Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest 2012
By Don Simpson | April 19, 2012
The Paramount Theatre announced today the lineup for the Moontower Mini Film Fest to take place during the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival April 25-28 in Austin.
Also announced is a special performance of Master Pancake Theater’s “Mystery Show,” featuring local favorites John Erler and Joe Parsons as they pair bad movies with live comedy, breathing new humorous life into the mundane. Plus, details on the hilarious Funny or Die showcases are just released, with Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more.
The Moontower Mini Film Fest presents a diverse mix of films from hilarious features to documentaries on legendary comics to a program of new shorts to help you keep the laughter going during the daylight hours between marathon nights of comedy. The films are free to all Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest badge holders, however, no tickets will be sold to the film screenings.
FUNNY OR DIE SHOWCASES
4/27/12 8:00pm & 10:30pm
Stateside at the Paramount
Funny or Die brings you… four live comedy shows! In two showcases scheduled at the Stateside at the Paramount Friday night at 8:00 and 10:30pm writers, performers and friends of Funny or Die step out of the internet and onto the stage for a night of sketch, video, stand-up and surprises. Featuring Alex Fernie, Seth Morris, Josh Fadem, Johnny Pemberton, The Walsh Bros and more!
MASTER PANCAKE THEATER “MYSTERY SHOW”
Stateside at the Paramount
It’s smart, fast, and bust-a-gut funny. Voted BEST COMEDY TROUPE twice by the readers of the Austin Chronicle (2008, 2009), Master Pancake features slacker wise-cracker John Erler, his partner Joe Parsons, and a rotating band of Austin’s funniest comics going up against the worst that entertainment has to offer.
MOONTOWER MINI FILM FESTIVAL AT STATESIDE AT THE PARAMOUNT
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (84 min, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg)
Thursday, April 26 2:00pm
AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (102 min, directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas)
Friday, April 27 3:00pm
FREAK DANCE (90 min, directed by Matt Besser)
Saturday, April 28 1:00pm
COMEDY SHORTS (80 min)
Saturday, April 28 – 3:30pm
Featuring: Modern Man by John Merriman and Kerri Lendo; Kittywood Studios by Joe Nicolosi; 92 Alonzo Mourning Skybox Rookie Card by Todd Sklar; Someone Like You (Pug Version) by Mark Potts and Don Swaynos; Billy’s Birthday by Thomas Wohlford; Hands on a Hard Cart by Sam Eidson; Sexy Chat by Caroline Connor; and The Arm by Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis.
The lineup of the inaugural festival includes over 70 of the funniest voices in comedy including Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, Steven Wright, Wanda Sykes, Jeffrey Ross, JB Smoove, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, The Amazing Johnathan, Andy Kindler, W. Kamau Bell, Hannibal Buress, Jackie Kashian, Oscar Nunez, The Divorce Show, Theme Park, The Dan Band and many more. Eleven venues around Austin will host everything from stand-up to improv, sketch to musical comedy.
One third of the seats at almost every venue (the exceptions are the Paramount Theatre, Cap City Comedy Club and New Movement Theater) will be held for “You Betcha I’m Somebody” Badge purchasers. That means, for just $129 you have access to 11 venues, over 70 comics, 60 shows and more than 100 performances. As a bonus, you’ll get access to the Moontower Film Fest each day and all of the badge-only parties! And, are you ready for this… downtown parking every night of the fest. So, grab yours before they sell out! The badge grants you entry into all venues after VIP badges and single ticket buyers, capacity allowing.
To purchase “You Betcha” badges ($129) and “Hell Yeah I’m A VIP” badges ($799), as well as tickets for individual performances, go to www.moontowercomedyfestival.com. You can also get them at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221. The box office is open Monday Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm and is closed on Sundays.