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When Is Austin Comedy a Sure Thing?
Maybe on a Wednesday, definitely on a Saturday
DAILY Arts  February 3, 2016, by Spencer Beghtol and W. A. Brenner
"...It’s Wednesday again in Austin, Texas. And even on a Wednesday – because you are in Austin, Texas – you can find some night-time comedy show or other that’ll probably make you laugh your ass off and help you make it over the long week’s hump..."

Do Women Rule The Austin Comedy Scene?
Kat Ramzinski suggests that, yeah, they sure as hell do
DAILY Arts  February 21, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...
"Two years ago," says Ramzinski, "SXSW Comedy got some attacks from the Huffington Post and Jezebel, for not booking enough women and for 'hating women.' But in reality, the Boston-based Women in Comedy Festival paralleled SXSW, thus preventing a typically strong feminine presence on the Austin bill. As a comic, I know this makes sense and is totally fair, but SXSW still caught a lot of flack for it – unjustly, in my opinion..."

'Pictures of Superheroes' Packs in the Austin Comedy Talent
Quirky comedy filled with familiar faces
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"..."Coming up with a synopsis, it's been hard to sort of incorporate what the film is like, so I end up just describing the plot. But I look at it as a comedy of slacker absurdism..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Comics
The stand-up people behind the city's comedy scene
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L. Malin and Robert Faires
"...The original Funniest Person in Austin (as in the contest's first winner in 1986), this Houston native moved to River City in 1970 and is in his fifth decade of blessing it with his music (he's a founding member of absurdist band Uranium Savages), art (he co-created the Austintatious mural on the Drag, served in the Armadillo World Headquarters' Armadillo Art Squad, and painted the massive mural at the Westgate Central Market), and wit. Wit? Years and years with Esther's Follies, holding court at the Velveeta Room (named for Awn's Ronnie Velveeta character) and brightening comedy mics all over town..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
Cap City Comedy Club launches its biggest joke-slinging competition yet on the funniest day of the year
Arts Story  March 29, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...C'mon, on Valentine's Day, you go out and do something romantic, don't you? On St. Patrick's Day, you go out and get plotzed on green beer, don't you? So on the one day of the year devoted to comedy, why not go out and have a laugh? Cap City Comedy Club is making it oh-so-easy for you this year..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2014
Cody Hustak reveals the secrets to his success in this year's comedy competition
Arts Story  May 29, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...It was a coup of the kind you might have expected in Indonesia or eastern Europe, but Cap City Comedy Club? And yet there it was in the results of this year's Funniest Person in Austin contest: Snagging the coveted crown of comedy was Omaha transplant Cody Hustak, with second place going to Ryan Cownie, who moved here with Hustak in 2010 and is his roommate. (Third-place finisher Lashonda Lester denies any knowledge of the Cornhusker comedy conspiracy.) The Chronicle contacted Hustak to learn how he prevailed over the other 200-plus FPIA competitors...."

Moontower Review: Austin Towers
The range of local comedy voices was on full view at the Velv
DAILY Arts  April 24, 2017, by Ashley Moreno
"...The Austin Towers showcase helped close this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival. The lineup featured many of Austin’s comedy darlings, like Maggie Maye, Amber Bixby, Brently Heilbron, and Vanessa Gonzalez..."

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
OOB's comedy podcasts will make your Labor Day weekend less labored
Arts Story  August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...At a loss as to how to make this weekend a fittingly fun farewell to summer? Just plug into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival's pre-planned jollity. As noted last week ("Improv-Educated," Aug..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2013
From 209 contenders, the final 12 emerge to duke it out for this year's comedy crown
Arts Story  May 17, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, folks, our annual comedy competition is really gettin' serious. Back on April Fools' Day, we were looking at a record 209 jokeslingers vying for the crown in this year's Funniest Person in Austin contest..."

The Pie and Ear Show: Old-School Austin Improv, Activate!
Bryce yourself for some McGehee-hee-hee on the cutting Egertons
DAILY Arts  January 16, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You'd think that running a comedy weight-loss competition would be enough for one man, but you'd be wrong...."

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest: Local Stars on the Rise
Because nobody knows funny like ATX
DAILY Chrontourage  April 11, 2016, by Samantha Johnson
"...In the four years since its inception, Moontower Comedy Festival has become a staple in the comedic community. From April 20th-23rd, nearly 100 performers will flood our city, flexing their funny bones in various venues around Austin...."

