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Funny Or Die announces The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

We here at Moontower love a good comedy festival, and now there’s another one on our radar that’s going to make this summer just ridiculous.

Funny or Die just  announced The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival will KICK OFF right here in Austin, TX at the new Austin360 Ampitheatre on August 23rd! What!

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The amazingly spectacular monster-truck-and-explosion announcement video only hints at the awesomeness that’s coming at the world starting with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement!

There will be two stages of comedy, attracting all the weirdos back to Austin again for your pleasure and enjoyment. Included on the website so far: Hannibal Buress, Al Madrigal, Kristen Schaal, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Jim Jefferies and John Mulaney.

What. WHAT.

Tickets go on sale Friday (June 21 — write it down!) for this, the next big thing in comedy festivals. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.

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Looking Back on the Funniest of 2012

We’re in the first week of 2013, which means the world didn’t even end like everyone spent a year planning for and joking about. So I guess that means we have to start paying rent again and start making plans for the future or something.

But before we do anything productive, we’ve been gathering our favorite lists from all the folks who follow this stuff! Put it all together and enjoy all that 2012 had to offer!

The Funniest People of 2012 provided by Huffington Post. These included the most important comedians like Tig Notaro and Louis CK as well as the politicians who gave them the fodder we needed make it through the elections. Thanks, Paul Ryan!

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The 100 Funniest Tweets of 2012 (as recommended by Megan Amram, who had maybe the most important Tweet of the year):

 

And how about the 18 Images That Defined 2012, according to Funny or Die? Sure, Disapproving Michela has to be on there.

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BONUS LIST: These aren’t specific to any year, but it’s like iPhones keep getting worse at autocorrect as their technology gets fancier. Enjoy the 11 Funniest AutoCorrect Messages for 2012!

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In Praise of “The Occasional” – Funny or Die’s Nearly Unbelievably Great Digital Magazine.

They were different times way back not-quite-a-fortnight-ago on July 25, 2012, when Bob Odenkirk floated his sixth ever tweet. As of this writing, he’s up to eight. But this one read, “I have a short film in this issue of the online magazine “The Occasional” check it out— its [sic] called ‘Read My Screenplay.’” Tabling an editorial style argument against the need for [sic]’ing tweets (especially in light of that I will eventually commit the Great sin of paraphrasing a comedian, and third-party no less), this bit of info gently registered as something pleasant but orbited on my periphery as being sort of foreign for now. “Cool,” was my exact first thought but then it resigned to something in the vein of  “but I’m not made of MUBI money.”

Perhaps DVR’ing, Kindles, Koozies, NOOKs and Crannies are all old hat for you, but The Occasional is in fact an iPad magazine and although I have no allusions about my steering passenger status, I’m not keen to quickly out myself as a veritable hardware Oliver Twist in this respect. I mean, there’s always been a digital divide for content’s journey from A to Me, well analog in the case of affording a Home Box Office subscription and being able to catch Mr. Odenkirk’s work on Mr. Show with Bob and David and The Larry Sanders Show at the time, or at least historically a digits divide as to whether or not folks had the nickel and/or proximity to get their mitts on the newsy, paper-based Barreled Cheese Gazette and the like. Yet it is not with nostalgia but a sense of adjustment that the third issue of Funny or Die’s brilliantly hilarious The Occasional has already placed itself in the hallowed tradition of Mad, National Lampoon, Spy, and The Onion (the latter of which has curiously disappeared in the Twin Cities market and is now locally published by the Austin American Statesman).

In his recent Just For Laughs Keynote address, the always cogent and comical Patton Oswalt spoke about the abundance of choice in this freeing new media milieu and “post-Louie world” where “content is king.” Oswalt held up an iPhone as the key that has unlocked comedians from the tether of “the gatekeepers.” And indeed, The Occasional is also available on the iPhone. And not to sound like I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth, neigh, I mean “Nay!” but I’m one of those people who have been more excited about the prospect of a cell “phone” and/or service provider that could deliver landline reliability (eyes on you AT&T) before rolling out all the bells and whistles and my new favorite funny e-zine. But ready or not is moot, and it’s just on us whether we can bask in a glorious left field gem and eschew that whole “Internet use disorder” deal. But dammit, however The Occasional might show up on a brainpan-n-scan, I’m such a fan!

