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Ali WongAli Wong
Thurs., April 20 at 7:00 pm and Fri., April 21 at 9:30 pm

The hottest comedian of the year, Wong’s Netflix special, Baby Cobra (performed while she was 7.5 months pregnant) is one of the top ranked comedy hours of 2016. In addition, Ali is a recurring character on ABC’s breakout hit American Housewife and a writer on Fresh Off the Boat, also on ABC.

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt
Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 pm

A comedian, actor, and writer, Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment. From his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including “Parks and Recreation,” for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertain audiences.

Margaret ChoMargaret Cho
Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 pm

An accomplished performer in all formats, Margaret has conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Having been nominated for three Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award, her comedy tours are a constant sell-out both here and abroad. She’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (I’m The One That I Want and The Sensuous Woman) and her last stand-up, psyCHO, was filmed at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City.

Jay PharoahJay Pharoah
Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 pm

Jay Pharoah, is an American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist. He joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 2010, for its thirty-sixth season. Jay began imitating cartoon characters and faculty in junior high school. Some people thought Jay just wanted to annoy his teachers or to be known as the “class clown.” But as the impressions became stronger, the list of those imitated got longer, and true talent began to shine through. Because of his gift, Jay was able to grace the stages of Tidewater area comedy venues at just 15 years old. Since then, he’s wowed audiences all over the World.

Chris HardwickChris Hardwick
Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm

Chris Hardwick is a comedian, actor, TV host, author, writer, producer, and podcaster whose quick wit and up-to-the-minute intellect have made him the voice for a generation of pop culture enthusiasts.

Michelle Wolf
Thurs., April 20 at 9:30 pm and Sat., April 22 at 7:30 pm

Michelle just completed an incredibly successful first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sold out run of her debut hour-long stand-up show Michelle Wolf: So Brave.  The critically acclaimed show, which earned her a nomination for the Best Newcomer Prize from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, garnered numerous four star reviews from top publications such as the Guardian, Herald and Scotsman.

Colin QuinnColin Quinn Bully
Friday, April 21 at 9:30 pm

Colin Quinn is a stand-up comedian from Brooklyn. (okay, Park Slope). From MTV’s REMOTE CONTROL to SNL to Comedy Central’s TOUGH CROWD WITH COLIN QUINN, Mr. Quinn is not one to take a hint and bow out gracefully. He’s been on Broadway with COLIN QUINN AN IRISH WAKE and COLIN QUINN LONG STORY SHORT (also a HBO special), and off Broadway and Netflix with his show COLIN QUINN UNCONSTITUTIONAL and most recently, COLIN QUINN THE NEW YORK STORY, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. His first and last book, THE COLORING BOOK, is now out from Grand Central Publishing. Colin can be seen as Amy Schumer’s father in the hit film TRAINWRECK, and as Hermie on HBO’s GIRLS. Season 3 of his hit webseries COP SHOW is now streaming on COLIN QUINN THE NEW YORK STORY (directed by Jerry Seinfeld) is premiered on Netflix in November and he’ll be seen in the new Adam Sandler film, SANDY WEXLER out next year.

Matt Bellassai
Fri., April 21 at 7:30 pm and Sat., April 22 at 9:30 pm

Matt Bellassai is a comedian, writer and social media personality. He is the current host of the weekly show, To Be Honest, on Facebook boasting over half a million followers.

Puddles Pity PartyPuddles Pity Party
Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 pm

The ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is back with a suitcase full of all new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex! As with any Pity Party performance, it’s not all sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

My Favorite Murder
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

MY FAVORITE MURDER is hosted by Emmy winning comedian Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark This comedy podcast is number one on iTunes, outranking WTF with Marc Maron and NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. This podcast provides a dark comedy look at murders, both solved and unsolved. Fans are called “Murderinos”.

Midnight Mayhem with Ralphie May
Friday, April 21 at 11:59 pm

Comedian Ralphie May (Netflix, Comedy Central, Showtime, Inside Amy Schumer, Roast Battle) will host this year’s midnight show of surprises. All acts TBA. Look for Ralphie on The Nasty Show special on Showtime in early 2017.

Ping Pong Slapdown
Live Commentary by the Sklar Brothers

Everyone’s favorite event returns for another day of athletic drama and hilarious commentary. The Sklar Brothers will once again narrate the action and interview all the losers.

I’m Dying Up Here
Friday, April 21 at 4:00 pm

We’re thrilled to announce a special screening of I’m Dying Up Here, the new SHOWTIME® original drama series from Executive Producer Jim Carrey, at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. The screening is exclusive only to Moontower Comedy Festival badge holders.

The Fighter and The Kid
Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen

Former UFC heavyweight champ Brendan Schaub and Actor/comedian Bryan Callen are the yin and yang of the comedy world. Over 3 million ITunes, Soundcloud and You tube watchers agree!

Dumb People Town
The Sklar Brothers!

It’s as much an exploration as it is a celebration of dumb people doing dumb things (often in Florida). With Daniel Van Kirk, Randy Sklar, and Jason Sklar.

Guys We F@#ked
The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast

Comedians Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher host this show of revolving topics dealing with relationships, sex, racism, sexism, feminism and guys they f***ed. Over a half million subscribers on iTunes.

Kill Tony
Tony Hinchcliffe

Comedian Tony Hinchcliffe hosts this wildly popular podcast with Brian Redban where young, rising, up and coming comics and failing older comics get their names pulled out of a bucket, do one minute of material each, and then Tony and his 2 VIP comedian judges, give feedback, extra material, and ask the young comedians questions that always lead to a hilarious debacle.

