And don’t forget the Austin mainstays who have helped light up our local stages for years! Maggie Maye is always surprising and delighting us both on Twitter and with her dance moves. Mario DiGiorgio has been turning it out for decades with his writing, acting and stand-up work. And the adorable Derek Phelps never fails to impress with his wit and charm.
Thanks to an overwhelming response from comedy fans and festival supporters, the Moontower ACE and VIP badges are now sold out. But plenty of the all-important FAN badges are still available for $129. The FAN is your 4-day pass to the festival and gets you access to shows at every venue, space permitting.
This year, the only venues where single tickets to shows will be sold are the Paramount Theatre and Cap City Comedy Club. For all others, you must have a badge to gain entry. Still, the individual tickets are the way to go in order to get into those very special shows. Don’t wait for those…
So far, this year’s Moontower is going to be a ridiculous orgy of comedy with a crazy good lineup of some of the best comics in the business: Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Dana Carvey, Bill Hader, Janeane Garofalo, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Kyle Kinane, Todd Barry, Chris Hardwick… We can’t even list them all, we get too excited.
Hopefully you’re not STILL on the fence about coming to the festival this year. Because you’ll be missing out on one of the best four-day parties of the year. Don’t be a douche. Buy a badge.
If you don’t know who Janeane Garofalo is, you probably weren’t alive in the 90s or have a radio or a television, so you likely won’t be reading this either. Basically, she’s one of the most iconic faces of comedy, from her early roles in The Ben Stiller Show and Reality Bites (and, hello, Romy and Michell’s High School Reunion!) through her continued media presence on Air America’s “The Majority Report.”
She’s an outspoken activist, a long-time feminist icon and an unapologetically politically-minded comic. (And, no, she’s not a lesbian… Just a badass in every possible way.) What we’re saying is: She doesn’t give a shit what you think about her. Which is precisely why we can’t get enough of her.
Joining her for a special midnight double-header at the Paramount during the festival is beloved stoner/nerd comedian Brian Posehn.
This big, beautiful bear of a man has skyrocketed to alternative comedy stardom alongside his fellow hirsute peers Patton Oswald and Zack Galianakis and the lovely Maria Bamford during the game-changing Comedians of Comedy tour. He also got to be a part of the genius of HBO’s Mr. Show.
Then he appeared in the amazingly perfect Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central as one half of the adorable couple who were Sarah’s gay neighbors. Since then, he’s been in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, the sequel to the terrible Fantastic Four movie and Judd Apatow’s Funny People.
Today, when he’s not touring doing stand-up or doing cameos on every sitcom on TV right now, he’s writing for Marvel Comic’s new Deadpool series, which recently featured the funniest mutant in comics fighting all of the dead US presidents after they were resurrected as zombie killers. Y’know, the usual.
Seriously. One night with both of these brilliant, iconic comedy figures is like the best gift since… the last headliners we mentioned.
If you haven’t gotten your badge yet, I’m not even sure what else it would take to convince you that this is the best idea you’ll have all year. Individual tickets will be available to a few of the shows, but only badge members will be able to choose their shows and guarantee their attendance at all these headliner shows.
So, c’mon, get to it, yo. It’s Janeane Garofalo and Brian frickin’ Posehn.
When we made our first announcements of the still-growing lineup at this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, a few folks commented that there weren’t as many ladies as they like to see in their comedy festivals.
But, alas! We’re announcing a slew of brilliant lady-type comics who are joining the festival to balance out the sausage party it was looking like before…
After the huge success of the all-women She Bang show from last year, there was no way we weren’t going to recreate that magic and pump up the lady vibes of the whole weekend with more of our favorite comedians of the female persuasion.
Joining us this year at the MC&OF are comics Morgan Murphy, who has been on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “2 Broke Girls”, REEEEEEALLLY GAY comedian Julie Goldman from “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” “Chelsea Lately” roundtable regular Christina Pazsitzky, and the hilarious Jessica Kirson, who you absolutely remember from “Last Comic Standing.”
But wait! There’s more!
The adorable Helen Hong from Logo’s “Setup Squad” is coming; “self-deprecating feminst slob poet” Emily Heller will be here; Mary Patterson, the quintessential nice white girl from Mobile, AL, will be joining us; and so will one of our favorite Austin-based comedians/actors/vintage Etsy store owners, Kerri Lendo!
