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Jason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is a cringeworthy delight (Review)

Jason Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ is a cringeworthy delight (Review)

By | March 22, 2014 at 9:55 am | No comments

Jason Bateman, of his directorial debut, Bad Words, offers this gentle caveat: “This movie isn’t for everyone.” Screened recently at Austin’s South by Southwest festival to a packed auditorium, the film does resist easy consumption. The story centers on a cynical...

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South By Southwest comedy, days 5 and 6: Chris Gethard gets naked, Superego gets weird (Photos)

South By Southwest comedy, days 5 and 6: Chris Gethard gets naked, Superego gets weird (Photos)

By | March 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – The city of Austin is well known for its quirky eccentricity, as reflected in its mostly official motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” And South by Southwest has a tendency to exacerbate said weirdness, particularly where the comedy scene is concerned. Today, I have two...

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South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more

South By Southwest comedy, day 4: Sinbad kills it, Jim Breuer gets real and more

By | March 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – To borrow the words of the great philosopher Ice Cube, today was a good day. The story kicks off on Tuesday with some serendipitous moments only possible at an event like SXSW, where the city of Austin’s innate quirkiness morphs into something produced and promoted...

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South By Southwest comedy, day 3: Todd Barry, Iliza Shlesinger, Pete Holmes

South By Southwest comedy, day 3: Todd Barry, Iliza Shlesinger, Pete Holmes

By | March 12, 2014 at 11:14 am | No comments

AUSTIN – Day 3 of South by Southwest was tightly packed with more comedy delights. Like a really, really thick sausage that kind of sprays hot juice on you when you bite into it because the casing is so strained and taut from the vast amounts of meat inside. (Side note: I...

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South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

By | March 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm | No comments

AUSTIN – Okay, forewarning: there was too much legit Sunday night to be able to comprehensively share all of the laughs with you, dear readers, but I will do my damnedest to offer the highlights. Checked out three shows, all in a row, and lived to tell the tale....

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SXSW Comedy, day 1: Seth Meyers reveals news on Stefon, Matt Besser leads Improv 4 Humans

SXSW Comedy, day 1: Seth Meyers reveals news on Stefon, Matt Besser leads Improv 4 Humans

By | March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am | No comments

AUSTIN – South by Southwest 2014 kicked off to… rain. And cold. Apparently the polar vortex gods do not discriminate between the great white north and the usually milder environs of Texas, to the chagrin of every SX patron trying to escape winter on March 8. One of those...

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Some thoughts on the first two episodes of ‘Girls’ before they air Jan. 12 (Possible spoilers)

Some thoughts on the first two episodes of ‘Girls’ before they air Jan. 12 (Possible spoilers)

By | January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm | No comments

Last night, Austinites braved relatively cold temperatures (perhaps not -15 degrees, like our fair friends to the north experienced, but it was cold to us) for a sneak preview of one of the more polarizing television comedies to emerge in the past few years: Girls. Hosted by...

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SF Sketchfest announces stellar lineup, Key and Peele, Amy Schumer, Tenacious D, more!

SF Sketchfest announces stellar lineup, Key and Peele, Amy Schumer, Tenacious D, more!

By | December 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm | One comment

Like many folks, I have mixed feelings about comedy festivals. On the one hand, maintaining the requisite energy to plow through days of programming and events is a tall order. On the other hand, so much awesome business happens that it’s usually worth the sleepless nights and...

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Doug Benson inks deal with Alamo Drafthouse for movie interruption fun

Doug Benson inks deal with Alamo Drafthouse for movie interruption fun

By | November 25, 2013 at 10:32 am | One comment

The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, once an institution exclusive to Austin, Texas, has spread its tendrils of movie-dom across the nation. For the uninitiated, the Drafthouse combines three elements into a holy triumvirate of a film-going experience: good flicks, a full waiter...

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