1. Fan Badge
2. Ace Badge
3. VIP Badge
The holidays are here and you haven’t done any shopping. Why do you always do this? Don’t beat yourself up, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few ideas for the comedy fan in your life, most of which you can buy from your couch.
1. Books about comedy: So many amazing comedy books came out this year. Yes Please by Amy Poehler, So Anyway… by John Cleese, and You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman are three great ones that are quick, fun reads. All of these are available on Kindle too so you can buy them on Chirstmas day and really push yourself to a new level of procrastination.
2. Tickets to a stand-up show: Go online and get your friend tickets to an upcoming comedy show. There are some great shows coming up at Cap City and the Paramount. Or go big and get her a Moontower badge! Early bird priced badges are now on sale and start at just $99. All badges provide access to all four days of the festival which runs April 22nd – 25th. For more information, click here.
3. Comedy albums: You already know that Austin is a great town for comedy but you might not know that many comics who came up in Austin have records available for sale. Brian Gaar’s Never Gonna Be Famous debuted at #2 on the iTunes charts earlier this year and is a great place to start. Former Funniest Person in Austin winners Ramin Nazer and Andy Ritchie likewise have albums out. Also check out records from Jake Flores, Chuck Watkins, David Huntsberger, Howard Kremer, and JT Habersaat. In many cases it might be too late to get a physical CD (though Amazon is still shipping today and tomorrow) but most if not all of these are available online on iTunes or a similar service.
Here at Moontower, we are BIG Saturday Night Live fans. We’re lucky enough to have had several SNL MVPs at our fest like Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers. Here now are some of our favorite holiday sketches from the Bill Murray and Gilda Radner era all the way to last week’s “Back Home Baller”. Happy Thanksgiving!
Back Home Baller
Paul Simon Thanksgiving skit, 1976
The Californians Thanksgiving
Garth and Kat Thanksgiving
Kiddie Thanksgiving Dinner
Vincent Price’s Thanksgiving Special
Kissing Family Thanksgiving
Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song
In honor of Anthony Jeselnik‘s upcoming Paramount show, we decided to take a look back at some of the comedian’s best tweets. For the uninitiated, Jeselnik is a comic whose caustic one liners delivered with an otherworldly confidence have made him one of the most exciting acts performing today. You may know him for his Comedy Central roasts or from The Jeselnik offensive which he created. He’s also produced the critically acclaimed album Shakespeare and the one hour special Caligula and was a crowd favorite at the 2013 Moontower Fest. Now without any further ado (and really, who wants more ado at this point), here are some of the comedian’s best tweets.
Sure, my uncle killed himself playing Russian Roulette. But I choose to remember him as a great Russian Roulette player.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) July 3, 2010
My dad was amazing. He raised five boys. All by himself. Without the rest of us knowing.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) July 8, 2010
Joan Rivers once told me she would die before she'd ever apologize for a joke. I'm glad she made it.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) September 4, 2014
Just got back from the dentist. He said I have no cavities! And mouth cancer.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) April 20, 2010
Did you know that diarrhea can actually kill you? Even if you only drink a little bit.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) June 2, 2010
Did James Gandolfini really die? Or did it just cut to black?
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) June 19, 2013
NOTE: Though the live taping portion of Friday’s Paramount appearance has been cancelled for “boring reasons” the show is definitely still on! Jeselnik hits the Paramount stage at 7pm on Friday November 14th. More details and tickets here.
Three amazing comics who all logged time in Austin are returning for three separate headlining shows starting tonight! Jake Flores kicks things off this weekend followed by David Huntsberger and Chris Fairbanks next weekend. These truly are three of my favorite comics and certainly some of the best the Austin scene has ever produced. Read on and make your plans today!
Jake Flores | Friday 11/7, 9pm Saturday 11/8, 9 & 11pm | Velveeta Room
Hometown hero Jake Flores makes his triumphant return to our fair city with two nights of shows at the Velveeta Room Friday and Saturday. Jake moved to New York about a year ago and recently recorded a stand-up special for Stand Up! Records. He has performed at Fun Fun Fun Fest and Moontower and is one of the most interesting comics around.
David Huntsberger | Saturday 11/15, 7:30pm & 9pm | New Movement
On Saturday November 15th, former Austinite David Huntsberger is filming his first ever stand-up special at the New Movement. Huntsberger is best known these days as one of the hosts of the successful Professor Blastoff podcast along with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. David Huntsberger’s Animated Stand-Up Special, as it’s billed in his successfully funded Kickstarter, will blend animation and live performance in a multimedia production that sounds amazing. There are two shows at 7:30 and 9pm and a few tickets remain. Grab them while you can!
