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

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

By | April 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm | 3 comments

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...

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

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

By | April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm | No comments

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...

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Community recap: Troy and Abed switch bodies, Britta gets sad and also Pierce

Community recap: Troy and Abed switch bodies, Britta gets sad and also Pierce

By | April 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm | One comment

On tonight’s Community, Troy is Abed (and vice versa), banners are the new diorama and I am flying high on a cocktail of wine and Benadryl because I got a B12 injection yesterday that is making me tweaky as FUCK. You know how Van Gogh cut off his own ear because he had such a...

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

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

By | April 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm | 4 comments

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...

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An open love letter to Comedy

An open love letter to Comedy

By | April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm | 3 comments

Stand-up comedy is beautiful. Killing in a night club is like orchestrating a symphony or painting a beautiful picture. Sometimes it’s also like a dude telling jokes about his dick to total strangers for money. For the moment I’d like to reflect on what stand-up is and why I...

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Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 1: Lance Bangs, Megan Amram, Moshe Kasher and more!

Bridgetown Comedy Festival, day 1: Lance Bangs, Megan Amram, Moshe Kasher and more!

By | April 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm | 3 comments

PORTLAND -- The first night of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival featured no references to the craziness that happened in Boston this week nor any of the insanity that was still unfolding. But if there was a prevailing mood that hung over the opening events of this annual...

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Ricky Gervais wrote an essay for Easter and you should probably read it

Ricky Gervais wrote an essay for Easter and you should probably read it

By | March 29, 2013 at 9:32 am | No comments

In honor of Easter, the Christian holiday millions of people around the world will celebrate this Sunday by eating chocolate and ham and looking for colored eggs and possibly attending Mass, comedian Ricky Gervais has submitted an essay titled, A Holiday Message from Ricky...

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Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

Why comedians should embrace (and control) the future of comedy school

By | February 21, 2013 at 9:34 am | 23 comments

I remember sitting in my office in 2010 and reading Doug Stanhope's evisceration of stand-up comedy classes. I remember it very clearly, in fact, because at the time I was deep into strategizing how a "traditional" comedy club could become the next Upright Citizen's Brigade...

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Christina Applegate is out, Maya Rudolph is pregnant and other reasons Up All Night is doomed

Christina Applegate is out, Maya Rudolph is pregnant and other reasons Up All Night is doomed

By | February 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm | One comment

The drama currently surrounding NBC’s series Up All Night is beginning to rival that of Community from 10 months ago. When the latter show’s creator and executive producer Dan Harmon was ousted in May of last year, it blew the mind’s of the show’s cult followers. The...

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