Your Week in Comedy – CK, SNL, and Benson

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Tina Fey will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend. Austin’s own Brian Gaar got a nice shout out in an interview with SNL’s head writer Alex Baze.

Doug Benson was all over Fantastic Fest this week. He breaks down the fest day by day in a series of Fantastic Fest minisodes featuring audio from his Lord of the Rings movie interruption with Elijah Wood. You can also check out the Fantastic Fest episode of Doug Loves Movies with Chris Cubas, Jeff Dye, and Ti West.

The delightful Maria Bamford talks to Melinda Hill in an alley in the new episode of All Growz Up.

NPR has a nice piece on David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s new book: ‘Hollywood Said No,’ But ‘Mr. Show’ Fans Said Yes!

Zach Galifianakis talks to Justin Bieber in the latest chapter of Between Two Ferns. He also beats him with a belt.

C.J. Toledano shares an inspiring email he received from Louis C.K. when he was 18 and talks about it in his blog post, A Louis C.K. Thing That Isn’t The Louis C.K. Thing That Was Already Posted A Million Times.

Louis was recently on Conan and the two reminisced about working together in the early days of the NBC show. Season Three of Louie is now available for streaming on Netflix.

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

Comedian/musician Nick Thune plays Cap City Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:30pm. Featuring Ramin Nazer and hosted by Ryan Cownie.

Lucas Molandes hosts The Late Slot Friday at 9:30pm and 11:30pm at the Velveeta Room.

The very funny Jake Flores headlines the Velv on Saturday night with feature Bob Khosravi.

And tickets are still on sale for  Russell Brand, Whitney Cummings, and Bob Newhart all at the Paramount Theatre this fall.


Doug Benson catches Elijah Wood participating in an impromptu slap fight at the closing night Fantastic Fest party.

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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