The Best Tweets this Week from the Moontower Class of 2014



For the uninitiated, that stands for Thank God It’s Friday Because That Means It’s Time For Another Edition Of The Best Tweets This Week From The Moontower Class Of 2014!

And it is! It’s time RIGHT NOW!

2014: The Year of the Hustak

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It’s been a pretty good year for Austin comedian Cody Hustak. A few weeks after his Moontower shows, he was crowned the Funniest Person in Austin. Then, shortly after that, he was one of a handful of comics accepted into the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Hustak was part of the New Faces: Unrepped section and performed at the fest last weekend. I spoke with Cody about his “fairy tale week” shortly after he touched down in Austin. Special thanks to Charlie Sotelo for the above photo!


Congrats on Just for Laughs! How did you find out you were accepted to the festival?

Weeks had passed since the FPIA’s conclusion and I had figured I wasn’t getting the invite. Then one night I got a call from an unknown number that didn’t resemble that of my bill collectors. I was so close to saying “Oh you‘re good, Sallie Mae” and making the mistake of not picking up. Luckily it was Colleen Mcgarr and Jeff Singer with incredible news that I had to keep from my friends and family for what seemed like an eternity.

How were the shows?

Perfect. Everything there is so flawlessly well put together. The staff was fantastic and the audiences enthusiastically filled the seats. I was thrilled when I found out I was getting additional shows.

What was your favorite part of the fest?

Having what I thought was to be my last set of the week go well and then being offered a spot on The Alt Show a mere hour later. A great venue filled to capacity, sharing the stage with the brilliance of Andy Kindler, Marc Maron, Ron Funches, and Jon Dore. An absolute fairy tale week.

Any after hours highlights?

After hours was a bit of a blur thanks to alcohol and representation’s willingness to buy me alcohol. The week was unreal on so many levels. I was frantically selling things the day before I left and I was sure it was going to be a week of fast food and warm beers in the hotel room. After that first set I was wined and dined pretty hard over the last three days in Montreal. It was a dream that ended far too abruptly. Now it’s back to my day job and back to exclusively consuming canned food and drinks. Easily one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

What’s coming up for you next?

I’m excited to be headlining The Velv Aug 22-23. I need to visit NY and LA for the first time ever to get a feel for where I’d like to move after I hand my crown off next spring. Trying to keep my mouth shut about opportunities in the works. These are exciting times.


Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule and you!

Tim and Eric

Calling all chippies! Tim and Eric are bringing their live show to the Paramount Theatre on September 17th and this time they’re bringing along Dr. Steve Brule!

Dr. Brule, played by John C. Reilly, is one of the duo’s more memorable characters from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and spawned a spin off, Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule.

Tickets go on sale today at 10am so get your seats while you can.

In the meantime, take a look at Tim Heidecker’s new show Decker which premiered yesterday.

For your health!

Steve Brule

The Most Patriotic Sketches Ever Written

It’s that time of the year: The Fourth of July! Dogs love it because of the loud fireworks but we love it because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite sketches about America! Take time out from your summer barbecue to take a look back at the most patriotic sketches in the history of patriotic sketches. USA! USA! USA!

Kids in the Hall star Bruce McCulloch tells us what America means to him.

David Cross draws the borders of the new America in ‘Operation Hell on Earth’ from Season 2 of Mr. Show.

And finally, nothing says Fourth of July like Will Ferrell in an American flag thong.*

*The only link I could find has Russian subtitles which seems appropriate somehow.

The Best Tweets This Week from the Moontower Class of 2014

TweeterMoontower may be over and the comics may have gone home, but that doesn’t mean the jokes are over BECAUSE THE COMICS WHO PERFORMED AT MOONTOWER ARE ON TWITTER WHERE THEY ARE POSTING OTHER JOKES! See what I did there? Anyway, I have meticulously selected the very best tweets based on my patented system (finding tweets that make me laugh). Without any further ado, here are the crème de la crème de la crème of this weeks tweets. Enjoy!

Want more crème? Check out more from the Moontower class here!

Dennis Miller and Seth Meyers Talk Weekend Update

dennis millerEarlier this week, Dennis Miller stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers where the two talked about their time on Saturday Night Live and hosting the fake news. Vulture recently placed Miller at the top of the list of Update anchors and Seth wants to know his secret. Watch the segment below and then revisit Inside Joke’s interviews with the two titans after their respective headlining sets at Moontower!

Dennis Miller on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Backstage with Dennis Miller at Moontower earlier this year.

Seth Meyers chats with Kerri Lendo at the 2012 fest.

Cody Hustak is the Funniest Person in Austin!

