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SXSW Comedy: Your 2018 Lineup
March mirth blows in with Bloom, Offerman, Gaffigan, & Cavett
DAILY Arts  February 27, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Tradition has March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, but here in Austin there's also a part when March goes full hyena, laughing like crazy, and that's all due to SXSW Comedy. The 2018 lineup shows just why that's so with the presence of such comedy greats as Rachel Bloom, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Offerman, James Adomian, and … Dick Cavett?..."

SXSW Comedy: Your 2017 Lineup
Making you laugh this March: Cenac, Sykes, Odenkirk, Hardwick, & more
DAILY SXSW  February 21, 2017, 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 2017 lineup is out and includes Wyatt Cenac, Wanda Sykes, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, and Dan Harmon, among others...."

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..."

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...."

SXSW Comedy Announces Preliminary Lineup
Fred Armisen, Sarah Silverman, UCB, WTF, Bang Bang, and so on and so on
DAILY SXSW  February 21, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Compared to the bulletins put out by SXSW's Interactive, Music, & Film arms – news blasts so frequent they leave us fairly reeling – SXSW Comedy has only just made its first lineup announcement of the 2013 calendar year. Don't worry: There's plenty there worth having waited for...."

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...."

SXSW Comedy Review: Jo Firestone & Friends
Packed lineup met packed house for fantastic stand-up
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2018, by Ashley Moreno
"...Jo Firestone opened her SXSW Comedy showcase with crowd work, asking the audience who else they’d seen. Answer: Elon Musk and Lena Dunham..."

SXSW Comedy Lineup Announced
Judd Apatow, Paul F. Tompkins, Upright Citizens Brigade all return
DAILY SXSW  February 24, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Knock, knock. Who’s there? The 2016 South by Southwest Comedy lineup, yo! Side-splittin' through the door!..."

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...."

SXSW Comedy: The Laugh Button Live
This show was the year's Holy Grail of comedy
DAILY SXSW  March 18, 2015, by Russ Espinoza
"...Comedians Bill Burr, Al Madrigal, Nate Bargatze, Sasheer Zamata, Glenn Wool, and Paul Virzi comprised the evening’s six-person roster of what will likely go down as the Holy Grail of SXSW Comedy this year...."

SXSW Comedy Review: Cavett on Comedy With Dave Hill
Dick Cavett's fave talk-show moments and friendship with Ali
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2018, by Ashley Moreno
"...Hill hosted this year’s first SXSW Comedy event, Cavett on Comedy With Dave Hill, an interview with broadcasting legend Dick Cavett. Cavett started as a writer on Jack Paar’s The Tonight Show, and subsequently wrote for Johnny Carson, too, before hosting The Dick Cavett Show..."

SXSW Comedy: Doug Benson & Master Pancake: Leprechaun 5
Beloved pot and movie buff is back at SXSW with signature shows
DAILY Arts  March 17, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...For years, he had a live stage show in L.A. based on interrupting comics in the middle of their set, and Comedy Central even made a short-lived series of The Benson Interruption in 2010..."

SXSW Comedy Review: The Comedian’s Comedian
Stuart Goldsmith gets James Davis to let us in on the joke
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2018, by Ashley Moreno
"...Goldsmith’s UK podcast has hosted the biggest names in British comedy and a growing list of U.S. headliners..."

SXSW Comedy: The Super Secret Show
Sinbad can still bring the house down
DAILY SXSW  March 19, 2015, by Russ Espinoza
"...The advance billing for SXSW Comedy’s Super Secret Show left everything to the imagination until the 11th hour, having simply promised for weeks to deliver a “true legend” onto the yoga mat-sized Hideout Theatre stage. “This is like one of them experimental theatre places,” the performer chuckled after being introduced...."

SXSW Comedy
Really taking funny seriously
Arts Story  March 9, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...For several years, South by Southwest has been quite the flirt when it comes to comedy, teasing it with stand-up showcases that each year it's let go a little farther and a little farther ("one night, now two nights, now four nights ...") and the steadily expanding number of comedy special events, yet never taking the relationship seriously enough to bestow upon it the full conference status of Music, Film, and Interactive. Well, comedy still doesn't have a ring on its finger this year, but SXSW is showing more signs of commitment..."

SXSW Comedy: Briefly
Arts Story  March 10, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...The 2016 edition of South by Southwest Comedy will feature more than 100 comics over nine days. Here's a quick tour of highlights. Live But It's For TV..."

SXSW Comedy 2014 Picks
Arts Story  March 7, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...If you do the math on the seventh edition of SXSW Comedy – full schedule at www.sxsw.com/comedy – you'll count 33 official events, three official parties, and 60-plus performers squeezed into its eight days, March 8-15...."

