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Five SXSW comedy events we want to check out

Comedy is an increasingly large and visible part of the South by Southwest experience. This feels in keeping with SXSW’s idea of convergence (or thinking of it as one big cultural festival) — comedy has something for everyone, be they here for film, music or interactive.

Here are five comedy events on the scheduled that caught our eye:

“Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick Live.” A special edition of the interactive game show starring writer/actor/multi-hyphenate show biz pro Tom Lennon (“The State,” “Reno 911”) and stand-ups Whitney Cummings and Nick Swardson. (8 p.m. March 10, ACL Live)

“HarmonQuest.” “Community” mastermind Dan Harmon heads up a live Dungeons and Dragons session with co-host Jeff B. Davis, resident Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden, producer Erin McGathy, and a special guest who will improvise a comedic adventure before your very eyes. Someone ask him when the third season of “Rick and Morty” is arriving. (10 p.m. March 13, Esther’s Follies)

SXSW Comedy Showcase. If you are in the mood for some straight stand-up, well, here you go — 90 minutes of folks with mics talking at you. No word yet on who will be there, so this is very much a take-a-chance show … which you should do. (11 p.m. March 11; 7 p.m. March 12; 9 p.m. March 13 — all at the Hideout)

“Upright Citizens Brigade presents ASSSSCAT.” Also known as the UCB’s signature show; one should expect high-grade improv with (one hopes) celebrity guests. (8 p.m. March 12, Esther’s Follies)

“Doug Loves Movies.” Even if you find Benson’s stoner-dude shtick tedious as all get out, his gameshow podcast “Doug Loves Movies” is a lot of fun, a bit like a 21st century “Hollywood Squares” with contemporary talent and lots of yammering about pop culture. Who knows who will show up for this taping? (5 p.m. March 18, Stateside)

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