2024 SXSW Comedy Festival - Reel Funny: Creating Comedy from the Director's Chair - Frank Oz, Judd Apatow, Dan Pasternack, Robert Smigel - Photo by Mindy Tucker

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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.

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Take a look back at SXSW 2024 – watch exclusive interviews, sessions, red carpet premieres, and more. We'll see you again at SXSW 2025 from March 7-15 in Austin, TX. Stay tuned for more recaps, announcements, and SXSW 2025 information throughout the summer. Subscribe to Event Updates and check out SXSW News to stay in the SX know.

2024 Comedy Poster


The Official 2024 SXSW Comedy Poster was designed by famed artist, Bill Sienkiewicz and printed in a limited run of 200.

Official 2024 SXSW Comedy Festival Poster – designed by Bill Sienkiewicz

Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-ich) is a multi-Eisner Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated artist known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration—a feat earning him an international reputation across media industries, as well as entrée into the Eisner Hall of Fame. He is most noted for Marvel's Elektra: Assassin, Moon Knight, and New Mutants—inspiring FX’s Legion and Disney’s New Mutants—and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters. He earned two Emmy nominations for his work on the animated series Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Sienkiewicz has also contributed on-set and promotional artwork for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Batman, Dune, Moon Knight series, 2018 Halloween remake, Logan, The Grinch, The Green Mile, and Unforgiven. His work has graced numerous album and book covers, U.S. Olympic campaigns, and museums and galleries across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Brazil.

"The SXSW Comedy Festival has an edgy indie vibe that appeals to the masses. I wanted to play with that seeming contradiction. To evoke the same energy by combining two disparate elements: the colorful innocence of a gumball machine, a benign pleasure of childhood—and a human skull, the future that awaits us all. Because this juxtaposition borders both interesting and clichéd, it felt challenging and dangerous enough to commit to fully. Meaning it could either work or end up in the ditch. And I love that tightrope walk. Viewers can decide for themselves where the image falls. Just like with comedy."

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Mindy Tucker Portrait Gallery

Since 2014, the SXSW Comedy Festival has been a playground for photographer Mindy Tucker to capture some of the funniest names in the game. Take a look back at a collection of her work throughout the years.

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See You Next Year

Take a look back at SXSW 2024 while you wait for SXSW 2025 from March 7-15 in Austin, TX. Stay tuned for more event updates throughout the summer.

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Official SXSW Merch

Get your official SXSW Merch including the 2024 SXSW Poster designed by Austin artist, Brian Phillips. Plus, browse shirts, hats, bags, and more!

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Official 2024 SXSW Poster – designed by local Austin artist, Brian Phillips

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

Consequence of Sound

...it’s the comedians who make sure badge holders, journalists, and festival organizers don’t take themselves too seriously.

Consequence of Sound


...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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