It’s finally here! The second-annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival kicks off this week. Get ready for four nights of nonstop laughs furnished by both up-and-coming comics and well known headliners.
With so many acts to see, you might be wondering: Where do I start? What is a must-see show? Well I have chosen the two shows you should make sure to check out on each day of this hilarious festival.
Wednesday, April 24
If you’re too late to catch Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader headlining at the Paramount then you can probably make to The Parish to see Assblasterz Inc. with Brendon Walsh—I think the name says it all! He will have a great lineup that includes Moontower veteran Matt Sadler, Christina Pazsitzky, Sean O’Connor, Kyle Kinane and Ari Shaffir.
This is what you can expect from Brendon Walsh.
On Wednesday you should try to be a part of the You Made It Weird Podcast with Pete Holmes also at the Parish. Holmes along with Morgan Murphy, Greg Fitzsimmons, Dom Irrera, David Angelo will discuss their secret weirdness, so I’m sure you won’t want to miss it.
Check out previous You Made It Weird
podcasts to see what you can be a part of at Moontower.
Thursday, April 25
Aside from great headliners like Maria Bamford and Dana Carvey, festival-goers should try to check out the Texas Club at Swan Dive to catch hilarious comedians that all have Texas roots. The lineup for this showtime includes Robert Hawkins, Tom Rhodes, Billy D. Washington, Mike MacRae, J.R. Brow, Ramin Nazer, and Pat Hazell.
If you’re willing to stay out late on a Thursday night then you should save some energy to watch the lovely—yet edgy— Amy Schumer perform at the Paramount Theatre. She will debut her new show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central the week after Moontower. Once she gets too busy with her show she might limit her touring so make sure to see her live while she’s in town!
Friday, April 26
After much research and a lot of deliberation I found the two must see shows on Friday—note: there might be a scheduling conflict so choose wisely!
The first pick is Stashbox with Mario DiGiorgio, Andy Kindler, Tom Rhodes, Sean Patton, Dustin Ybarra, and Brendon Walsh . The description for this performance is “Live from Willie Nelson’s hometown we bring you Stashbox, the dopest show at Moontower! This lineup will have you rolling. Wait, are we being too blunt?”
Sounds like a fun time to me!
The other pick is a midnight showing at the Stateside Theater: Ari Shaffir Story Telling. This performance—hosted by Ari Shaffir promises to showcase “a stellar lineup of comics telling their favorite true stories about crazy experiences.” Sold!
See what Ari Shaffir is about below.
Saturday, April 27
And then comes the final night of Moontower—sad face. For this final night you shouldn’t miss The Closer with Dom Irrera. The Closer series at Moontower showcases the best closers in comedy and Dom Irrera is headlining one of the Saturday performances at the Scottish Rite Theatre. If you want to experience firsthand Dom Irrera’s charisma, energy and his ability to close a performance then you won’t want to miss this event.
Here’s a snippet of Dom Irrera on Comedy Central.
If you’re looking for a nightly dose of some of the best female comediennes at Moontower then you look no further than She Bang at Bethell Hall. This event features Maria Bamford, Maggie MacDonald, Fortune Feimster, Amber Bixby, Carmen Lynch, and Helen Hong
Watch a clip of Maria Bamford on one of her two Comedy Central specials.
For more information on performances, venues and times as well as information on purchasing badges or individual tickets, visit the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival website.