SXSW Comedy: Briefly
By Robert Faires, Fri., March 11, 2016
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
SXSW Comedy builds on its success with 2015's stand-up specials for Showtime by taping two new shows for the channel, hosted by Natasha Leggero: Sat., March 12, 8:30 & 10:30pm, North Door.
Like It Is On TV But Live
Comedy Central game show @midnight goes live, with host Chris Hardwick testing the quick wits of Arden Myrin, Doug Benson, and Austin's own Chris Cubas. Fri., March 11, 9pm, Parish.
Podcasts Galore! (All taped at Esther's Follies)
• Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman: Sat., March 12, 4pm.
• Who Charted, with Austin expat Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack quizzing the cast of Seeso's Bajillion Dollar Propertie$: Sat., March 12, 6pm.
• Spontaneanation, with Paul F. Tompkins and guests improvising it all: Sun., March 13, 4pm.
• Upright Citizens Brigade Presents Improv4Humans, with Matt Besser and guests improvising it all: Sun., March 13, 6pm.
• Maltin on Movies with Leonard Maltin and Baron Vaughn: Mon., March 14, 4pm.
• The Todd Barry Podcast with you-know-who and friends: Mon., March 14, 6pm.
• Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson: Tue., March 15, 6pm; Sat., March 19, 4:30pm.
How Can You Miss This?
Judd Apatow and Friends, with the comedy writer/director/producer hosting a showcase of stand-ups including Nate Bargatze and the great Robert Klein: Thu., March 17, 8:15pm, Paramount.
Doug Benson & Master Pancake Interrupt Leprechaun 4: In Space, with double the cinematic mockery, Thu., March 17, 4:30pm, Alamo Ritz.
Upright Citizens Brigade presents its flagship show, Asssscat, with Matt Besser and Matt Walsh: Sun., March 13, 8pm, Esther's Follies; and Trump Dump, starring Anthony Atamanuik as the Donald: Mon., March 14, 9pm, Hideout.
HarmonQuest, Dan Harmon's comedy take on role-playing games: Sat., March 12, 8pm, Esther's Follies.
The Andy Ritchie Fan Club, with Brendon Walsh, Martha Kelly (Baskets), Colton Dunn (Superstore), and more friends of the late comic toasting him with jokes and memories: Mon., March 14, 9pm, the Hideout. SXSW is also dedicating the 2016 Comedy track to Ritchie and offering a free download of his debut comedy album, King Ding-a-Ling, on its site.