With a creative team lead by editor-in-chief Dan Abramson and art director Nate Maggio, the roster of contributors for the July/August issue is a bastion of marquee comedic talent matched with a wonderfully imaginative and satiric visual layout. With photographs by Robyn Von Swank, the “A Day in the Life of Sarah Silverman” cover story by Silverman and Dan Abramson plays like an audio tour guide/slide show for her fans to follow along on her day being very famous and successful. Silverman narrates as a chime lets you know when to swipe to the next picture. Along with spot on fake ads for ABC Family programming and McTavish’s blended pure apple juice, Simon Rich’s “Moon Landing Transcript” is an LOL triumph of brevity with a bickering Buzz Aldrin. Other features, to name a few, include:  “A Bunch of Shit We Didn’t Know What To Do With,” “5 Questions by Jenny Slate,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Tyler Perry, “ “How To Fight A Trashcan by Heather Anne Campbell,” a Q&A or rather a “K&A with Jackée Harry by Julie Klausner,” movie lessons learned in “Film School by Kumail Nanjiani” and the “Prince magazine” within a magazine by Jake Fogelnest (chandeliers, anyone?).

In an utterly inspired and sustained bit, “Woody Allen’s Answering Machine” has Tim Heidecker voicing 27 unreturned messages left by the actor Tony Roberts who gets increasingly anxious, aging, and plucky. I don’t know what kind of awards go to audio portions of digital magazines, but it’s a bravura performance.

And then to ensure that this is an embarrassment of riches, Bob Odenkirk’s film “Read My Screenplay” is a fantastically pitch black humored short that involves novice screenwriting limo drivers and is scored to the Yo La Tengo song “Sudden Organ” (dig the “Two To Tango” screenplay title nod). The film stars D.V. DeVincentis as “Constipated Writer” and features John Ennis. Writer/director/producer/actor Bob Odenkirk (who some may first recognize as attorney Saul Goodman on AMC’s Breaking Bad) is an exemplar of this “post-Louie” paradigm where an artist is deserving of an endeavor with total artistic control.

Here’s to hoping that The Occasional continues to showcase such a deep bench of magnificent contributors. In his “Letter from the Editor,” Dan Abramson writes, “We really hope you enjoy this issue as it’s our third and we feel we’re starting to get a hang of this magazine thing. I want to look back at this issue as `The One Where We Figure It Out.’ Though that sounds like the name of a Friends episode. I hate that I know that…” Well, Abramson & Company have figured it out and Godspeed for the rest of us to catch up.

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Funny or Die + Master Pancake On Sales & Moontower Mini Film Fest Lineup

MOONTOWER COMEDY & ODDITY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MINI FILM FEST LINEUP

 MASTER PANCAKE THEATER AND FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES ALSO ANNOUNCED

FINAL PERFORMANCES ADDED TO LINEUP

AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 18, 2012) – The Paramount Theatre is excited to announce today the lineup for the Moontower Mini Film Fest to take place during the day at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival April 25-28 in Austin.

Also announced is a special performance of Master Pancake Theater’s “Mystery Show,” featuring local favorites John Erler and Joe Parsons as they pair bad movies with live comedy, breathing new humorous life into the mundane. Plus, details on the hilarious Funny or Die showcases are just released, with Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more.

The Moontower Mini Film Fest presents a diverse mix of films – from hilarious features to documentaries on legendary comics to a program of new shorts – to help you keep the laughter going during the daylight hours between marathon nights of comedy. The films are free to all Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest badge holders, however, no tickets will be sold to the film screenings.

FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES

4/27/12 – 8:00pm & 10:30pm

Stateside at the Paramount

$25 Reserved

Tickets on sale Thursday, April 19th at 10:00am CST

Funny or Die brings you… four live comedy shows (Super Seriously)! In two showcases scheduled at the Stateside at the Paramount Friday night at 8:00 and 10:30pm writers, performers and friends of Funny or Die step out of the internet and onto the stage for a night of sketch, video, stand-up and surprises. Featuring Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more!

