The term “Alt Comedy” is often regarded by the public in the same way BMX biking is, that is to say often misunderstood, marginalized, and usually dismissed.
That’s why I have always loved the “X-Games” vibe that SXSW gives off when it comes to comedy. Most people familiar with the Austin festival already regard it as a mecca of the hip music that cool people are talking about now and the rest of us will most likely learn about in a six months, but in the past several years SXSW has seen it’s influence in the comedy world skyrocket.
It’s great to see comedians that aren’t always able to be placed in the “two drink minimum” world of comedy get a chance to take advantage of being in a more “anything goes” environment like SXSW. It’s crazy to think that not too long ago, a comic like Patton Oswalt, Demetri Martin, or Mike Birbiglia would be pigeonholed into the “weird act” categories and left to squander. SXSW’s biggest achievement is that it exposes comedy to an entire group of people who prior might not given it a second thought.
**Our resident TLB writer/editor/bacon enthusiast Matt has been lucky enough to get a ticket to Austin for the festival so be on the lookout for tweets and updates. Make sure to follow us @thelaughbutton**
COMEDY IN STORES
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: Rare Bird Alert
COMEDY ON TV THIS WEEK
Monday March 14th
Jane Lynch on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Lewis Black on Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Tuesday March 15th
Wanda Sykes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Jane Lynch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Wednesday March 16th
Steve Martin on The Late Show with David Letterman
Kristen Wiig on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Seth Rogen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Amy Poehler on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Thursday on March 17th
Howard Stern on The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Steve Martin on The View
Friday on March 18th
Whitney Cummings on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno