Aziz Ansari, Maria Bamford and more will headline new Austin comedy fest

By | January 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm | One comment | feature slider, News | Tags: , , ,

Do you love to go to Austin, Texas to see comedy at South by Southwest, but you could really do without the Pitchfork-approved, up-and-coming musicians that SXSW is really all about? If so, we have good news for you: Austin is about to be home to a new comedy festival with no indie rock in it!

From April 25–28, you can attend the very first Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest presented by the Paramount Theatre. “Comedy” because that’s what you’ll see there, and “oddity” because it’s in Austin, which we’re supposed to keep weird.

The festival will have lots and lots of stand-up, sketch, improv and comedy music provided by the more than 60 comics who will be performing at the festival, including Aziz Ansari, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Jackie Kashian, Joe Mande, Seth Meyers, Baron Vaughn, Brendon Walsh, Brent Weinbach and Steven Wright. That’s just a taste; the complete lineup will be announced soon.

Of the new festival, comedian and amateur food critic Ansari said, “I’m so excited to come back to Austin. I can’t wait to eat at Torchy’s Tacos, Uchiko, and hopefully finally try Franklin BBQ. Oh, I’m also doing stand-up, I think.” Whether or not Cuba Gooding Jr. will be in attendance to provide support remains to be seen.

Festival badges and VIP passes will go on sale Feb. 1. Visit for more info.

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Paul Ciampanelli

Paul Ciampanelli recently transplanted from New England to Los Angeles in order to be at the heart of the comedy scene in the City of Angels. A longtime comedy fan, he was watching reruns of The Kids in the Hall on Comedy Central and listening to George Carlin and Robert Klein albums with his folks at the age of 11. In addition to writing, he studies improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also likes apples, cartoons and cats. Meow!

  • Emma Kat Richardson

    Woo, Torchy’s! Aziz, if you’re reading this, get the fried avocado.

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