“Has anyone see a few thousand posters with our faces on them?”
It was the first question The Grawlix asked from the stage at Esther’s Follies during their SXSW stand-up comedy showcase. The trio were referring to the full efforts of the truTV street team present in Austin to hang up and promote their live stand-up comedy show. They were everywhere, it was a sight to see. The trio, consisting of Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Ben Roy hosted/performed to a sold out crowd of fans during SXSW interactive. They were there to celebrate their new truTV show, Those Who Can’t by doing what they do best, perform stand-up comedy. Showcasing not only their great comedy but some of their friends and their fantastic scripted TV show.
The night kicked off with the trio on stage, they introduced a clip reel of outtakes from the show. People flubbing lines, cursing at the wrong moment, and general tomfoolery. You really can’t go wrong with a good outtake reel can you? After that it was showtime with a run of show that allowed the trio to perform stand-up with a guest comedian rotating in between.
While The Grawlix are accomplished comedians in their own right, they rounded out the night’s lineup with more killers including Rory Scovel (a regular on the show), Morgan Murphy, and Baron Vaughn. Taking turns introducing each other for comedy in between their guests, the three comedians showcased their very unique and different styles onstage. The range of The Grawilx as a team is possibly one of their most interesting qualities. It’s easy to get lost in the SXSW wave of action going on with its flashing lights and various antics, it’s also important to appreciate the talent that the festival is bringing to the table. There’s a reason The Grawlix are currently seeing success, they’re prepared for it. They’ve spent the last decade or so helping build a comedy scene in their hometown of Denver, Hollywood has since come knocking and they’re currently capitalizing on it as much as possible.
Orvedahl, is a solid joke writer who, at times, might silently prefer the behind the scenes element of his job over crowds of people. Where he can let is brain think of the funniest scenarios he could possibly come up with. Ben Roy, is high energy, jumping between a loud talk and yell that perfectly accompanies his animated self on stage. He’s high energy, like his punk rock tattoos would imply a younger self that most certainly spent his share of time at basement DIY shows, giving in to group sing-alongs. Cayton-Holland has happy presence that that’s not only seriously funny, but because it falls somewhere in between the other two, almost makes him the trio’s defacto leader.
The rest of the lineup, in ways, mimicked this relationship. Morgan Murphy, who is quiet in delivery but deadly with jokes. An animated Baron Vaughn has absurdly great premises and is willing to riff if the mood strikes him, in fact he decided to take a backstage song he was singing to Orvedahl to his set and belted out a few bars. Rory Scovel is both silly and charming adding absurd moments to his humor that just makes you smile. A stacked lineup of comedy that was easily one of the festival’s gems.