Austin comics on their way to San Francisco Burrito & Comedy Festival, pt. 1

It’s pretty great hosting a Festival like Moontower on our own Austin stages. But it’s also fun sharing our Austin talent with other festivals around the country.

This weekend, six of our favorite comics are headed to California for the strangely (but aptly) named San Francisco Burrito & Comedy Festival, to show off their Texas-sized talent (not in a gross way) on those California stages.

Named for the overstuffed food suitcases that became popular in the Mission District of SF, the SFBCF is growing in popularity partly due its unique concept but also because of its excellent offerings of national talent.

Headlining the festival this year is none other than Brendon Walsh, former Funniest Person in Austin and now rising Los Angeles star (and neighbor to Ms. Chelsea Peretti).

Besides Walsh, the crew representing Austin in the Best of Texas Showcase at SFBCF are: Kath Barbadoro, Ralphie Hardesty, Maggie Maye, Jonathan Pace, Mac Blake and Joe Hafkey.

When we talked with the six pilgrim-ing comedians, we asked them about what they’re most looking forward to this weekend at the festival, both comedic and non-comedic.

(Pretend they’re in the same room, politely speaking one at a time, for added effect. Because they totally are…)

 

What They’re Looking Forward To Most in San Francisco (non-comedically):

Maggie Maye (@maggiemayehaha): I’ve never been to San Fran, so I’m excited to ride double decker busses and gay pride floats and all that stuff. I’ve got a couple of meetings set up that I’m pretty stoked about. I’m also crossing my fingers that they’ll have a Dominican hair salon up there, since there isn’t one in Austin. Mama needs a Dominican blowout.

Mac Blake (@macbdazzler): I’m just checking it out. I’ve never been to SF before. The Alternative Press Expo, a great indie comic book convention, is that weekend. I might not be able to resist its siren song.

Jonathan Pace (@jonwilkespace): I go to Samfran Cisco pretty frequently for the dayjob, so I think I’ve seen all the sights I need to see. I’m most looking forward to being in town when there’s other Austinites I know around, which decreases the likelihood I’ll be sitting in my hotel room staring at the wall like usual.

Kath Barbadoro (@kathbarbadoro): I really want to eat a lot of dim sum. I think I am probably about as excited for dim sum as I am for comedy. Also, I’m trying to convince the other Austin comics to go on a whale watch with me, but so far I have been unsuccessful. Whatever, guys. I’ll go on a whale watch by my damn self, I’m a strong independent woman who wants to look at some whales.

Ralphie Hardesty (@ralphiehardesty): I’ve never been to SF and I hear it’s really, really gay. I’m looking forward to that. To gay people.

Joe Hafkey (@joehafkey): I’m most excited about taking advantage of my friend’s “farmacy” prescription… and going on a boat ride to whale watch.

 

Best Comedic Attractions at SFBCF:

Maggie Maye: I’m excited about seeing a lot of my friends face to face again. Really cool, really funny people I don’t get to see regularly, like Barbara Holm, Xander Deveaux, and Danielle Radford (my sitcom sister). And I always love seeing Morgan Murphy.

Mac Blake: I’ve seen Matt Braunger before and almost exploded with laughter, so he’s on my list. I also want to check out Brendon Walsh’s album recording.

Jonathan Pace: Brendon Walsh is taping a special or album or something, which I’d love to see. Also, another comic who came up in Austin, David Huntsberger. Alex Koll and Sean Patton are always great, and then there’s a couple that I only know from their twitter feeds that I’m looking forward to seeing live: Will Weldon and Mike Drucker. Wait, Drucker was listed, but now he’s not on the performers page anymore. Did he drop out? Is he okay? I NEED ANSWERS!

Ralphie Hardesty: I’m doing a GLBT showcase with lots of people I’m excited to meet/see like Guy Branum and Solomon Georgio. The straight people I’m excited about are: Brendan Walsh, Morgan Murphy, Alex Koll, Sean Patton, Matt Ingbretson, and tons more but this list is already really long. It’s an unbelievably good festival lineup.

Kath Barbadoro: I’m really excited to see Morgan Murphy; I love her stuff but I’ve never gotten the chance to see her live. I’m pumped about Sean Patton, too, whom I’ve seen live a number of times but never get tired of. I remember seeing Alex Koll at Cap City when I first started doing comedy two years ago, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again too; he’s super smart. The headliner of the fest, Brendon Walsh, is really funny and an Austin comedy alum, so of course I’m thrilled about that.

Joe Hafkey: I’m excited for Sean Patton, Andy Haynes, Matt Braunger, Aparna Nancharla, Brendon Walsh, Morgan Murphy, Josh Gondelman, and on and on. Also excited to see the acts I’ve never heard of.

Michael Graupmann

Michael Graupmann is the Senior Editor of Arts and Entertainment at CultureMap Austin and a blogger for The Moontower Comedy Festival. He is a producer of The Encyclopedia Show Austin, Mortified Austin and The Austin Story Slam. When he's not writing or attending one of Austin's endless bounty of performance ventures, he's sleeping or on his way to another show.

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