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The Velveeta Room's Head Cheese
Pat Dean takes over the venue that’s redefining what a “comedy club” can be
"...if you've heard this one – and says to the bartender, he says, "You look like an asshole."..."

Jan. 5, 2018 Arts Feature by Carina Magyar

The Velveeta Room: Vive la Difference de le Fromage!
Nearly three dozen comics are flocking to Sixth Street to pay tribute to Austin's other comedy club
"...For 20 years now, the Velveeta Room has been Austin's other comedy club...."

June 13, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Velveeta Pack
An all-star team of Austin comics faces down the ROT Rally's hordes of hogs
"...Rat Pack, that fraternity of show-biz legends (most of them anyway) whose collective superstar wattage outshone everything around it...."

June 11, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Getting the Joke
Comedy isn't the funny business it was in the Eighties, what with fewer clubs and audiences burned out by comedy on cable and hack comics. Seven Austin comics discuss the current state of stand-up in a round-table discussion.
"...April is the cruelest month for the Austin comedy scene. That's the..."

June 30, 2000 Arts Feature

The Ups and Downs of Comedy
Hanging with the stand-ups for a look into the life
"...But what's also not so easy, besides the jokesmithing itself, is the stuff comedians go through in..."

Dec. 31, 2010 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Pete Holmes: The Interview
The comedian on the role SXSW played in boosting his career
"...According to social lore, rare is the occasion when a nice guy doesn’t finish last. But..."

March 10, 2014 Arts Post by Russ Espinoza

AFF Has the Right Idea About ‘Wrong Numbers’
Made in Texas series revisits Alex Holdridge’s first film
"...To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Austin Film Festival’s Made in Texas film series is..."

May 7, 2013 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Everybody's working for your weekend
"...funny, really, how much planning this thing takes. Look: The OOB sprawls like a citysized wino across the five..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

I Hope You Bought It for the Article...
All the Nudes That Fit
"...People ask what I do. I say write. They ask what. I say articles. They ask where. I..."

May 12, 1995 Features Feature by Spike Gillespie

Out of Bounds: The Lineup
"...The ninth annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival runs Aug...."

Aug. 27, 2010 Arts Feature

Capitol City Comedy Club's Grab for Bigger Laughs Restarting the Stop
"...I could rarely afford to venture out to watch the folks I wrote about. That wasn't a huge handicap,..."

Feb. 2, 1996 Arts Feature by Spike Gillespie

The Joke's on Bush
Newspaper cartoonist Dan Piraro launches a national stand-up tour, Bizarro's PolitiComedy-A-Go-Go, starring a "quartet of liberal wisenheimers" cracking wise about election-year issues, this week in Austin
"...has really found its voice again this election year. The pitched battle for the White House has every satirist..."

April 9, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Do Women Rule The Austin Comedy Scene?
Kat Ramzinski suggests that, yeah, they sure as hell do
"...Just those two facts together make for a particularly interesting existence – often in..."

Feb. 21, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Commissioner Has Left the Building
Johnny Torrez was one of the first Austin comics to work on a professional level, and every local comic who ever made a living in the business credits the self-proclaimed "Commissioner of Comedy" as an early influence and inspiration. On Valentine's Day, the Commissioner died. Here's how he is remembered.
"...The memory of the mythical Austin of yore continues to..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

Hey, Kat, What's Up With Fridays at the Velv?
Ramzinski gives us the lowdown on the hoedown
"...Because Chillin' with Kat Ramzinski is what the show is called, and it's the regular Friday night..."

July 20, 2012 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Portrait of the Artist as a Road Comic
Long Drives, Low Pay, and Drunks -- What a Life!
"...Road comics are the gypsies of the modern age, wandering far and..."

March 28, 1997 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

The Pinnacle of 10 Years' Worth of Comedy Festivals?
OOBs, they did it again
"...Tell you what: They done did it...."

Sept. 4, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Best of John Rabon Is on Its Way
In a manner of speaking, baby, in a manner of speaking
"...This Thursday, the Chronicle’s annual “Best of Austin” issue drops...."

Oct. 31, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Behind the Scenesters
The people behind the people behind the mic
"...moonlighting from her day job at PaineWebber, back when the joint was the Laff Stop and frequented by the..."

March 31, 2017 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Stuck in the Middle
With Julie Goldman, how butch is too butch? How rough is too rough?
"...comedian/actress Julie Goldman should be a star. She's had the breaks: a small but memorable appearance as Meadow Soprano's..."

April 26, 2013 Arts Feature by Kate X Messer

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
"...Consider improvisation, comedic and otherwise. What it takes to make something out of nothing..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

La Vista at the Hyatt
"...Because La Vista is on the second floor of the Hyatt Hotel, chances are you've..."

Aug. 8, 1997 Food Feature

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
"...Johnny Winter on the outdoor stage at Stubb's Saturday, March 21 photograph by..."

March 27, 1998 Music Feature

Off the Record
Austin Music Poll winners are just going to have to wait until the Austin Music Awards, plus a closer look at SXSW's international acts
"...Hot Off the Presses..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Music Column by Austin Powell

The Mother of All Mex
Tapping the Interior Source
"...They say that no Mexican meal is complete without some..."

June 23, 1995 Arts Feature by Patrick Earvolino

What’s So Funny About This Thursday Night?
Austin’s Dirty Sixth is where you’ll find the answer to that question
"...Because it’s the Velveeta Room’s 30th birthday on Thursday, Sept. 13, see?..."

Sept. 12, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Joey Waldon: In Memoriam
Popular stand-up comic and cartoonist has died at age 57
"...– than Joey Waldon's. During his days as a Velveeta Room regular and local cartoonist, Waldon routinely took the..."

May 22, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Margaret Cho Sex-Texts Her Mom
Ms. Cho's show at the Velveeta Room was short but sweeeet. And brown.
"...Last night when Margaret Cho took the stage at the Velveeta Room, we thought were ready,..."

March 21, 2009 Qmmunity Post by Andy Campbell

Big and Getting Bigger
Austin comic Eddie Gossling has always gotten a lot of attention for his size, but these days he's getting more attention for his comedy, and J.C. Shakespeare explains why.
"...When Eddie Gossling walks into a room, people notice. While his imposing physical presence may be..."

Dec. 10, 1999 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

Ron White's "Tater Salad" Days
Ron White on why stand-up is the field for him and his "Tater Salad" days in Austin
"...With the starter's pistol for the fourth annual Moontower Comedy &..."

April 17, 2015 Arts Feature by Russ Espinoza

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