Moontower Comedy 2018: Podcast Fever!
With new series, fest dials the number of podcasts up to 10
By Robert Faires,
5:00PM, Wed. Feb. 21, 2018
Podcasts have been a steadily growing presence at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival in recent years, and it appears that the Moontower masterminds have been listening to how many of you are listening to all these audio series, because they've just announced that they're cranking the podcast dial up to 10 for the seventh fest this April.
Yes, these 21st-century chat shows are such a thing now, and the live editions that Moontower has booked have proven so phenomenally popular – maybe you recall that My Favorite Murder sold out two shows at the Paramount at last year's fest – that this year's fest is inaugurating the Moontower Podcast Series with enough tapings of your favorite shows that you can spend all four days of the festival, April 18-21, just bouncing from podcast to podcast.
The lineup includes a number of Moontower alumni who now topline their own aural extravangazas:
All Fantasy Everything — Ian Karmel and friends doing a fantasy draft of pop culture in all its forms;
The Bonfire — Big Jay Oakerson & Dan Soder and their friends and listeners gather around the metaphorical fire to talk about what's up in the culture and their lives;
Dumb People Town — The Sklar Brothers & Daniel Van Kirk talking about dumb people doing really dumb things;
The Jackie and Laurie Show — Jackie Kashian & Laurie Kilmartin just by themselves talking about … whatever they want;
Raised by TV — Lauren Lapkus & Jon Gabrus digging through the dust heap of late Eighties/early Nineties television – the shows, the stars, the commercials, everything;
Tuesdays with Stories — Mark Normand & Joe List, plus the occasional guest, spinning yarns;
Unmasked — Ron Bennington talking the business of comedy with pros and living legends;
Wedlock — Kurt Braunohler & Lauren Cook exploring the state of matrimony, their own and others', incoversation and interviews; and
Will You Accept This Rose? — Arden Myrin & Erin Foley with guests obsessively discussing every aspect of The Bachelor and its spin-offs.
In addition to the nine in the series, you can add the previously announced Shmanners podcast with Travis McElroy and Teresa McElroy explaining "extraordinary etiquette for ordinary situations," which is scheduled to open the festival at the Stateside on Wed., April 18, at 7pm.
In other Moontower news, the festival lounge, which has traditionally been next door to the Paramount Theatre in the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, is jumping south across Seventh Street into the new Aloft Hotel, where it will be sponsored by Netflix. It will still be the go-to spot for attendees and comics to mix and mingle, and the site for closing night party festivities with DJ Mel providing the sounds.