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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
"...The answer, in this case, is Mac and Joe. Mac Blake and Joe Hafkey, to be specific...."

The Last Sure Thing
Stand-up showcase ends five-year run with new live recording
DAILY Arts  August 26, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Hey, if the Band can get an awesome live recording out of a farewell concert, why can't Sure Thing? O'Grady and Carson have assembled a formidable array of comedic talent for the showcase's going-away – Pat Dean, Micheal Foulk, Lisa Friedrich, Rob Gagnon, Danny Goodwin, Joe Hafkey, Jesse Hensley, J.T. Kelley, Allison O'Conor, Enzo Priesnitz, Andrew Rosas, Nick Saverino, Chris Tellez, and Devon Walker – so it's bound to be a laugh-packed night to go out on...."

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest: Local Stars on the Rise
Because nobody knows funny like ATX
DAILY Chron Events  April 11, 2016, by Samantha Johnson
"...10. Joe Hafkey This list just wouldn’t be complete without Joe Hafkey..."

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
"...But this story's not about, ah, Wattsgate, although it is about Cubas – and Ramzinski and Staats and Cockfield and Harigle and the other stand-up stalwarts stopping by the chair-strewn porch where most of them still live: Natalie Cox, Andy Ritchie, Ruby Collins, Blake Midgette, Jake Flores, Joe Hafkey, and Bob Khosravi. This story's about them and where they live...."

Seen / Soon: May 4
Recapping the fifth Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards and anticipating the 33rd Funniest Person in Austin semi-finals
Arts Column  May 3, 2018
"...It's semifinals time for the Funniest Person in Austin Contest, with three chances next week to see the contenders for the 2018 finals. If you need enticing, a handful of the semi-funniest 45 are: Brian Gaar, Joe Hafkey, Ralph Hardesty, Carina Magyar, Avery Moore, Arielle Norman, Nick Saverino, Chris Tellez, Devon Walker, and Jared Walls..."

Joke 'Stache
Danny Palumbo wins Funniest Person in Austin 2015, advances equal rights for facial hair
Arts Story  May 21, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...As for Palumbo, the Pittsburgh transplant was already enjoying a busy year, hosting the stand-up showcase Live at Coldtowne, then taking over co-hosting duties for the stand-up showcase Jazz Cigarette from Joe Hafkey and 2013 FPIA Mac Blake, and earning international attention for his satirical restaurant website Abbrev's (, a follow-up to his other fake foodie site, lil' buco ("fine dining for kids"). All of that means you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch Austin's new reigning king of comedy in person, starting with his appearance at Austin Sketch Fest Thursday, May 21...."

Funniest Person in Austin 2012
The comic crowned king this year had the Nazer's edge
Arts Story  May 18, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...By the time No. 11, Joe Hafkey, finished his set, the audience should have been, by all rights, too tuckered to titter...."

Austin’s Funniest People Recap 2017
The Year In Review, just as it says on the tin. You know, the tin.
DAILY Arts  December 26, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...“This is the fifth year for the show,” says Mac Blake. “Joe Hafkey and myself were running the Jazz Cigarette show at Spider House and they had an extra show slot on December 30th..."

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
"...Hell, Chris Cubas is hosting The Sting! at King Bee and Lashonda Lester, Joe Hafkey, Abby Rosenquist, Zac Brooks, and Derek Phelps are featured there tonight. That’s gotta be a sure thing, right? Also, Donnell Rawlings is at Cap City tonight – and Bob Khosravi’s his opener; that’s pretty much the definition of “sure thing.” And there’s improv and sketch all over town, too, and of course those umpteen comedy open mics that Joe Faina’s told us about..."

First Plates Extra Helpings: Small You Care to Eat
Chef Danny Palumbo cooks up some mighty tasty satire
DAILY Food  February 3, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Fomented and formulated by Austin's own Danny Palumbo, who previously brought us the kindercore foodie hilarity of lil' buco, the Abbrev's website is Best-of-The-Onion-level funny. No wonder Mac Blake and Joe Hafkey chose this Palumbo (along with Aaron Brooks) to take over the Jazz Cigarette stage; no wonder Palumbo's weekly "Live at Coldtowne" stand-up showcase is such a popular show...."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Podcasts
So local you don't have to leave your house
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Carina Magyar and Ashley Moreno
"...Cubas partners with a different Austin comic to discuss every dang episode of their favorite short-lived series. At 100 episodes and counting, Canceled has covered Kolchak with Pat Dean, Freaks & Geeks with Ralphie Hardesty, Terriers with Joe Hafkey, and many more lost shows in loving, hilarious detail. – C.M. Comedy Wham! Presents..."

Moontower 5 Draws a Princess
Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum's purple reign hits Austin
DAILY Arts  February 9, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...And if you were at all concerned about Austin comics being part of the fifth Moontower, let me ease your mind. The new roster includes such local favories as Chris Cubas, Chris Trew, Matt Bearden, Lashonda Lester, Mac Blake, Maggie Maye, Matt Sadler, Brian Gaar, Kerri Lendo, Amber Bixby, Ralph Hardesty, Andrew Dismukes, Bob Khosravi, Brently Heilbron, Bryan Gutmann, Danny Palumbo, Joe Hafkey, and Martha "Baskets" Kelly...."

Kat Roast: A Beneficial Beatdown
Ramzinski's funniest friends gang up to add insult to injuries
DAILY Arts  May 15, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Because Mike MacRae's among the roasters. Also: Ramin Nazer, Ralphie Hardesty, Katie Pengra, Joe Hafkey, Cody Hustak, and – damn, yeah, comics have been lining up to take their best potshots at the guest of honor and her snazzy new eyepatch..."

Chris Tellez Says: "Shit's Golden!"
At his stand-up comedy showcase tonight, anyway.
DAILY Arts  May 11, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And here it comes again – tonight, Mother's Day Night – and it's not even at The New Movement: The second anniversary Shit's Golden comedy showcase is going down at Spider House Ballroom, featuring the talents of Cody Hustak, Zac Brooks, Lucas Molandes, Ryan Cownie, Katie Pengra, Joe Hafkey, and more...."

Moontower 2014, Day 1: Local Laughs
Feeling funny about Austin's Mac Blake and Brendan K. O'Grady
DAILY Arts  April 23, 2014, by Ashley Moreno
"...In addition to frequenting O’Grady’s Sure Thing show, Blake won the 2013 Funniest Person in Austin title, and he often performs alongside Austin comedy veterans like John Erler and Owen Egerton as a member of Master Pancake. He also co-hosts two shows: Mascot Wedding with David Jara and Jazz Cigarette with Joe Hafkey..."

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
"...AC: Speaking of which. Mac Blake, Joe Hafkey – everybody loves each other in this town – but they're your competition, right? Jazz Cigarette on Mondays?..."

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