Chris Fairbanks | Friday 11/14, 9pm Saturday 11/15, 9 & 11pm | Velveeta Room
Also next week, check out the hilarious Chris Fairbanks at the Velveeta Room. Chris is a former Funniest Person in Austin winner who has appeared in Montreal’s Just for Laughs New Faces section, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, as well as Season 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Ryan Cownie hosts this one and Matt Bearden is set to appear along with a few special guests.
People of Moontower, it’s that time again. Bow down to your Tweets of the Week from the Moontower Class of 2014! Hip hip hooray! For more tweets from your favorite Moontower comics, subscribe to our list on Twitter.
Also, there are TONS of amazing comedy shows coming to the Paramount in the coming months so be sure and stay up to date with our schedule (This November alone we have Anthony Jeselnik, David Sedaris, Chris D’Elia, Lewis Black, and Nick Swardson).
Time flies when you’re having fun or surgery.
— Demetri Martin (@DemetriMartin) October 23, 2014
In Omaha the journo cured of Ebola will be released. He described his time in Omaha as “the most difficult in my life & then the Ebola came”
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) October 23, 2014
Just watched an adult man in a GameStop play a game while 4 kids looked on and he never gave them the controller. That dude is my ISIS
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) October 22, 2014
Judging by his neck hair I’d say he’s been single for about month
— Beth Stelling (@BethStelling) October 23, 2014
Ebola in NYC- Can someone tell me if this doctor uses Uber? Asking for a friend.
— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) October 24, 2014
Live each day like it’s your last: languid physical deterioration, mind heaving wildly as you see revealed the indifferent gods.
— James Adomian (@JAdomian) October 24, 2014
It's also important to remember that this is what Hugh Grant looks like these days pic.twitter.com/GSDXTMgfqH
— pumpkin spice Nicole (@nickmullen) October 22, 2014
Well my parents did (horrible thing) to me and I turned out fine [returns to screaming at meaningless sports game on television]
— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) October 24, 2014
Tig Notaro is coming! Tig Notaro is coming!
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade (and, if that’s the case, let me say that I am truly sorry; if you don’t mind my asking, what were the circumstances that led to that horrible living situation? PM me!) Tig is one of the smartest, funniest, and most celebrated comics working today. And now, she’s returning to Austin on Tuesday October 16th to perform at the historic Paramount Theatre as part of her Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour! Here now are five reasons why you should see Tig Notaro live.
1. Comedians adore her. Louis CK famously said she gave “one of the greatest stand-up performances I’ve ever seen.”
2. She’s been on your favorite TV shows. She’s made memorable appearances on The Sarah Silverman Show, The Office, Conan, The Amy Schumer Show, Transparent and many more.
3. She puts on a good show wherever she performs. In 2006-2007, Tig performed as part of a series of house concerts across the country in the living rooms, basements, rooftops, garages, backyards, lofts and barns of fans. Look for Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, a documentary about her experience, on Showtime.
5. She’s an amazing writer. She’s a regular on This American Life with Ira Glass and has contributed to The Moth storytelling series. Other writing credits include The Emmys hosted by Jane Lynch and The MTV Movie Awards hosted by Aziz Ansari.
Tickets for Tig Notaro’s Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour are on sale now! She performs Thursday October 16th at the Paramount Theatre in Austin (tix).
Brian Gaar is huge on Twitter. He’s an accomplished standup who has been entertaining Austin audiences for several years but it was his tweets that introduced him to a larger audience. A much larger audience. At the time of this writing, he has over 70,000 fans on the social networking site, an impressive celebrity following – he’s a favorite of comedy big shots like Will Arnett and SNL head writer Alex Baze – and he’s just getting started.
When he released his album Never Gonna Be Famous earlier this year, it quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes charts where it sat alongside albums from heavyweights like Jim Gaffigan. He’s taping his first standup special on Saturday night at the Spiderhouse Ballroom and tickets are on sale now.
I chatted with Gaar about his early video game experiences, meeting fans at the urinal, and what we could expect from his first special.
You’re known for being a bit of a video game head. Tell us about your first (or an early) gaming experience.
My best memory was a Christmas in the mid-80s when my parents bought me the Nintendo Entertainment System. I played all night and for the next year, my sisters and I fought over who’d get to play Super Mario Bros. One time, I was playing in a squatted position and my sister ran up and kicked me in the balls. Our mother told her, “Because of YOU, Brian won’t be able to have children, now!!” Sadly, she was wrong.