That’s a lot of eclectic talent gathered together for one weekend. And it’s only a fraction of all the talent that you’ll be able to see at this year’s MC&OF! Some will have boy parts in their swimsuit areas and some will not. It doesn’t matter as long as they’re funny!
Just remember to get your badge before they all sell out! There are only 24 VIP Badges and 48 ACE Badges left for the grabbing and snatching, so you better act fast.
The final schedule is not yet decided, but these badges are the only way you’re going to get to see all these lovely ladies in one place. (And no, I don’t mean, in your dreams. Grow up.)
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.
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.
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…
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!
With the blessed delivery of her brand-new online Special Special Special and her quick two-day engagement at Cap City last week, we’ve been getting just the right dosage of Maria Bamford lately: a heaping shit-ton.
I’m not sure how many times y’all have watched SSS already, but we here at Moontower just can’t get enough of it. The freshness of performing just for her parents (and all of the ripe meanings behind that!), the sheer nerve of performing some of those jokes for a two-person audience, the jokes themselves… It really is a masterpiece to behold.
And then, right on the show’s heels, she shows up right here in our backyard! Again! Besides being even funnier in person, Bamford’s two nights at Cap City left everyone feeling, ironically, so happy. Not just not-sad, but genuinely euphoric.
It was great seeing Bamford’s real-life pals Jackie Kashian and local host Kerri Lendo in the nights’ proceedings as well, proving once more the baselessness of that maddening prejudice about women lacking the funny gene. These were, in fact, two of the best, most rewarding nights of stand-up in Austin we experienced all year.
Did you catch Bamford (and Kashian and Peretti and Foley and Rajskub) last year during the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival’s “Ladies’ Night” She-Bang? THAT was another one of those nights to hold on to.
Remember earlier this year when The Paramount Theatre hosted a brand new comedy festival in Austin that brought together some of the biggest names in comedy today and it was huge and awesome and amazing?
Four amazing days of even bigger and even more hilarious action. Is it even possible? You’ll probably have to get a badge and find out for yourself, eh?
This year, there are three levels of badges available for purchase at Early Bird rates: the VIP Badge, the Fan Badge, and the brand-new Ace Badge.
Along with access to all non-single-ticketed events, the Ace also comes with guaranteed entry and prime seating at four headliner shows of your choice at the Paramount. It also gets you into something brand new this year: Midnight Shows.
Remember when Nick Offerman was at the Paramount? And Aziz Ansari? And Seth Meyers? And remember seeing Marc Maron at The Mohawk? And Maria Bamford at the ND? This is where comedy memories are made, y’all.
We’re locking down the lineup, and y’all are going to lose your minds when you see all these names! We can guarantee it’s going to be a damn hoot, y’all, and you don’t want to miss it…
If y’all aren’t following comedy writer and overall badass Jenny Johnson on Twitter (@JennyJohnsonHi5), you’re missing out on one of the Twitterverse’s greatest and most prolific Tweeters. The Houston writer is willing to say what she’s thinking, and she has more than 300,000 followers who can’t get enough of her.
Unfortunately, this Thanksgiving break, Johnson got into a nasty Twitter feud with hip hop artist Chris Brown that ended with terrifying death threats from Brown’s followers and Brown eventually shutting off his Twitter account for a day.
“I mean, he DOES look pretty rough for a 23 year old…”
While it’s true that Johnson prompted the dispute when she called him a “worthless piece of $%!#,” it’s amazing that her commentary elicited a response from Brown, who one might easily assume is immune to such attacks by now.
After an ample bit of name-calling, some proposed fecophilia and a well-placed spelling lesson, Johnson called it a day. But Brown’s fans (better known as “Breezys”) continued the offensive in Brown’s place.
Luckily, Johnson collected the best (and worst spelled) Tweets for us to enjoy, and those have been retweeted more than 1,500 times. Fortunately, everyone except for Brown’s fans took Johnson’s side on the matter…
It was touch and go there for a little while, but fortunately things seem to have simmered by down.
However, Brown’s reign of terror against women continues in full effect on every medium, and nobody — not even the comedians — are safe. But, like, seriously.
