From March 9-16, SXSW Comedy is proud to present a packed schedule of standup, improv, sketch showcases, live podcast recordings, comedy-focused panels, and parties at venues across downtown Austin. For six years, SXSW Comedy events - open to all SXSW registrants - have brought some of the world’s funniest acts to the festival’s diverse audience. We’re excited to announce the 2013 preliminary lineup and schedule, and will be adding more shows and performers as the festival approaches - visit SXSW.com/comedy for the latest news.
2013 Participants Include:
W. Kamau Bell
Andres du Bouchet
Max & Ivan
Daniel Van Kirk
Official venues include Esther's Follies (presented by TuneIn), The North Door, and The IFC Crossroads House. Take a look at our schedule for the current, complete lineup for SXSW Film, Music and Interactive. Here are just some of the events to add to your calendar:
Go behind the scenes of Red Hour Films’ hilarious reality show parody Burning Love with some of the stars from the first two seasons. (3/9 @ Esther’s Follies)
with Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Natasha Leggero, Kumail Nanjiani
The Creek and The Cave Presents
A standup showcase curated by the theater that’s turned Long Island City into one of New York’s best bets for discovering great talent. (3/9 @ The North Door)
with Nate Bargatze, Emily Heller, Eddie Pepitone, Andrew Short, Nick Turner
IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!
An evening of fun with the stars of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! - Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts - and some surprise guests. (3/9 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is a master of on-point, observational humor - and so are the funny friends (and Totally Biased writers) he's brought to SXSW. (3/9 @ The North Door)
with W. Kamau Bell, Kevin Avery, Guy Branum, Janine Brito, Dwayne Kennedy, Hari Kondabolu, Aparna Nancherla
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater: All Stars of Improv
An irreverent show made up on the spot, featuring performers from the acclaimed theater's Los Angeles and New York outposts. (3/10 @ Esther’s Follies)
with Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey, Jon Gabrus, Chris Gethard, Dru Johnston, Shannon O’Neill, Connor Ratliff
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater: The Best Damn Standup
Showcasing exceptional standup acts from both coasts. (3/10 @ Esther’s Follies)
with Jerrod Carmichael, Chris Gethard, Kyle Kinane
Marc Maron previews his forthcoming series, which explores a fictionalized version of his relationships, his career, and his wildly popular WTF podcast. (3/10 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
Comedy Bang! Bang! Live
Scott Aukerman brings his expertly curated standup showcase, a cornerstone of the Los Angeles comedy scene for a decade, to SXSW. (3/11 @ Esther’s Follies)
Two Man Movie
In this completely improvised show, Neil Casey (Saturday Night Live) and Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock) perform a never-before-seen movie. (3/11 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura
The former Governor and wrestling legend (as played by James Adomian) has assembled a team of investigative experts to help unravel the biggest conspiracy yet. (3/11 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
The Chris Gethard Show
Proudly billed as "the most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City," this public access hit has devoted fans across the globe. (3/12 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
Robert Kelly’s Nasty Show
Who can bring their bluest, most adult-oriented sets? Presented by The Laugh Button and Gotham Comedy Club. (3/12 @ Esther’s Follies)
with Robert Kelly, Aisha Tyler, Matt Braunger, Jay Oakerson
And from 3/10 - 3/11, CleftClips presents The Mischief at The North Door, two full days of curated showcases, tongue-in-cheek panels, special events, parties, and more, including:
The Super Serious Show
An acclaimed Los Angeles-based mash-up show featuring standup and sketch comedy, videos, and much more.
with Gabe & Jenny, Brent Weinbach, Drennon Davis, Jerrod Carmichael, Kyle Kinane, Max & Ivan, Johnny Pemberton
Mischief Beta Shows: Innovative formats in development at SXSW, these are high-energy, collaborative performances.
A chaotic, comedic version of hot potato -- there are no winners. Only laughter.
hosted by Gabe Liedman, with Andy Peters, Jenny Slate, Jon Dore, Rory Scovel, music & noises by Drennon Davis
An elegant free form roast with plenty of toasts to the guest(s) of honor.
with Adam Cayton-Holland, Andres du Bouchet, Brent Weinbach, Jay Larson, Jerrod Carmichael, Kyle Mizono, Rory Scovel
Comedy Climax: Funny or Die & Team Coco present The Super Serious Show
The thrilling conclusion of The Mischief at SXSW Comedy, featuring videos by Funny or Die.
with Andres du Bouchet, Aparna Nancherla, Jay Larson, Jon Dore, Reggie Watts, Rory Scovel
Live Podcast Recordings
(all on the Esther’s Follies stage, presented by TuneIn)
Comedy Bang! Bang!
UCB co-founder Matt Besser, and a team of the world’s best improvisers, create a show from your suggestions. (3/10)
WTF with Marc Maron
Required listening for any comedy fan, WTF goes deep behind the scenes to present in-depth interviews with the industry’s most innovative performers. (3/11)
Brett Gelman (Go On, Eagleheart) promises an evening of intense comedy and unpredictable antics, with the help of a few special guests. (3/11)
Take a journey with host Christopher Walken - as channeled by Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, Casino) - in this eclectic, character-driven show. (3/12)
Hosts (and BFFs) Kulap Vilaysack and Howard Kremer welcome guests to count down and comment on new music and film releases. (3/13)
The Fogelnest Files
Join surprise guests for a trip through host Jake Fogelnest’s extensive pop culture archives. (3/15)
The Benson Interruption
Doug Benson brings his favorite comedians onstage to perform - then interrupts them with stream-of-consciousness additions to their bits. (3/16)
Crossing the Line: Why Comedians Don’t Give a F*ck if You’re Offended (3/10 @ ACC Room 18ABCD, 3:30pm)
with Joe Garden, W. Kamau Bell, Eddie Pepitone, Janine Brito
JASH: A Comedy Platform with Full Creative Autonomy (3/10 @ The Long Center, 3:30pm)
with Daniel Kellison, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Sarah Silverman, Eric Wareheim, Reggie Watts
IFC Presents: Transitioning Alternative Comedy to TV (3/12 @ ACC Room 18ABCD, 3:30pm)
with Chris Gethard, Fred Armisen, Scott Aukerman, Marc Maron
SXSW Comedy Opening Party presented by IFC & JASH (3/9 @ The IFC Crossroads House)
with performances by Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts
Funny or Die & Team Coco’s Comedy Climax After Party with The Mischief (3/11 @ The North Door)
with music from Kitten
There’s much more where this came from. Take a look at the full online schedule now for SXSW Film, Music and Interactive, and add some comedy events to your calendar. Stay tuned for lineup and schedule additions at SXSW.com/comedy.