Sure, Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. But for four days in April, laughter takes center stage.
The Moontower Comedy Festival is back for its sixth year April 19-22, bringing world-class comedians to town while also shining a spotlight on our own stand-up talent. Here is just some of what the festival has to offer; check out the full schedule at moontowercomedyfest.com. Individual tickets for many shows are on sale at moontowercomedyfest.com; Moontower VIP ($599) and Club/Podcast ($99) badges were also still available as this story was written (Specialist and Warrior badges have already sold out).
Margaret Cho (7 p.m. April 22)
Chris Hardwick (7 p.m. April 21)
Patton Oswalt (9:30 p.m. April 22)
Jay Pharoah (9:30 p.m. April 20)
Ali Wong (7 p.m. April 20 and 9:30 p.m. April 21)
Matt Bellassai (7:30 April 21 and 9:30 p.m. April 22)
Puddles Pity Party (7:30 p.m. April 20)
Colin Quinn (9:30 April 21)
Michelle Wolf (9:30 p.m. April 20 and 7:30 p.m. April 22)
Austin Towers: Moontower calls these acts “the most talented Austin-based comics.” See for yourself why our fair city is the ideal spot for a comedy festival. (7 p.m. April 20 and 8 p.m April 22, the Velv)
Boast Rattle: Comedians trade compliments instead of barbs in this head-to-head battle of niceties. (11 p.m. April 20, the Velv)
“I’m Dying Up Here”: Moontower badge holders only can attend a special screening of this Showtime drama series about the 1970s L.A. comedy scene. The show, which begins airing in June, is executive produced by Jim Carrey. Attendees will also get free popcorn and a glass of wine or beer. (4 p.m. April 21, Alamo Ritz)
Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour: The family- and food-friendly comedian returns to Austin in this Moontower Extra event. (7 and 9:30 p.m. April 22 and 8 p.m. April 23, ACL Live; requires separate ticket even for badge holders)
Ping Pong Slapdown: This event has become a festival favorite. Moontower comedians compete against fans in table tennis, with commentary by the Sklar Brothers. Food from Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Creams is included. (2 p.m. April 22, Stateside; individual tickets available)
Shebang: Wendy Liebman, Martha Kelly, Morgan Murphy, Michelle Collins, Melissa Villaseñor, Karen Kilgariff and more hilarious female comedians come together for this Moontower favorite showcase. (10 p.m. April 21, 800 Congress)
The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.
Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave.
Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. #100
800 Congress, 800 Congress Ave.
ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St.
Antone’s Nightclub, 305 East Fifth St.
Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado St.
JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane
The Parish, 214 East Sixth St.
Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave.
TenOak, 409 Colorado St.
The Townsend, 718 Congress Ave.
The Velv Comedy Lounge, 521 East Sixth St.
Also, the Moontower Lounge on the second floor of the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, 701 Congress Ave., offers badge holders the chance to mingle and often see some of their favorite performers.