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Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest: Local Stars on the Rise
Because nobody knows funny like ATX
DAILY Chrontourage  April 11, 2016, by Samantha Johnson
"...In the four years since its inception, Moontower Comedy Festival has become a staple in the comedic community. From April 20th-23rd, nearly 100 performers will flood our city, flexing their funny bones in various venues around Austin...."

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland
Back in September 2005, Vaughn decided to try his hand at the impresario game and Gathered together four young stand-up comedians for a 30-day bus tour of the heartland.
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Film Review  February 8, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Directed by: Ari Sandel. Back in September 2005, with his summer hit Wedding Crashers making money faster than studio heads could count it, Vaughn, the new king of Hollywood comedy, decided to put aside acting and try his hand at the impresario game..."

The Original Kings of Comedy
Spike Lee's new movie is a comedy performance film in the tradition of Richard Pryor's Live on the Sunset Strip, Eddie Murphy's Raw, and Martin Lawrence's You So Crazy. It...
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Film Review  August 18, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Hughley and Steve Harvey. Spike Lee's new movie is a comedy performance film in the tradition of Richard Pryor's Live on the Sunset Strip, Eddie Murphy's Raw, and Martin Lawrence's You So Crazy..."

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..."

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:..."

TV Review: Eugene Mirman Comedy Central Special
Alt-comedy hero misses the mark in an uneven standup show
DAILY Screens  December 14, 2012, by Eli Black
"...Eugene Mirman’s comedy can be hit or miss, but I think that erraticism is a testament to his willingness to try new things and explore creative boundaries. Still, tonight's Comedy Central special is more misses than hits...."

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
"...Apparently, all you Austin comedy fans have been good this year, because Santa has dropped off an early gift for you: the names of more than 40 comics slated for the 2018 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival. Leading the list for the seventh fest are Ryan Hamilton, Preacher Lawson, and Moontower alum Janeane Garofalo...."

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: 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 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!..."

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
"...It’s Wednesday again in Austin, Texas. And even on a Wednesday – because you are in Austin, Texas – you can find some night-time comedy show or other that’ll probably make you laugh your ass off and help you make it over the long week’s hump..."

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
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
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Film Review  January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Albert Brooks, Amy Ryan, Sheetal Sheth, Emma Lockhart, Homie Doroodian, Jon Tenney and John Carroll Lynch. Perhaps only Albert Brooks, the master of angst-ridden comic self-doubt and oblivious boorishness, would have dared envision a comedy that, just as its point-blank title states, searches vainly for yucks in one of the most politically volcanic and cordite-scented flash points of the world..."

Comedy Speed Dating
Fred Armisen, W. Kamau Bell, Chris Cubas, Rob Gagnon's One Hour Comedy Festival, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray
Arts Story  November 6, 2014, by Scott Schinder
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest's 2014 comedy roster offers a respectable, if overly male, sampling of notable alt-yuksters. Although not overflowing with marquee names, the lineup offers notable talent and distinctive voices. Fred Armisen..."

Moontower Comedy Fest: Comics to Watch
Because we know funny
DAILY Chrontourage  April 16, 2015, by Tamar Price
"...From April 22-25, over 100 comics will takeover 11 venues around the city for the Moontower Comedy Festival. In only three years, the festival has featured stars like Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer and local faves like Chris Cubas and Brendon Walsh...."

The Comedy
Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric renown) plays a rich, cynical hipster who uses New York City as his playground.
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Film Review  November 30, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...In Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, 35-year-old Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is the vilest imaginable specimen of the hipster beast, a walking back-issue of Vice magazine, sporting the telltale beard, Wayfarers, Topsiders, and a PBR gut – shirtless all too often. Despite his trust-fund millions, he’s always seen brushing his teeth in public restrooms because he’s neglected to fill up on running water for his houseboat..."

The Trans Experience in Comedy
Local comics use comedy to spin difficult subjects into gold
DAILY The Gay Place  April 20, 2016, by Faye Fearless
"...On April 1, the New Movement Theater hosted Cream of the Crop, a comedy and improv showcase. With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Comedy at FFF 2015 is one big, crazy party
Arts Story  November 5, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...When it comes to fans of the fun fun funny, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 may feel like a bit of a reunion. A host of familiar faces will grace the JASH Comedy Yellow Stage, from such standout stand-ups of the national scene as Tig Notaro and Doug Benson to local lights like Chris Cubas, the New Movement, and Master Pancake...."

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..."

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...."

Review: Oddball Comedy Festival
The very blue tour finale was beautifully, shamefully funny
DAILY Arts  September 24, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...For those lucky or zealous enough to have attended both Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival shows at the Austin360 Amphitheatre over the last 13 months, the difference between 2013’s inaugural show (the first in the festival’s history) and Sunday’s finale of the 2014 tour must have felt rather profound...."

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...."

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...."

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: 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...."

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
The lineup for the sophomore laugh jam will make your jaw drop
DAILY Arts  June 26, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...Comedy history was made a little ways out yonder last August 23 when the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival made its debut before a full house at the Austin360 Amphitheatre. Festival organizers just announced the 2014 tour schedule and lineup, and Austin was awarded a seat at the table again – this time as the tour’s final engagement on Sept..."

