2016 Moontower performer and The Skeptic Tank podcast host Ari Shaffir‘s This Is Not Happening began as a monthly thematic storytelling show at L.A.’s Hollywood Improv. After being developed as a two-season online series for Comedy Central, it became the network’s first property to be adapted from digital to TV.
Filmed at Cheetah’s Strip Club, TINH season two features the likes of Henry Rollins, Artie Lange, Ron White, Kyle Kinane, Nicole Byer, Jim Breuer, Kurt Metzger, Moshe Kasher, Joe DeRosa, Al Madrigal, Sean Patton and Nick Swardson.
Shaffir next appears alongside Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fischer in director Greg Mottola (Superbad) film Keeping Up with the Joneses. He’s also developing a scripted series for FX.
In honor of tonight’s TINH return, Shaffir shared a snippet of an Austin-based tale that occurred during his 2013 Moontower appearances.
I did go to Franklin Barbecue last time. I was with Just for Laughs Montreal producer Robbie Praw – he’s a small Jewish man – and we ate it all. We just went crazy: sausage, brisket. Most people go for ribs, but I’m a brisket guy.
The hotel was maybe a twelve-minute walk back. Around six minutes he started bending over, but he kept walking. it was more of a hunch. Then in another three minutes he started running back to the hotel. He made it in time – to the bathroom in the lobby. He didn’t even make it all the way to his room.
I was totally fine. And I’ll definitely be back to Franklin this year.