MASTER PANCAKE THEATER “MYSTERY SHOW”

4/26/12 – 11:00pm

Stateside at the Paramount

$13 Reserved

Tickets on sale Thursday, April 19th at 10:00am CST

Master Pancake Theater “Mystery Show”: Master Pancake is “a glorious pairing of movies and comedy” – Entertainment Weekly. It’s smart, fast, and bust-a-gut funny. Voted BEST COMEDY TROUPE in Austin for the past 4 years, Master Pancake features slacker wise-cracker John Erler and a rotating band of Austin’s funniest comics going up against the worst that the entertainment world has to offer [Photo: Brett Brookshire]

MOONTOWER MINI FILM FESTIVAL AT STATESIDE AT THE PARAMOUNT

The Films are free to all badge holders.  No single tickets available at this time. 

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (84 min, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg)

Thursday, April 26 – 2:00pm

A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (102 min, directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas)

Friday, April 27 – 3:00pm

A captivating animated documentary drama on the legendary Texas outlaw comic Bill Hicks, whose profound observations on American life changed the face of comedy forever.

FREAK DANCE (90 min, directed by Matt Besser)

Saturday, April 28 – 1:00pm

A spoiled rich girl who wants to be a dancer finds herself caught in between two rival dance groups set to do battle at an underground competition.

COMEDY SHORTS (80 min)

Saturday, April 28 – 3:30pm

Featuring the shorts Modern Man directed by John Merriman and Kerri Lendo, Kittywood Studios directed by Joe Nicolosi, 92 Alonzo Mourning Skybox Rookie Card directed by Todd Sklar, Someone Like You (Pug Version) directed by Mark Potts and Don Swaynos, Billy’s Birthday directed by Thomas Wohlford, Hands on a Hard Cart directed by Sam Eidson, Sexy Chat directed by Caroline Connor, and The Arm directed by Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis.

The lineup of the inaugural festival includes over 70 of the funniest voices in comedy including Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, Steven Wright, Wanda Sykes, Jeffrey Ross, JB Smoove, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, The Amazing Johnathan, Andy Kindler, W. Kamau Bell, Hannibal Buress, Jackie Kashian, Oscar Nunez, The Divorce Show, Theme Park, The Dan Band and many more. Eleven venues around Austin will host everything from stand-up to improv, sketch to musical comedy.

“You Betcha I’m Somebody” Badge purchasers, we’re holding seats just for you! We’ve held back 1/3 of the seats at almost every venue just for badge holders. That means, for just $129 you have access to 11 venues, over 70 comics, 60 shows and more than 100 performances. As a bonus, you’ll get access to the Moontower Film Fest each day and all of the badge-only parties! And, are you ready for this… downtown parking every night of the fest. So, grab yours before they sell out! The badge grants you entry into all venues after VIP badges and single ticket buyers, capacity allowing. We are holding a limited number of seats for “You Betcha” badges at the Paramount Theatre, Cap City Comedy Club and New Movement Theater, however we will not have 1/3 reserved for those venues. Seats will be limited, so arrive early or purchase a single ticket to those “can’t miss” shows.

To purchase “You Betcha” badges ($129) and “Hell Yeah I’m A VIP” badges ($799), as well as tickets for individual performances, go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them 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.

For more information on the festival, visit moontowercomedyfestival.com or follow on facebook and twitter @moontowercomedy. Also check out all things comedy at the festival’s blog site www.comedymoontower.com.

 ABOUT MOONTOWER COMEDY AND ODDITY FESTIVAL

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival was established in 2011 by the Paramount Theatre and will hold the first annual festival April 25-28, 2012 in Austin, TX. Moontower is dedicated to bringing world-class comedy to the city through a variety of performances in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical comedy by well know performers and up-and-comers alike.

