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Lietza Brass,
Festival Director

I’m all about the Club Shows and Podcasts this year. But this line-up is so stacked, so good that I would need a clone of myself to see it all. This is the dream line-up I would see, armed with a Club/Podcast badge and all the time in the world. A girl can dream can’t she?

Wednesday, April 19

7:00 p.m. My Favorite Murder – Yeah! What says ‘comedy’ like two women talking about grisly murders? I dunno…but Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have cracked this mystery code. The Paramount is the place to be on Wednesday and with my Club/Podcast badge I have a seat (provided I arrive per directions).
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8:00 p.m. Moontower at the J – Play it like a pro and skip the downtown crowd. After all, this is a marathon not a sprint. Head to the JCC to see the hilarious Sklar Brothers’ headline featuring Wendy Liebman and hosted by Matt Sadler.

Thursday, April 20

5:00 p.m. Hit the official Kickoff Party at the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin (with DJ Mel!)
6:00 p.m. About Last Night (podcast) with Brad Williams and Adam Ray!
8:00 p.m. New York’s Finest at the Parish with fabulous host Matt Bearden – With a lineup that begs the question: Who’s at The Stand and The Cellar this weekend?
10:00 p.m. Fighter & the Kid at 800 Congress
11:00 p.m. Rock out with Goddamn Comedy Jam at Antone’s! with Josh Adam Meyers
12:00 a.m. Afterparty at the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin

Friday, April 21

4:00 p.m. Screening of Showtime’s I’M DYING UP HERE at the Ritz. Free popcorn and beer or wine. Free is me!
5:00 p.m. The official happy hour lounge at the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin
6:00 p.m. Check in at The Velv to see the brilliant Ron Bennington interview one of my favorite comedians. Unmasked with Ron Bennington As a Sirius listener I registered for admission.
8:00 p.m. Line up early for Brian Posehn show at The Parish. PRO TIP!
10:00 p.m. SHEBANG! Some of the best comedians in the business are under this roof at 800 Congress.
11:59 p.m. Paramount special event Midnight Mayhem with Ralphie May. He’s got an amazing lineup!

Saturday, April 22

12:00 p.m. Breakfast tacos and Guatemalan coffee from Royal Blue Grocery!
2:00 p.m. Ping Pong Slapdown at the Stateside, hosted by the Sklar Brothers, with free burgers and fries from Phil’s Icehouse and Ice Cream by Amy’s. Plus: special surprise dessert! Moontower’s worst kept secret!
5:00 p.m. Relax at one of our restaurant partners, Eureka! or Frank. They are serving specials and/or happy hour prices.
6:00 p.m. Catch Kill Tony podcast with Tony Hinchcliff at Speakeasy
8:00 p.m. Staying put at the Speakeasy because (my feet hurt and) next up is The Tinkle Twins with Dana Gould and Arden Myrin. Andy Kindler and Eddie Pepitone too! ❤ dreamy!
10:00 p.m. Head around the corner to TenOak for some Major FOMO. Catch Daniel Koren, Alice Wetterlund, Orney Adams. Too good!
10:15 p.m. Popping in to see our newest original showcase, The Forum, with legend and host, Barry Crimmins.
11:00 p.m. Goddamn Comedy Jam, this time at The Parish. The grand finale before heading to:
12:00 a.m. Closing Night Party (11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.) at 800 Congress with DJ Mel! Phil’s Ice House is serving burgers!
2:30am – 3:30am Room Service, please! Or maybe 24 Diner. ZZZZZzzzzz….

Colleen McGarr,
Talent Producer

Wednesday, April 19

I’ll be seeing The Sklar Brothers, Wendy Liebman and Matt Sadler at the JCC; it’s a one-of-a kind show! After that, I’ll fly downtown and catch whatever I can of My Favorite Murder

Thursday, April 20

I will start off with one of my favorite podcasts: About Last Night at the Speakeasy. Brad Williams is unbelievably talented and smart, and Adam Ray kills me. Then I will head off to Austin Towers at The Velveeta Room, hosted by Matt Ingebretson; this is an Austin power-packed edition. Then it’s Bye, Felicia! for me (also at Velveeta). Next comes Stashbox 420 at The Parish with an insane lineup. And I will cap off the night with Goddamn Comedy Jam at Antone’s. What a night. Comedy Heaven!

Friday, April 21

First up will be Unmasked with Ron Bennington at The Velveeta Room; Ron is one of the top interviewers in comedy. Then I’ll be off to see mad genius Daniel Koren’s The Most Important Thing at Google Fiber. I’ll stick around there and see one of my fave comedians Hari Kondabolu at 8:30 p.m. Then it’s off to catch Kurt Metzger and Barry Crimmins’ You’re Making it Worse at Antone’s. Last year I missed 7 Minutes in Purgatory due to it being jam-packed. This year it will be at Google Fiber and I’ll be there for this one-of-a-kind performance. Last, I’ll be off to Midnight Mayhem with the fantastic Ralphie May!

Saturday, April 22

I will not miss Kill Tony and neither should you! Tony Hinchcliffe’s creative show/podcast is hilarious. Next, Stars in Bars is a must-see! I will never miss Dana Gould and Arden Myrin’s show Tinkle Twins. Finally, I will end my Moontower tour with New York’s Finest!


Jim Ritts,
Paramount Theatre CEO

Wednesday, April 19

8:00 p.m. The Sideshow Podcast
9:30 p.m. My Favorite Murder

Thursday, April 20

7:00 p.m. Ali Wong
8:00 p.m. Stars in Bars (catch the last hour)
9:30 p.m. Jay Pharoah
11:00 p.m. Boast Rattle w/Aparna Nancherla

Friday, April 21

6:00 p.m. Dumb People Town Podcast
7:00 p.m. Chris Hardwick
9:30 p.m. Colin Quinn
11:15 p.m. Guys We F@#ked
11:59 p.m. Midnight Mayhem (catch the last hour)

Saturday, April 22

2:00 p.m. Ping Pong Slapdown
6:00 p.m. Unmasked with Ron Bennington
7:30 p.m. Michelle Wolf
9:30 p.m. Patton Oswalt
11:30 p.m. New York’s Finest
12:45 a.m. Closing Night Party (11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.)

Alternate shows I truly wish that I could see:

The Most Important Thing w/Daniel Koren
Goddamn Comedy Jam
7 Minutes in Purgatory
The Forum

Maggie Hoffman,
Artist Relations Manager

Wednesday, April 19

8:00 p.m. Moontower at the J w/The Sklar Brothers
9:30 p.m. My Favorite Murder

Thursday, April 20

5:00 p.m. Kickoff Party at Stephen F Austin
7:00 p.m. Ali Wong
9:00 p.m. Bye, Felicia!
11:00 p.m. Boast Rattle

Friday, April 21

4:00 p.m. Showtime’s I’M DYING UP HERE
7:00 p.m. The Most Important Thing w/Daniel Koren
10:00 p.m. SHEBANG!
11:15 p.m. Guys We F@#ked

Saturday, April 22

2:00 p.m. Ping Pong Slapdown
6:00 p.m. Happy Hour at Eureka!
7:30 p.m. Michelle Wolf
10:00 p.m. Major FOMO
12:00 a.m. Closing Night Party (11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.)

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