Category Archives: Fest Preview

Tig Notaro, David Cross, Jo Koy, Ali Siddiq, Nikki Glaser, Shmanners Podcast Join Moontower Lineup

The Austin Theatre Alliance announced a new wave of Moontower headliners Wednesday with Tig Notaro, David Cross, Jo Koy, Ali Siddiq, Nikki Glaser and more added to the lineup. The headlining acts join previously announced performers including Tiffany Haddish, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Birbiglia, Janeane Garofalo, and Colin Quinn at the Moontower Comedy Festival on April 18th-21st.

David Cross appears as part of An Evening for The Comedy Resistance, a one-time-only event full of comedians, special guests and activists. Additionally, the popular Shmanners podcast with Travis & Teresa McElroy will kick off the programming at the Stateside at the Paramount. You can find the complete Paramount and Stateside schedules below. Tickets for all Moontower 2018 headliner performances will go on sale Thursday, 2/8, at 10am CST. There are a slew of other venues around town with dozens more performers and badges start at just $99. More information on ticketing and the complete lineup available here. Continue reading

Moontower’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Squeeze Boxes and Black Unicorns

Moontower Holiday Gift Guide 2017The holidays are here and we’ve got you covered. From an accordion full of records to a tell-all from one of this year’s most exciting performers, this treasure trove of gifts inspired by the 2018 festival lineup has something for everyone on your list. Continue reading

Moontower’s Getting Weird in 2018: “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Birbiglia Set for 7th Annual Fest

The Austin Theatre Alliance today made an early talent announcement for the 7th annual Moontower Comedy Festival. Comedy heavyweights “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tiffany Haddish and Mike Birbiglia were announced as the first headliners of the 2018 festival and badges for the event are now on sale.

The biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, “Weird Al” returns to the Paramount Theatre as part of The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The show is a stripped down, no-frills production featuring rarities and b-sides from Yankovic’s extensive back catalogue. According to Yankovic, no two shows along the tour will be the same. “After 35 years of big productions, I just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a bit sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along!” The performer’s longtime friend and fellow UHF cast member Emo Phillips will open the show.

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Live From Austin, It’s Saturday Night! Six Years of Saturday Night Live Cast Members at Moontower

Moontower has a long tradition of showcasing some of the best and brightest from Saturday Night Live and this year is no different. Newly minted cast member and spot-on Owen Wilson imitator Melissa Villaseñor, actor/comedian/impressionist/all-around-hilarious-person Jay Pharoah, and former Weekend Update anchor and legendary comic Colin Quinn are all slated to perform at the festival later this week.

In the six years since the fest began, Moontower has hosted a slew of SNL talent including Colin Jost, Leslie Jones, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and many, many more. Check out this playlist of Moontower interviews with cast members past and present and stay tuned to the Inside Joke YouTube channel for brand new interviews throughout the fest. To purchase badges and tickets click here.

Moontower Adds W. Kamau Bell, Tommy Johnagin and More to Lineup; Individual Tickets Go On Sale Today

The Austin Theatre Alliance has begun the sale of individual tickets for select shows at the 2017 Moontower Comedy Festival. Advance tickets are available for Paramount headliners Patton Oswalt, Ali Wong, Jay Pharoah, Chris Hardwick and W. Kamau Bell and Stateside at the Paramount headliners Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Matt Bellassai and Puddles Pity Party. Additionally, single tickets are available for the My Favorite Murder podcast tapings and the Midnight Mayhem late show hosted by Ralphie May. To purchase single tickets, click here.

Recent additions to the Moontower lineup include W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Tommy Johnagin (Last Comic Standing), Puddles Pity Party (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Ron Bennington (Bennington Show), Orny Adams (Teen Wolf), and Shane Torres (IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang). Click here to view the full lineup and purchase badges.

Brian Posehn, Morgan Murphy, Jay Pharoah and More Join Moontower Lineup

The Austin Theatre Alliance has announced a second wave of notable additions to the 2017 Moontower Comedy Festival lineup.

Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live), Brian Posehn (Mr. ShowThe Sarah Silverman Program), Morgan Murphy (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 2 Broke Girls) and Matt Bellassai (2016 People’s Choice winner for Favorite Social Media Star) are set to join the April 19-22 event.
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Patton Oswalt, Ali Wong Among Early Lineup for Sixth Annual Moontower

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.

pattonoswaltEach 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.

aliwongMoontower’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.

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Moontower Class of 2016: Sean Donnelly

sean_donnelly_headshot_800x600Letterman, Conan, Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central Half Hour vet Sean Donnelly combines self-effacing narrative with infectious, Everydude optimism. In addition to performing at top clubs across New York City and festivals across the world — including his upcoming debut appearance at the 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival — Donnelly just scored a Comedy Central script deal for a series based on his experiences as an Upper East Side underdog.


I do a podcast with Dan St. Germain called My Dumb Friends, which is on the All Things Comedy network. I also have a web series coming out for Comedy Central called The Sneaker Trip. I interview comics as they buy a pair of sneakers. We talk about our childhood and getting into adulthood through sneakers. The first one is with Roy Wood, Jr., and we’re editing it now. I’ve been on the road a bunch, I get up a lot at the Comedy Cellar, and things are going great!

A script deal is the earliest form of a TV deal. What happens is you go in, you pitch your idea, and they start you off with a script deal. They pay you – or in my case they pay me and another comic, Danny Solomon – to write a script for them that could potentially be turned into a pilot, and then a TV show. Continue reading

Broadcasting from Moontower: Podcasts and Radio Shows Taping at the 2016 Fest

In addition to stellar stand-up shows, parties and special events, Moontower is thrilled to present our full lineup of podcasts and radio programs, some of which will be broadcasting live from the fifth annual festival. We’ll see — and hear — you in a few weeks!

Friday, April 22nd

Opie with Jim Norton 

OpieandJim Who: Gregg “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton

What: Hugely popular SiriusXM show broadcasts live from Moontower and will feature some of the biggest names at the fest. Guests for Friday’s show include Mark Normand, Chris DeStefano, Jesse Joyce, Colin Jost, and Kurt Metzger

Where: TBA

When: 2pm-5pm


The Bonfire bonfire

Who: Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder

What: Comedy Central radio program where the comics cover a variety of daily topics, share their best stories from the road and give fans a chance to call in and chat. Guests TBA.

Where: 800 Congress (map)

When: 4pm-7pm


Sklarbro Country SBC

Who: Jason and Randy Sklar

What: Weekly comedic takes on the worlds of sports and pop culture. Guests TBA.

Where: Speakeasy, 412 Congress (map)

When: 5pm-7pm

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Josh Adam Meyers talks Moontower show, new Comedy Central property Goddamn Comedy Jam


Josh Adam Meyers knows every comedian secretly wants to be a rock star. After a false start at the CW, his L.A.-based Goddamn Comedy Jam — comics perform a set, then a song backed by a live band — was picked up yesterday by Comedy Central. Before the show makes its way to Moontower this month, Meyers recalls some of the Jam‘s highlights thus far.

Bill Burr – Bill has been the biggest supporter. A big part of the reason we’ve gotten where we are is because of him. He has fun with the costumes, even when I keep telling him, “You know you don’t have to dress up!” He’s been the drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Motley Crüe, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC…

10906268_806713979414467_4584591271532267557_nKyle Gass – That was the third show. He just showed up and did a couple Tenacious D songs and one of his originals. And then he came back the following month as well. We’re still trying to get him and Jack, and I think one day we will. But it was still one of those moments where you think, “Okay, something’s actually happening here!” Continue reading