Comedy Festival

March 9–17, 2018

Growing from a one-night celebration of comedy’s biggest names into a week-long whirlwind of a festival, the SXSW Comedy Festival presents uniquely diverse programming that highlights exceptional emerging and established talent.

'Comedy Bang Bang' Live at 2017 SXSW Comedy – Photo by Mindy Best/Getty Images

'Comedy Bang Bang' Live at 2017 SXSW Comedy – Photo by Mindy Best/Getty Images

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SXSW Comedy’s packed daily and nightly schedule from March 9-17, 2018 features a diverse line-up of rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. All badges, Film and Music Wristbands* are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 SXSW Comedy Festival including lineup announcements later in the season.

2017 Lineup

Explore more from the initial 2017 lineup below and stay tuned to SXSW News for another announcement from SXSW Comedy, which will include additional performers, showcases, and events.

2017 SXSW Comedy Participants:

Al Madrigal • Big Jay Oakerson • Bob Odenkirk • Bonnie McFarlane • Brendon Walsh • Chris Hardwick • Dan Harmon • Dave Hill • Doug Benson • Doug Stanhope • Dulce Sloan • Glenn Wool • Eddie Pepitone • Guy Branum • Hannibal Buress • Horatio Sanz • Janeane Garofalo • Jason Mantzoukas • Jessica McKenna • Joe DeRosa • Joel Kim Booster • John Hodgman • Jon Gabrus • Julio Torres • Liza Treyger • Matt Besser • Matt Walsh • Matteo Lane • Michael Ian Black • Mike Lawrence • Morgan Murphy • Nate Bargatze • Nick Kroll • Nick Swardson • Nick Thune • Nicole Byer • Rich Vos • Robert Kelly • Sasheer Zamata • Scott Aukerman • Scott Thompson • Sean Patton • Shane Mauss • Shaun Diston • Tim Dillon • Tom Lennon • Wanda Sykes • Whitney Cummings • Wyatt Cenac • and more to come.

SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs Featuring:

Above Average@midnightASSSSCATComedy Bang! Bang!Doug Loves MoviesDoug Stanhope and FriendsHarmonQuestImprov4humansThe Laugh Button Live w/ Gotham Comedy Club • My Wife Hates MeNight TrainTalk Show the Game ShowWhat’s Your F@%kin’ Deal? • and more.

2017 Comedy Schedule

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