..."

Bryan Gutmann: A Stand-Up Guy
Telling jokes at a mic has always been the main thing for Bryan Gutmann
Arts Story  April 21, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...Bryan Gutmann has been a staple of the Austin comedy scene for over a decade. He recorded his first solo comedy album, That's How Scientists Talk, with the Austin-based comedy collective and record label Sure Thing last September, and (to the best of his recollection) he has "performed in some capacity at most of the Moontower festivals so far." This year will be no exception..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Venues
Where to find the funny in town
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Robert Faires, Wayne Alan Brenner and Sean L. Malin
"...Cap City Comedy Club 8120 Research, www.capcitycomedy.com..."

A Stand-Up Guy
Steve Martin didn't just incorporate a banjo into his early comedy routines for a laugh
Music Story  April 23, 2010, by Audra Schroeder
"...Growing up with a frustrated comedian for a father, I recall Steve Martin's Comedy Is Not Pretty! (1979) as one of the first albums I heard as a kid. In those early routines, Martin often seems like a child himself, the youth at the back of the class doing impressions of the teacher and snapping bra straps..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Annual Events
Festivals aren't just for music and film
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner, Robert Faires and Carina Magyar
"...For more than 30 years, locals have been competing for the title of Funniest Person in Austin, and in that time the contest – sponsored by Cap City Comedy Club – has grown into such a big deal that now upwards of 200 people vie for the honor and sweet career boost it provides. The 2017 battle begins the night after April Fools' Day, appropriately enough, and will take six weeks to reach the finals round, which is judged and viewed by talent hunters from Hollywood, New York, and beyond..."

100 Proof Comedy: Shot down stand-up
Four of Austin's funniest comics have created a new showcase in which the hook is the comics doing what the audience does, i.e., taking a belt, knocking one back, hitting the sauce
Arts Story  August 25, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Not much of a shocker, we know, but in the case of the new stand-up venture 100 Proof Comedy, their tippling is actually part of the show. When professional funnymen JR Brow, Matt Bearden, Doug Mellard, and Matt Sadler decided to join forces and create a new showcase for themselves, they figured why not have the hook be the comics doing the same thing the audience does, i.e., bending the old elbow, taking a belt, knocking one back, hitting the sauce..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Behind the Scenesters
The people behind the people behind the mic
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner, Robert Faires and Ashley Moreno
"...She started at Cap City Comedy Club as a waitress in 1985, moonlighting from her day job at PaineWebber, back when the joint was the Laff Stop and frequented by the likes of Bill Hicks and Mitch Hedberg. Now Margie Coyle's been the club's manager (and one of its six co-owners) for more than a quarter of a century – and through its sponsorship of the annual Funniest Person in Austin contest and partnership in the Moontower Comedy Festival, and her own seemingly tireless promotion of local talent and connections with big names from across the country, Coyle has been able to push Austin's claim to comedy fame into the national spotlight – probably more than any one person here. – W.A.B. Colleen McGarr [image-2-right]..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Showcases
Laughs on the regular
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Carina Magyar, Sean L. Malin and Ashley Moreno
"...As he says, "The goal for comics is to be on the road." But lucky for Austin, he needed a break from touring and decided to create a show he'd "be willing to sit through." PUNCH started in 2010 as one of the first, if not the first, curated showcases in Austin. Now the weekly show (Tue., 8pm, Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research) boasts some 260+ performances − most of which have sold out..."

The 2-D Stand-Up
Matthew Inman is The Oatmeal
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...As a kid, I was never the funny one. As a kid, I was the angry, grumpy one – but that translates to comedy, apparently."..."

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
In Austin's newest festival, stand-up finally gets top billing
Arts Story  February 3, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...It isn't that stand-up gets no love from Austin's festival scene. Comedy and the jokers who make it have become an increasingly prominent part of a pair of the biggest music fests in town, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun, not to mention having a strong presence in our largest comedy fest, Out of Bounds..."

Where Comedy Lives
Austin stand-ups have a complex – and it's called the Sandstone Apartments
Arts Story  November 25, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...In the heart, of course, that's where comedy truly lives: in the frequently complex, sometimes substance-enhanced, occasionally bitter heart of every stand-up who ever tried to make a living behind a microphone...."

Making Tragedy Funny Again at Moontower Comedy
Stand-ups pull punch lines out of personal traumas
Arts Story  April 20, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...At last year's Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, headliner Maria Bamford spoke openly about her struggles with suicidal thoughts, pharmaceuticals, and the then-fresh tragedy that was Prince's death. Just a few months later, riding high on her award-winning HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted, Tig Notaro freely invoked the invasive bilateral breast cancer and C..."