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Full Lineup Announced: Jeffrey Ross, Funny or Die, The Super Serious Show + On Sale Info

FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR MOONTOWER COMEDY AND ODDITY FESTIVAL

APRIL 25-28, 2012 IN AUSTIN, TX

ROASTMASTER JEFFREY ROSS JOINS OVER 70 OF THE FUNNIEST FACES IN COMEDY

PLUS, ANNOUNCING FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES & THE SUPER SERIOUS SHOW

MORE SINGLE SHOW TICKETS ON SALE INCLUDING A TOP SECRET SHOW

BUY YOUR BADGES AND SINGLE TICKETS BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 11, 2012) – The Paramount Theatre is proud to announce the final lineup for the 2012 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival in Austin April 25-28th. Famed roaster Jeffrey Ross joins the roster, and the Funny or Die showcases are announced, including The Super Serious Show. Plus, new single show tickets are going on sale Thursday, April 12 at 10am Central. Purchase your “You Betcha I’m Somebody” Pass before they sell out for those want to get the most bang for your buck and laugh all the way to the bank.

Writer/actor/comedian Jeff Ross, aka The Roastmaster General, has built a reputation by insulting celebrities. As the roaster for several Comedy Central Roasts over the years, his victims have included William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, Flavor Flav, David Hasselhoff, Donald Trump and more. As a stand-up comic, Ross has appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and others. And, you might have seen him on shows like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Six Feet Under,” or films such as “Along Came Polly.”

Ross rounds out the final lineup of over 70 of the industry’s most riotous comics for the 2012 festival, which also includes Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, Steven Wright, Wanda Sykes, JB Smoove, Chelsea Peretti, Dana Gould, Laraine Newman, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Shayla Rivera, The Amazing Johnathan, Andy Kindler, W. Kamau Bell, Baron Vaughn, Erin Foley, Hannibal Buress, Jackie Kashian, Oscar Nunez, and many more. Group shows including The Divorce Show and Theme Park join other performances like The Dan Band to offer something for just about everyone, from stand-up to improv, sketch to musical comedy. For a full list of comics and shows, go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com.

Plus, Funny or Die brings you… four live comedy shows! In two showcases scheduled at Stateside at the Paramount for Friday night, April 27th, 8:00pm & 10:30pm, writers, performers and friends of Funny or Die step out of the Internet and onto the stage for a night of sketch, video, stand-up and surprises. Then, on Saturday night, April 28th Funny or Die and Caviar Content present: The Super Serious Show, also at Stateside at the Paramount with shows at 8:00pm & 10:30pm, with a serious mix of performers and short films and featuring Eric Andre (Russell Simmons Presents, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Rory Scovel (“Conan”), The Walsh Brothers (UCB), Andy Peters, Iliza Shlesinger (winner “Last Comic Standing”), and more. Host and full lineup TBD with tickets to these showcases going on sale soon.

SINGLE PERFORMANCES ON SALE APRIL 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM CST

JEFFREY ROSS:

The Paramount Theatre

4/27/2012 @ 7:30PM

Reserved

$35.00

After years of being the butt of jokes as a New Jersey Boy, Jeff Ross now gets the last laugh.  The Writer/Actor/Comedian has gained notoriety for his work on the Comedy Central Roasts, a series of televised broadcasts in which celebrities are insulted by their peers in the name of humor.  Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump, William Shatner, Joan Rivers, Flavor Flav, Charlie Sheen and Davis Hasselhoff are celebrities we love to hate. They all have been “roasted” by Ross at some point in his appearances on the Comedy Central Roasts between 2005 through 2011.  He currently is the New York Friars’ Club Roast Master General, a title few can earn only after years of proven biting insults.

TRIPLE PLAY

Scottish Rite Theatre

4/28/2012 @ 10:30PM

GA

$17.00

A triple-play is a rare act, and it doesn’t get much rarer than seeing these three Comedy All-Stars on stage in the same show!  Andy Kindler (“Late Night with David Letterman,” “Bob’s Bugers”), Mary Lynn Rajsskub (“24,” “Modern Family”) and Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron).

TOP SECRET SHOW

Stateside at the Paramount

4/25/2012 @ 10:45PM

Reserved

$15.00

This show is so secret you’re lucky we’re even telling you when it’s going to happen! The stellar line up is under wraps and anyone who leaks from our camp will be fired or put the death; not necessarily in that order. But entre-nous…you need to be there if you’re going to have anything to talk about at the bar that night.

3’s A CHARM

The Velveeta Room (4 shows)

4/26/2012 – 4/28/2012

GA

$10

We wanted to give you plenty of opportunity to see some of our favorite Moontower comedians, some you’ll know, one you may not, but all are our hot picks! That’s three, count ‘em three, Moontower comedians all on stage.

