Catching Up with Austin Alum Brendon Walsh

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Since departing Texas for California, Brendon Walsh appeared on Conan, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, Maron and The Late Late Show. Offstage the former Funniest Person in Austin has also worked with FX, Disney and TruTV, and cohosts All Things Comedy podcast The Bone Zone with fellow Moontower veteran Randy Liedtke.

Characteristically uncensored and dryly facetious, Walsh relayed what he’s recently been up to…and what he’s looking forward to during his Moontower return.

You’re a perennially busy behind-the-scenes guy. Can you walk me through your current projects?

 The only real behind-the-scenes job I have right now is Top Secret, so I can’t tell you about it.

Okay, I’ll tell you: I’m the alien wrangler for the new X-Files TV show. I also wrote a bunch of episodes for Disney’s Pickle & Peanut cartoon on their XD channel.

TruTV has increasingly emerged as a comedy destination with shows like Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street and first scripted comedy Those Who Can’t. What drew you to the network, and how would you characterize your experiences working there?

What drove me to the network? I drive myself there in my Lamborghini Countach with the T-tops down, blasting the hits on my Bose stereo.

Oh, what drew me to the network…I was on a show called World’s Dumbest for them from 2011 through 2013, which was produced by a New York company called Meetinghouse Productions. Last year, they started a new show called Almost Genius, and asked me to be on it and to help produce it out here in L.A. It’s a pretty weird show that I think has a lot of potential.

The Bone Zone recently celebrated 200 episodes and began its fourth season. What is the single most vital piece of advice you have for newbie podcasters?

I think the most vital piece of advice for newbie podcasters is to record your podcasts. An unrecorded podcast is just talking. If you really need to do a podcast, just do something that’ll be fun for you. (I guess that advice pertains to everything you do.)

A good introductory Bone Zone episode to listen to would be our 200th. My life partner Randy Liedtke did a great job of editing together the best moments of all 200 episodes into one big glorious cumgazz of an episode.

You’re originally from Philadelphia but started performing in Austin. How has the local scene evolved over the years?

The comedy scene used to be so good back in my day, but now it’s just a bunch of rotten kids who get driven to the comedy club by their Obama-loving mommies in their electric cars. Then they all ride their hoverboards on stage — which I think is unprofessional and disrespectful to the craft and art of stand-up comedy — and then they talk about the latest Tweets or which app is the best for finding dicks to suck or whatever. Maybe I’m just out of touch, but I don’t think so.

What is your favorite part of returning to Austin every year to perform on the Moontower Comedy Festival?

I really do love Austin, and the Moontower comedy festival is a super-fun, top-notch comedy fest. When I’m in town, I love to get me some breakfast tacos then head to Stubb’s BBQ for some ribs and live music! After that, I’ll visit my friends who are all now living in nursing homes on Lake Travis. When the sun goes down, you know I’m gonna watch the bats fly out from the South Congress Bridge, catch some local grooves at the Continental Club, then hit up all the spots on world famous 6th Street! Above all, I thoroughly enjoy KEEPING IT WEIRD! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Brendon Walsh returns to the Moontower Comedy Festival this April.

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