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland
Back in September 2005, Vaughn decided to try his hand at the impresario game and Gathered together four young stand-up comedians for a 30-day bus tour of the heartland.
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Film Review  February 8, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Directed by: Ari Sandel. Back in September 2005, with his summer hit Wedding Crashers making money faster than studio heads could count it, Vaughn, the new king of Hollywood comedy, decided to put aside acting and try his hand at the impresario game..."

What Food Goes Well With Comedy?
Jim Gaffigan can tell you – and does in this Q&A
DAILY Arts  October 17, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...Austin Chronicle: You’ve always kept your comedy clean, and you’re well-known for doing so to great effect. But, in your mind, what’s the most off-color bit in the Jim Gaffigan archives?..."

When Is Austin Comedy a Sure Thing?
Maybe on a Wednesday, definitely on a Saturday
DAILY Arts  February 3, 2016, by Spencer Beghtol and W. A. Brenner
"...It’s Wednesday again in Austin, Texas. And even on a Wednesday – because you are in Austin, Texas – you can find some night-time comedy show or other that’ll probably make you laugh your ass off and help you make it over the long week’s hump..."

Ryan Cownie Has Up and Taken Over Avalanche Comedy
And Chris Cubas, on his way to Kansas City, swears this is a good thing
DAILY Arts  November 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."

Assaulting the Stand-Ups at Austin's Heckle Factory
The New Movement: Our favorite content(ious) providers
DAILY Arts  April 10, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Usually, the ideal – the comedy-gold standard – is that the audience will just STFU and laugh, right?..."

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
The lineup for the sophomore laugh jam will make your jaw drop
DAILY Arts  June 26, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...Comedy history was made a little ways out yonder last August 23 when the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival made its debut before a full house at the Austin360 Amphitheatre. Festival organizers just announced the 2014 tour schedule and lineup, and Austin was awarded a seat at the table again – this time as the tour’s final engagement on Sept..."

Comedy Speed Dating
Fred Armisen, W. Kamau Bell, Chris Cubas, Rob Gagnon's One Hour Comedy Festival, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray
Arts Story  November 6, 2014, by Scott Schinder
"...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..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Your quick guide to the national headliners and local laugh makers at Fun Fun Fun 2013
Arts Story  November 8, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."

The Ups and Downs of Comedy
Hanging with the stand-ups for a look into the life
Arts Story  December 31, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Lashonda Lester. You can often see these guys and gals onstage, maybe headlining at the Velveeta Room, maybe featuring at Cap City Comedy Club, certainly improving the boards at any comedy open mic in or around this city's limits...."

Comedy Is Not the Enemy of Seriousness
Author-activist Robert Newman at the Drafthouse
Screens Story  March 5, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Newman, who has gravitated to writing from the razor-sharp political comedy of UK troupe the Mary Whitehouse Experience and managed to sell out the whole of Wembley Arena with his acid-tongued political stand-up, clearly sees a lot and doesn't like much of it. Luckily for us, he has no problem gutting societal sacred cows...."

SXSW Comedy: Your 2017 Lineup
Making you laugh this March: Cenac, Sykes, Odenkirk, Hardwick, & more
DAILY SXSW  February 21, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
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Film Review  January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Albert Brooks, Amy Ryan, Sheetal Sheth, Emma Lockhart, Homie Doroodian, Jon Tenney and John Carroll Lynch. Perhaps only Albert Brooks, the master of angst-ridden comic self-doubt and oblivious boorishness, would have dared envision a comedy that, just as its point-blank title states, searches vainly for yucks in one of the most politically volcanic and cordite-scented flash points of the world..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Comedy at FFF 2015 is one big, crazy party
Arts Story  November 5, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...When it comes to fans of the fun fun funny, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 may feel like a bit of a reunion. A host of familiar faces will grace the JASH Comedy Yellow Stage, from such standout stand-ups of the national scene as Tig Notaro and Doug Benson to local lights like Chris Cubas, the New Movement, and Master Pancake...."

SXSW Comedy: A Good Trip with Shane Mauss
Jokes, jokes, jokes, and the meaning of life. No big deal.
DAILY Arts  March 14, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...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..."

Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin
Dates just announced for Rock, Silverman, Crystal
DAILY Arts  December 6, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

SXSW Comedy: Completely Official Showcase of Comedy
Even in a lineup of stars, Austin’s Lashonda Lester is the one to watch
DAILY Arts  March 12, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...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...."