Featuring Ian Karmel, Brody Stevens, and Brendon Walsh

April 26th: 7:30pm

Featuring Pat Dixon, Danny Palumbo and Tom Rhodes

April 26th: 10:00pm

BRIAN GAAR

Hosted by Brian Gaar, Featuring Casey Ley, Andy Peters and Brody Stevens

April 27th: 10:00pm

KATH BARBADORO

Hosted by Kath Barbadoro, Featuring Bryan Gutmann, Erin Jackson and Brent Weinbach

April 28th: 7:30pm

DOUBLE HEADER (2 shows)

Beale Street Tavern

4/27/2012 @ 10:15PM & 4/28/2012 @8:00PM

GA $10.00

So, you’ve seen a comedian and want more! Then head to this show and catch some of our favorite Moontower performers, doing what they do best…BIG SETS!

Featuring Rory Scovel and Paul Varghese! April 27: 10:15pm

Featuring Ian Karmel and Jackie Kashian! April 28: 8:00pm

AUSTIN WILDCARDS  (2 shows)

29th Street Ballroom

4/26/2012 @ 7:30PM & 10:00PM

GA

$10.00

Austin Wildcards invade 29th Street. Austin’s got powers, towers & wowers of comedy. After all, this festival wasn’t sparked by a city of duds and this show proves it! Get a glimpse of the talent that has made the Funniest Person in Austin contest a national comedy beacon with former finalists to title holders!

(photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

CHARLIE HODGE SHOW (PODCAST)

4/26/2012 @10:30PM

The Mohawk

GA

FREE ADMISSION

Formerly one-third of the morning radio trio on The Dudley and Bob Show, Hodge has launched his own four-hour midday program featuring his brand of idiosyncratic comedy (complete with impressions of notable local figures George W. Bush, the Whataburger dude, and the Lockhart sausage – yes, he impersonates a sausage) mixed with tried and true rock & roll standards.

 CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE INFO AND TICKET ON SALE ANNOUNCEMENTS:

FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES

Writers, performers and friends of Funny or Die step out of the Internet and onto the stage to present sketch, video, stand up and surprises.

Funny or Die and Caviar Content present: THE SUPER SERIOUS SHOW

Web-comedy powerhouse Funny or Die present the Moontower edition of the hottest independent comedy shows in Los Angeles featuring a serious mix of performers and short films. Featuring Eric Andre (Russell Simmons Presents, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Rory Scovel (“Conan”), The Walsh Brothers (UCB), Andy Peters, Iliza Shlesinger (winner “Last Comic Standing”). Host and full lineup TBD with tickets going on sale soon.


“You Betcha I’m Somebody” Badge purchasers, we’re holding seats just for you! We’ve held back 1/3 of the seats at almost every venue just for badge holders. That means, for just $129 you have access to 11 venues, over 70 comics, 60 shows and more than 100 performances. As a bonus, you’ll get access to the Moontower Film Fest each day and all of the badge-only parties! And, are you ready for this… downtown parking every night of the fest. So, grab yours before they sell out! The badge grants you entry into all venues after VIP badges and single ticket buyers, capacity allowing. We are holding a limited number of seats for “You Betcha” badges at the Paramount Theatre, Cap City Comedy Club and New Movement Theater, however we will not have 1/3 reserved for those venues. Seats will be limited, so arrive early or purchase a single ticket to those “can’t miss” shows.

To purchase tickets for individual performances as well as “You Betcha” badges ($129) and “Hell Yeah I’m A VIP” badges ($799), go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them 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.

For more information on the festival, visit moontowercomedyfestival.com or follow on facebook and twitter @moontowercomedy. Also check out all things comedy at the festival’s blog site www.comedymoontower.com.

ABOUT MOONTOWER COMEDY AND ODDITY FESTIVAL

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival was established in 2011 by the Paramount Theatre and will hold the first annual festival April 25-28, 2012 in Austin, TX. Moontower is dedicated to bringing world-class comedy to the city through a variety of performances in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical comedy by well know performers and up-and-comers alike.

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