Last minute gifts for comedy fans!

Christmas MoontowerThe 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.

Austin Comedy Albums








mm John Merriman

John Merriman has worked with the Moontower festival since it's inception in 2012. He is the co-host of the festival's long-running interview series "Inside Joke" where he has interviewed luminaries including Steven Wright, Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. Before Moontower, he spent five years at the Austin Film Fesival as a film programmer where he helped launch the Comedy Vanguard program and the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin series. He has called Austin his home since 1996.

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