Comedy Out the Wazoo and In Your Weekend: Now!
Unless you'd rather just, what, twiddle your thumbs until Moontower?
DAILY Arts  April 9, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You know the Moontower Comedy Festival's coming up fast...."

TV Review: Eugene Mirman Comedy Central Special
Alt-comedy hero misses the mark in an uneven standup show
DAILY Screens  December 14, 2012, by Eli Black
"...Eugene Mirman’s comedy can be hit or miss, but I think that erraticism is a testament to his willingness to try new things and explore creative boundaries. Still, tonight's Comedy Central special is more misses than hits...."

Austin’s Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival Has No Bounds In Stock
The annual juggernaut of performative hijinks returns to the ATX
DAILY Arts  August 28, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Michael Joplin’s getting ready for the OOB, the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival that’s about to turn Downtown Austin into a laughter-lover’s playground for seven days...."

Review: Oddball Comedy Festival
The very blue tour finale was beautifully, shamefully funny
DAILY Arts  September 24, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...For those lucky or zealous enough to have attended both Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival shows at the Austin360 Amphitheatre over the last 13 months, the difference between 2013’s inaugural show (the first in the festival’s history) and Sunday’s finale of the 2014 tour must have felt rather profound...."

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
OOB's comedy podcasts will make your Labor Day weekend less labored
Arts Story  August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...At a loss as to how to make this weekend a fittingly fun farewell to summer? Just plug into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival's pre-planned jollity. As noted last week ("Improv-Educated," Aug..."

The 'Miracle' of Comedy Premieres Tonight
Sarah Silverman's first HBO special delights
DAILY Screens  November 23, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...If you couldn’t find time for comedian Sarah Silverman’s two Austin appearances this year during SXSW Comedy and Fun Fun Fun Fest, you can redeem those missed opportunities and get intimate with Silverman from the comfort of your snack-strewn squalor of home...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Multitasking Jenny Slate returns to her stand-up roots at Fun Fun Fun Fest
Arts Story  November 8, 2013, by Melanie Haupt
"...Unlike comedians who worked their way through the comedy club circuit telling the same old "women, amirite?" jokes, Slate immersed herself in an alternative comedy environment that embraced quirky challenges to the status quo...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Rob Delaney has evolved from a dick joke behind a phallic avatar to a comedy renaissance man
Arts Story  November 8, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger


Right Cheer, Right Now: Staging a Comedy of Competitive Cheerleading
Tapping Kickstarter for a little help with the pom-pons
DAILY Arts  April 24, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, full disclosure, note that the main scripters for this new comedy are also freelance writers who've logged a few stories here at ye olde Austin Chronicle: Amy Gentry, who's covered the arts and literary scenes at great length for a while now, and Kaci Beeler, who wrote (and served as cover model for) last December's story about the pole-dancing classes at Brass Ovaries...."

Stand and Deliver
Salute his shorts: Legendary porn star Ron Jeremy comes to town.
Screens Story  February 1, 2002, by Marrit Ingman
"...One zealous fan even flashed his APD badge for a Polaroid with Jeremy during the autograph session. During a blessedly brief bit of stand-up comedy onstage, Jeremy summed up his appeal: “I am living proof that anyone can get laid.”..."

Gay Place: Stand for Our Family
How do we honor those who've fallen?
Columns  November 20, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...Gurls' Night All-lady, -gay, or -gaylady stand-up comedy with Ralph Hardesty and Daniel Rugg Webb. Every other Tuesday, 9-11pm..."

SXSW Comedy Review: A Good Trip With Shane Mauss
Mauss lights up Hideout with cleverness and faux-slacker charm
DAILY Arts  March 15, 2017, by Sean L. Malin


Capitol City Comedy Club's Grab for Bigger Laughs Restarting the Stop
Arts Story  February 2, 1996, by Spike Gillespie
"...Back when I began writing about Austin's comedy scene four years ago, my kid was so little and my bank account so small that I could rarely afford to venture out to watch the folks I wrote about. That wasn't a huge handicap, though, as the scene wasn't terribly expansive..."

SXSW Comedy
Really taking funny seriously
Arts Story  March 9, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

22 Comedy Open Mics in 7 Days
Joe Faina runs the Austin gamut so you don't have to
DAILY Arts  July 1, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, no, we’re talking about open mics IRL here: The open mics that happen off-line, at comedy clubs or neighborhood bars or hotel lounges or, you know, wherever...."

Comedy
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...For the past 25 years, Newhart's fans have enjoyed his trademark persona - offering choice observations on a wacky world through a low-key,... hesitating delivery - mostly through the forum of situation comedy..."

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