Cody HustakThis past Monday night, after seemingly endless weeks of competition, Cody Hustak bested over 200 entrants to become 2014’s Funniest Person in Austin. His roommate and fellow Nebraska transplant Ryan Cownie took second place while Lashonda Lester placed third.

For the uninitiated, Cody is one of the most unique voices in the Austin scene, a comic who relishes awkward pauses and defies audience expectations. His onstage persona is frequently antisocial and a bit alien: a sense of danger and unease can build as he approaches his punchlines with a deliberate pacing. Inevitably the conclusion is so delightfully absurd and unexpected that it overshadows whatever dark premise had us worried in the first place.

It was Cody’s fifth year in the contest and it was a hard fought and deeply deserved win. He had the audience doubled over throughout much of his set which was especially strong this year. When he took the stage to receive his prize he was humble and gracious. This is the real Cody Hustak. He’s pretty cool too.


Check out Hustak’s 2013 FPIA set below and listen to him on the most recent episode of Mac Blake and David Jara’s The Mascot Wedding Show. Cody performs frequently around town. For dates and more information visit

The Comedy Roast of Kat Ramzinski

Tonight, Saturday May 17th, almost a month after local comic Kat Ramzinski was brutally attacked, join a stellar group of Austin comedians as they come together to celebrate the strength and resolve of the hilarious Kat Ramzinski with a roast!

Kat Roast: A Beneficial Beatdown of Kat Ramzinski features the divine Maggie Maye as roast master duties and boasts an absolutely killer lineup of Austin comics including Katie Pengra, Amber Bixby, Mike MacRae, Ramin Nazer, Brian Gaar, Cody Hustak, Lisa Friedrich, Michael Priest, Kath Barbadoro, Adam Hrabik, and Ralphie Hardesty. Norm Wilkerson organized the so-called ‘beneficial beatdown’ to help ease the pain Ramzinski suffered at the hands of a group of muggers with the healing power of laughter (oh, and donations).

This promises to be a hilarious, one-of-a-kind event filled with laughter and love. Here’s more from the event’s page on Facebook:

On April 20th our friend, esteemed colleague, and local comedian, Kat Ramzinski, was brutally attacked by 3 males and one female assailants with gruesome intent. Like the strong, fearless woman we know her to be, Kat fought back and survived the attack with very serious injuries.

On Saturday, May 17, Spider House Ballroom celebrates this very special lady with an All-Star Austin comic line-up, in the traditional Roast style.

Please come early for the pre-show cocktail hour with DJ DoA spinning tight jams and dope beats.

Immediately following the show we encourage all to stay and pay tribute to Kat through song! DIAMOND KARAOKE will be providing the songs in which you wish to butcher into the night.

Spider House Ballroom
18 and up
$10 Suggested Donation

Check out Kat’s triumphant return to the stage at this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival, mere days after the attack and I’ll see you at the Spiderhouse Ballroom!

We went backstage with the 2014 Moontower headliners!

For the past three years, I’ve been lucky enough to film interviews with many of the comedians at Moontower. Along with Kerri Lendo and my good friends at Picturebox, I have had the pleasure of chatting with some of my comedy heroes and making a complete idiot out of myself. Here now are the best interview bits featuring the 2014 Moontower headliners!

Is there anyone better than Maria Bamford? In this completely silly interview, I talked to her about staying up all night and eating M&Ms for dinner.

Kerri sat down with Fred Armisen and asked him about his go-to karaoke song, his favorite punk bands (surprise – one of them is in Austin!), and how to freak out the sound guy.

As someone who grew up watching the Kids in the Hall, I was especially nervous to speak to them AND IT DEFINITELY SHOWS! I began interviewing Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald when a special guest dropped by. This was a highlight.

The inimitable Hannibal Buress talked with Kerri about playing at the historic Paramount Theatre, his weekly New York Show, and holding on to those one-of-a-kind show moments.

In another surreal interview, I spoke with Dennis Miller and his brother (and Moontower festival producer) Rich about their years of sleeping on floors and watching puppet pornography.

For more interviews, check out the Inside Joke YouTube page and explore interviews from the past three years!

We Went Backstage with Aziz Ansari!

This weekend, we caught up with Moontower alum Aziz Ansari after his record breaking sold out shows at the Bass Concert Hall! The Parks and Recreation star talked to our own Kerri Lendo about eating out in Austin, the Unsolved Mysteries theme, and his preferred method of watching television shows (hint: it involves something called “chunking”).

And in case you missed it, here’s our interview with Aziz backstage at Moontower from 2012.

Moontower starts in just two days! Who are you looking forward to seeing?