Fun Fun Fun's ever-expanding Yellow stage reminds me of, you know, that one movie where nerds get revenge on jocks and in the end everyone learns a little bit about themselves. Last year's highlight may have been Metallagher, the Metallica cover band fronted by a Gallagher impersonator, so this year's comic relief has a lot to live up to.
Friday night's kick-off boasts "Weird Al" Yankovic, Chris Hardwick, and Todd Barry. Other highlights: locals Shane Mauss (Sunday, 6:30pm) and Chris Trew, aka Terp2It (Sunday, 1pm), rapper and star of The Room creator Tommy Wiseau's newest, uh, show. Alamo mainstays Master Pancake and Blackmagic Rollercoaster rewarm some tasty VHS leftovers Saturday and Sunday, respectively. JT Habersaat's Altercation crew (Sunday, 1:50pm) refines the art of the dirty joke.
And if you find yourself walking around the fest wishing someone would call you out on your Neutral Milk Hotel T-shirt, go see Matt Bearden (Saturday, 6:45pm). The local comic's long-form bits are sharp and self-aware, and no sacred cow is safe. With that in mind, here are some things he's looking forward to this year.
"There's really only one way to deal with old crusty punks, fixie pilots, and overflowing shit boxes: Olfactory camo."
"Fact: Festival beer is brutally priced. Why not just hold the thing in the Warehouse District? Sure, I could just moderate my drinking, but that's dumb. Fortunately, backstage is filled with endless tall cans. Can't get backstage? Quick, sign up for Twitter. Transmission considers that 'media.'"
"While I can't tell you where this year's big event is being held, I can give you a hint: It rhymes with Shmohawk Shwalk-in Shkooler. Tons of beer and Mohawk owner James Moody doing shots off Perez Hilton's tits. ... His big, fat, self-important tits."
"You may have noticed I didn't mention a single band. Exactly! Music is a dumb, overplayed relic of the last century. Except for Monotonix."