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Comedy, This Month!
Who brings laughs to Austin stages in the next few weeks?
DAILY Arts  January 29, 2018
"...MOVIE RIOT: Fridays, 8pm In which the likes of Mac Blake, Lance Gilstrap, Carlos LaRotta, Kyle Sweeney, Vanessa Gonzalez, and Sam Malcolm create a brand-new, never-before-seen, action-packed movie live onstage. Movie Riot’s got the chops to bring down the house – especially after you’ve had a free preshow margarita – and they’re just one of many good reasons to check out ColdTowne Theater...."

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..."

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...."

Ella Gale & Katie Stone: Naughty Bits
Who says sex is no laughing matter?
DAILY Arts  February 8, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But the number one thing we've done to make it stellar is put together a great line-up. Mac Blake is a former Funniest Person in Austin winner and has an album out with Sure Thing Records..."

Funny, Inc.: ColdTowne Ownership Expands
Because making people laugh, sometimes it's a real business
DAILY Arts  November 9, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...[Note: And you do know, yes, that ColdTowne is also where Maggie Maye hosts a comedy open mic on Mondays? And Mac Blake presents the Waterbed variety show on the first Thursday of each month? Yeah, it's a hella busy place.]..."

Labors of Love (and Money)
Film production services melting pot Arts+Labor eyes a commercial expansion
Screens Story  October 22, 2015, by Michael Agresta
"...McKay speaks glowingly about his new friends and co-workers at Arts+Labor, from Mac Blake, senior copywriter, stand-up comedian, and winner of the 2014 "Funniest Person in Austin," to Cody Ground, editor/composer and member of experimental rock outfit Royal Forest. A few weeks ago, Ground debuted a promo video he directed for United Way featuring Austin musicians like Shakey Graves and Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child..."

Esther's Follies: ROT Rally Raconteurs
Kerry Awn hosts a stand-up showcase for everyone high on the hogs
DAILY Arts  June 10, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That's right, the venerable Kerry Awn – comedic and artistic legend of this burgeoning burg – will be hosting a stageful of top stand-ups for your laughing pleasure. You got your JR Brow, your Matt Sadler, your Maggie Maye, your Mac Blake, a tight cross-section of old and new and, overall, assuredly funny people to pass your time with..."

Four Comedians Walk Into a Barbershop
Someone's getting clipped at the Velveeta Room tonight
DAILY Arts  February 20, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We already know that any stand-up by Mac Blake and Matt Bearden is likely to be among the funniest shit we've heard in months. And we were laughing our asses off when we caught John Buseman at last year's Funniest Person In Austin contest...."

Lights Come on for Third Moontower
Aziz Ansari, Kids in the Hall lead the pack of 2014 jokers
DAILY Arts  January 21, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Washington, and Rory Scovel. A healthy number of local comics also made the early announcement, so you can count on seeing the ATX comedy scene represented by Matt Bearden, Amber Bixby, Mac Blake, JR Brow, Brian Gaar, Cody Hustak, Maggie Maye, Mike McRae, Doug Mellard, Derek Phelps, John Ramsey, and Chris Trew..."

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
"...Mac Blake (Sun., 2pm) Reigning Funniest Person in Austin...."

Who's WhOOB
Arts Story  August 31, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...The Mascot Wedding Show: Mac Blake and David Jara's Saturday evening KOOP radio free-for-all goes live at Coldtowne...."

Stag Party
Stag Comedy wants to shower you in laughs
DAILY Arts  February 16, 2011, by Audra Schroeder
"...If you love laughing at foreigners, "that guy," or until you've possibly started bleeding internally, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the ride. I asked tallest Stag member Mac Blake what else to expect...."

So Hard to Say Goodbye: Unnecessary Sequels 2
previewing the Alamo's Unnecessary Sequels 2
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2008, by Ashley Moreno
"...The short cost about $300 to make, and Dixon admits, “It's funny but 'Schindler's Lists' is the most profitable thing I've done. The prize was $1000, which I divided up with the production team, and a new Dell workstation, which I gave to my parents.” Originally Dixon wrote a script for another idea, "Rosemary’s Teenager," but in the end he decided it would be too expensive to make. Dixon is opting out of this year’s contest, but Mascot Wedding, the group behind last year’s Audience Favorite, "Memen2," submitted this year a short called "Over the Top 2: Armageddon." It features Lincoln Hawk (Mac Blake) as he proves his worth as a parent through arm wrestling… again..."

Postmarks
The Balcones Situation argued, "Zionism" attributed, and some retaliatory kudos for DAILY TEXAN comics.
Columns  April 20, 2001
"..."Signs of the Apocalypse" by Dave Youmans satirizes pop culture in increasingly inventive and universally entertaining ways. Mac Blake's "Bill & Erik" explores the complex, humorous relationship between a squirrel and a superhero..."

Playback: Spatula City Limits
Austin music journeys to the desert – and you're not invited
Music Column  April 5, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...So sang Blake Bernstein in a clever custom tune opening the invite-only party last Friday evening. The vocalist, guitarist, and trombonist of defunct ATX proletariat orchestra East Cameron Folkcore, the unofficial SCL convocator faced the scorching desert sun with inspired material from his new solo project Blake Van Buren, logging an early highlight on a night focused on singer-songwriters...."

Dumb but Pretty
Rilo Kiley vs. Devendra Banhart
DAILY Music  October 8, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Launching with "It’s a Hit," opener from 2004’s More Adventurous, whose smart, subtle romantic shadings garnered the group mass critical and commercial attention, the band then showcased the majority of the new LP over the next 45 minutes, beginning with the coos and cries of "Close Call." Standing stage front with a Fender strapped across the midsection of her black hot-pants suit, Lewis looked nothing like Stevie Nicks, but rather like a red-haired Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who’d put on a raging, Mac-like twirl fest at Stubb’s two nights earlier. Lewis may have been tarted up wardrobe-wise, but out front of the keyboards she hidden behind on the Adventurous tour, Chrissie Hynde also came to mind, more "Bad Boys Get Spanked" than "Precious." Lewis’ Lindsey Buckingham, Rilo Kiley co-leader Blake Sennett (see Blacklight’s "Dreamworld"), engaged the group’s frontwoman at every opportunity, dueling his guitar with her cowbell on newbie "Breaking Up," which the former couple did long ago..."

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