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The glory of SXSW Comedy and the promise of Moontower!

Thanks to the wonder of the annual behemoth of entertainment we Austinites call SXSW, this past weekend provided an amazing mash-up of insane comedy talent from all over the U.S. And it’s not done yet!

The creators of JASH

The creators of JASH

Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts did sets at the IFC Crossroads House opening party, promoting their new online venture JASH. Eddie Pepitone was singing lounge music as the host of the CleftClips stand-up showcase at the North Door. And, yep, that’s the beautiful Ken Marino weirding out on the audience at Esther’s Follies.

Even frickin’ Rachel Maddow showed up for some killer comedy from W. Kamau Bell at the Totally Biased showcase. (It was honestly a SXSW highlight knowing how much that woman was laughing.)

I wish everyone had access to these shows. Literally every show you stumble in to is just jam-packed with stars and promising up-and-comers that know how to deliver a good show. There’s just a cool vibe about these out-of-towners giving up their weekends for a performer badge and a trip out to Austin.

So big ups to the comedians who made their way out to Austin to enjoy our thunderstorms and our food trailers (sometimes at the same time) and to the SXSW organizers and volunteers who wrangled them all together into one spot. Kudos, dudes.

James Adomian

James Adomian

Seeing all this live comedy also gets me really excited about all the shows that are coming up in April. Not everyone can afford a SX badge or get away from work.  So if you missed Watts or Kyle Kinane or James Adomian, don’t even worry about it! You’ll get to see them at Moontower!

What?? Yep, there are some SXSW comedians who are coming back in April to entertain you. That’s because we work together with SXSW to ensure that a number of comics play both festivals, joining up with some other big dogs like Jim Gaffigan, Brian Posehn, Bill Hader, Maria Bamford and Marc Maron! It’s like a big stew that combines all these amazing flavors that taste great together.

The first goal of any fest should be to put the comedians first, of course. But as a festival, we also want to achieve the goal of providing fresh, innovative programming that sets each festival apart, giving you the most comedy possible in your home town! It’s why Austin is building such an awesome reputation as a bonafide destination for comedy!

Plus, you’ll also get to see a whole shit ton of our local standup talent in April, showing off their Austin-honed skills in a big festival setting, alongside their standup peers and heroes. (I’m still waiting for the Reggie Watts/Chris Cubas showdown to take place here in Austin…!) It’s this type of collaborative  relationship that allows the comedy scene to keep growing in Austin and beyond, which is something everyone wants to see happen!

Just as important as the comedians are the beautiful Austin audiences that really know how to appreciate comedy. I’m excited to share all the big names and the rising stars with the good people of Texas who get to experience a festival 100% devoted to effin’ comedy!

So party on, SXSWers! Get your sleep and your food when and where you can. Then we’ll see you at the after party. And then the after after party…

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W. Kamau Bell Creates New Show for FX

The great W. Kamau Bell sent out word today with the exciting news that he’s getting his own new TV show on the FX Network. He writes, “And finally, as you read this, it is being announced to the press that I will have a six episode run of a late night comedy show on The FX Network. I will write it, produce it, and host it. And it will be executive produced by none other than Chris Rock.

Yes, THAT Chris Rock. You can read about here in Laughspin Magazine.

I head to New York City today to go to the upfronts where the networks announce their upcoming schedules. No, I’ve never been to anything like this before. Yes, this is a huuuuuuge deal. I’m guessing it will be like the talk show from The Hunger Games, ‘Hello, my name is Kamau. I come from District 14, San Francisco. We make progressive politics, gay people, burritos the size of your head, and medical marijuana.’ Anyway, things are pretty surreal right now and sure to get more so. I’m gonna work hard to make a good show. And I’ll need your help to do it.

Thank you for all you interest and support. Talk to you soon. Did I just bury the lead?”


The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is proud to present W. Kamau Bell.

Appearing at the 29th Street Ballroom.

Friday, April 27 at 10:00PM & Saturday, April 28 at 7:30PM (18+ Only).

To purchase tickets for individual performances as well as festival badge ($129) and VIP badges ($799), go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221. The box office is open Monday – Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm and is closed on Sundays.

W. Kamau Bell’s Web Site

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Moontower Announces Single Performance Tickets On Sale Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at 10 A.M. CST

The Paramount Theatre is announcing today single show tickets for the first annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival go on sale Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time. Additional on sales and comics to be announced for the festival April 25-28, 2012 in Austin, TX.

The Festival is also proud to announce the addition of hilarious comedian Chelsea Peretti to the lineup, whose writing credits include NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” She was also named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2010, and has made appearances on shows like Louis CK’s “Louie” among others.

Tickets to individual performances from several of the stellar already announced Moontower comics including Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Steven Wright, The Amazing Jonathan, Maria Bamford, W. Kamau Bell, Hannibal Buress, The Divorce Show, John Mulaney, and Chelsea Peretti will be available Thursday, Feb. 23. Additional performances will be added leading up to the festival. So, check back at www.moontowercomedyfestival.com for updates.


