Moontower 5 Draws a Princess
Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum's purple reign hits Austin
By Robert Faires,
10:00AM, Tue. Feb. 9, 2016
No disrespect, Disney, but there's not a princess in your entire army of royal heroines that could get us as jazzed as the one that the 2016 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival will have. That would be Princess, the Prince tribute band created by SNL alumna Maya Rudolph and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lieberum.
Ever since the two college pals launched the act on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in September 2012, the band's been in demand from coast to coast, and to hear them tell it (or sing it), their devotion to the Purple One is so great that they could cover his catalog 4ever. Princess will close the 2016 Moontower at the Paramount on Saturday, April 23 at 9:30pm.
In addition to Princess, Moontower announced that previously announced headliner David Cross is not only adding a second show but will be using the two shows at 7 & 9:30pm on Friday, April 22 to shoot his next comedy special, Making America Great Again. Also, a couple of correspondents from The Daily Show are now booked for the festival, running April 20-23: Jessica Williams, who will be appaearing with her friend and fellow comedian Phoebe Robinson, and Hasan Minhaj, who will present his one-man show, Homecoming King, at Stateside at the Paramount on Saturday, April 23.
Moontower is also about to start making single tickets for headliner shows available to the public at moontowercomedyfest.com. They will be rolled out over several days, a few shows each day, starting at 10am on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Thu., Feb 11: Martin Short, Maria Bamford, and Anjelah Johnson present Bon Qui Qui’s Gold Plated Dreams Tour featuring Group 1 Crew
Fri., Feb. 12: David Cross' second show, Kevin Smith, and Leslie Jones & Colin Jost in Leslie Loves Colin
Mon., Feb. 15: Jimmy Carr, Janeane Garofalo, Piff the Magic Dragon, Jim Norton, and Hasan Minhaj's Homecoming King
And if you were at all concerned about Austin comics being part of the fifth Moontower, let me ease your mind. The new roster includes such local favories as Chris Cubas, Chris Trew, Matt Bearden, Lashonda Lester, Mac Blake, Maggie Maye, Matt Sadler, Brian Gaar, Kerri Lendo, Amber Bixby, Ralph Hardesty, Andrew Dismukes, Bob Khosravi, Brently Heilbron, Bryan Gutmann, Danny Palumbo, Joe Hafkey, and Martha "Baskets" Kelly.
For the full rundown on who's coming to the 2016 Moontower, visit www.moontowercomedyfestival.com.