"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...Cap City Comedy Club 8120 Research, www.capcitycomedy.com..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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]..."
"...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..."
"...As a kid, I was never the funny one. As a kid, I was the angry, grumpy one – but that translates to comedy, apparently."..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."
"...Usually, the ideal – the comedy-gold standard – is that the audience will just STFU and laugh, right?..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...You know the Moontower Comedy Festival's coming up fast...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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.”..."
"...Gurls' Night All-lady, -gay, or -gaylady stand-up comedy with Ralph Hardesty and Daniel Rugg Webb. Every other Tuesday, 9-11pm..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."