AZIZ ANSARI @ Paramount Theatre

April 25th: 7:30pm & 10:00pm – Tickets starting at $38



April 26th: 10:30pm / April 27 & 28th: 8:00pm – Tickets starting at $18


MARIA BAMFORD @ Cap City Comedy Club

April 25 & 26th: 8:00pm – Tickets starting at $18


W. KAMAU BELL @ 29th Street Ballroom

April 27th: 10:00pm / April 28th: 7:30pm – $12



April 25th: 7:45pm – $15


THE DIVORCE SHOW @ Stateside at the Paramount

April 25 & 26th: 6:00pm – $12 (Happy Hour at 5:00pm)


SETH MEYERS @ Paramount Theatre

April 26th: 7:30pm – $40



April 27 & 28th: 7:45pm – $15



April 26th: 7:45pm – $15


STEVEN WRIGHT @ Paramount Theatre

April 28th: 7:30pm – $41

Again, please stay tuned for more comedians to be announced in the full lineup coming soon. The festival is slated to bring over 60 of the world’s best comedians (both established favorites and up-and-comers) to Austin, a city with an insatiable appetite for comedy and festivals alike. Spread out over 10+ venues around the city including the Paramount Theatre and Cap City Comedy Club, the festival will showcase stand-up, improv, sketch, musical comedy, and all of the odd and hilarious stuff in between.

*A note to current and prospective badge holders. Single tickets will be available for each performance. The VIP badge grants you access to all performances, with no need to purchase an additional ticket. The “You Betcha I’m Somebody Pass” gives you access to each performance, except those at the Paramount. For Paramount shows, “You Betcha” badge holders will have pre-sale access allowing them to get a jump on the crowd for the big shows. The “You Betcha” badge, while giving you the most bang for your buck as a great overall value badge, gets you access to the shows after VIP badge and single ticket holders and does not guarantee admission. However, the Festival will hold a limited number of seats set aside for these badges at each show for those first in line, so early arrival is suggested. It is suggested that “You Betcha” badge holders also take advantage of the special benefit of exclusive pre-sale access to purchase single tickets to “must see” performances and ensure your entry.

To purchase tickets for individual performances as well as festival badges ($129) and VIP badges ($799), go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221. The box office is open Monday – Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm and is closed on Sundays. The Paramount call center is open Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm, but it’s closed on Sundays.

                 On Thursday, this link will also be live for your one stop single performance tickets shop:

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest Single Performance Tickets Here

Follow us on facebook and twitter @moontowercomedy. Also check out all things comedy right here at the festival’s blog site www.comedymoontower.com.


Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival was established in 2011 by the Paramount Theatre and will hold the first annual festival April 25-28, 2012 in Austin, TX. Moontower is dedicated to bringing world-class comedy to the city through a variety of performances in stand-up, sketch, improv and musical comedy by well know performers and up-and-comers alike.

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Moontower is proud to announce Andy Kindler, John Mulaney, W. Kamau Bell, Tom Rhodes, Holly Lorka, and Jonathan Pace to the lineup!

Andy Kindler

The brilliant and esteemed Andy Kindler is the personification of turning irritation into pearls of hilarity. A perennial Letterman and late night television favorite, Kindler is renown for his onstage takedown riffing which manages to simultaneously go for the jugular as well as reliably deliver hardcore belly laughs. His annual, no-holds-barred “State of the Industry” address at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival is always a must-see for fellow comics and Industry ilk.

Andy Kindler gives fake awards — State of the Industry Address, 2011 by Laughspin

Andy Kindler on “Archie” comics — State of the Industry Address, 2011 by Laughspin


An Interview with Comedian Andy Kindler by 5minArts


John Mulaney

Fresh-faced and boyish (almost to the point of medical curio), comedian John Mulaney is presently surfing the stand-up stratosphere thanks to his recent one-hour COMEDY CENTRAL special “New In Town” and its CD/DVD release. Mulaney is also a writer on Saturday Night Live and his credits include co-creating the Stefon character played by Bill Hader.


W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell slew a packed Paramount Theatre on Nov 1, 2011, as part of Sarah Silverman’s historic “LIVE FROM N*****HEAD (Stripping The Paint Off Of Good Ol Fashioned Racism)” line-up. With two CDs, a panoply of TV credits, and his critically acclaimed one man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About and Hour,” Bell has garnered a growing legion of fans and endorsements by Robin Williams, Margaret Cho, and Marc Maron. Fans of Paul Mooney and Dave Chappelle won’t want to miss Bell’s return to Austin, TX.


Tom Rhodes

Well known to American and Dutch television audiences, Tom Rhodes is perhaps one of the most well traveled comedians. And the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is thrilled to feature this ever thoughtful and seasoned stand-up. The New York Times described him thusly; “Tom Rhodes is mostly a natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism.”  We are not apt to disagree with the Old Gray Lady on this matter.


Holly Lorka

Holly has hit our River City stages like a never-ending roman candle. She has appeared in the movie “Cancerpants” and has performed at the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival. She was a finalist in the 2011 Funniest Person In Austin contest and has opened for Hal Sparks, Julie Goldman, Dana Goldberg, and Margaret Smith. Holly has also taken the stage for the Austin and Portland Gay Pride Festivals.


Jonathan Pace

Jonathan Pace is a rising Austin-based comic who has been featured in the Funniest Person in Austin contest and clubs like Cap City and the venerable Velveeta Room.


Stay tuned for more lineup announcements and exciting infotainment goodness. Moontower badges are available now at www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. Single tickets on sale Thursday, February 23rd.

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