Your Definitive Guide To The SXSW 2012 Comedy Lineup

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  • Your Definitive Guide To The SXSW 2012 Comedy Lineup

    With the festival right around the corner, SXSW has finalized all their comedy lineup and it’s a doozy. Check out the final list and most importantly, come out the our showcase on Wednesday, March 14th at Esther’s Follies for it’s going to kick ass! See you all in Austin!

    Esther’s Follies serves as home base for most of the comedy programming. There are a few other stages including one at the Austin Convention Center but not all venues and times have been announced.

    Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson – 4 pm
    Doug Benson (Super High Me, The Benson Interruption) brings comics, actors, directors and writers together to talk about new releases and favorite films.

    A Carlin Home Companion – 5 pm (Ogilvy Day Stage)
    Through storytelling, classic video footage and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, chronicles over forty years of her life with her famous father.

    The Smartest Man In The World with Greg Proops – 6 pm
    Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) delivers wit and wisdom in his unpredictable “Proopcast.”

    Comedy Bang Bang – 8 & 10:30 pm
    For the fifth consecutive year, Scott Aukerman brings his expertly curated stand-up showcase, a cornerstone of the Los Angeles comedy scene, to SXSW.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 11th
    WTF with Marc Maron – 4pm
    Required listening for any comedy fan, this no-holds-barred show goes deep behind the scenes, presenting in-depth interviews with the industry’s most innovative performers.

    Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman – 6 pm
    Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Between Two Ferns) hosts an episode of his flagship Earwolf show that blends interviews, improv and inspired character bits from regular guests.

    The Cast of Bob’s Burgers Live – 8 & 10:30 pm
    FOX’s Bob’s Burgers celebrates its upcoming second season with a live show featuring acts from cast members.

    MONDAY, MARCH 12th
    Stag Comedy – 4 pm (Next Day Stage)
    Austin’s Stag Comedy presents a blend of sketch and video, delivering humor that’s witty and unafraid to get a little weird. Their original stage show tops the list of Austin’s best comedy acts.

    Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – 6 pm
    Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak returns, bringing his weekly live, interactive webcast back to the SXSW stage.

    Funny or Die presents The Super Serious Show – 8 & 10:30 pm
    Web comedy powerhouse Funny or Die and Caviar Content host an installment of its live, multi-media Super Serious Show, which blends stand-up, sketch and video clips.

    RISK! – 4 pm (Next Day Stage)
    Kevin Allison (The State) encourages his guests to “tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” on this fearless storytelling show.

    You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes – 6 pm
    A talk show that’s both absurd and academic, with interviews that explore comics’ most awkward moments, celebrating the not-always-fun parts of doing comedy.

    UCB Comedy presents: All-Stars of Improv – 8 pm
    The best improvisers in the country come together to put on an irreverent show made up on the spot, featuring performers from the acclaimed theater’s Los Angeles and New York outposts.

    UCB Comedy presents: The Best Damn Stand-up -10:30 pm
    Pete Holmes and Gabe Leidman lead a line-up of established and up-and-coming comics from all around the country, featuring Chris Gethard, Joe Wengert, Eliza Skinner and more.

    UCB Comedy presents: The Chris Gethard Show – 4 pm (Next Day Stage)
    The man who got Diddy to appear at UCB NY brings his unpredictable cable access show back to the stage, with a panel of comedians and weirdos through absurd games and challenges.

    Brown Paper Tickets presents Fair Trade Comedy – 8:30pm
    Hosted by Nick Turner and featuring Todd Barry, Brendon Walsh, Mike Lawrence, Kristine Levine and DC Pierson; presented by event producers Brown Paper Tickets and comedy site The Spit Take.

    Don’t Miss This – 10pm
    Pete Holmes, Joe Wengert, Kurt Braunohler and Chris Gethard bring their whip-smart wit and storytelling skills to the Esther’s Follies stage.

    Gotham Comedy presents The Laugh Button Live! 11:30pm
    Slacker Radio and New York’s iconic Gotham Comedy Club present The Laugh Button Live, a stand-up showcase hosted by Dan Soder and featuring Amy Schumer, Robert Kelly, Doug Benson and Gary Gulman. [Details]

    Stand Up! Records – 3 pm (Next Day Stage)
    A curated showcase from the indie comedy label that promotes smart, eclectic and politically-minded material.

    TuneIn StandUp Showcase – 8:30pm
    Featuring Mike Birbiglia, Jessi Klein, Louis Katz and Andrés du Bouchet; presented by TuneIn, curators of streaming online music, talk and comedy radio.

    Made In Austin – 10pm
    Austin’s vibrant scene has become a destination for emerging stand-ups, producing original voices who have helped shape the comedy landscape. Featuring Brendon Walsh, Mike MacRae, Nick Mullen, Cody Hustak, Martha Kelly and Chris Cubas, Made in Austin highlights established acts and up-and-comers who have called the Capitol City home over the years.

    Set List with Paul Provenza – 11:30pm
    Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza’s acclaimed show puts a spin on the traditional stand-up showcase: comics are handed never-before-seen topics as they step up to the mic, promising an improvised and completely unpredictable show every time.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 16th
    Earwolf presents: Sklarbro Country with Jason and Randy Sklar – 6:30 pm
    The Sklar brothers present a sports show with a refreshingly comedic bent, tackling pop culture and music news along with scores and recaps.

    The Benson Interruption – 8:30 pm
    The wildly popular live show turned Comedy Central favorite returns to SXSW. The hugely entertaining concept is simple: Benson brings his favorite comedians onstage to perform then interrupts them with stream-of-consciousness additions to their bits.

    Legend with Reggie Watts – 11:30 pm
    Comedian/musician/genius Reggie Watts will present his original score to Ridley Scott’s Legend, featuring music, spoken word and his trademark wit.

    Earwolf presents: Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack – 6:30 pm
    With two weekly broadcasts, Who Charted? welcomes guests to count down and comment on new music and film releases.

    The Benson Interruption – 8:30 pm
    The wildly popular live show turned Comedy Central favorite returns to SXSW. The hugely entertaining concept is simple: Benson brings his favorite comedians onstage to perform then interrupts them with stream-of-consciousness additions to their bits.

    Weekend Spotlight Showcases at Ester’s Follies Friday, March 16Saturday, March 17
    SXSW Comedy continues its tradition of spotlighting some of the most exciting emerging talent and seasoned favorites.

    Performers include: Kurt Braunohler, Jerrod Carmichael, Chris Cubas, Andrés du Bouchet, Cameron Esposito, Matt Fulchiron, Cody Hustak, Louis Katz, Martha Kelly, Jessi Klein, Howard Kremer, Ben Kronberg, Mike Lawrence, Kristine Levine, Mike MacCrae, Nick Mullen, DC Pierson, Chip Pope, Jonah Ray, Ari Shaffir, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Dan Soder, Dan St. Germain, Beth Stelling, Ryan Stout, Nick Turner, Brooke Van Poppelen, Brendon Walsh and Brandon Wardell.

    Esther’s Follies
    Friday, March 16, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

    Saturday, March 17, 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

    The Velveeta Room
    Friday, March 16, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    Saturday, March 17, 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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