Austin is dominating the festival game.
What’s missing from that list? Comedy, you say? Well, not anymore. The Austin Theatre Alliance set the internets all atwitter yesterday with the announcement of the first annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. Taking place over four days and multiple venues, the festival has already signed on some pretty big headliners, including Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari and Steven Wright. The full lineup is coming soon, but will include more stand up as well as a full schedule of sketch and improv (booked with a little help from Hell Yes Fest) and the soon-to-be-announced Moontower Film Festival.
So why now? Why Austin? I think we can all agree that, to use the words of Rachel Zoe, comedy is having a serious moment, and Austin is a big part of that. The Paramount regularly hosts sold out stand up shows, Cap City has a full calendar of both upcoming and established talent and the improv community here is thriving. Not to mention the fairly recent addition of a comedy portion of SXSW. Austin has shown that it loves comedy, so this was the logical next step. Plus, with the promise of four days of incredible talent and the low badge price, it’s likely to attract a fair amount of out-of-towners as well.
Tickets go on sale February 1st, but the festival doesn’t kick off until April 25. That means you’ve got a solid three months to prepare. Go check out some of that local comedy I mentioned. Prep those laugh muscles. There’s plenty to see, and a little primer before the big fest couldn’t hurt.
Editor’s note: If the title of this post confused you, please consult Urban Dictionary. I had to. –Adele