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2013’s Funniest Person in Austin: Mac Blake!

After a toothsome six-week battle of wits at Cap City Comedy Club, a victor has emerged above the more than 200 contenders in this year’s Funniest Person in Austin contest.

In its 28th year, the annual marathon of mirth-making once again brought in every level of comedy talent possible, from the novice stand-up noobs to the gnarled punchline vets. (And don’t forget the occasional residents of Batshit Crazytown that use the contest as a stage for their always delightful rantings!)

931421_588823277808669_303655110_nThis year, however, a new element of chance was included in the contest, courtesy of ( sadly departed) Comedy 102.7FM. Every night, in addition to the 3 judge-selected comedians advancing to the semi-finals, an alternate comedian was chosen to enter the Fan Favorite contest for audience members to vote for online. This Fan Favorite would skip the semi-finals and advance directly into the finals.

Ultimately, Sean Mooney was the lucky Fan Favorite elected by the people to join the other 12 comics that made it through the traditional semi-final rounds: Derek Phelps, Amber Bixby, Mac Blake, Ryan Cownie, David McQuary, Cody Hustak, Maggie Maye, Luke McClory, Duncan Carson, Bob Khosravi, Chance Royce, and last year’s runner-up, the very talented Chris Cubas.

The new FPIA for 2013 dons his crown and robe

The new FPIA for 2013 dons his crown and robe

In the end, the final results played out as such:

3rd Place: Cody Hustak

2nd Place: Chris Cubas

and 2013’s Funniest Person in Austin: Mac Blake

Congrats to all of this year’s finalists, semi-finalists and alternates. It proved again to be another unpredictable year of surprises for Austin comedy, with a new victor to claim the title. And with Comedy 102.7 radio now defunct, who even knows what else is going to happen NEXT YEAR?

Get back to practicing your sets, y’all! There’s an open mic somewhere in town tonight…

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The glory of SXSW Comedy and the promise of Moontower!

Thanks to the wonder of the annual behemoth of entertainment we Austinites call SXSW, this past weekend provided an amazing mash-up of insane comedy talent from all over the U.S. And it’s not done yet!

The creators of JASH

The creators of JASH

Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts did sets at the IFC Crossroads House opening party, promoting their new online venture JASH. Eddie Pepitone was singing lounge music as the host of the CleftClips stand-up showcase at the North Door. And, yep, that’s the beautiful Ken Marino weirding out on the audience at Esther’s Follies.

Even frickin’ Rachel Maddow showed up for some killer comedy from W. Kamau Bell at the Totally Biased showcase. (It was honestly a SXSW highlight knowing how much that woman was laughing.)

I wish everyone had access to these shows. Literally every show you stumble in to is just jam-packed with stars and promising up-and-comers that know how to deliver a good show. There’s just a cool vibe about these out-of-towners giving up their weekends for a performer badge and a trip out to Austin.

So big ups to the comedians who made their way out to Austin to enjoy our thunderstorms and our food trailers (sometimes at the same time) and to the SXSW organizers and volunteers who wrangled them all together into one spot. Kudos, dudes.

James Adomian

James Adomian

Seeing all this live comedy also gets me really excited about all the shows that are coming up in April. Not everyone can afford a SX badge or get away from work.  So if you missed Watts or Kyle Kinane or James Adomian, don’t even worry about it! You’ll get to see them at Moontower!

What?? Yep, there are some SXSW comedians who are coming back in April to entertain you. That’s because we work together with SXSW to ensure that a number of comics play both festivals, joining up with some other big dogs like Jim Gaffigan, Brian Posehn, Bill Hader, Maria Bamford and Marc Maron! It’s like a big stew that combines all these amazing flavors that taste great together.

The first goal of any fest should be to put the comedians first, of course. But as a festival, we also want to achieve the goal of providing fresh, innovative programming that sets each festival apart, giving you the most comedy possible in your home town! It’s why Austin is building such an awesome reputation as a bonafide destination for comedy!

Plus, you’ll also get to see a whole shit ton of our local standup talent in April, showing off their Austin-honed skills in a big festival setting, alongside their standup peers and heroes. (I’m still waiting for the Reggie Watts/Chris Cubas showdown to take place here in Austin…!) It’s this type of collaborative  relationship that allows the comedy scene to keep growing in Austin and beyond, which is something everyone wants to see happen!

Just as important as the comedians are the beautiful Austin audiences that really know how to appreciate comedy. I’m excited to share all the big names and the rising stars with the good people of Texas who get to experience a festival 100% devoted to effin’ comedy!

So party on, SXSWers! Get your sleep and your food when and where you can. Then we’ll see you at the after party. And then the after after party…

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Moontower Snapshots: Lone Star Greats

Kerry Awn

Matt Bearden

Bob Biggerstaff

Chris Cubas

Bryan Gutmann

John Ramsey

John Tole

Paul Varghese

All photos by Darcie Siiteri and this post just illustrates a fraction of the incredible Texas-based comedians who make our state intentionally funny and who also make Austin such an incredible comedy town. Moontower was a success because Austin is home to so many amazing comics and who in turn foster amazing Austin audiences and appetites for improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up of all stripes.

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Chris Cubas Is Not Now or Has Ever Been Reggie Watts (Even When He Pretends To Be)

Today, The Huffington Post released the following video clip with the very funny Austin-based comedian Chris Cubas talking about regularly being mistaken for the incomparable Reggie Watts (especially in the instances when both comics are performing at the same festivals like SXSW and last year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest). He explains that his response to this irksome occurrence is to just “go with” people’s false assumptions but I can also attest to Chris answering in the affirmative when he is asked if he is Reggie. But despite the doppelgänger tendencies, Chris Cubas is a great act and worth going out of your way to catch at Moontower.

Chris Cubas performs at The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest as part of the “Austin Show”

Wed, April 25th at Beale Street Tavern  @ 8:00PM

Sat, April 28th at Beale Street Tavern @ 10:15PM

Purchase Tickets Here. You can also get them and badges 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. Stay tuned for other appearances and announcements.

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