Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin

Dates just announced for Rock, Silverman, Crystal

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

Austin, are you ready to Rock?

I know, I know, it's a pun unworthy of a comedy genius on the order of Chris Rock, but it does help cut to the chase, which is letting you know that Rock is bringing his Total Blackout Tour to Bass Concert Hall on May 14.

Yeah, that's gonna be one mother of a Mother's Day.

Texas Performing Arts announced the booking Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, along with the information that tickets will go on sale Fri., Dec. 9, at 10am. Rock only announced the tour – his first in nine years that will boast all-new material – on Monday in a Facebook Live video at the Los Angeles Comedy Store. The tour kicks off on Valentine's Day in Durham, N.C., and covers 25 more cities through June 3. Material from the tour will be filmed for one of two Netflix specials that the comic signed to do this fall.

As exciting as the news is for Rock's fans, it's another hit to the wallet for fans of stand-up in general who have already seen a bounty of high-profile bookings crop up for early 2017. In just the last two weeks, dates have also been announced for Sarah Silverman (Bass, Jan. 22) and Billy Crystal (Long Center, Feb. 28). And those are on top of the bookings of several high-profile comedy figures announced months ago such as Jerry Seinfeld (Bass, Jan. 13). The first two months of the year are now almost to the point of having a major comic in town once every week. (Of course, we may be in need of extra laughs considering what's in store in the new year.)

Here's a quick rundown of the comedy headliners headed our way:
Jerry Seinfeld – Bass, Jan. 13, www.texasperformingarts.org
Sarah Silverman – Bass, Jan. 22, texasperformingarts.org
Gad Elmaleh – Paramount Theatre, Jan. 28, www.austintheatre.org
Kathy Griffin – Dell Hall at the Long Center, Feb. 4, www.thelongcenter.org
Kathleen Madigan (Bothering Jesus Tour) – Paramount, Feb. 11, www.austintheatre.org
Bridget Everett (Pound It Tour) – Paramount, Feb. 16, www.austintheatre.org
Billy Crystal – Dell Hall, Feb. 27, thelongcenter.org
Anthony Jeselnik – Cap City Comedy Club, March 2-4, www.capcitycomedy.org
Fran Lebowitz – Dell Hall, March 8, www.thelongcenter.org
Sebastian Maniscalco (Why Would You Do That?) – Paramount, April 15, www.austintheatre.org
Chris Rock (Total Blackout Tour) – Bass, May 14, www.texasperformingarts.org

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stand-up comedy, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Fran Lebowitz, Kathy Griffin, Bridget Everett

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