Laugh on Laugh
The Globe stage is comedy central for Sound on Sound
In lieu of Robin Hood's Merry Men, Sound on Sound has booked a mix of visiting headliners and local acts to keep Sherwood Forest ringing with laughter. Almost all of the action is on the Globe stage, as detailed below, but night owls should make note of the Late Knight Comedy Club on the Camping Only stage, featuring headliners and some special local acts. (Fri., 12:30-1am: Todd Barry, Fri., 1-1:30am: Johnny Pemberton, Fri., 1:30-2am: Sandbox with Rob Gagnon; Sat., 12:30-2am: Tim Heidecker, Joe Mande; Sun., 12:30-2am: Ever Mainard, Maggie Maye). The SOS comedy lineup also includes these festival faves from a similar event that used to be held in Austin around this time: the Air Sex Championship (Sat., 4:45-5:30pm); comedy from the New Movement (Sun., 1:20-2pm); and the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour (Sun., 3:05-3:55pm).
Here's a quick guide to the rest of the schedule. Unless otherwise noted, performances listed are on the Globe stage.
Johnny PembertonFri., 5-5:25pm; 1-1:30am, the Late Knight Comedy Club (Camping Only stage)
The comedian/actor/writer/mildly knowledgeable gardener/reggae enthusiast takes a break from being intimidated by his animated barbarian father on Fox's Son of Zorn to sling some punch lines.
Todd BarryFri., 5:25-6:10pm; 12:30-1am, the Late Knight Comedy Club (Camping Only stage)
This master of conceptual humor and bone-dry delivery always comes highly recommended. He can be counted on for observational absurdities that are smart, edgy, and served up with a curmudgeon's charm.
Joe MandeSat., 5:30-6pm; 12:30-2am, the Late Knight Comedy Club (Camping Only stage)
The everyschlub persona and low-key delivery that make him relatable might keep you from noticing the craft in his comedy. But this is a comic with real writing chops (Parks and Recreation, Master of None).
Tim HeideckerSat., 6-6:40pm; 12:30-2am, the Late Knight Comedy Club (Camping Only stage)
The leadoff hitter for the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!; Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie; and Tim and Eric Bedtime Stories, flies solo, dishing up what may be the most low-key and committed deconstruction of contemporary stand-up going.
Ever MainardSun., 2:45-3:05pm; 12:30-2am, the Late Knight Comedy Club (Camping Only stage)
This Texas native conquered the Chicago stand-up scene with sharply etched character work (honed by improv), witty anecdotes, and acerbic comments that make you laugh at stuff you thought couldn't be funny.
Austin FunLaugh, Dammit!: Live comedy game show where, if contestants resist laughing, they win. Fri., 1:20-2pm
Fragile Rock: America's favorite emo puppet band slits its felt wrists and lets its angsty feels bleed all over the stage. Sat., 1:20-2pm
Greetings From Queer Mountain: The LGBTQ storytelling showcase hosted by Micheal Foulk and Ralph Hardesty. Sun., 2:05-2:45pm