SXSW 2013 let’s do this! After getting up the first thing in the morning on a Saturday to catch our flight to the promised land of comedy, honey, and BBQ we were able to begin our comedy journey. Before even departing the Austin airport we caught a glimpse of W. Kamau Bell and one of the shows writers Janine Brito getting stopped in the airport for a picture taking session. After literally a 45 minute cab ride with a cabbie who tried to tell me every lawyer joke he’s ever heard (note: I did not tell him I wrote for a comedy website, it was unprompted) we made it downtown.
First stop after usual hotel/badge/where do we eat firstery was the IFC Crossroads House to see an Adam Cayton-Holland hosted show to catch James Adomian, Seth Herzog, Brian Gaar, Janine Brito, and Nate Bargatze. Killer first show if I say so myself. Right after Adam’s show it was time for a live Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts. The two have a killer chemistry and witty repertoire and Watt’s musical charms are always top notch.
Following CBB was a quick run up to Esther’s Follies for the web series turned TV show Burning Love show which was hosted by the creator Ken Marino. After a wild run through the crowd to kick things off Marino brought out the always terrific Natasha Leggero who talked about her issues with Alicia Keys, Marno then played a clip from season 2. Rob Huebell performed stand-up as Marnio shadow boxed downstage then he played his favorite voicemails as performed by him. The last comic was Kumal Nanjiani who purged through the shows message board comments an read the ones by those that thought Burning Love was a real reality show.
A preview of season 3 was played (which will feature Jeff Ross and Rob Delaney) then everyone came back for a panel discussion/Q&A. The discussion quickly and hilariously veered off course as they found out a man in the audience was passed out in his chair. It didn’t take long for the comics to run over to the man and provide some compromising photo opportunities.
That’s a wrap on Day 1. There’s still a lot more to do and a lot more to see.