Moontower Comedy Festival Is Happening This Year and Just Made Their First Line-Up Announcement
OK, are fingers are crossed (and vaccinated) that this time, this edition of the Moontower Comedy Festival is going to stick. They’ve had to reschedule it more than once throughout the pandemic as the prospect of big time gatherings, especially ones that are indoors seem like a distant dream only a few months ago.
That dream seems to be getting closer to reality with the vaccine rollout pushing forward in the U.S. There are better prospects of things like comedy festivals, such as Moontower in Austin, TX, to happen in full force again. Currently, they’re scheduled the festivities for Sept. 22nd-25th, 2021 and, just like they used to do in the before times, have an already massive line-up in their first announcement including Margaret Cho, Dave Attell, Maria Bamford, The Goddamn Comedy Jam, Endless Honeymoon, and so much more.
Do note that Texas does have one of the lowest percentages of COVID-19 vaccination in the country and we sincerely hope it gets way better by the time September rolls around. If you’re game for comedy festivals in just a few months, you best go get your passes/badges right here right now.
Round 1 is here! 🙌 100+ comedians are invading downtown Austin Sept 22nd-25th to celebrate the 10th year of the Moontower Comedy Festival! Stand-up, podcasts, parties, shows, surprises & more wrapped up into for 4 days of funny 🎫 Badges on sale now: https://t.co/LM5GmRJOyZ pic.twitter.com/apOTPooQvi
— Moontower Comedy (@MoontowerComedy) June 10, 2021
Pick of the Day: IIBA’s Sixth Annual Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights 5/13
Though they’ll have to do it virtually, the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area is doing their annual comedy fundraiser, their sixth one in fact, in order to support the access they provide to those immigrating to the U.S.
In order to go big for this very special virtual version of their big time fundraiser, they’ve assembled a gala worthy line-up that includes Margaret Cho, Bassem Youssef, Naomi Ekperigin, and host Francesca Fiorentini.
As if this wasn’t enough to get you to chip in for a great stand-up show for a critical cause, there’s even a VIP option to have a “VIP Wine Tasting” with wine from Duckhorn Vineyards that would be delivered to your door (have to have your orders in by today, Apr. 28th).
So, this IIBA’s Sixth Annual Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights goes live at Thurs. May 13th at 7PM PT/10PM ET. Tickets are $40-$125 (even and tax-deductible). Get more info/tickets here.
Pick of the Day: ‘Stand Up for Asian Americans’ to benefit Red Canary Song 5/14
We say this a lot on our podcast, but there are so many causes to support at this time. There’s rallying against anti-Asian hate, supporting working rights, and decriminalizing sex work in order to properly support sex workers to just name a few.
Stand Up for Asian Americans is big live-stream comedy benefit that will support all those issues above through the wondrous org that is Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian & Migrant sex workers organizing transnationally. That alone should peak your interest in supporting their efforts through tuning into this comedy live-stream set to go live on Fri. May 14th at 5PM PT/8PM ET.
Yet, this show gets better as the one and only Margaret Cho will be headlining and be joined by a slew of fantastic Asian American comedians and performers including Telly Leung, Jasmine Rice Labeija
Poppy Liu, Calamity Chang, Damian Dragon, Frankie Sharp. So clear out your plans for at least one night that weekend as Stand Up for Asian Americans will go live on 5/14 and have repeat airings on 5/15 5PM PT/8PM ET and 5/16 at 4PM PT/7PM ET.
Tickets are only $20 and 100% of net proceeds go to Red Canary Song. So, go get more info and your tickets already!
Pick of the Day: Sex with Margaret Cho 2/14
You probably already know, but this upcoming Valentine’s Day will be unlike any other that we’ve had in our collective lifetimes. COVID-19 will very much be around on Feb. 14th and the emotionally crippling isolation and quarantine fatigue will be right there with it.
So, in lieu of the more traditional methods of celebrating this holiday popularized by a card company, we’ll have to look to virtual offerings and it just so happens that Margaret Cho will be doing an exclusive live-stream via RushTix that will be explicitly be Margaret’s sex advice. It may not be a romantic dinner at you and your significant other’s favorite restaurant, but a whole night of the finer points of sex as detailed by Cho could very likely, we think, to be just as fun.
Also, at $20, it’s probably more affordable than whatever you’d normally do on Valentine’s Day.
Pick of the Day: SF Sketchfest’s Festpocalypse 1/30
It’s the first day of 2021 even though it feels like 2020 is still going on and doing it’s terrible, terrible thing, you can, if you’re up for it, try to start the year anew.
In that regard, we’d like to remind you of the first real big comedy event of the year (it’s still virtual, FYI): SF Sketchfest’s Festpocalypse. Coming in at the end of January right around when SF Sketchfest, one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals would normally happen, Festpocalypse will be a virtual event at a proportion that SF Sketchfest hasn’t ever done. Just take a gander at that line-up on the flyer. Even though it’s taking place over one day only, it really is a bill that they’d have at their normally scheduled, three week comedy festival extravaganza that takes over San Francisco.
