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Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest: Local Stars on the Rise
Because nobody knows funny like ATX
DAILY Chron Events April 11, 2016, by Samantha Johnson
"...Her eccentric attitude and her hilarious habit of spontaneously bursting into song make even the most mundane of observations funny. Don’t miss Avery’s performance April 22 at 8pm at the Cap City Comedy Club...."
Moontower Comedy 2018: More Comics Named
On, Ryan! On, Preacher! On, Colin! On, Ali! On 39 more jokers!
DAILY Arts December 5, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Among the fest newcomers announced by the Paramount Theatre and partner Cap City Comedy Club:..."
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...."
Bob Khosravi Recording Live Comedy Album Tonight
The local stand-up storyteller gets vinylized at Cap City.
DAILY Arts November 11, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, regardless, stand-up comic Bob Khosravi – who’s been brightening the Austin scene for eight years now – who’s been running his storytelling format “The Mission” once a month at ColdTowne Theater for a long damned time – is recording his first comedy album. At Cap City Comedy Club..."
100 Proof Comedy: Shot down stand-up
Four of Austin's funniest comics have created a new showcase in which the hook is the comics doing what the audience does, i.e., taking a belt, knocking one back, hitting the sauce
Arts Story August 25, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...So that's just what they did. This Fab Four of local jokers uncorked their liquor-and-laugh-athon this past Monday to a full house in the Cap City Comedy Club lounge..."
22 Comedy Open Mics in 7 Days
Joe Faina runs the Austin gamut so you don't have to
DAILY Arts July 1, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, no, we’re talking about open mics IRL here: The open mics that happen off-line, at comedy clubs or neighborhood bars or hotel lounges or, you know, wherever...."
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
"..."It's really hard to get away from Joe Staats when he's your boss, and he works here, and you see him at the clubs," says Kat Ramzinski, who's been working stand-up locally for five years and regularly graces Cap City Comedy Club's Monday night "Chick Schtick." "No matter where you go, he's like, 'Where's my rent?'"..."
Comedy, This Month!
Who brings laughs to Austin stages in the next few weeks?
DAILY Arts January 29, 2018
"...PUNCH: Tuesdays, 8pm Yeah, we rarely list the Tuesday night Punch showcase at Cap City Comedy Club, because that Matt Bearden-hosted gig invariably sells out by the time our print edition hits the streets. So, in case you’ve been living under some No Comedy Allowed rock for the last few years (or maybe you just need a gentle reminder), we’re mentioning it here and now..."
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
"...Lashonda Lester: True Hollywood Tales (multiple seasons, monthly at Salvage Vanguard Theater); Kat Ramzinski: Chillin' (Fridays at the Velveeta Room); Katie Pengra: Late Slots (Fridays at the Velveeta Room); Kath Barbadoro: Clubhouse (Mondays at The New Movement); Ashley Barnhill: Bangers Show! (monthly at Bangers Sausage & Beer Garden); Maggie Maye: Schtick Open Mic (Mondays at ColdTowne); Kelly Stone/Natalie Cox: Hot Mess Show (at Bar One 41 in San Marcos); Holly Lorka: monthly show at the North Door; Roxxy Castillo: Crapshoot Improvised Comedy (Fridays at The Institution Theatre); Shana Merlin of Merlin Works: Improv at Zach Theatre; Alex Berry, booking The New Movement; Kerri Lendo, booking the Ladies Are Funny Festival and running Gnap!'s No Shame Theatre; Quinn Cannady of 247 Comedy Radio; Danielle Sweet, booking the open mic at Cap City Comedy Club; Margie Coyle and Chandy Popp, managing Cap City Comedy Club; Lietza Brass, booking the Paramount Theatre...."
