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Drew Carey is coming on down!

I guess even game show hosts need some time away from the excitement of Plinko and the Showcase Showdown to get back to their roots as touring road comics. And fortunately for us, Austin is along the bus route.

1016220_10151530056318683_2075165349_nDrew Carey is visiting Austin for a two-night engagement at Cap City this Thursday and Friday. Yep, that Drew Carey.

It’s always a blast when these larger-than-life comedy figures show up at Cap City to show off their stand up chops.

You may know that Carey got his start in stand up on Star Search after winning a few open mic nights in his hometown of Cleveland, OH. Soon he was appearing on Carson’s Tonight Show and Letterman’s Late Night. Then it was on to the big time.

The Drew Carey Show still holds up as a decently written Midwest slice-of-life sitcom that made him a household name and showcased the talents of his entire cast. He hosted the American version of Whose Line is It Anyway? for frickin’ nine years, which made him one of the highest paid comedians in the business.

Afterward, he turned out to be the perfect choice as Bob Barker’s replacement on The Price is Right, giving the show a playful new energy that it lacked for approximately a decade. Carey is way funnier (and way less skeezy) than Barker, and the institution of morning merriment continues to churn on.

He’s clearly comfortable on any stage on which he appears and it’ll be a delight to see his crew cut and his giant bespectacled smile light up the Cap City lounge.

Tickets are already selling out, which is to be expected. So act quick and don’t miss out on this special event. It could all be yours…

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Watching a tiny giant at the top of her game

With the blessed delivery of her brand-new online Special Special Special and her quick two-day engagement at Cap City last week, we’ve been getting just the right dosage of Maria Bamford lately: a heaping shit-ton.

I’m not sure how many times y’all have watched SSS already, but we here at Moontower just can’t get enough of it. The freshness of performing just for her parents (and all of the ripe meanings behind that!), the sheer nerve of performing some of those jokes for a two-person audience, the jokes themselves… It really is a masterpiece to behold.

bamfordCheck out what The New York Times says about the special, because it’s way smarter than anything we can say about it.

And then, right on the show’s heels, she shows up right here in our backyard! Again! Besides being even funnier in person, Bamford’s two nights at Cap City left everyone feeling, ironically, so happy. Not just not-sad, but genuinely euphoric.

It was great seeing Bamford’s real-life pals Jackie Kashian and local host Kerri Lendo in the nights’ proceedings as well, proving once more the baselessness of that maddening prejudice about women lacking the funny gene. These were, in fact, two of the best, most rewarding nights of stand-up in Austin we experienced all year.

Did you catch Bamford (and Kashian and Peretti and Foley and Rajskub) last year during the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival’s “Ladies’ Night” She-Bang? THAT was another one of those nights to hold on to.

What I’m saying is: Big ups to the ladies again this year. And get your dang Moontower badge already…

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