Also, you should note that Festpocalypse is a fundraiser for SF Sketchfest to keep going in the future when doing a big time festival will be allowed.
Festpocalypse is set for Jan. 30th and will begin streaming at 5PM PT/8PM ET. Tickets start at only $20, but go up if you want to snag some merch. Go get them here.
SF Sketchfest Announces Virtual “Festpocalypse” Fundraiser This Coming January
How will they fit that much show into one night? We’re not really sure, but you best clear out Sat. Jan. 30th so you can watch, enjoy, and support SF Sketchfest via Festpocalypse starting at 5PM PT/8PM ET so you can pack in all of what’s listed above (i.e. all the live comedy you could possibly want from SF Sketchfest from the comfort of your own quarantine).
Tickets start at $20, which is pretty swell price. If you can’t make it on Jan. 30th, you’ll be able to watch it through Feb. 1st. Go get your tickets at sfsketchfest.com right now.
Upcoming Book “Notes from the Bathroom Line” Has One of Hell of a Line-up of Contributors
If you’re looking for something way in the future to look forward as a way to potentially have something to get you through the end of the year all the way into 2021 when maybe, possibly, hopefully there will be a vaccine that we all can get for COVID-19, there will be a magnificent collection of essays, poetry, toons, short stories, art, and so much more for well over 100 of the best women in comedy (from all corners including stand-up, writing, sketch, acting, podcasting, musical comedy, and more) in Notes from the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy.
Amy Solomon (producer on Silicon Valley, Barry) curated the incredibly impressive literary gathering for this book and we really can’t wait for Mar. 16th, 2021 when Notes from the Bathroom Line is set for release.
Thus far, slated to contribute are:
Lolly Adefope, Maria Bamford, Aisling Bea, Lake Bell, Rachel Bloom, Rhea Butcher, Nicole Byer, D’Arcy Carden, Aya Cash, Karen Chee, Margaret Cho, Mary H.K. Choi, Amanda Crew, Rachel Dratch, Beanie Feldstein, Jo Firestone, Briga Heelan, Samantha Irby, Emily V. Gordon, Patti Harrison, Mary Holland, Jen Kirkman, Lauren Lapkus, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Natalie Morales, Aparna Nancherla, Yvonne Orji, Lennon Parham, Chelsea Peretti, Alexandra Petri, Natasha Rothwell, Amber Ruffin, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Megan Stalter, Beth Stelling, Cecily Strong, Sunita Mani, Geraldine Viswanathan, Michaela Watkins, Mo Welch, and Sasheer Zamata.
More contributors will be added down the line for a book that’s so much more promising than a lot of what 2020 has given us.
By the way, you can pre-order Notes from the Bathroom Line here.
Pick of the Day: Do Re #MeToo: Sexist Songs Reclaimed by Righteous Feminists 9/17
It should be no secret that some of the most popular songs, the ones that people hum until they sing the part of the chorus that they remember, further affirm the patriarchy and limit women to traditional gender roles and expectations in subtle and very not so subtle sexist ways.
Do Re #MeToo is a special evening, presented by Abortion Access Front (AAF), that combines comedy and music to highlight how truly toxically masculine some of music’s hits/bangers/etc. are.
Slated to perform thus far are:
Margaret Cho, Peppermint (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Broadway’s Head Over Heels), Tony Winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into the Woods), Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Veruca Salt, Bethany Thomas, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Ambrosia Parsley, Holly Miranda, and Jackie Venson.
Lizz Winstead, AAF founder and co-creator of The Daily Show, is set to host and the marvelous Michelle Buteau is set to be a virtual bar tender.
Do Re #MeToo will stream via Crowdcast on Thurs. Sept. 17th at 6PM PT/9PM ET. Admission is pay what you can! Go get your tickets right now right here.
Enjoy Trailer for Christian Movie Satire “Faith Based”
For several years now, the niche industry of faith based movies, which are very specifically films geared towards those of the Christian faith, have proven to be quite the moneymakers. More and more prominent talent that previously never take part in a “Christian movie” have found that it isn’t as risky of a move and started popping up here and there in such movies.
So, Faith Based,from director Vincent Masciale and writer and co-star Luke Barnett, take on and satirize the whole cottage industry of these “faith-based” films by showing a duo schemes to get rich quick through producing their own ludicrous Christian full length feature about the first prayer in space.
Take a gander of what they have up their sleeve (including an ensemble cast featuring Jason Alexander, Lance Reddick, and Margaret Cho) with the trailer here, then look for Faith Based to roll out next month Oct. 9th.
Pick of the Day: Operation Save Abortion 4/30
The far reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond just the virus spreading and the deaths it causes or even the terrifying economic disruption. For instance, access to independent abortion providers is getting shut down even though it’s an essential, crucial service. It’s heinous to do this sans pandemic, it’s particularly despicable to do during these times with the most devastating pandemic nearly anyone has lived through.
So, Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of The Daily Show, will be leading as the head of Abortion Access Front and hosting this Operation Save Abortion fundraiser to raise money for said independent abortion providers to stay open and operating in these dire times. It’ll be 12 hour live-stream on Instagram Live at the AAFs Instagram @abortionfront going from Thurs. Apr. 30th 7AM PT/10AM ET-7PM PT/10PM ET.
Slated for the fundraising live-stream event is a marvelous row of comedy folks including: Elizabeth Banks, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Jenny Slate, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Beth Stelling, Dana Gould, Josh Gondelman, Samantha Irby, Shannon Woodward, Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Jessica Kirson, Krystyna Hutchinson (co-host of the Guys We F’cked podcast), and Lindy West (Shrill).
That’s not even the whole line-up that already includes many of comedy’s finest, which should make for one damn fine marathon live-stream chock full of stand-up, stories, bits, and more (on top of supporting a very important cause that might have otherwise easily gotten swept under the radar of the COVID-19 news cycle).
FYI, you can support this cause during the live-stream or even before then at keepourclinics.org.
— Lizz "Hollywood Death Cult" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) April 23, 2020
Bumbershoot 2017 Announces Line-Up Including Margaret Cho, Todd Barry, and Judah Friedlander
Sounds pretty cool, no?
If you’re in or around Seattle in September, you really ought to go to Bumbershoot.
Passes for Bumbershoot go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10AM PST.
3-Day Passes, starting at $235
VIP Passes, starting at $425
Emerald Passes, starting at $725
Get more details here.
Salt Lake City Has a Pretty Swell Looking Golden Spike Comedy & Podcast Festival Kicking Off Tomorrow
From March 8th (i.e. tomorrow)-Mar. 11th in Downtown Salt Lake City, The Golden Spike Comedy Festival will serve up a pretty a great offering of stand-up, podcasts, and more.
Just look at the flyer above.
Get more details on The Golden Spike Comedy Festival here.
David Cross, Amy Schumer, Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, Carol Burnett, and Margaret Cho Get Grammy Nominations
*comedy nominees in italics
BEST COMEDY ALBUM
…America…Great… — David Cross
American Myth — Margaret Cho
Boysih Girl Interrupted — Tig Notaro
Live At The Apollo — Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping — Patton Oswalt
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
M Train — Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia)— (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello
It’s almost expected to see Tig Notaro, Patton Oswalt, and Amy Schumer here in this year’s Grammy nominations for comedy. David Cross getting a nod for his album that specifically stands against Trump and one for Carol Burnett’s audio book are also good, big name choices.
Still, given how wide the field is in the Grammys, we wonder if there would ever be room for, let’s say, Best First Comedy Album or Best Podcast, etc. etc. to allow room for works from critically acclaimed comedians that are just on the brink of breaking out into the national spotlight.
See the full list of Grammy nominees for 2017 here, then see who wins at the ceremony set for February 12th.
Yes, this means you can go watch a great comedy show with the likes of Margaret Cho, Ian Edwards, Johnny Pemberton, Aparna Nancherla, Yvonne Orji, James Austin Johnson, and Eli Olsberg in an adult entertainment store AND support The Trevor Project.
Get your tickets here.
The rest of our listings for comedy shows, events, open mics, and maps can be found at www.thecomedybureau.com.
Here’s the Season 8 Trailer for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
Jerry Seinfeld, some very fancy and/or unusual cars, and John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho, JB Smoove, Lorne Michaels, Judd Apatow are the latest group to get coffee and show off what hanging out as very successful people in comedy is like in season 8 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Catch a glimpse of it in this trailer, then look for new episodes to start streaming next week Thursday, June 16th.
Here Are Some of The Storytellers/Comedians for Season 3 of “This Is Not Happening” Taping Later This Month
Dan St Germain
Big Jay Oakerson
Ari Shaffir will host, hopefully in a more outlandish 3 piece suit, stories from all of the above and more on May 22nd-25th at This Is Not Happening’s home, Cheetah’s in Los Feliz.
You can (and should) reserve your tickets for the tapings for free right here.
Here’s a Teaser for Tig Notaro’s HBO Special “Boyish Girl Interrupted”
This year is quickly becoming a banner year for Tig Notaro as the documentary following her now legendary set, “Tig”, was just released this past weekend on Netflix and her Showtime special with Jon Dore, “Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro” premiered earlier this year.
On top of all of that, she has her HBO comedy special “Boyish Girl Interrupted” premiering on Aug. 22nd at 10PM.
Get your first look at it with this teaser.
Weird Al Yankovic’s First Music Video “Tacky” Parodies Pharrell’s “Happy”
Weird Al Yankovic has begun his 8 days of 8 consecutive, brand spanking new music videos by parodying Pharrell’s mega hit “Happy” with his “Tacky”. Enlisting the loudest possible clothes you could find and the talents of Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, and Eric Stonestreet, Yankovic is off to a great start making the release of his new album Mandatory Fun tomorrow all the more exciting.
Nerdist has the exclusive first video to watch right here.