Brad Williams Gets Serious on Sophomore Showtime Special, His Second in a Year

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Brad Williams previously teared up “in, like, Cleveland” when performing his closing chunk. But Saturday’s taping for his sophomore Showtime special – his second hour in a year – was the first time his family would see the weighty material on his father’s prolonged battle with cancer. His emotions might get the better of him again. Would it bring the taping to a halt? As he and About Last Night cohost Adam Ray recorded a podcast episode with manager and repeat special guest Barry Katz, Williams looked around his dressing room with apprehension: “I just can’t tell what’s going to happen.” Continue reading

Trump vs. Bernie Trailer Debuts Ahead of Twelve-City Tour

Trump vs. Bernie

Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian ‘s Trump vs. Bernie tour trailer debuted today, with comedian/actor Atamanuik (30 Rock, Broad City, ASSSSCAT3000) taking on the role of Donald Trump and Moontower favorite Adomian (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Drunk History, HITS) giving Larry David a serious run for his money with his Bernie Sanders impression. The twelve-city tour kicks off January 30th in Los Angeles and makes its way to Austin’s Stateside Theatre on February 29th. Watch the brand-new trailer plus highlights from an October 2015 UCB show below, and grab tickets for the Austin show here.


Trump vs. Bernie 2016 Debate Tour Trailer

Adomian and Atamanuik at UCB New York’s Whiplash Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: The Union of The State Book Out May 3, Foreword by Keegan-Michael Key

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An oral history tracking “the creation, dissolution, reinvention and [25-year] reunion” of landmark sketch group The State is due May 3. Continue reading

The Comedy Stylings of David Bowie


As the Bowie tributes pour in, we thought we’d take a moment to look back at some of his best comedic moments from his appearances on late night talk shows, television, and film. It’s amazing to think that in addition to being one of the most influential musicians of all time, he was also consistently funny. From his Conan O’Brien segments to his Zoolander cameo, we explore the unforgettable and the forgotten moments from his many appearances over the years. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Jenny Zigrino Lands Bad Santa 2
(Over Jennifer Lawrence)

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The single 2014 season of Marlon Wayans-hosted TBS competition Funniest Wins might have passed even hardcore comedy fans by. Runner-up Jenny Zigrino‘s May Conan performance, however, proved widely revelatory. Equal parts exuberant and self-effacing, Zigrino debated the pros of plus-size bodies and temperamental cons of remaining Friends with Benefits.

The Comedy Central, E! and IFC vet hits the big screen January 29 in Wayans’s Fifty Shades of Black parody, and shares the screen with Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates this Thanksgiving in Bad Santa 2. Continue reading

National Comedy Journalist Julie Seabaugh Joins Moontower Blog

Julie Seabaugh

PEOPLE OF MOONTOWER: Dry your tears and despair not, for help is on the way! I recently decoded a message from an ally of the colonies who will lead a new charge against the alien forces. Okay, I’m being told to wrap up this bit.

Anyway, that great setup was a way for me to let you know that I actually do have some great news. Esteemed comedy journalist Julie Seabaugh will be joining the Moontower blog early next year! Julie previously served as A&E staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly and has contributed to Rolling Stone, GQ, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Village Voice (outlets that would no doubt get a big kick out of that space bit I wrote before).

Julie is also a big Moontower fan, having attended every festival since we started. She’ll begin posting in January, but in the meantime you can check out her website and follow her on Twitter!

So, beam me DOWN Scotty, because there IS intelligent life here and her name is Julie Seabaugh! Oh God, that’s terrible, do I have time to edit this? Julie, please hurry.

Martin Short, Maria Bamford, James Adomian and the 2016 Moontower Early Lineup

Moontower 2016

The first wave of Moontower acts has been announced! So many amazing names on this list. From returning Moontower favorites like Maria Bamford, Ron Funches, and James Adomian to comedy legends like Kevin Smith and the inimitable Martin Short. We’ve got SNL‘s latest addition Jon Rudnitsky, comedy lounge act The Lampshades, which includes Kate Flannery (The Office) and Scott Robinson, plus special shows like Goddamn Comedy Jam, which combines standup comedy and rock covers with a live house band. Over the coming weeks, I’ll bring you closer looks at some of these acts including interviews and deeper dives into their comedy. In the meantime, check out their websites and get to know the first members of the Moontower class of 2016! Badges are on sale now! Continue reading

Bob Khosravi Is Recording an Album

Bob Khosravi

Hear ye, hear ye! Bob Khosravi is recording his first live comedy album for “Stand Up! Records” tonight, November 11th, at Cap City Comedy Club! The Austin based comic will be on the small stage at Cap, so seating is limited but a few tickets remain for this intimate affair.

Bob is a favorite of comedy fests including Moontower and Bridgetown, and he’s been a finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin contest multiple times. He’s a great storyteller with a wicked sense of humor and a knack for the absurd. I spoke with Bob about his early days performing in a motel bar, his joke writing process, and why you should attend his show. Continue reading

Rolling with Randy Liedtke

Randy Liedtke

You may recognize Randy Liedtke from one of his many television appearances. The comic has appeared on Late Night with Seth MeyersLast Comic Standing, and Maron. You may have heard his voice on Adventure Time or The Bone Zone, the irreverent podcast he hosts with comedian Brendon Walsh. Maybe you don’t know his name but you heard about that comedian who was pulled over for eating an iPhone cookie while driving.

Well you might as well learn his name now because he’s not going away anytime soon. In the past week alone, Liedtke saw the release of his critically acclaimed standup album I’m on a Roll, the premiere of his new Comedy Central half hour, and appeared on @midnight and Conan. I spoke with the comic about YouTube, pranks, and his favorite comedy album.  Continue reading

Tweets of the Week from Moontower Alumni

Tweets of the WeekAnd I said, “What about [Tweets of the Week]?”
She said, “I think I remember the [blog posts]”
“And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it”
And I said, “Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got”
                                                                                                -Deep Blue Something