WE WANT YOU to Volunteer at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival

It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer at this year’s Moontower! If you’re over 18 and available to work two nights of the festival, then you’re eligible to volunteer!

On a budget but want to see some shows? On the nights you’re not working, you’ll have a wristband that will get you into most venues! (Badges have first dibs, so more popular shows may be harder to get into).

Love comedy and want a peek behind the curtain? Volunteering at Moontower is a great way to experience the festival and meet some terrific people!

We couldn’t make this festival happen without our volunteers, and we love them for it!  Got questions? We’ve got answers!


What does a Moontower Volunteer do?

Depending on the shift you register for, you might be helping with:

• Line Management – people like to know what’s going on. What line should I be in? When will the seating open? I’m a VIP – where do I go? Can I park over there? Is this going to fill up before I can get in? Where’s ____ venue and who’s there?
• Badge checker – The stinking badges are uber-important. You’ll know who’s in and who’s out.
Counter – how many badges have entered? How many single ticket? How many VIP’s? How many total? What does the fire code allow? How close are we to capacity? You help keep it all organized and up-to-date.
• VIP area host – “Here’s where you’re supposed to sit.” “Are YOU supposed to be sitting here?” “Anything you need?” “No, we don’t supply that sort of thing…”
• General Help – Ticket taking or crowd seating or running an errand or setting up chairs or getting something for the stage manager or, well…you get the picture.
• Break Down – Oh, and everybody pitches in at the end of shows to clear the crowd out and re-set for the next set.

How old do I have to be?
18 and over, please!

Is there a minimum number of volunteer nights?
Yes, you must be able to volunteer for at least two nights. We’d love you to volunteer for more if you can!

What are the shift times, and how long are they?
For the most part, our volunteers help out between 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. during the fest; shifts are between four and six hours each.

What do volunteers get?
Tons of love and thank you’s from the festival team, as well as:

• A cool t-shirt!
• Free entry into shows (on the day you are volunteering, before or after your shift).
• You will probably see most of the show(s) you work. Volunteers will tag-team with each other to keep an eye on the front of the house while enjoying the fruits of your labor.
• You get to see how it happens and make it happen: a behind-the-scenes experience of how shows — and festivals — are run.

Is there a volunteer orientation?
Yes there is! Please be prepared to attend a two-hour orientation (TBA).


Sign up to volunteer today!

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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