You have a pretty rabid Twitter following. What’s the weirdest interaction you’ve had with a fan?
I wouldn’t say anything has been particularly weird, but you do meet people in random places.
One time I was at a bar, in line for the bathroom. A guy in front of me finished at the urinal, turned around and goes “DUDE! I love your Twitter!” And he wanted to shake hands. He was cool, though, he came over to our table and bought me shots.
I’ve also met people at the grocery store with a baby strapped to me and in line at the LEGO store. Everyone has honestly been really nice — a few people show up to my shows wearing Toad t-shirts, but I always have security throw them out.
How has your comedy changed over the past few years and what can folks expect from Saturday’s show?
I’ve tried to write more political stuff. When I started, it was all video game and fart jokes, but now I write more high-brow stuff like, “How about that Obama? What’s his deal?” And “Congress?? More like CLOWN-gress!!” This stuff murders on NPR.
Saturday’s show will be a combination of greatest hits and some killer new stuff that I’m working on. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy” is gonna get “cut down” to size. (I do an impression of Groot screaming “I am Groot!!” in a high-pitched voice because he caught his balls in a chainsaw.)
Author. Tweeter. Funnyman. These are the names of my three children. They are also words that could be used to describe John Hodgman who is set to perform at the Paramount Theatre on September 12th.
In 2005, Hodgman debuted a character known as “The Deranged Millionaire” for a They Might Be Giants video. The character was such a success for Hodgman that he brought it The Daily Show for a series of celebrated segments partially collected here. I’m also including Hodgman’s first appearance on the show to promote his book “The Areas of My Expertise” which announced the comedian to a wider audience. Enjoy.
The Areas of My Expertise – 11/16/05
John Hodgman’s areas of expertise include matters historical, matters cryptozological, hobo matters, and drink, food, wine and cheese — which is a kind of food.
Borders Goes Out of Business – 08/16/11
John Hodgman suggests that bookstores replace their old-fashioned bookshelves with beautiful, well-appointed downloading pods.
An Elegant Message to the 47% – 09/18/12
In this exclusive, resident deranged millionaire John Hodgman elegantly restates Mitt Romney’s position regarding 47% of Americans.
Merge Overkill – 02/27/13
John Hodgman merges with the English language and examines the modern economic strategy that rewards corporate irresponsibility.
Patenting Human Genes – 06/19/13
John Hodgman analyzes the financial repercussions of the Supreme Court’s decision on human gene patenting.
Bezos and Masthead – 08/14/13
Deranged millionaire John Hodgman announces the acquisition of his own D.C. newspaper, The Washington Postier Coupon Clipper Penny Saver.
Taking the LA Clippers for a Spin – 05/08/14
Deranged millionaire John Hodgman explains why he wants to acquire the Los Angeles Clippers.
Did you know that John Hodgman is coming to the Paramount this September? Well he is! On September 12th! That’s a Friday! Perhaps best known for his many Daily Show appearances, he’s also a celebrated author, a New York Times Magazine columnist, and a podcaster. SO HOW COME NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT HIS TWITTER?! Oh, they do? All the time? Okay well that makes sense. It kind of messes up what I was going to say though. Let me rethink this. In the meantime, here is a brief introduction to the hilarious world of Mr. Hodgman’s Twitter, and by that I mean, here is a list of tweets.
This guy in the cafe and I agree that we liked the earthquake when it first started. But now it's like, the wrong people are into it.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) August 23, 2011
Imagine if John Travolta mispronounced your name and then you had to sing a song on TV. I don't have to. I DREAM IT EVERY NIGHT.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) March 3, 2014
Did law enforcement in Ferguson receive its escalation training from Internet comments section trolls?
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) August 19, 2014
Every House Hunters International could be subtitled "What Are They Running From" or "When Will They Divorce?"
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) April 8, 2014
Julian Castro is speaking. 8 yrs after young Hussein Obama spoke. Next convention I think the breakout speaker will be Esperanza Hitler-Borg
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) September 5, 2012
Last night at 3AM I told a gin glass that Lemongrab is the most complicated comedic character since Basil Fawlty and I stand by that.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) February 4, 2014
Every time I hear a siren I still say "that's my ride." Thank you Robin Williams. I wish your ride had not arrived.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) August 11, 2014
Stay tuned next week for more of The Best of John Hodgman where we’ll look at his work on The Daily Show!
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