Comedy has become a force to be reckoned with more so now than ever and SXSW, widely known as a heavy player in the music industry, has been doing its part to serve the comedy community and its universe over the last eight years by hosting hundreds of acclaimed performers, and united some of the world’s brightest comics with film and media icons. The old adage, comedians want to be musicians and musicians want to be comedians, well what better place to have these worlds collide. SXSW Comedy will run from March 14-21 and has just announced their lineup for 2015. It highlights some of the country’s funniest performers and includes our own show, The Laugh Button Live with Gotham Comedy Club.
Featured acts include Bill Burr, Bob Saget, Nick Kroll, and roastmaster Jeffrey Ross. Also on list are famed director producer Judd Apatow as well as heavy hitter Amy Schumer who will be celebrating their much anticipated feature film Trainwreck written by and starring Schumer. This year’s festival will also host the “world premiere” of James Adomian and Scott Aukerman’s sitcom The Embassy, with a live script reading complete with very special cast. Comedy powerhouses Above Average and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre will both return to the festival, presenting several events throughout the week. The UCB will host an edition of their world famous improvised show ASSSSCAT, led by theater co-founders Matt Besser and Matt Walsh; plus, a lineup of their best new programming that includes improv supergroup Wild Horses. Above Average, the online home to many SNL cast and alumni, will bring a few of their stars to An Above Average Evening benefiting The Ally Coalition, raising funds for Austin-based nonprofit OutYouth. Also featured will be a day of All Things Comedy-packed programming, Bill Burr and Al Madrigal’s performer-run digital studio. There will be an in-depth panel, Owning Your Work: The Future of All Things Comedy, that will explore their unique business model, followed by a live recording of their flagship podcast, and appearances on The Laugh Button Live with Gotham Comedy Club show.
Comedy Central will host a night of unpredictable shows: What’s Your Fucking Deal?! with Jay Oakerson, where the only rule is “no material allowed”, and This Is Not Happening, a live version of the hit series hosted by Ari Shaffir featuring true tales from top comics. Throughout the week, comedian and film fanatic Doug Benson will tape two episodes of his podcast, Doug Loves Movies complete with special guests; plus, there are three late night editions of Roast Battle, the wildly popular Comedy Store show that pits comic against comic, judged by the Roastmaster himself, Jeffrey Ross. And, for the first time ever, SXSW is recording a comedy special – and only SXSW attendees have a chance to be part of the live audience during two live broadcast tapings, each hosted by W. Kamau Bell and spotlighting a different lineup of phenomenal comics.
Included in this year’s fest as of now are:
Adam Cayton-Holland • Al Madrigal • Allen Strickland Williams • Amy Schumer • Andrew Orvedahl • Andrew Santino • Ari Shaffir • Ben Roy • Beth Stelling • Bill Burr • Bob Saget • Brent Morin • Brooks Wheelan • Chris D’Elia • Dan Harmon • Dave Ross • Doug Benson • Eliot Glazer • Eric Andre • Erin Whitehead • Glenn Wool • Horatio Sanz • Iliza Schlesinger • Jake Weisman • James Adomian • Jay Oakerson • Jay Pharoah • Jeffrey Ross • Joe DeRosa • Jon Huck • Judd Apatow • Katie Dippold • Lauren Lapkus • Liza Treyger • Mary Holland • Matt Besser • Matt Braunger • Matt Walsh • Mark Normand • Mike O’Brien • Nate Bargatze • Nick Kroll • Nick Thune • Pat Bishop • Paul Virzi • Rachel Feinstein • Rick Glassman • Ron Funches • Sasheer Zamata • Scott Aukerman • Shannon O’Neill • Stephanie Allynne • Tim Robinson • Todd Glass • Vanessa Bayer • W. Kamau Bell • Wyatt Cenac • and more!
ASSSSCAT • Comedy Bang! Bang! • Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura • Doug Loves Movies • The George Lucas Talk Show • The Grawlix • Harmontown • The Hooray Show • improv4humans • NBC’s Undateable • Roast Battle • This Is Not Happening • What’s Your Fucking Deal?! • Wild Horses • WOMEN • and more!
Here you can find the ever growing schedule and lineup at this year’s fest.