Marc Maron, Nikki Glaser Headlining Inaugural Moontower Just for Laughs Festival

Amped-up comedy fest adds over 100 comics and podcasts

Start training your laugh muscles: Moontower Just for Laughs Austin has just dropped its first list of comics and podcasts for this year's inaugural festival (running across downtown Austin April 13-24), and the headliner list includes Marc Maron, queen of the roast Nikki Glaser, Emmy nominee Nicole Byer, and Billions star Dan Soder.

When Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival and Canada's Just For Laughs announced they were joining forces to create the 10 day Moontower Just for Laughs Austin, the promise was for a list of comedy heavy hitters and unexpected combos. This first lineup definitely delivers, with headliners including Soder making his Paramount debut. Over at the Stateside, Saturday Night Live stars Chris Redd and James Austin Johnson will be bringing the yuks, while Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher will also be recording their podcast, Endless Honeymoon, in addition to a pair of coheadlining sets.

That's just the beginning of the laughs, with dozens of performer and podcasts, plus the debut of a new event. Just for Laugh's New Faces series has been the launchpad for dozens of household names, including Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Gabriel Iglesias, Pete Davidson, Hannibal Buress, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. The six-minute sets can make a career, and this year's Austin event will include a New Faces audition showcase, with the winner taking a slot at the original Just for Laughs in Montreal in July.

“Partnering with comedy titan Just For Laughs has opened doors to new and exciting opportunities,” said Moontower Just for Laughs Austin Festival Director Lietza Brass. “Knowing where we are and what we have planned for future announcements leads me to believe that the 2022 Moontower JFL festival will be a cavalcade of comedy for fans and industry.”

“We're excited to share that Moontower Just For Laughs Austin will be growing this year” added JFL president Bruce Hills. "Our programming team has been working tirelessly to curate an outstanding lineup of performers, and the names we've revealed today is just the beginning. We are so excited for what's to come, and are looking forward to reuniting with all of our industry friends and comedy fans this April."

Expect more talent and shows to be announced before the festival launches on April 13, and you can pick up badges via Here's today's list in full:

Paramount & Stateside Headliners

Nikki Glaser (Photo by Bells and Whistles Productions)

• Chris Redd
• Christina P
• Dan Soder
• Deon Cole
• Donnell Rawlings
• Jessica Kirson
• Marc Maron
• Mark Normand
• Michelle Buteau
• Moshe Kasher
• Natasha Leggero
• Nicole Byer
• Nikki Glaser
• Not Another Dungeons & Dragons Podcast
• Please Don’t Destroy
• Rachel Feinstein
• Sasheer Zamata
• Trevor Wallace

Also Appearing

Big Jay Oakerson (Photo by Rachel Parker Photography)

• Abby Roberge
• Adrienne Iapalucci
• Ali Macofsky
• Andrew Murphy
• Andy Haynes
• Andy Kindler
• Angelina Martin
• Anthony DeVito
• Ashley Sharma
• Avery Moore
• Big Jay Oakerson
• Brandi Davis
• Brett VerVoort
• Brian Gaar
• Carlton Wilcoxson
• Carmen Lynch
• Cat Cohen
• Chris Cubas
• Daniel Van Kirk
• Danny Goodwin
• Deb DiGiovanni
• Dylan Sullivan
• Elizabeth Spears
• Emma Willmann
• Emmy Blotnick
• Erica Rhodes
• Goddamn Comedy Jam
• Grace Kuhlenschmidt
• Guy Branum
• Hannah Berner
• Holly Hart
• Hunter Duncan
• Ian Edwards
• Irene Tu
• Ivan Decker
• Jackie Kashian
• James Austin Johnson
• Janelle James
• Jay Whitecotton
• Jeremiah Watkins
• Jesus Trejo
• Joe Mande
• Josh Adam Meyers
• Joyelle Nicole Johnson
• Kelsey Cook
• Kurt Braunohler
• Langston Kerman
• Laurie Kilmartin
• Maddy Smith
• Matt Sadler
• Mike Macrae
• Nathan Macintosh
• Nick Saverino
• Orlando Leyba
• Pat Regan
• Pat Sirois
• Rosebud Baker
• Sawyer Stull
• Scotty Landes
• Sean Donnelly
• Shapel Lacey
• Solomon Georgio
• Sophie Buddle
• Taylor Dowdy
• The Sklar Brothers
• Tyler Groce
• Zac Brooks
• Zach Zucker

Moontower Just For Laughs Austin Live Podcast & Broadcast Series

• Andy Kindler’s Particular Show
• Bananas with Kurt Braunohler and Scotty Landes
• Cat Cohen & Friend
• Celebrate! with Sean Donnelly
• Disgusting Hawk with Jessica Kirson
• Dumb People Town with The Sklar Brothers and Daniel Van Kirk
• Endless Honeymoon with Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher
• Find Your Beach with Rosebud Baker and Andy Haynes
• Glow Show hosted by Joey Z
• Jack Tucker Comedy Standup Hour
• My Dad Isn’t Danny DeVito with Anthony DeVito
• My Momma Told Me with Langston Kerman
• Seek Treatment with Cat Cohen and Pat Regan
• Soccer Comic Rant with Ian Edwards
• Stamptown with Zach Zucker
• Stand-up On the Spot with Jeremiah Watkins
• Tag It! with The Sklar Brothers
• The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers
• The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder
• The Jackie and Laurie Show with Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin
• The Joke of Painting with Andrew Murphy and Avery Moore
• The Worst with Big Jay Oakerson
• Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

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