Monthly Archives: January 2013

‘The Satanic prince of stand-up’: Anthony Jeselnik

When scoping out the list of Paramount headliners for this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, most of the comedians’ names fall effortlessly across the tongue. Hader. Carvey. Schumer. Even Gaffigan is fun to say.

And then there’s this name: Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik).


He’s got one of those last names that can only be pronounced correctly in the backs of heavily-mucused older women’s throats.

Fortunately, this rising star of the standup world has a razor-sharp wit that has made him a sure bet for solid comedy and a recent staple on the Comedy Central Roasts of “celebrities” like Donald Trump, Roseanne Barr and Charlie Sheen.

Jeselnik got his big start on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon during its first season, but he thankfully realized that he had more than enough material and stage presence to make a living out on stage behind the mic.

His first comedy album, Shakespeare, is, for lack of a better word, brilliant. He’s a master of the rhythmic one-two punch that made standup famous in the early days, but he makes it feel somehow fresh and edgy with how effing smart it all is.

He’s been on all of the lists of Young Comedians to watch since his meteoric rise in 2009, standing out from his peers like Aziz Ansari, Matt Braunger, Whitney Cummings and Kumail Nanjiani mostly because of his hair. It’s really impressive hair, y’all.

His latest special, Anthony Jeselnik: Caligula, premiered this month on Comedy Central, and now he’s coming to Austin to take the Paramount stage on April 24 at 9:30 p.m. We guarantee that this is one of the show’s not to miss.

So now you can’t say you don’t know who Anthony Jeselnik is. You probably couldn’t pronounce his name correctly before. And that’s alright, because after Moontower, you’ll always remember his comedy.

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Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival 2013: The First Wave!

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

After a year of anticipation and pants-piddling predictions, we’re ready to share the first round of confirmed comedians coming to Austin this year in April for the triumphant return of The Moontower Comedy Festival & Oddity Festival!

Your fist-pump-worthy Paramount headliners for 2013 include:


And it doesn’t stop there, y’all! More Industry Favorites to get your blood pumping and your hands sweaty:

And this is just the FIRST wave of amazing talent we have to announce to y’all! We have plenty more rising stars of comedy — local and national — to put up on these Austin stages solely for your enjoyment!

So… like, do you have a badge already? Beyond the individual tickets to shows, there are three levels of badges: the “VIP” (access to all venues/all shows), the “ACE” (4 headliners of your choice), and the “You Betcha I’m Somebody” (access after VIPs). These are going to sell out, so don’t get left behind.

We’ve got plenty more excitement on the way in the coming days, so stay tuned for more comedy than you can shake a grumpy cat at in the very near future…

“Later, a-holes!” says a defiant Amy Schumer.



Looking Back on the Funniest of 2012

We’re in the first week of 2013, which means the world didn’t even end like everyone spent a year planning for and joking about. So I guess that means we have to start paying rent again and start making plans for the future or something.

But before we do anything productive, we’ve been gathering our favorite lists from all the folks who follow this stuff! Put it all together and enjoy all that 2012 had to offer!

The Funniest People of 2012 provided by Huffington Post. These included the most important comedians like Tig Notaro and Louis CK as well as the politicians who gave them the fodder we needed make it through the elections. Thanks, Paul Ryan!


The 100 Funniest Tweets of 2012 (as recommended by Megan Amram, who had maybe the most important Tweet of the year):


And how about the 18 Images That Defined 2012, according to Funny or Die? Sure, Disapproving Michela has to be on there.


BONUS LIST: These aren’t specific to any year, but it’s like iPhones keep getting worse at autocorrect as their technology gets fancier. Enjoy the 11 Funniest AutoCorrect Messages for 2012!

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