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
In Austin's newest festival, stand-up finally gets top billing
Arts Story February 3, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Theatre Alliance, better known as the parent organization for the Paramount Theatre and State Theatre (which I still can't bring myself to call Paramount at the Stateside) is the mastermind behind this ambitious new festival, which ATA Executive Director Jim Ritts says he sees becoming one of the two most important comedy festivals in North America in just three years. Certainly the ATA's strong track record with stand-up in recent years – with the Paramount being the site of several Comedy Central specials (Jim Gaffigan, Demetri Martin, Nick Swardson, Bill Engvall) – positions it well with the form, but a better indicator of Moontower's long-term growth may be its sponsoring partners: Cap City Comedy Club (also a presenting venue, not surprisingly); the Adam McKay-Will Ferrell video website Funny or Die (which will program screenings at the State throughout the fest); satirical newspaper The Onion; the New Movement's Hell Yes Fest (which will now piggyback on Moontower); Esquire magazine; and a host of businesses that can provide invaluable support services, from public relations to IT to booze...."
ColdTowne Theater: Comedy moves uptown
You can count all the comedy venues in Austin on the fingers of one hand, so the opening of a new one, ColdTowne Theater, qualifies as a real occasion
Arts Story October 27, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Rather than concentrate on improv like the Hideout or stand-up like Cap City Comedy Club or the Velveeta Room, ColdTowne aims to offer tastes of everything. The first weeks feature improv, sketch, stand-up, and even a variety-act competition styled after The Gong Show..."
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
"...Katie Pengra (Sat., 12:20pm) Local comic and regular performer at Cap City Comedy Club and the Velveeta Room..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
To beat the heat, OOB offers improv and stand-up acts in the triple digits
Arts Story August 26, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...I'll probably go to the Greg Proops podcast thing, too. I'm actually featuring at Cap City Comedy Club that same week, so between dashing from there to OOB venues for my shows there, I may be running around too much to actually get to see many of the acts."..."
SXSW Comedy: A Good Trip with Shane Mauss
Jokes, jokes, jokes, and the meaning of life. No big deal.
DAILY Arts March 14, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...However, attendees should be forewarned: The show is still going to kill you with laughter. Mauss stopped at Cap City Comedy Club last February, when this two-and-a-half-hour show was still new, and I got the chance to see an earlier version of it..."
SXSW Comedy: Doug Loves Movies
More high times talking cinema with Benson and friends
DAILY SXSW March 22, 2015, by Ashley Moreno
"...Benson will return to Austin in May to perform at Cap City Comedy Club, and to join members of Master Pancake as they lampoon Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3. (They parodied the first Sleepaway Camp together earlier this year.) In the meantime, you can catch Bearden performing at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest in April..."
News Story June 29, 2007
"...15, Diez y Seis de Septiembre weekend, and will include both a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a community march to Republic Square. K.R.
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Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story February 13, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Club Sembradores de Amistad, an Austin organization dedicated to supporting scholarship endowments for underprivileged college students, will hold its 10th annual Valentine's Day Ball on Saturday, Feb. 14, 5:30pm, at the Omni South Park Hotel, 4140 Governors Row..."
Bye-Bye, Bearden – Hello, Mac & Joe!
Cap City Comedy's PUNCH! showcase goes ALL'S WELL as of … now.
DAILY Arts January 9, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Matt Bearden has been running the Tuesday night PUNCH! showcase of stand-up comedy at Cap City Comedy Club for years. But not any more...."
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..."
The Velveeta Room's Head Cheese
Pat Dean takes over the venue that’s redefining what a “comedy club” can be
Arts Story January 4, 2018, by Carina Magyar
"...Dean becomes just the third manager in the past 12 years for the club, which opened back in 1988 as a stand-up-oriented offshoot of Esther's Follies. He takes the reins from Mario DiGiorgio – a veteran road comic, graphic designer, and former Funniest Person in Austin champion – who, during his tenure, presided over a complete makeover of the club, turning it from one of the seediest rooms Downtown to a comfortable, carefree shotgun lounge..."