Because of COVID-19, comedy festivals everywhere had to readjust and Austin’s annual Moontower Comedy Festival is no different. Today festival organizers announced big plans for the festival in 2021 with the ambitious goal of pulling off two festivals in the same calendar year.
Organizers first announced the re-schedule of 2020’s festival (their 9th annual) to Spring 2021 (when the festival has traditionally occured.) The abbreviated festival will feature 3 weekends of headlining comedy. Some of the big names for the 9th Annual Moontower Comedy Festival include Niki Glaser, Nick Kroll, Maria Bamford, Middleditch & Schwartz, Todd Barry, and more.
Here’s their official announced schedule so far.
Saturday, April 17, 2021:
7pm at Paramount Theatre: Nikki Glaser
7pm at Stateside Theatre: Chris Fleming
10pm at Stateside Theatre: Todd Barry
Saturday, May 15, 2021:
7pm at Paramount Theatre: Ronnie Chieng
7pm at Stateside Theatre: Jacqueline Novak
10pm at Stateside Theatre: Joe List
Sunday, May 16, 2021:
7pm at Paramount Theatre: Middleditch & Schwartz
7pm at Stateside Theatre: Joe List
10pm at Paramount Theatre: Middleditch & Schwartz
10pm at Stateside Theatre: Jacqueline Novak
Friday, June 25, 2021:
7pm at Paramount Theatre: Nick Kroll
7pm at Stateside Theatre: Maria Bamford
10pm at Stateside Theatre: Roy Wood Jr.
Saturday, June 26, 2021:
7pm at Paramount Theatre: Andrew Schulz
7pm at Stateside Theatre: Roy Wood Jr.
10pm at Stateside Theatre: Maria Bamford
Then in the fall, (September 22nd through the 25th) Moontower will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an additional festival that will follow their traditional four day format. That lineup has not been revealed yet but we expect that to come later this year or in early 2021. Then in 2022, the festival will return to its normal calendar of a four day festival in the Spring.
This is a pretty ambitious move for the festival but with the presence of COVID-19 wreacking havoc on everything including the live entertainment industry people are getting creative. A move like this probably allows for them to honor deals made for its 2020 festival yet still lets the festival plan for new business in 2021. Also pushing a proper, multi-day and venue festival that resembles its normal vibe happening later allows for longer planning and lessens the risk of postponement.
We can’t imagine it being an easy decision but we’ve never been ones to complain about too much comedy, as there’s no such thing. So bring it on!
More information can be found herehere.