Funny or Die + Master Pancake On Sales & Moontower Mini Film Fest Lineup

MOONTOWER COMEDY & ODDITY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MINI FILM FEST LINEUP

 MASTER PANCAKE THEATER AND FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES ALSO ANNOUNCED

FINAL PERFORMANCES ADDED TO LINEUP

AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 18, 2012) – The Paramount Theatre is excited to announce today the lineup for the Moontower Mini Film Fest to take place during the day at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival April 25-28 in Austin.

Also announced is a special performance of Master Pancake Theater’s “Mystery Show,” featuring local favorites John Erler and Joe Parsons as they pair bad movies with live comedy, breathing new humorous life into the mundane. Plus, details on the hilarious Funny or Die showcases are just released, with Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more.

The Moontower Mini Film Fest presents a diverse mix of films – from hilarious features to documentaries on legendary comics to a program of new shorts – to help you keep the laughter going during the daylight hours between marathon nights of comedy. The films are free to all Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest badge holders, however, no tickets will be sold to the film screenings.

FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES

4/27/12 – 8:00pm & 10:30pm

Stateside at the Paramount

$25 Reserved

Tickets on sale Thursday, April 19th at 10:00am CST

Funny or Die brings you… four live comedy shows (Super Seriously)! In two showcases scheduled at the Stateside at the Paramount Friday night at 8:00 and 10:30pm writers, performers and friends of Funny or Die step out of the internet and onto the stage for a night of sketch, video, stand-up and surprises. Featuring Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more!

MASTER PANCAKE THEATER “MYSTERY SHOW”

4/26/12 – 11:00pm

Stateside at the Paramount

$13 Reserved

Tickets on sale Thursday, April 19th at 10:00am CST

Master Pancake Theater “Mystery Show”: Master Pancake is “a glorious pairing of movies and comedy” – Entertainment Weekly. It’s smart, fast, and bust-a-gut funny. Voted BEST COMEDY TROUPE in Austin for the past 4 years, Master Pancake features slacker wise-cracker John Erler and a rotating band of Austin’s funniest comics going up against the worst that the entertainment world has to offer [Photo: Brett Brookshire]

MOONTOWER MINI FILM FESTIVAL AT STATESIDE AT THE PARAMOUNT

The Films are free to all badge holders.  No single tickets available at this time. 

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (84 min, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg)

Thursday, April 26 – 2:00pm

A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (102 min, directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas)

Friday, April 27 – 3:00pm

A captivating animated documentary drama on the legendary Texas outlaw comic Bill Hicks, whose profound observations on American life changed the face of comedy forever.

FREAK DANCE (90 min, directed by Matt Besser)

Saturday, April 28 – 1:00pm

A spoiled rich girl who wants to be a dancer finds herself caught in between two rival dance groups set to do battle at an underground competition.

COMEDY SHORTS (80 min)

Saturday, April 28 – 3:30pm

Featuring the shorts Modern Man directed by John Merriman and Kerri Lendo, Kittywood Studios directed by Joe Nicolosi, 92 Alonzo Mourning Skybox Rookie Card directed by Todd Sklar, Someone Like You (Pug Version) directed by Mark Potts and Don Swaynos, Billy’s Birthday directed by Thomas Wohlford, Hands on a Hard Cart directed by Sam Eidson, Sexy Chat directed by Caroline Connor, and The Arm directed by Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis.

The lineup of the inaugural festival includes over 70 of the funniest voices in comedy including Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, Steven Wright, Wanda Sykes, Jeffrey Ross, JB Smoove, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, The Amazing Johnathan, Andy Kindler, W. Kamau Bell, Hannibal Buress, Jackie Kashian, Oscar Nunez, The Divorce Show, Theme Park, The Dan Band and many more. Eleven venues around Austin will host everything from stand-up to improv, sketch to musical comedy.

“You Betcha I’m Somebody” Badge purchasers, we’re holding seats just for you! We’ve held back 1/3 of the seats at almost every venue just for badge holders. That means, for just $129 you have access to 11 venues, over 70 comics, 60 shows and more than 100 performances. As a bonus, you’ll get access to the Moontower Film Fest each day and all of the badge-only parties! And, are you ready for this… downtown parking every night of the fest. So, grab yours before they sell out! The badge grants you entry into all venues after VIP badges and single ticket buyers, capacity allowing. We are holding a limited number of seats for “You Betcha” badges at the Paramount Theatre, Cap City Comedy Club and New Movement Theater, however we will not have 1/3 reserved for those venues. Seats will be limited, so arrive early or purchase a single ticket to those “can’t miss” shows.

To purchase “You Betcha” badges ($129) and “Hell Yeah I’m A VIP” badges ($799), as well as tickets for individual performances, go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221. The box office is open Monday – Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm and is closed on Sundays.

For more information on the festival, visit moontowercomedyfestival.com or follow on facebook and twitter @moontowercomedy. Also check out all things comedy at the festival’s blog site www.comedymoontower.com.

 ABOUT MOONTOWER COMEDY AND ODDITY FESTIVAL

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival was established in 2011 by the Paramount Theatre and will hold the first annual festival April 25-28, 2012 in Austin, TX. Moontower is dedicated to bringing world-class comedy to the city through a variety of performances in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical comedy by well know performers and up-and-comers alike.

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