All Over Creation: A Brief History of Laugh Riots in Austin
As April overflows with comedy festivals, an overview of Austin's celebrations of funny
Arts Column  April 13, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Eliot's poetic puss: April may be the cruelest month elsewhere, but in our town, it's damn near the funniest. In addition to all the ongoing hilarity in Austin's large and varied comedy scene – Esther's Follies, Master Pancake, Punch!, No Shame Theatre, the Cage Match, stand-up at Cap City Comedy Club and the Velveeta Room, plus about a hundred other improv and sketch shows – the month boasts the biggest bevy of special comedy events on the calendar..."

SXSW Comedy: Your 2015 Lineup
Schumer, Harmon, Bell, and SNL lead this year's laugh-makers
DAILY SXSW  February 23, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2015 lineup is out and includes Amy Schumer, Upright Citizens Brigade, W..."

The Ups and Downs of Comedy
Hanging with the stand-ups for a look into the life
Arts Story  December 31, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Lashonda Lester. You can often see these guys and gals onstage, maybe headlining at the Velveeta Room, maybe featuring at Cap City Comedy Club, certainly improving the boards at any comedy open mic in or around this city's limits...."

Capitol City Comedy Club's Grab for Bigger Laughs Restarting the Stop
Arts Story  February 2, 1996, by Spike Gillespie
"...Back when I began writing about Austin's comedy scene four years ago, my kid was so little and my bank account so small that I could rarely afford to venture out to watch the folks I wrote about. That wasn't a huge handicap, though, as the scene wasn't terribly expansive..."

SXSW Comedy: Completely Official Showcase of Comedy
Even in a lineup of stars, Austin’s Lashonda Lester is the one to watch
DAILY Arts  March 12, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...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...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Your quick guide to the national headliners and local laugh makers at Fun Fun Fun 2013
Arts Story  November 8, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."

Ryan Cownie Has Up and Taken Over Avalanche Comedy
And Chris Cubas, on his way to Kansas City, swears this is a good thing
DAILY Arts  November 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."

Five New Things In Austin's Comedy Scene
A quintuple shot of Lakkalikööri for all my friends
DAILY Arts  March 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Comedy and drinking, drinking and comedy: They go together like gin and tonic, like tequila and birth control. No wonder that most of these five things are stained with the wonders fermentation hath wrought:..."

Where Comedy Lives
Austin stand-ups have a complex – and it's called the Sandstone Apartments
Arts Story  November 25, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...In the heart, of course, that's where comedy truly lives: in the frequently complex, sometimes substance-enhanced, occasionally bitter heart of every stand-up who ever tried to make a living behind a microphone...."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...It's also about the troupes that have been together for years and grown into rich ensembles, about Austin improvisers whose reputations have grown in the international improv community and are in demand as teachers and performers around the world, about the individuals who have built the theatres where improvisers have honed their skills, and about an open community of improvisers who support and encourage one another. With the year's biggest improv party, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, commencing this week, Chronicle writers Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L..."

Comedy Speed Dating
Fred Armisen, W. Kamau Bell, Chris Cubas, Rob Gagnon's One Hour Comedy Festival, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray
Arts Story  November 6, 2014, by Scott Schinder
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest's 2014 comedy roster offers a respectable, if overly male, sampling of notable alt-yuksters. Although not overflowing with marquee names, the lineup offers notable talent and distinctive voices. Fred Armisen..."

Moontower Comedy Fest: Comics to Watch
Because we know funny
DAILY Chrontourage  April 16, 2015, by Tamar Price
"...From April 22-25, over 100 comics will takeover 11 venues around the city for the Moontower Comedy Festival. In only three years, the festival has featured stars like Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer and local faves like Chris Cubas and Brendon Walsh...."

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
In Austin's newest festival, stand-up finally gets top billing
Arts Story  February 3, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...It isn't that stand-up gets no love from Austin's festival scene. Comedy and the jokers who make it have become an increasingly prominent part of a pair of the biggest music fests in town, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun, not to mention having a strong presence in our largest comedy fest, Out of Bounds..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Venues
Where to find the funny in town
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Robert Faires, Wayne Alan Brenner and Sean L. Malin
"...Cap City Comedy Club 8120 Research, www.capcitycomedy.com..."

