What would you tell new attendees?
SEAN PATTON: It’s an interesting festival to perform on, as it’s mainly out-of-towners … but they’re all tech aficionados and film fanatics. A higher-brow level of tourist and pretty much always a good audience to perform for. AND if you’re still chill after a few days, a bunch of bands show up and play for you.
TREYGER: All the comics are pumped as hell to be there, so you get to see very happy comics getting to be part of a huge thing that’s bigger than regular comedy festivals. We’re happy to party and be in Austin and do all the fun specialty shows, like the podcasts and themed shows. It’s a little vacation.
BARGATZE: “Comedians love festivals. Just to be around a lot of other comics, and the chance to meet and talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise. But SXSW can be exhausting. It’s like going to Vegas, and you’re like “I can’t do this again…” Then the next year comes around, and you’re like ‘Yeah, I’m gonna go do it again.”
AUKERMAN: When I think of SXSW Comedy, I think about sitting on the dusty stairs backstage at Esther’s Follies waiting for my set. You’re always totally surprised by something that’s happening. But mostly I think about the crowds, and how much fun it always is to be there.
The 2018 SXSW Comedy Festival happens over the course of the entire SXSWeek (March 9–17). Stay tuned to sxsw.com for more information in the coming weeks, including lineup announcements.