My Favorite Murder
Kick off the fest at the Paramount

MY FAVORITE MURDER is hosted by Emmy winning comedian Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark This comedy podcast is number one on iTunes, outranking WTF with Marc Maron and NPR’s Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me. This podcast provides a dark comedy look at murders, both solved and unsolved. Fans are called “Murderinos”.

About Last Night
Adam Ray and Brad Williams

It’s feels like you’re hanging in the room with comedians Adam Ray & Brad Williams when they host their popular comedy podcast ABOUT LAST NIGHT.  A favorite amongst comedians and fans of the industry, it’s been featured on ITUNES & several top comedy websites.  With hilarious insight and stories from some of today’s biggest names, they’re consistently bringing great episodes with guests such as Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Paul Feig, Dana Carvey, Jason Derulo, Marc Maron, Neil Patrick Harris, Bret Ratner, Doug Ellin ( creator of Entourage ), Lisa Kudrow, Howie Mandel,  Bob Saget, Jeff Garlin, Jay Mohr, Whitney Cummings, Nick Kroll, Adam Devine, Billy Gardell, Michael Rappaport, The Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Attell, Tony Danza, Christopher Titus, Jerrod Carmichael, Kevin Nealon, Nick Swardson, Jaleel White, Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, Lamorne Morris, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Chris D’Elia, Pete Holmes, and Kevin Eastman (creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Lovett or Leave It
Jon Lovett

Every Friday night, Jon and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many famous Friends of the Pod will break down the week’s biggest news and deal with whatever bullshit came flying over the transom in our broken, insane political nightmare factory. Plus it’s produced by a former head writer for The Office, Lee Eisenberg! So it’s got that kind of a vibe too. There will be rants! Games! Bad impressions! Quizzes! Dramatic Readings! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion!

Legion of Skanks
The Most Offensive Podcast on Earth

Legion of Skanks has been called “the most offensive podcast on Earth” and the hosts and creators wouldn’t want it any other way! Stand up comedians and real-life best friends Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez, and Dave Smith host their weekly “podcast party” from the Creek and Cave in Long Island City where they invite their loyal fans in studio to hang out and listen in as they discuss anything and everything in a hilarious and extremely uncensored way. They “skanks” consistently raise the bar on filth and depravity and the goal of the show isn’t to educate but rather to make you piss your pants laughing and possibly question your own moral code.

Comedy 101
Tell a Joke or Be a Joke

Comedy 101 is what happens when an open mic crashes into a roast. Five rookies who have only performed at open mic shows take to the stage, most of them for the very first time in front of a real audience, and they have to try to make the crowd and our panel of “mentors” laugh. They have to work fast, though, because our mentors have bells in front of them and they are ready to ring in, stop the set, and absolutely eviscerate the open mic’ers (and each other). So if you can’t tell a joke, you will be the joke.

The Bonfire
Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder

“The Bonfire” is hosted by comedians Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder. They invite listeners and friends to come and hang out by the radio bonfire as the blunt and candid duo talk about everything from comedy and entertainment to sports, sharing their funniest stories from the road and giving fans a chance to call in and give their opinions on the topics of the day.

with Ron Bennington

SiriusXM’s “Unmasked” with Ron Bennington features hour long interviews with artists in the business of comedy, taped before a studio audience. Past guests have included great performers and writers like Joan Rivers, Dick Cavett, Wanda Sykes, Louis C.K., Richard Lewis, Jimmy Fallon and Bob Newhart.

Goddamn Comedy Jam
a.k.a “The Comedy Jam” on Comedy Central

A super-fan hit at last year’s Moontower, the show is back and is now a series on Comedy Central. After a short set, Standup comedians live out their rock fantasies during a number with rock band Elemenope.

7 Minutes in Purgatory
Ian Abramson

The wildly creative Ian Abramson challenges his fellow comedians to perform their tried and true material in a sound proof booth, away from the audience. See professional comedians meltdown as they perform in a “bubble.”

Boast Rattle
Hosted by Kyle Ayers

A roast style competitive compliment contest. Comedians go head-to-head seeing who can compliment the other better and even includes a lucky crowd member for some on the spot boasting. Hosted by Kyle Ayers, the show will feature special guest judges and performances throughout.

The Most Important Thing
Daniel Koren

Daniel Koren, born in Tel-Aviv, is an Emmy Nominated Comedian/Composer based in Brooklyn NY. His innovative musical-comedy work has gained excessive popularity and received more than a million views on YouTube. ‘The Most Important Thing’, is his debut musical comedy show. It features Koren on the piano, and guitar, accompanied by a choir of his alter egos, projected on a screen. TMIT has been presented in Under The Radar, UCB, Noorderzon Festival (Holland), Tmuna Theater (Israel) and Comedy Central Stage (LA).

Particular Show
Andy Kindler

Andy consults his rolodex of comedy stars to present a hilarious and very Particular show. You may be asking, “How do I know Andy?” He logged over 40 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (oh, how we miss Dave), and is a recurring castmember on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, and Bob’s Burgers.

Tinkle Twins
Dana Gould and Arden Myrin

Moontower is so excited to bring back this magical variety show from L.A.

You’re Making It Worse
Kurt Metzger with Barry Crimmins

Kurt Metzger and Barry Crimmins take their touring show, “You’re Making It Worse” to Moontower 2017.

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