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WE WANT YOU to Volunteer at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival

It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Moontower! If you’re over 18 and available to work two nights of the festival, then you’re eligible to volunteer!

On a budget but want to see some shows? On the nights you’re not working, you’ll have a wristband that will get you into most venues! (Badges have first dibs, so more popular shows may be harder to get into).

Love comedy and want a peek behind the curtain? Volunteering at Moontower is a great way to experience the festival and meet some terrific people!

We couldn’t make this festival happen without our volunteers, and we love them for it!  Got questions? We’ve got answers!
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David Cross Will Tape New Special at Moontower, Additions Include Princess ft. Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum

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It’s a great day for Moontower. Not only have we filled out the schedule with a whole slew of new acts including  Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson, Dan Soder, Erin Foley and Dana Gould, but we’ve also landed Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum‘s Prince cover band Princess!

In addition to all of that, we are thrilled to announce that David Cross will tape his next comedy special Making America Great Again at the festival!

Individual tickets to select headliner shows go on sale this week at moontowercomedyfest.com! See a complete list of additions below. Continue reading

This Is the Kevin Smith You’re Looking For

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Filmmaker, actor, speaker, author, comic book writer, comedian and podcaster Kevin Smith recently added another credit to his lengthy resumé: Stormtrooper. The news comes from the official Star Wars website, which recently revealed the names of a number of actors who provided lines for the film. According to the site, Smith voiced the Stormtrooper who memorably utters, “We have incoming at 28.6! Move!” Remember? Continue reading

Trump vs. Bernie Trailer Debuts Ahead of Twelve-City Tour

Trump vs. Bernie

Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian ‘s Trump vs. Bernie tour trailer debuted today, with comedian/actor Atamanuik (30 Rock, Broad City, ASSSSCAT3000) taking on the role of Donald Trump and Moontower favorite Adomian (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Drunk History, HITS) giving Larry David a serious run for his money with his Bernie Sanders impression. The twelve-city tour kicks off January 30th in Los Angeles and makes its way to Austin’s Stateside Theatre on February 29th. Watch the brand-new trailer plus highlights from an October 2015 UCB show below, and grab tickets for the Austin show here.

 

Trump vs. Bernie 2016 Debate Tour Trailer

Adomian and Atamanuik at UCB New York’s Whiplash Comedy

The Comedy Stylings of David Bowie

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As the Bowie tributes pour in, we thought we’d take a moment to look back at some of his best comedic moments from his appearances on late night talk shows, television, and film. It’s amazing to think that in addition to being one of the most influential musicians of all time, he was also consistently funny. From his Conan O’Brien segments to his Zoolander cameo, we explore the unforgettable and the forgotten moments from his many appearances over the years. Continue reading

National Comedy Journalist Julie Seabaugh Joins Moontower Blog

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PEOPLE OF MOONTOWER: Dry your tears and despair not, for help is on the way! I recently decoded a message from an ally of the colonies who will lead a new charge against the alien forces. Okay, I’m being told to wrap up this bit.

Anyway, that great setup was a way for me to let you know that I actually do have some great news. Esteemed comedy journalist Julie Seabaugh will be joining the Moontower blog early next year! Julie previously served as A&E staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and has contributed to Rolling Stone, GQ, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Village Voice (outlets that would no doubt get a big kick out of that space bit I wrote before).

Julie is also a big Moontower fan, having attended every festival since we started. She’ll begin posting in January, but in the meantime you can check out her website and follow her on Twitter!

So, beam me DOWN Scotty, because there IS intelligent life here and her name is Julie Seabaugh! Oh God, that’s terrible, do I have time to edit this? Julie, please hurry.

Martin Short, Maria Bamford, James Adomian and the 2016 Moontower Early Lineup

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The first wave of Moontower acts has been announced! So many amazing names on this list. From returning Moontower favorites like Maria Bamford, Ron Funches, and James Adomian to comedy legends like Kevin Smith and the inimitable Martin Short. We’ve got SNL‘s latest addition Jon Rudnitsky, comedy lounge act The Lampshades, which includes Kate Flannery (The Office) and Scott Robinson, plus special shows like Goddamn Comedy Jam, which combines standup comedy and rock covers with a live house band. Over the coming weeks, I’ll bring you closer looks at some of these acts including interviews and deeper dives into their comedy. In the meantime, check out their websites and get to know the first members of the Moontower class of 2016! Badges are on sale now! Continue reading

Bob Khosravi Is Recording an Album

Bob Khosravi

Hear ye, hear ye! Bob Khosravi is recording his first live comedy album for “Stand Up! Records” tonight, November 11th, at Cap City Comedy Club! The Austin based comic will be on the small stage at Cap, so seating is limited but a few tickets remain for this intimate affair.

Bob is a favorite of comedy fests including Moontower and Bridgetown, and he’s been a finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin contest multiple times. He’s a great storyteller with a wicked sense of humor and a knack for the absurd. I spoke with Bob about his early days performing in a motel bar, his joke writing process, and why you should attend his show. Continue reading

Rolling with Randy Liedtke

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You may recognize Randy Liedtke from one of his many television appearances. The comic has appeared on Late Night with Seth MeyersLast Comic Standing, and Maron. You may have heard his voice on Adventure Time or The Bone Zone, the irreverent podcast he hosts with comedian Brendon Walsh. Maybe you don’t know his name but you heard about that comedian who was pulled over for eating an iPhone cookie while driving.

Well you might as well learn his name now because he’s not going away anytime soon. In the past week alone, Liedtke saw the release of his critically acclaimed standup album I’m on a Roll, the premiere of his new Comedy Central half hour, and appeared on @midnight and Conan. I spoke with the comic about YouTube, pranks, and his favorite comedy album.  Continue reading

Tweets of the Week from Moontower Alumni

Tweets of the WeekAnd I said, “What about [Tweets of the Week]?”
She said, “I think I remember the [blog posts]”
“And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it”
And I said, “Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got”
                                                                                                -Deep Blue Something

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