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
OOB's comedy podcasts will make your Labor Day weekend less labored
Arts Story  August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...At a loss as to how to make this weekend a fittingly fun farewell to summer? Just plug into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival's pre-planned jollity. As noted last week ("Improv-Educated," Aug..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy Lineup Revealed
Headliners include director John Waters, actor Fred Armisen
DAILY Arts  July 1, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Tabbed as the comedy hub throughout the expanse of Nov. 7-9’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, the festival’s Yellow Stage has expanded lately into a one-stop catch-all for a variety of differing oddities..."

Moontower Comedy: Jen Kober
Hairy lesbian tales on the comedy trail from the Louisiana comic
DAILY The Gay Place  April 23, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...Or your moms. Louisiana-bred comedian Jen Kober is in town for the Moontower Comedy Festival, and she's loaded with chewy SweetTarts...."

Chris Morris Talks Terrorist Comedy
UK hit Four Lions touches down in Austin
DAILY Screens  November 4, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...In light of Wikileaks release of 391,832 classified military documents pertaining to the Coalition occupation of Iraq and the fact that theatregoers haven't been in the mood for current-conflict filmmaking, perhaps it's time to to initiate another popular strategy altogether. To wit, comedy...."

Moontower Comedy 2018:
First Headliners Announced

"Weird Al," Birbiglia, and Haddish inked for joke jamboree
DAILY Arts  October 13, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The calendar may say ACL, but the folks at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival want you to know that it's not too early to be thinking about their springtime punch line extravaganza. Today, they've announced the first headliners for Moontower 7: Mike Birbiglia, Tiffany Haddish, and Mr..."

New Live Comedy Show Is Doper Than What, Exactly?
Heckle Her Productions goes all Nineties-style with latest comedy gig
DAILY Arts  July 13, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There was this sort of televised explosion in the early Nineties that unleashed, like, a skadillion Wayans family members into the national comedy zeitgeist. Remember? Also, that Jim Carrey guy...."

Comedy Out the Wazoo and In Your Weekend: Now!
Unless you'd rather just, what, twiddle your thumbs until Moontower?
DAILY Arts  April 9, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You know the Moontower Comedy Festival's coming up fast...."

Austin’s Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival Has No Bounds In Stock
The annual juggernaut of performative hijinks returns to the ATX
DAILY Arts  August 28, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Michael Joplin’s getting ready for the OOB, the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival that’s about to turn Downtown Austin into a laughter-lover’s playground for seven days...."

ATX Television Fest: FX Comedy Night
You’re the Worst positioned as best hope for FXX brand
DAILY Screens  June 6, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...On Friday night, FX comedies, their casts, and crews took over the Stateside Theater, unspooling in a maybe-accidental “stages of life” order – from thirtysomething sex comedy You’re the Worst to Married’s referendum on 40s-with-kids to perilously close to over-the-hill in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Denis Leary’s first return to his Rescue Me network...."

The New Girls of Comedy
'Mom' and 'Trophy Wife' signal the next era of television
DAILY Screens  October 22, 2013, by Aleksander Chan
"...It’s interesting how characterizing a TV comedy as “broad” has evolved into a culturati slight...."

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..."

Moontower Comedy Festival
April 28, 2013. 49 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  April 29, 2013
"...Moontower Comedy Festival on April 25, 2013..."

Capitol City Comedy Club's Grab for Bigger Laughs Restarting the Stop
Arts Story  February 2, 1996, by Spike Gillespie
"...Back when I began writing about Austin's comedy scene four years ago, my kid was so little and my bank account so small that I could rarely afford to venture out to watch the folks I wrote about. That wasn't a huge handicap, though, as the scene wasn't terribly expansive..."

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...."

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
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."

Queens of Comedy
Twitter opens doors for some traditionally marginalized groups
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Ashley Moreno
"...Brevity is the soul of wit, so it's no wonder many comedians adopt Twitter as a main social network. But can 140-character quips launch a career? Does it really contribute to the comedy landscape? At their SXSW panels, Jane Pratt, Jenny Johnson, and Josh Hara will tell all...."

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
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"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..."

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
"...In the heart, of course, that's where comedy truly lives: in the frequently complex, sometimes substance-enhanced, occasionally bitter heart of every stand-up who ever tried to make a living behind a microphone...."

BS4 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Fri, Apr 2 - Thu, Apr 8
Arts Story  April 1, 1999
"...Presented by Comedy Central Four screenings daily; call 472-FILM MONDAY, APR 5..."

Comedy
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...For the past 25 years, Newhart's fans have enjoyed his trademark persona - offering choice observations on a wacky world through a low-key,... hesitating delivery - mostly through the forum of situation comedy..."

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: 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..."

Austin Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
Austin Shakespeare's new take on Shakespeare's farce takes some time figuring out its own identity
Arts Review  May 11, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Who am I? A serious question at the very heart of the human condition, and yet that upstart crow William Shakespeare – when he wasn't yet old enough to have truly answered the question for himself – managed to milk it for a lot of laughs in one of his first plays, The Comedy of Errors. Dusting off a premise from a farce that was likely considered over-the-top when it first showed up in ancient Rome, he took two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth and grew up far from one another, dropped one set in the hometown of the other without either one knowing it, and let this twin be mistaken for that twin and that one for this one by family, friends, and business associates with escalating levels of bewilderment and frustration..."

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..."

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