Comedy Festival

March 10-18, 2023

The SXSW Comedy Festival's uniquely diverse lineup highlights many of today’s most compelling voices during a week-long celebration of comedy. The 2023 festival presents a full schedule of shows March 10-14, with intermittent programming through Saturday, March 18.

Variety Power of Comedy: Phoebe Robinson - SXSW 2023 - Photo by Akash Kataria

Variety Power of Comedy: Phoebe Robinson - SXSW 2023 - Photo by Akash Kataria

About Comedy


With an established history of featuring today’s greats and tomorrow’s celebrated performers, the SXSW Comedy Festival introduces the next wave of groundbreaking comedic talent to the entertainment industry and creative community at SXSW.

This year’s slate highlights exceptional talent and performances including stand-up, sketch, improv, podcast recordings, conversations, and more. SXSW Comedy is a unique gathering of performers from all reaches of entertainment, a special atmosphere that allows for spontaneous collaborations and magical moments.

See You in 2024

Get ready to experience more opportunities for discovery, networking, learning, and career-enhancing connections than ever before at SXSW 2024 from March 8-16. Stay tuned for announcements coming later this summer.

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Eric André in the 2023 SXSW Studio

Eric André is a comedian, actor, creator and host of Adult Swim’s hit series “The Eric Andre Show,” which will return for a sixth season in 2023. Join him as he chats about...pretty much everything in this Studio session.

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2023 Highlights


Eric André, Chelsea Handler, Abbi Jacobson, Sam Jay

2023 SXSW Comedy Festival Lineup


Abbi Jacobson • Adrienne Iapalucci • Andre Hyland • Anna Kendrick • Anthony Atamanuik • Anthony DeVito • Aristotle Athari • Beth Stelling • Bob Odenkirk • Brian Moses • Caitlin Peluffo • Caleb Hearon • Chelsea Handler • Christina Catherine Martinez • Doug Benson • Eddie Pepitone • Emma Willmann • Eric André • Felipe Esparza • Godfrey • Greg Proops • Ismael Loutfi • Jackie Fabulous • Jake Johnson • James Adomian • Jessica McKenna • Joe DeRosa • John Gemberling • Josh Johnson • Joyelle Johnson • Katherine Blanford • Leonard Maltin • Matt Besser • Mike Lawrence • Natalie Palamides • Nick Thune • Patton Oswalt • Pete Lee • Phoebe Robinson • Rachel Sennott • Reggie Watts • Sabrina Jalees • Sam Jay • Sam Tallent • Sandy Honig • Steve Agee • Steph Tolev • Stuart Goldsmith • Tim Robinson • Todd Barry • Tone Bell • Yamaneika Saunders • Plus surprise guests and more!

Special Programs Featuring

Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show • ASSSSCAT • The Comedian’s Comedian • Comic Relief US • The Creek & The Cave • Doug Loves Movies • Good Trip Live: A Night of Comedy and Psychedelic Stories • Gotham Comedy Club • I Used to Be Funny • improv4humans • Maltin on Movies • Matt Besser’s 420 Show • Roast Battle’s Tournament of Champions • Swan Leak: A Silent Clown Ballet • Variety Power of Comedy and more!

Explore the lineup announcement and dive into all confirmed programming for the 2023 SXSW Comedy Festival on the SXSW Schedule.

2023 Comedy Festival Schedule

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2023 Official Comedy Poster

The 2023 Comedy Poster designed by Esao Andrews is a must-have for any comedy fan and SXSW attendee. The silkscreen poster is hand numbered and printed in a limited run of 100. Learn more about this year's artist below and be sure to get your poster at SXSW Merch, in-person at SXSW 2023 or via online pre-sale.

2023 SXSW Comedy Poster – by Esao Andrews

"I was inspired by the idea of a stage performance. I imagined Pagliacci the clown and the tossing of roses at the end of a ballet. A frog with a jester hat is a recurring element in the SXSW Comedy Poster so I made him the hero, triumphant over some mildly dangerous beetle." - Esao Andrews

From Mesa, Arizona, Esao Andrews is a Japanese/American artist and freelance illustrator. He received his B.F.A. in NYC from The School of Visual Arts in 2000 and with his haunted subject matter and often-times colorful palate has established a career both in the fine art and commercial world. He is best known for his Surreal album artwork for the band Circa Survive and has produced numerous comic book covers for Vertigo Comics and designs for Deathwish and Baker Skateboards early in his career. Recently he has added mural work to his output and is also constructing some sculpted projects.

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The Daily Beast

Gethard first met Apatow during a live taping of comedian Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird podcast in 2011 at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Also on the panel that night was Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani. In the six years since, Apatow not only produced Gethard’s special, but also helped bring Holmes’ Crashing to HBO and produced Nanjiani’s upcoming film The Big Sick. ‘It’s like the most productive podcast episode that’s ever happened,’ Gethard jokes.

The Daily Beast

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...SXSW Comedy brought a surprising amount of rising stars to its stages this year, all of which were well-received by Austin’s famously open-minded and experimental comedy audiences.



At Austin’s annual SXSW, comedy has become a mainstay portion of the interactive film and music festival, where comedians gather around local comedy establishment Esther’s Follies to recharge between shows.


The Hollywood Reporter

...SXSW Comedy has become known for its ability to connect up-and-coming comics with a who's who of Hollywood.

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