SXSW Comedy Review: SXSW Comedy Showcase
"Completely Official Showcase of Comedy" fun for the weirdos
DAILY Arts  March 16, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...It’s been a minute since I laughed as hard as I did - soberly and with focus - at the performances in SXSW Comedy’s Completely Official Showcase of Comedy. Hosted by L.A.'s Megan Gailey, the show featured two of comedy's most respected Todds (Barry and Glass), Kaufman-esque opener Joe Pera, and Nate Bargatze...."

The Dollop Live Podcast Recording at SXSW Comedy
Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds serve up events from yesteryear with a topping of WTF
Arts Story  March 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...'Cause all manner of wildness and weirdness took place in the past, as you'll hear on The Dollop, a podcast that unearths episodes from American history and gives them a comedic spin. While not as well-lubricated as Comedy Central's Drunk History, it shares that show's enthusiasm for past events, especially the holy-shit-that-can't-be-true tales that never showed up in high school history class, and is equally raucous..."

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...."

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..."

SXSW Comedy: IFC/JASH Opening Night Party
March 9, 2013. 13 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 10, 2013
"...The SXSW Comedy opening night party at the IFC Crossroads House, presented IFC and JASH..."

SXSW Comedy Review: Take My Wife
Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito = wedded bliss at Esther's
DAILY Arts  March 14, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"..."It’s funny that the show is called Take My Wife and then we’re all white guys.” Those words came from Moshe Kasher, whose mini-set for SXSW Comedy absolutely destroyed at Esther’s Follies Saturday night...."

SXSW Comedy: Covering All Things Comedy
"Always own your work," Burr, Madrigal, and Benson tell SXSW
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2015, by Ashley Moreno
"...On their Monday afternoon panel, Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy, comedians Burr (Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast, I’m Sorry You Feel That Way), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), and Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies podcast, Super High Me) talked the rise of artist-owned co-ops and how they’re helping to circumvent old media models. “Artists are always coming up with scenes, like music scenes or comedy scenes,” said Burr..."

SXSW Comedy Review: The Randown With Robin Thede
Panel ran down the lack of representation in the industry
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2018, by Ashley Moreno
"...This year, he co-hosts the panel #OscarsSoWhite: What's Next for Entertainment? with Thede and the hashtag’s founder − and fellow Randown guest − April Reign. Amber Ruffin (Late Night With Seth Meyers, Detroiters) and Jermaine Fowler − who appears in the SXSW 2018 film Sorry to Bother You and in comedy shows throughout the week − also joined...."

SXSW Comedy: Talk Show the Game Show
Guy Branum’s brainchild yields real laughs and real conflict
DAILY Arts  March 12, 2017, by Carina Magyar
"...The show has simply converted that to a literal point system: two points for a name drop, three points for flirting with the host, etc. For this show, Joel Kim Booster (Conan, Comedy Central) was the scorekeeper, Casey Schreiner (Attack of the Show) provided judging on points, and series producer Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wanda Sykes Show) provided artistic commentary after each guest’s performance...."

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: Week 2
Arts Story  March 16, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Heckling has a long and well, not exactly distinguished tradition in the field of comedy, but it's the rare comic who hasn't been or isn't prepared to be interrupted midjoke by some wisenheimer who thinks he has something funnier to say. With The Benson Interruption, Doug Benson has given a new spin to that occupational hazard, building into a show the act of breaking in on stand-ups midroutine..."

SXSW Comedy Review: Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live!
Blackest metal and droll humor combine for nonstop laughs
DAILY Arts  March 14, 2017, by Sean L. Malin


SXSW Comedy Review: A Good Trip With Shane Mauss
Mauss lights up Hideout with cleverness and faux-slacker charm
DAILY Arts  March 15, 2017, by Sean L. Malin


SXSW Comedy: An Above Average Evening with the Upright Citizens Brigade
PHOTO GALLERY  March 16, 2015


SXSW Comedy: Opening Night Party
March 8, 2014. 30 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  March 10, 2014


SXSW Film 2015 Rundown
Reviews, interviews, photo galleries, and more
DAILY SXSW  March 22, 2015
"...Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove Red Carpet Get Hard Red Carpet The Breakfast Club Anniversary Screening Spy Red Carpet SXSW Comedy: An Above Average Evening With the Upright Citizens Brigade The Comedians Red Carpet Furious 7 Sneak Screening Adult Beginners Red Carpet Trainwreck Red Carpet SXSW Film Saturday: Ex Machina, Angie Tribeca, Lost River, Fresno, Stone Barn Castle, Hello, My Name Is Doris Final Girls Red Carpet SXSW Film Opening Night Party Texas Film Awards..."