Well, we saw the movie, and we are sooooooooooooooooo glad that we did.
The final installment of the torturously drawn-out tween vamp romp, Twilight, is so incredibly worth the $10 ticket… ESPECiALLY if you’ve never seen any of the previous films or read any of the books. Trust us: you don’t need any prior explanation of what is happening on the screen to delight in it.
The delightfully incomprehensible plot, the unjustified stop-and-start pacing, the Who’s Who in World Vampires Today, the epically boring sex scenes, and THE DIALOGUE are just what the doctor ordered for making it this year’s best unintentional comedy.
Here are just a few of the moments that really captured our hearts and pushed us over the edge of ironically adoring this film. (The following are not spoilers to anyone who has ever read a thing about any of the previous movies. And reading these plot points is nothing like watching Taylor Lautner actually try to “act” them:)
1. Kristen Stewart wrestles a CGI mountain lion in the first two minutes of the film.
2. Despite both being super-fast vampires who do everything at hyper-speed and with inhuman vigor, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson “can’t stop” having the slowest, most unsexy sex ever captured on film. Each time they anticipate eroticism, Stewart reverts to her previous acting style of Unblinking Trauma Victim and all plot momentum screeches to an undead halt.
3. The result of the fateful lovers’ lovemaking is soon revealed in the form of a terribly renderedCGI baby with an even more terrible name. Why couldn’t they find a real baby to put in this movie? Were there no parents in Hollywood desperately flinging their future stars into writer/producer/genius Stephenie Meyer’s face to be the next Breaking Dawn demon spawn? Clearly, nobody (not even centuries-old vampires with dried-up wombs) would fawn over this shaky, off-color 2-D substitute.
4. The only explanation for using the expensive but unsuccessful CGI baby is because of the even-greater potential creep-out factor that an adult cast member immediately FALLS IN LOVE with the baby upon seeing it for the first time. We won’t spoil the fun and tell you who that character is, but there’s no way it’s not squeamishly gross and utterly hysterical in every possible scene this character is seen fawning over/talking about/fantasizing about the BABY.
5. Kristen Stewart finds out she has super powers! She can protect others from harm, but it only works when she grinds her face up like she’s passing a kidney stone and bites her lip really angstily.
6. Robert Pattinson tells Kristen Stewart that he has always underestimated her, and that she is constantly surprising him with her aptitude. Instead of kicking him in the junk, she finds this vote of unconfidence totally sexy, prompting another urgent (but painfully slow) kissing scene. Also revealing writer Stephenie Meyer’s personal stance on feminism/self-esteem.
7. Taylor Lautner takes all of his clothes off in front of Kristen Stewart’s dad. Upon learning the reason for Lautner’s constant disrobing, the father (the supposed “normal” compass for the viewer), immediately converts to full acceptance of such behavior in his world, no further questions asked.
8. The protagonist vampire clan, The Cullens, stage a final battle against the evil vampire overlords, The Voltari, and invite their friends, the other good vampires of the world, to join them. This collection of cosmopolitan vamps reads like the checklist from It’s a Small World: Twilight Edition, including stereotypical leprechaun-looking Irish vampires, tribal-painted Amazon vampiresses, and two Transylvannian extras from the set of Hugh Jackman’s Van Helsing. Not even Judd Apatow could conceive a better plot for a comedy.
9. Dakota Fanning (in all her eye makeup-ed glory) throws a blood-soaked baby vampire into a fire.
10. The ending credits. Honestly, one of the most saccharine, over-produced three minutes of cinematic perfection ever saved on film. I know that there are hundreds of Twi-hards who are crying themselves to sleep every night knowing that this film franchise is complete, and the ending was exactly what they needed to say good-bye to their fantasy vampire alter egos. But, wow. Just: wow. And Green Day? Really?
Overall, a delightful holiday romp for the whole family. Great fun all around. I recommend going to the Drafthouse so you can kick out any tweens who talk through the whole thing. (They are phenomenal during the fight scenes, though. Every single instance of head-ripping action blows their minds.)
Just make sure you’re not laughing TOO loudly throughout the whole movie. Those tear-jerked Twi-hards will shoot you some serious evil eyes after the film is done.