Your Laugh Track to Austin
A quick romp through our city's finer funny spots
DAILY AAN  June 17, 2016, by Ashley Alkek
"...You’re from out of town and you’re looking for a laugh. You want a night out filled with comedy and maybe a nosh to get you by..."

The Trans Experience in Comedy
Local comics use comedy to spin difficult subjects into gold
DAILY The Gay Place  April 20, 2016, by Faye Fearless
"...On April 1, the New Movement Theater hosted Cream of the Crop, a comedy and improv showcase. With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out..."

Fun Fun Fun Comedy: Your Lineup Is...
For the 10th fest, "FFF" can stand for "familiar funny folk"
DAILY Arts  July 28, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The 10th Fun Fun Fun Fest may feel like something of a reunion for fans, at least those who frequent the JASH Comedy Yellow Stage. According to the lineup just released, lots of familiar funny faces will grace the fest Nov..."

Austin Filmmaker Takes on Patent Trolls
Lex Lybrand's new comedy The Trolls is patently ridiculous
Screens Story  September 29, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Indie filmmakers don't normally get to publicize their low-budget comedy on CNBC sitting next to Adam Carolla. "This one does," said Lex Lybrand, writer and director of tech comedy The Trolls...."

Paving the Way for Queers in Comedy
Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher bring queer comedy to SXSW
DAILY The Gay Place  March 16, 2016, by Jarvis Mayhem
"...With Austin becoming widely recognized as a thriving city for comedy and South by Southwest internationally known for being at forefront of great things, I made the decision to start this year’s festival by trying to catch as much comedy as possible...."

Five Fun Things To Do in Austin This Weekend
Even besides that amazing Texas Book Festival, we mean.
DAILY Arts  October 15, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...2. Or maybe you want a bunch of good stand-up in your Friday night instead? In fact, maybe you’ve been planning on checking out what’s up at the legendary Velveeta Room comedy club on Sixth? Well, then you’re in luck – because Kerri Lendo & friends are gonna send the joint to, like, the laughter stratosphere this weekend...."

Review: Oddball Comedy Festival
The very blue tour finale was beautifully, shamefully funny
DAILY Arts  September 24, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...For those lucky or zealous enough to have attended both Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival shows at the Austin360 Amphitheatre over the last 13 months, the difference between 2013’s inaugural show (the first in the festival’s history) and Sunday’s finale of the 2014 tour must have felt rather profound...."

Austin's Kerri Lendo Has Almost No Shame At All
The popular comedian runs one hella weird open mic
DAILY Arts  February 14, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Yes, Kerri Lendo's going to be performing at Moontower Comedy Festival this year – but that's not what this post is about...."

SXSW Comedy Review: Comedy Bang! Bang!
Aukerman’s high-wire absurdism makes for an electric live show
DAILY Arts  March 13, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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...."

Showtime's SXSW Comedy Puts Austin Culture in the Crosshairs
Show premieres July 15
DAILY Screens  July 15, 2016, by Emily Gibson
"...It’s easy to make jokes about SXSW – the lanyards, the tech scene enthusiasts, even the whiteness (as comedian Moshe Kasher puts it, “diverse kinds of white people”). The six performers for SXSW Comedy With Natasha Leggero never missed an opportunity to capitalize on the ridiculousness of Austin’s culture while they performed in the middle of it...."

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
The lineup for the sophomore laugh jam will make your jaw drop
DAILY Arts  June 26, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...Comedy history was made a little ways out yonder last August 23 when the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival made its debut before a full house at the Austin360 Amphitheatre. Festival organizers just announced the 2014 tour schedule and lineup, and Austin was awarded a seat at the table again – this time as the tour’s final engagement on Sept..."

Austin Sketch Fest
Skewering reality for the fifth year in a row – now with Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting and more!
Arts Story  May 22, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting isn't the only comedy duo coming in from New York City to rock the fifth annual Austin Sketch Fest at the Spider House Ballroom this weekend. There's another NYC twosome called Girls With Brown Hair, for instance..."

SXSW Comedy: 2014 Panels Announced
Inside 'Portlandia,' Seth Meyers' 'Late Night,' and more
DAILY Arts  January 28, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...It's the first salvo in SXSW Comedy's campaign for 2014, as announced Tuesday afternoon. A full lineup of comics and parties is forthcoming in February, but the release of this quartet of panels certainly whets the appetite for more of the laughs in this year's festival schedule...."