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...."

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..."

SXSW Film Announces Features Lineup
Competitive narratives and docs unveiled, plus more
DAILY Screens  February 2, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Elsewhere, look for the premiere of Mike Birbiglia's comedy Don't Think Twice with Keegan-Michael Key and Community's Gillian Jacobs. Jake Gyllenhaal loses it as a grief-stricken investment banker in Demolition, and the love affair of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham finally comes to light in Jesse Moss' doc The Bandit..."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Top to bottom, it’s a pretty nifty-looking lineup. There are the big projects from bold-faced names, like the work-in-progress premiere of Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s collaboration Trainwreck and Headliner screenings like Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the Will Ferrell Is Going to Prison comedy with Kevin Hart, Get Hard, and action-comedy Spy, Paul Feig’s third film with lucky rabbit Melissa McCarthy, who’ll also star in his 2016 Ghostbusters redo..."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Wright's eagerly awaited crime drama gets its world premiere, while his fellow Englishman Ben Wheatley returns to SX for the first time since 2011's Kill List with the U.S. premiere of his madcap action comedy Free Fire..."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The SXSW coming attractions stack also includes a couple of special events: Eagle Pennell's newly restored Last Night at the Alamo gets a chance to establish the reputation it deserved, while local cinema baiters/haters Master Pancake will join with stoner-comedy king Doug Benson for a long overdue interruption of Leprechaun 4: In Space...."

SXSW 2012 Film Lineup Announced
'21 Jump Street' selected as Centerpiece Film
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...21 Jump Street Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Story by: Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get sent back to high school as undercover cops in the action-comedy 21 Jump Street. Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, with Ice Cube (World Premiere)..."

SXSW Turns the Tables on Comedy Connoisseur Dick Cavett
The veteran talk-show host matters because he took the art of being funny seriously
Arts Story  March 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Like the rest of them, he often booked comedians as guests, but unlike the rest of them, he didn't bring these entertainers onto his show to tell jokes. He brought them on to talk about telling jokes, to open up about the craft of comedy, how they did what they did and what made them want to do it in the first place..."

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..."

Your Queer Guide to SXSW
Keeping things kweer in 2018
DAILY The Gay Place  March 2, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...A dysfunctional family comedy about coming out and grappling with cancer...."

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle" (circa 1987) D: Laura Moss Footage of Allen Anders' famed 1987 performance at the Comedy Castle. (World Premiere)..."

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane Is All Over SXSW
A memoir, a podcast, a doc – McFarlane has lots going for her
Arts Story  March 9, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The comedian who took on – and took down – the fallacy that "women aren't funny" in her 2014 "cockumentary" Women Aren't Funny, and who continues to put the lie to it every time she takes the mic, is booked at five events, including one with her name front and center: Bonnie McFarlane presents These Four Dudes (Sat., March 11, 11pm, Hideout Theatre). The wealth of appearances comes as no surprise given how much McFarlane has done to distinguish herself in the comedy scene..."

SXSW 09 Film Lineup Announced
What's all the ruckus? Why, it's the SXSW Film lineup!
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...In addition to previously announced films like opening night comedy I Love You, Man (the cast of which – including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones – will all be in attendance at the festival), SXSW 09 has some big-buzz films, like Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, and the locally made Beeswax from Andrew Bujalski. You got return trips from SXSW alums Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), and Alex Karpovsky (Trust Us, This Is All Made Up), plus you’ll-never-believe-this docs like Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man and Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie (it’s Troll 2, in case you were wondering)… Not to mention the world premiere of Women in Trouble, written and directed by Sebastian “Snakes on a Muthafuckin’ Plane” Gutierrez..."

SXSW Swings Into Action with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director
Film fest adds major names plus eight new films to the slate
DAILY Screens  February 12, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...What We Do In the Shadows D: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties, What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human, life is better with friends. Special Events..."

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:..."

The Comedian's Comedian Live Podcast Recording at SXSW
Stuart Goldsmith gets under the skin and psyches of professional stand-ups
Arts Story  March 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...If Dick Cavett is the Father of the Serious Comedy Interview, then Stuart Goldsmith is his Heir Who Lives Across the Pond. For more than five years, this UK comedian has been sitting down with comics one-on-one and quizzing them for an hour about their lives before they turned to comedy, their approach to writing material, how their comedy works, how they relate to audiences, their psychological hangups, and (the key question) if they're happy..."

SXSW 2010 Kicks Ass, Drops Some Names
SXSW Film announces Opening Night Film Kick-Ass, docs on SNL and Motörhead
DAILY Screens  January 6, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The action comedy is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) from the comic by Mark Millar and John S. Romita and stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse...."

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