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Mac & Cheers
Mac Blake snags the crown of Funniest Person in Austin 2013
DAILY Arts  May 21, 2013, by Robert Faires
"..."I was in a Walgreen's … at night. So already I fucked up," opined Mac Blake in leading off a very funny story about a mouth-breather shopping for a belt at the drugstore..."

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...."

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
"...Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival features tons of great comedians from all over. But as you pick shows, don’t forget great hometown comics, like 2013 Funniest Person in Austin and Mascot Wedding co-host, Mac Blake, and 2014 FPIA hopeful and co-host of Sure Thing, Brendan K..."

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
"...And, at 31, the recent FPIA finalist's style? "John Buseman and I do this bit like we're in Cirque du Soleil," he says, "where it's just two guys balancing on each other and they dim the lights and add dramatic music? Our version is much clumsier: We tuck our underwear into thongs, I stick my gut out, we struggle to strike very simple poses – and it's glorious. We don't say a word and keep a stern face the entire time as we flail through the audience." – W.A.B. [image-12-right] Mac Blake..."

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
"...1. The Hideout Coffee House, that Downtown bastion of improv and other arts – recent site of SXSW's Dailymotion outpost (wherein Mac Blake reigned triumphant, laughswise, in an impromptu showcase of some of Austin's best stand-ups) – that Hideout has finally supercharged its restricted liquor license by offering wine-and-vermouth-based cocktails and aperitifs..."

Last Days
Gus Van Sant concocts an abstruse film "loosely inspired" by the end of Kurt Cobain’s life.
Film Review  August 12, 2005, by Kimberley Jones
"...Like its predecessors, Last Days is aesthetically gorgeous, strenuously unsentimental, and maddeningly opaque. Nothing much happens in the last days of a thinly fictionalized mumbling rock star named Blake (The Dreamers’ Pitt)..."

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?..."

Trickery Flickery Mock
Master Pancake makes the movies hurt so good
Screens Story  May 1, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...They regularly performed an Austin-flavored live version of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 at the Alamo Drafthouse, drawing large crowds and helpless laughter with their mockery of classic (or classically bad) movies. Now it's just Erler and Parsons – and occasional guests such as Mac Blake, David Jara, Ben Bartley, Scott Chester, Buzz Moran, Mary Jo Pehl, Martha Kelly, Zack Carlson, and Leslie (yes, that Leslie) Cochran – bringing the wiseass disrespect and skits that redeem a bad movie and make a good movie even more enjoyable...."

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 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
"...From those, the dirty dozen has emerged: 12 comics who will go punch-line to punch-line in the final bid for the title of the 28th Funniest Person in Austin. In alphabetical order, they are: Amber Bixby, Mac Blake, Duncan Carson, Ryan Cownie, Chris Cubas, Cody Hustak, Bob Khosravi, Maggie Maye, Luke McClory, David McQuary, Derek Phelps, and Chance Royce...."

Comedians With Theatre Damage
The fourth annual Austin Sketch Fest scripts itself silly
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."The writing process boils down to just trying to make each other laugh," says Stag!'s Mac Blake, who also works the stand-up circuit as well as Mascot Wedding. "We generate a lot of scripts, and we'll read them and talk about them as a group..."

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
"...We asked that question of Mac Blake, the 2013 Funniest Person in Austin winner who’s hosting tonight’s Show of One-Person Shows at ColdTowne Theater, and he said: ”My in-town pick is Duncan Carson's album recording. Duncan’s a very funny, very smart stand-up..."

In the Bounce House with Comedian Danny Palumbo
2015’s Funniest Person in Austin is cooking on all burners
DAILY Arts  November 18, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...“I’m kind of going on tour with Mac Blake and Aaron Brooks, too,” says Palumbo. “We’re going to New Orleans and Atlanta in the springtime..."

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...."

Five Cool Things You Might Wanna Check Out This Weekend
Because there's good reason to celebrate, right now, isn't there?
DAILY Arts  June 26, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And we'd choose his gig, partly because it's impossible to read his Twitter feed without eventually laughing a soft drink right out the nostrils, even if he didn't have a decent opening act. But, since the show's opener is FPIA winner Mac Blake (of terrific, pro-level sketch troupe Stag Comedy), there's simply no way we could recommend any other comedy event more highly...."

The Last Sure Thing
Stand-up showcase ends five-year run with new live recording
DAILY Arts  August 26, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The fortunate thing is that this won't affect the Sure Thing record label launched by Carson and O'Grady in 2014 to provide another platform for Austin's stand-up stars. In addition to the albums recorded with such talents as Bryan Gutmann, Mac Blake, Eric Krug, and Carson, Sure Thing has recorded a live version of one of its Sure Thing shows, and it's recording another tonight...."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Behind the Scenesters
The people behind the people behind the mic
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner, Robert Faires and Ashley Moreno
"...Once that success, Sure Thing at Austin Java, had been going for a couple of years, the comics chose to start their own comedy label, also Sure Thing, to help local comedians expand their reach and get a level of exposure matching the level of their talent. To date, Sure Thing has released 10 albums, among them recordings by Bryan Gutmann, Mac Blake, and Eric Krug..."

Your Laugh Track to Austin
A quick romp through our city's finer funny spots
DAILY AAN  June 17, 2016, by Ashley Alkek
"...The legendary Velveeta Room (521 E. Sixth) is your first source of laughter, welcoming up-and-coming stand-up comedians such as Kath Barbadoro (Master Pancake Theater) and Mac Blake (2013’s Funniest Person in Austin winner)..."

Moontower Review: Martin Short
The evening with Short was long on classic comedy
DAILY Arts  April 22, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...Jeff Babko left his post as keyboardist on Jimmy Kimmel Live long enough to accompany Short on a grand piano, which naturally led to the question: “How does a man sit on a piano?” Short tried a few poses. (None really stuck.) There were other fun cameos, too, including one by Austin’s own Mac Blake...."

Aaron Brooks Has This Story
Aaron Brooks' skill at shaping bits of life into laugh-filled tales may soon put him out of a job
Arts Story  April 21, 2016
"...I really don't fit in,'" he says. Where Austin headliners such as Mike MacRae or Mac Blake were joke machines, and others, like Martha Kelly, were alt-abstractionists, Brooks preferred to narrate his own life..."

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