Top Comics Announced for Moontower 4
Patton Oswalt, Ron White, Tim Minchin join the party in 2015
By Robert Faires,
9:00AM, Tue. Jan. 20, 2015
Oswalt. Sykes. Bamford. Maron. Minchin. Mulaney. Miller & Holmes. And the biggest, baddest "Tater" in Texas, Ron White. Ladies and gentlemen, and laugh lovers of all ages, meet your Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival headliners for 2015.
The Paramount Theatre, which produces the festival, has just released their names, along with those of another three dozen comedians and comedy acts that are confirmed for the fourth edition of this annual yukfest, taking place April 23-25.
As previously announced, Ron White will launch the 2015 Moontower with a badge-holders-only performance of his Texas Toasted show that will be the only event slated on Wednesday. Feedback from patrons suggested that there can be too much of a good thing, that going to multiple shows Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday left them a little laughed out by Saturday, when some of the biggest headliners and top showcases took place. So Moontower producers opted to pare back the schedule a bit, keeping one big event on Wednesday to kick things off and leaving Thursday through Saturday as the three nights when folks could split their sides seeing multiple acts.
Making a welcome first appearance at Moontower will be Patton Oswalt, who, in between all his acting gigs (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Heart, She Holler; The Goldbergs; 22 Jump Street, et al.) and writing books (his second, Silver Screen Fiend, is just out), still finds time to do stand-up. Also new are Tim Minchin, a musical comedian from Down Under who penned the music and lyrics for the stage musical based on Roald Dahl's Matilda and played rock star Atticus Fetch on Californication; John Mulaney, former Saturday Night Live writer and current star of the Fox sitcom Mulaney; and Pete Holmes of the You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes podcast and TJ Miller of the Mike Judge series Silicon Valley on HBO, who will perform together.
Making welcome returns are 2013 Moontower headliner Wanda Sykes and 2014 headliner Maria Bamford, who this year gets three nights at the Stateside, where she'll be headlining and curating her own showcases.
And it wouldn't be a comedy festival in Austin without a visit from Marc Maron, host of the smash podcast WTF with Marc Maron and star of his own IFC series titled, naturally, Maron.
Also on the 2015 roster: Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock, Emo Philips, Bridget Everett, and many familiar Moontower presences, such as Andy Kindler, Dana Gould, Todd Barry, the Sklar Brothers, Kurt Metzger, Matt Bearden, and Brendan Walsh.
A limited number of Moontower badges are available now at a special Early Bird rate: FAN badge, $99; ACE badge, $249; VIP badge, $499. As of Jan. 23, badges will go to regular prices (FAN for $129, ACE for $319, and VIP for $599).
For more information, visit www.moontowercomedyfestival.com.