Star Stand-Ups Descend on Austin
Dates just announced for Rock, Silverman, Crystal
DAILY Arts  December 6, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Film Fest Review: Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
Cali comedy duo blow up some seriously sweet and smart doomsday heart
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Bad times make for good, subversive comedy, which partly explains why this gleefully absurdist, end-of-the-world, road movie romance works so very, very well on so many levels. The rest of the film’s sneaky, borderline low-key genius is due to the fact that Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine are that rarest of comedy commodities: a perfect team...."

Moontower Comedy: Jen Kober
Hairy lesbian tales on the comedy trail from the Louisiana comic
DAILY The Gay Place  April 23, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...Or your moms. Louisiana-bred comedian Jen Kober is in town for the Moontower Comedy Festival, and she's loaded with chewy SweetTarts...."

Chris Morris Talks Terrorist Comedy
UK hit Four Lions touches down in Austin
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...In light of Wikileaks release of 391,832 classified military documents pertaining to the Coalition occupation of Iraq and the fact that theatregoers haven't been in the mood for current-conflict filmmaking, perhaps it's time to to initiate another popular strategy altogether. To wit, comedy...."

2017 Austin Sketch Festival: What to See
Maybe all of it, yes – but OMG let’s not be ridiculous
DAILY Arts  May 22, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So, OK, Duncan Carson and the UCB, the UCB and Duncan Carson: Both forces of comedy plying their arch trade as part of this weeklong juggernaut of sketch and badinage and so on, any show of which will be worth your grinning while...."

New Live Comedy Show Is Doper Than What, Exactly?
Heckle Her Productions goes all Nineties-style with latest comedy gig
DAILY Arts  July 13, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There was this sort of televised explosion in the early Nineties that unleashed, like, a skadillion Wayans family members into the national comedy zeitgeist. Remember? Also, that Jim Carrey guy...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Stumped Robin Berghaus (Austin) $9,000 for Post-Production When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser loses his limbs to a bacterial infection, he turns to stand-up comedy as a new creative outlet. After three years of intense rehab and late-night comedy gigs, Will risks his life to undergo a rare double-arm transplantation in the hope of reclaiming his independence while advancing experimental medicine...."

What Food Goes Well With Comedy?
Jim Gaffigan can tell you – and does in this Q&A
DAILY Arts  October 17, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...Austin Chronicle: You’ve always kept your comedy clean, and you’re well-known for doing so to great effect. But, in your mind, what’s the most off-color bit in the Jim Gaffigan archives?..."

Not Everybody Is In This Weekend's Austin Sketch Fest
But that doesn't mean we've forgotten The New Movement
DAILY Arts  May 24, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And as much as local comedy attention is focused on that star-studded Fest right about now, let's nobody forget about The New Movement, OK?..."

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Remember that running sight gag in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery that had various fruits, vegetables, and whatnot strategically placed in front of Myers' and Hurley's naughty bits? The...
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Film Review  June 11, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Remember that running sight gag in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery that had various fruits, vegetables, and whatnot strategically placed in front of Myers' and Hurley's naughty bits? The sequel opens with a continuation of that image and, eventually, moves to an even more inspired verbal offshoot. It's guffaw-inducing comedy at its finest, and like much of this new outing, it's even better than the original, ahem, package..."

Five Things to Do in Austin This Weekend
Oh, wait, is this a new list of entertainment options?
DAILY Arts  June 2, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...1) SOMETHING ROTTEN! Now here’s a modern musical comedy that sends up … the origins of modern musical comedies? Indeed, sirrah – and touring from Broadway, no less. The show’s done up as if the Bass Concert Hall stage was part of Shakespeare’s time – but with all sorts of clever pop-culture tomfoolery and Bard-skewering badinage set to finger-poppin’ music and dance numbers..."

Funniest Person in Austin 2017: Enzo Priesnitz
Somebody had to win it, y’know, and this is the guy
DAILY Arts  May 16, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Crowned onstage at Cap City Comedy Club, the snazzy venue that originated and has produced the FPIA over its many years, that (literal) crown & its accompanying cape passed on by the ever-delightful Maggie Maye – in lieu of being handed over by Lashonda Lester, the recently departed & deeply missed queen of this scene, who would’ve loved seeing her friends’ talent on brightest display here and, ah … goddammit, where were we?..."

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