Moontower Review: Blue Moon

No-holds-barred set successfully pushed the comedy envelope

Abby Rosenquist
Abby Rosenquist (Photo by Indoor Lady Photography)

Last night, Austin-based comedian Matt Sadler performed for the fifth year in a row at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, hosting the late-night, no-holds-barred Blue Moon showcase at the Velv Comedy Lounge. More about the performances after the jump, but you have to promise: no crying.

The showcase featured 10 comedians in all: Sadler (as host), Abby Rosenquist, Joe List, Annie Lederman, Nick Mullen, Dan Soder, Brad Williams, Kurt Metzger, Mark Normand, and surprise guest Jak Knight. Everyone delivered solid laughs and at least one comment to make someone in the room uncomfortable. That’s not to say the comedians went for shock value. None did. But the show sought to push the envelope and mission accomplished.

Although unplanned, some themes ran throughout the show − with several comedians touching on each. They were topics like loneliness, breakups, the Lord, the fun of aging, the fun of Fleshlights, and, of course, actually performing in the Special Olympics (as one comedian did). Rosenquist (who also killed at last year’s fest as a host/opener for Rachel Feinstein) explained why it’s so stupid that men assume women are inherently good at pleasuring other women. “I know when I get a good haircut,” she joked. “Doesn’t mean I can give one.” Thank you, Abby.

It probably goes without saying that the more seasoned comics in the lineup all did a killer job. Metzger (staff writer for Inside Amy Schumer) mused on the fact that his grandmother, a decent person but an atheist, went to hell while Jeffrey Dahmer, who “fucked people and ate them” went to heaven. He explained: Dahmer accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of his life, and that’s what counts. It doesn’t matter “if you tell a lie or drill a hole in a guy’s head and fuck it. We all fall short of the glory.” Williams (who somehow put up with Carlos Mencia for five-plus years) joked about his ability, as a little person, to get free drinks from people who expect something magical from an intoxicated little person. Williams cleared up the confusion: “I act like a hot chick when I’m drunk. I get emotional, I text an ex, and I might blow a dude.”

Alongside the more familiar faces, the newer comedians held their own. Of particular note: L.A.-based comedian Knight, who joined the show as a surprise guest and closer. In 2014, he made Comedy Central’s list of "Comics to Watch," and he’s opened for comedians such as Joel McHale and Dave Chappelle. He has two shows Friday at the Velv Comedy Lounge (Stand-Up on the Spot and The Foxxhole) and one Saturday (IFC Comedy Crib). Go. The next time he comes to Austin, his shows will be sold out.

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