Moontower’s Getting Weird in 2018: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Birbiglia Set for 7th Annual Fest

The Austin Theatre Alliance today made an early talent announcement for the 7th annual Moontower Comedy Festival. Comedy heavyweights “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tiffany Haddish and Mike Birbiglia were announced as the first headliners of the 2018 festival and badges for the event are now on sale.

The biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, “Weird Al” returns to the Paramount Theatre as part of The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The show is a stripped down, no-frills production featuring rarities and b-sides from Yankovic’s extensive back catalogue. According to Yankovic, no two shows along the tour will be the same. “After 35 years of big productions, I just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a bit sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along!” The performer’s longtime friend and fellow UHF cast member Emo Phillips will open the show.

On the heels of her scene-stealing performance in the hit comedy Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish is bringing her signature brand of stand up to the Moontower stage. A series regular on NBC’s The Carmichael Show and co-star of the Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele vehicle, Keanu, she recently made waves with her debut Showtime comedy special Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood. VanityFair.com called Haddish “the funniest woman alive.”

Finally, comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Moontower with his brand new show The New One. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Birbiglia has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club.

Badges for the 2018 Moontower Comedy Festival go on sale today and early bird pricing is available for select badge levels while supplies last. The all new Star badge includes reserved floor seating at Paramount and Stateside shows, drink tickets and exclusive concierge service. See you at the festival!

 

 

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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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