• Jane Lynch sends off Glee with musical comedy showcase in Austin (Review)

    While Gleeks everywhere are singing funeral dirges over the loss of their beloved Fox franchise, at least one Glee cast member is experiencing sensational new life after TV death. But really, if anyone’s going to rise out of the ashes, guns blazing, of the mega-popular high school musical dramedy, why wouldn’t it be the indomitable Jane Lynch? Taking to the Paramount Theatre stage in Austin on Friday, March 6, Lynch

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    Jen Kirkman: The Laughspin Interview (or Proof of why Jen Kirkman is the Shit)

    Chatting one-on-one with Jen Kirkman is a little bit like breaking into the Museum of Natural History after hours. It’s an act that manages to be both nerdy and rebellious, where one could simply wander unsupervised through the halls, soaking up every ounce of information while giggling openly over the placard that says “homo erectus.” That’s because Kirkman – author, podcaster, and most importantly, comedian – seems to always be

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    W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

    AUSTIN — If Friday’s comedians at Fun Fun Fun Fest contended with the low lows of celebrity and popular culture, Saturday’s theme might as well have been “Damn the man, save the Empire.” Politics, politics, and more politics. W. Kamau Bell’s set, for example, offered an appealing blend of his personal experiences and political critique that had the audience at once laughing and thinking carefully about how race works in

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    John Waters inspires at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Neil Hamburger, Rachel Bloom fit right in

    AUSTIN — Once upon a time, before Formula One racing came to roost, before South by Southwest lay at the feet of Microsoft and Doritos, before everyone and their mother moved to the city to catch a whisper of hipness before it vanished into commodity, Austin quietly celebrated the spirit of the weird. Although the city’s eccentric soul is maturing into a more measured—dare I say mainstream?—metropolis, we’re lucky to

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    Tig Notaro Live in Austin (Review)

    AUSTIN – In a paradoxical municipality like Austin, Texas, where small-town mentality seems to prevail even as the city itself continues to balloon, it’s easy to see how a personality like Tig Notaro’s would sell out tickets like a scalper on Super Bowl Sunday. To begin with, Tig is excessively weird – and of course, we mean that as the highest imaginable compliment. As a stand-up, her style has long

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    Dennis Miller praises Texas governor Rick Perry, gets some laughs at Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

    AUSTIN – As day two of the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival arrived on April 24, I crossed the threshold of the Paramount Theatre, wondering how exactly a comedian like Dennis Miller would be received by an Austin audience. Well known for his outspoken conservatism and completely esoteric punch lines, Miller could easily have stepped out in front of a theater full of dyed-in-the-wool liberals, hostile to any cracks about

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    Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin kick off Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival (Recap)

    AUSTIN – If the third time’s the charm, then the third year of Austin’s rapidly growing Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival has the c-word turned up to 30. And who better to kick off this third-year charm offensive than Demetri Martin– he of the understated charisma and quietly affecting ability to disarm literally anyone. Prior to Mr. Martin making his grand entrance at the Paramount Theatre on April 23, us

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    Austin Comedian Kat Ramzinski brutally attacked, will still perform at Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

    Easter night is generally reserved for eating crappy chocolate-shaped bunnies and making sexual ‘He Is Risen’ puns– but this was not the case for Austin, Texas comic, Kat Ramzinski who was brutally attacked while walking home on April 20. Ramzinski says a silver minivan crept up on her while she was walking in her neighborhood, when three men and one woman jumped out, punched her, cut her hands with a

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    Preview: Austin’s Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival returns with Kids in the Hall, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, more!

    The moon towers of Austin are the last of their kind in the world. Purchased secondhand from the city of Detroit in 1894, the towers were designed for no more threatening a purpose than to illuminate the city– an early example of nighttime municipal electricity. But when they first arrived at the turn of the 19th century, the result was public panic. “The citizens were so concerned that it was

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    Comedy at Fun Fun Fest, day 1: Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane, Kyle Dunnigan (also Johnny Marr)

    AUSTIN — Day one of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off with sunny skies and cool, brisk air, which, for a moment, made me forget that I live in Texas, the hot-and-sweaty capital of the South. Yours truly will be in attendance for all three days of the music/comedy/BMX/weirdness festival to share with you the highlights of all the strange shenanigans that go down. The comedy stage has historically

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    Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

    AUSTIN — If there’s one thing I learned at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival yesterday evening, it’s that Austin, Texas is a really, really hot place to kick off a national tour if said tour is hosted outdoors in August. If there are two things I learned, it’s that Dave Chappelle is back. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Fourteen thousand people braved the heat and the

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    Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Kyle Kinane and many more set for Fun Fun Fun Fest

    The Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the official comedy and music line up for the 8th annual festival going down between Nov 8 and Nov. 10 in Austin. Veteran comedy rock duo Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Rob Delaney, and a live version of Adult Swim’s series The Eric Andre Show will be part of the fun. Other notable names performing include Doug Benson, Janny Slate, Kyle Dunnigan,

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    Moontower Comedy Festival, day 3: Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Chelsea Peretti!

    AUSTIN – Day three of the Moontower Comedy Festival showered audiences with far more outstanding talent than rain, though both made appearances all over the city. Much more astonishing than water falling from the sky – a true Texas rarity – was the hodgepodge of megastar comedians who bathed festival attendees in laughs by the bucketful. While the IFC series Maron unveiled a sneak-peak screening and hilarity heavyweights like Greg

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    Moontower Comedy Festival, day 2: Dana Carvey and Amy Schumer!

    AUSTIN – The second day of the second annual Moontower Comedy Festival brought us only first-stringers, and boy were we glad of it. Top-notch performers like Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford, Greg Fitzsimmons and Todd Barry no doubt left audiences in the appropriate amount of stitches, but our festival experience continued with a Saturday Night Live legend and our favorite foul-mouthed blonde pixie. The legend in question was none other than

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    Moontower Comedy Festival, day 1: Bill Hader, Anthony Jeselnik, Michael Che

    AUSTIN — The opening night of Austin’s second annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival — a four-day event spanning 12 venues and featuring 98 shows! — brought audiences in close quarters with such comedy heavyweights as Marc Maron, Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford and Bill Hader. Though we would have liked to be everywhere, journalists are sadly mortal, and had to settle for just being one place. Not that there was

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