Though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Laughspin can confirm that there will be no less than eight popular comedy podcasts represented at this year’s comedy portion of Austin’s South By Southwest arts festival, including WTF with Marc Maron, Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson and The Smartest Man In The World with Greg Proops.
In addition to that stellar trio, the following podcasts will also be recording live versions of their shows: Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Sklarbro Country with Jason and Randy Sklar, Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack and Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. Actor Jeffrey Tambor will be a guest on Maron’s show; more guest news will be available in the following weeks.
This year’s festival boasts two more nights of comedy than last year; with two new venues and a host of comedy-related discussion panels scheduled, the comedy portion of the fest will run from March 10 until March 17.
“The music/comedy connection is an old story. People in bands tend to be comedy fans, and a lot of comedians wish they were in bands. So it’s a natural fit,” Janeane Garofalo, comedian and past SXSW performer has said about the extended comedy programming. “I’m a sucker for walking up Congress Street and stopping at every craft table and cupcake truck. And for seeing any off-the-beaten-path band that’s playing in a yard or a parking lot.”
Complete info on the fest can be found at SXSW.