A Guide to Comedy at the Austin Film Fest


Will Ferrell! Elaine May! Will Forte! Many of the biggest names in comedy are coming to Austin over the next few days for the 2013 Austin Film Festival! I’ve put together a guide to all things comedy at AFF so grab a pen and make a schedule because there is a lot going on. Without further ado, here’s what’s funny at AFF!


THURSDAY (10/24) – Creativity, Comedy, and Yadda Yadda Yadda…, a look at two influential Seinfeld episodes;  A Conversation with Elaine May, one half of Nichols and May and the mind behind such films as THE HEARTBREAK KID, TOOTSIE, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, and the deeply underrated ISHTAR; The Nerdist Writers Panel, a live podcast taping with the Thrilling Adventure Hour’s Ben Blacker; and A Conversation with Jim Taylor, screenwriter of ELECTION, ABOUT SCHMIDT, SIDEWAYS, CITIZEN RUTH, and more.

FRIDAY (10/25) – Deconstructing DR. STRANGELOVE, a panel examining the pitch-black Kubrick comedy; The Kings of Sit-Comedy, an examination of the sitcom with Lee Aronsohn (co-creator of Two and a Half Men), Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), and Peter Mehlman (writer/co-executive producer of Seinfeld); Deconstructing TOOTSIE, a breakdown of the seminal 80s comedy.

SATURDAY (10/26) – Contemporary Comedy, a look at the modern comedy with John Hamburg (MEET THE PARENTS, ZOOLANDER, I LOVE YOU, MAN) and Steve Faber (WEDDING CRASHERS, WE’RE THE MILLERS).

SUNDAY (10/27) – Vince Gilligan Presents: A Special Staged Script Reading of 2 FACE, I have no idea if this script is a comedy or not but WILL FERRELL WILL BE THERE SO WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

NOTE: Panels and script readings require an Austin Film Festival badge. The festival has a breakdown of their badge system and online purchasing here.

AFF Retrospectives


THURSDAY (10/24) – Jim Taylor Presents: Citizen Ruth, a look at the classic politically-charged film from one of the screenwriters; Coffee, Kill Boss, a dark comedy based on an AFF Comedy Semifinalist script; and The Little Tin Man, about a struggling dwarf actor who auditions for Martin Scorsese’s proposed remake of The Wizard of Oz.

FRIDAY (10/25) – Elaine May Presents: A New Leaf, comedy legend Elaine May presents her classic comedy; Norman Steinberg Presents: Blazing Saddles, writer Norman Steinberg will be on hand to give insight into the madcap world of this politically incorrect masterpiece;  Nebraska, Will Forte stars in the latest from the mind of Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways, The Descendants). Forte will Q&A following the screening.

SATURDAY (10/26) – G.B.F., Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) is back with this send-up of high school clique culture.

SUNDAY (10/27) – Shane Black Presents: My Man Godfrey, Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) hosts a screening of the classic screwball comedy; That Burning Feeling, a man revisits a black book’s worth of bitter ex-lovers in this comedy about gonorrhea (gon-com?).

MONDAY (10/28) – Inside Llewyn Davis, highly anticipated, acclaimed comedy-drama from The Coen Bros; Mop King, a quirky comedy about a live-at-home failing free-lance maid.

TUESDAY (10/29) – Last I Heard, bittersweet comedy about an ailing Mafia Capo played by Paul Sorvino (in attendance); Crackheads, a priest, a psychologist, an actor and a used car salesman get involved with methamphetamines.

WEDNESDAY (10/30) –  The Golden Scallop, a mockumentary about three fried-fish restaurants and the ultimate short order cooking contest.

THURSDAY (10/31) – All Cheerleaders Die, horror/comedy about a rebellious outsider who joins the cheerleading squad.

NOTE: Screenings require a badge, film pass, or an individual ticket. Tickets go on sale 15-20 minutes before screenings, space permitting.  Film passes and badges may be purchased here


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