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SXSW Comedy: Doug Benson & Master Pancake: Leprechaun 5
Horror movies are like frozen yogurt shops: There are always three times more of them than the world needs. At least with horror movies, there’s joy in the glut, as a tremendous number of weird entries are there to mine for humor. Thus, the now 5-year-old SXSW tradition of Doug Benson joining Master Pancake to mock a Leprechaun movie.

1:15PM Fri. Mar. 17, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy Review: A Good Trip With Shane Mauss
When Shane Mauss took the stage at the Hideout Theatre Tuesday night to perform his acclaimed stand-up show A Good Trip, he wore a hoodie, a graphic T-shirt, loose jeans, and sneakers. It became apparent within minutes that his slacker-comic costume was part of a calculated ruse to pleasantly baffle the packed house’s expectations.

2:50PM Wed. Mar. 15, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy Review: Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live!
Witch Taint. Mystikum. Have you ever heard such dark, brutal names of any black metal band in your life?

5:00PM Tue. Mar. 14, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy: A Good Trip with Shane Mauss
Shane Mauss is not afraid to explore the farthest reaches of his mind. The L.A.-based comic, who once broke both his feet while hiking and turned the experience into a hysterical album, is now winding through a six-months-and-counting tour all about psychedelic drugs. But this isn't a “far out, man” Cheech & Chong routine. Mauss gets real.

4:45PM Tue. Mar. 14, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Panel: Veep: A Conversation with the Cast and Showrunner
A surprisingly complete cast – plus showrunner – appeared before a crowded ballroom to drop hints about (and a trailer for) season 6 of HBO’s award-winning and critically-beloved political comedy.

3:30PM Tue. Mar. 14, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Film Review: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
There is nothing visually notable or narratively inspired in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, but those who see the nonfiction feature in theatres are unlikely to notice this, as this love letter to the American author is pre-sold to Maupin’s international fan base.

4:30PM Mon. Mar. 13, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

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SXSW Comedy Review: Comedy Bang! Bang!
For a “record-breaking 11th year in a row,” garrulous comedian Scott Aukerman returned to SXSW, this year to tape two live episodes of his beloved Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. With his usual whip-smart timing and managerial expertise on full display, Aukerman guided the first taping at Esther’s Follies to frenzied, deserved applause.

2:00PM Mon. Mar. 13, Sean L. Malin Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy: Talk Show the Game Show
Guy Branum’s new TruTV show, Talk Show the Game Show, previewed with a live version in Esther’s Follies Saturday night. In came 266 drenched audience members and 200+ dripping umbrellas, but the wait in the rain was worth it, as the comics provided more fireworks than even the show’s producers anticipated.

3:00PM Sun. Mar. 12, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

SXSW Comedy: Completely Official Showcase of Comedy
Lashonda Lester's incredible year began last May when she was crowned Funniest Person in Austin, the first African-American to win the contest and first female winner in 16 years. Now, at Sunday's SXSW Comedy major showcase, she’s sharing the stage with Janeane Garofalo, Joe DeRosa, and Shane Mauss – and it’s no big thing.

2:10PM Sun. Mar. 12, Carina Magyar Read More | Comment »

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