March 9 - 16, 2013, SXSW Comedy will highlight some of the world’s funniest acts and introduce exciting, emerging talent to the festival’s diverse audience. Comedy events - open to all SXSW badgeholders - include standup, improv, and sketch showcases, live podcast recordings, and comedy-focused panels.
SXSW Comedy is proud to announce collaborations with:
Founded as a home for original, offbeat programming, IFC has remained innovative both onscreen and off. The network has established its unique comic sensibility, from airing cult classics to creating current hits Portlandia, Comedy Bang Bang, and the forthcoming Maron. This year, the IFC House will host official SXSW Comedy shows.
With hundreds of all-comedy stations on demand, TuneIn.com offers endless opportunities for discovering new voices. The site hosts thousands of streams from across the globe, plus archived episodes of many popular podcasts. This year, TuneIn returns to SXSW as the official sponsor of the Esther’s Follies stage.
The Upright Citizens Brigade has helped grow alternative comedy communities on both coasts, founding theaters known for innovative programming and training centers whose graduates have gone on to write and perform on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Key & Peele, The League, and more.
LA-based CleftClips is behind acclaimed events The Super Serious Show and Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen. Known for their eclectic lineups, CleftClips has produced shows for SXSW, Bridgetown, and the Edinburgh Fringe. This year they present The Mischief, a two day, immersive experience featuring plenty of oddball acts.
Since its very first viral video, Funny or Die has been setting and raising the bar for web comedy. In addition to its flagship site - which hosts thousands videos from celebrities and aspiring comic writers - the Funny or Die network has expanded to include an iPad app, a series of films, and original programming for HBO and Comedy Central.
Presenting the official website of beloved late night show Conan, Team Coco goes behind the scenes to bring fans exclusive videos, interviews, and blogs, plus sets from up-and-coming standups and contributions from the show’s Emmy-nominated writing staff.
The Creek and The Cave has turned Long Island City into one of New York’s top comedy destinations. With a roster of regular performers that includes many former (and future) New York’s Funniest Stand Up competition winners and Just for Laughs New Faces, the club has quickly become one of the city’s best bets for discovering new talent.
Gotham has hosted some of comedy’s biggest names and helped launch countless careers. Home to Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the club is a New York City institution, and with over a dozen shows each week, it continues to highlight exceptional acts.
Written by and for devoted comedy fans, TheLaughButton.com has been supporting standup since 2006. The Laugh Button Live! produces acclaimed special events and showcases in New York, and this year, TLB returns to SXSW with their friends at Gotham Comedy Club.
Burning Love skewers reality TV rejects, blending pitch perfect parody with an amazing cast of comic actors and standups. The wildly popular web series, produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, starred The State alumni Ken Marino; the second season, starring June Diane Raphael, premieres Feb. 14.
FX original series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell highlights the host’s aptitude for on-point, observational humor. The show features Bell, a standup and activist, taking a frank look at the news with the help of guests and a staff of comic contributors.
Official Comedy is one of YouTube’s largest on-demand comedy stations. Their hundreds of playlists stream standup, sketches, and web series - including Full On Koechner, We Should Break Up, and Puddin’ Strip - whenever you want.
The official local radio sponsor of SXSW, Comedy 102.7 is an all-humor station where you’re just as likely to hear your favorite local or underground comic as one of the classics. Comedy 102.7 is a part of Emmis Media and the rapidly growing 24/7 Comedy network.
For updates and schedules, please visit www.sxsw.com/comedy.