• SXSW Comedy, Day 8: Drunks, Doritos battle, pinatas, podcasts and the end!

    AUSTIN — South by Southwest ended not with a whimper, but a bang. An absurd, drunken bang. The combination of St. Patrick’s Day, the final evening of South by Southwest activities, and a Saturday night made for explosive potential at Esther’s Follies. Kicking off the evening was a taping of Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack’s Who Charted? podcast, which featured guest Jonah Ray. The three catered their charts to Texas

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 7: The Benson Interruption, Ari Shaffir and more!

    AUSTIN — On the seventh day, God rested. Not so for comedy at South by Southwest – we’re still driving forward with more performances and more laughs. Onward! The Sklar Brothers kicked off a series of performances at Esther’s Follies with a taping of their Sklarbro Country podcast, punctuated by the folksy sounds of Canadian band The Sheepdogs. The duo was warmly received by a rowdy audience in high spirits

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    SXSW Comedy, Day 6: Set List with Paul Provenza, awkward trade show comedy and more!

    AUSTIN — One thing I love about South by Southwest this year is the broader variety of comedy events and locations the festival offers. Rather than just featuring podcast tapings and stand-up showcases, we’ve been fortunate to see a more diverse set of performances, from improv shows to panels about the practice of comedy. Some performances, however, have been even weirder than that. Take yesterday, for example. One of the

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    SXSW Comedy Day 5: Mike Birbiglia’s film ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ is raw, poignant, funny

    AUSTIN — Alright, y’all! We’ve officially passed the halfway point of South by Southwest, which means the interactive, tech-savvy nerds (in other words, my people) have departed to be replaced by hipsters in skintight jeans and horrifyingly thin mustaches. Dudes, please shave. But I digress. One of the highlights of South by Southwest this year was the screenings of Mike Birbiglia’s autobiographical fiction film – and directorial debut – Sleepwalk

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    SXSW Comedy Day 4: Judd Apatow crashes Pete Holmes’ podcast, Kumail Nanjiani and more!

    AUSTIN — For any comedy nerd, last night’s shows at South by Southwest were prettay prettay prettay good. Pete Holmes hosted the first ever live taping of his podcast, You Made It Weird. Joining the comic onstage was Kumail Nanjiani, who also performed in last night’s Funny or Die Showcase. The two are old friends – or, as Pete would say, long friends – so their witty repartee was quick

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    SXSW Comedy: Day 3, feat. Tim Heidecker, Reggie Watts, T.J. Miller and more!

    Day 3 did not go as planned. I began my comedy day at IFC’s Crossroads House at the Vice Bar on 6th Street, which would feature a live performance of Scott Aukerman’s popular podcast (and now television show on IFC) Comedy Bang Bang. The bar quickly filled to capacity, luring passersby with free Subway sandwiches, yogurt, apples, popcorn, candy (now that I think about it, I think they were feeding

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    SXSW Comedy: Day 2, feat. Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and more!

    AUSTIN — Audiences entering Esther’s Follies on Day 2 of South By Southwest’s comedy series were greeted not with a closed curtain and dim lights, but with Marc Maron sitting in a large plush easychair onstage. “I don’t believe in fourth walls,” he said. That might as well be the motto for Maron’s characteristically off-the-cuff WTF podcast, which taped yesterday to a packed house. Joining Maron was legendary actor and

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    SXSW Comedy: Day 1, feat. Greg Proops, Doug Benson, Scott Aukerman and more!

    AUSTIN — Good God, y’all! Austin’s infamous South by Southwest music, technology, and film festival – or conference, or whatever it is – has kicked off to a wet and gray start. As we shared with you before, SXSW has amped up their comedy programming like crazy this year, so we’ll be offering you highlights and dispatches from the Texan fray for the next week. SXSW Comedy began with a

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