It’s that time of year again! The 2017 Moontower Comedy Festival is just around the corner, and the Austin Theatre Alliance is thrilled to announce the first round of comedians, podcasts and special programming at the sixth annual event.
Comic heavyweights including Patton Oswalt and Ali Wong, podcast chart-toppers like My Favorite Murder and Guys We F***cked, and popular live shows including 7 Minutes in Purgatory and Boast Rattle are among the initial lineup’s highlights.
Each year Moontower features many of the best up-and-coming comics in the country, and this year is no exception. Twitter phenom Aparna Nancherla, Just for Laughs standout Chris Garcia, Tim & Eric mainstay DJ Douggpound and new Saturday Night Live cast member Melissa Villaseñor are among the talent scheduled for the 2017 festival. Moontower veterans Colin Quinn, Dana Gould and Andy Kindler are also returning this year.
Moontower’s podcast lineup expands significantly this year. In addition to My Favorite Murder and Guys We F***cked, popular podcasts Bitch Sesh, Kill Tony and Fighter and The Kid make their Austin debuts this spring. Veteran favorites Jason and Randy Sklar return with their popular podcast Sklarbro Country and will provide color commentary for the fan favorite Moontower Ping Pong Slapdown.
New to Moontower are Kyle Ayers’ Boast Rattle, a roast-style compliment contest, and The Writers Room, featuring comedy writers from series including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and The Daily Show. Audience faves like Ian Abramson’s 7 Minutes in Purgatory and The Goddamn Comedy Jam, which recently debuted on Comedy Central, will once again break the fourth wall between audiences and performers.
Finally, Moontower is pleased to announce improvements to their 2017 badges guaranteed to provide fans with more options to experience the festival their way. With updates like an improved VIP experience, more accessible pricing with their new SPECIALIST (formerly Ace) and CLUB/PODCAST (formerly Fan) badges, plus an all new WARRIOR badge, there is a perfect badge for every comedy fan and budget. Check out badges here.
The complete list of initial performers is available here. Stay tuned for more Moontower announcements coming soon!