SXSW Tuesday: Convention Center, 24/7 Comedy, and Robert Kelly’s Nasty Show
Tuesday was the big day for us Laugh Buttoneers, as we teamed up with Gotham Comedy Club and SXSW Comedy to produce a stand-up comedy showcase of our own. Robert Kelly would host two back-to-back shows of “The Nasty Show” featuring comedians that were on hand to deliver some of their nastiest and crudest material. In other words, downright hilarity ensued.
The day began with us meeting up with Robert Kelly on the floor of the festival’s convention center to go out, see what’s going on with new technology, and see what’s going on during interactive. The floor didn’t know what was ready for it as Kelly ran through the floor like a kid in a candy store talking to people about the latest in gadgetry. We won’t reveal all of the spoilers but headphones were tried on, cell phone cases were played with, and women on computers were argued with. We had a video crew on hand to document the fun so be on the lookout for video shortly.
Afterward there was a brief interview with SXSW Radio as Kelly talked about what he was up to and promoted the show we were having later in the night. On the more radio promo tip, we met up with Big Jay Oakerson and swung by 24/7 Comedy for some press and plugs for the night’s events. There might’ve been some ripping on fellow comedians as Kelly and Oakerson ripped through some station IDs, introduced tracks and fellow comedians.
After a brief rest, it was showtime! The room at Esther’s Follies was standing-room only as local Austin comedian Chris Kubas warmed them up before Robert Kelly came out to kick off The Nasty Show. For the next 90 minutes we were treated to an onslaught of some of the best cringe-worthy humor – sex, politics, taboo jokes, nothing was off limits to Kelly, Mark Normand, Matt Braunger, Aisha Tyler, and Big Jay Oakerson as they brought the house down.
The second show was just as great as the first with a bit of a different lineup to accommodate everyone’s schedules. Regardless, the same result was netted a hilarious and terrific show. Backstage antics were had (more coming on that later) as many other comedians performing at SXSW stopped by to enjoy the last official night of comedy the festival had to offer.