SXSW 2016 is less than a month away, and Austin’s mega festival has announced today it’s offering a free download of Andy Ritchie’s lone stand-up comedy album, King Ding-A-Ling.
Ritchie, who died last Thanksgiving from cancer at the age of 39, left his mark on the Austin comedy scene when he lived there during the 2000s. From the festival:
SXSW – and the comedy world at large – lost a great friend this past Thanksgiving when standup Andy Ritchie passed away. A bright and captivating comic, and very much a beloved member of the community, his death cut short a career that seemed to hold endless possibilities.
Andy was an unforgettable performer whose work is well under-appreciated, and so SXSW Comedy wants to take this opportunity to share his memory by offering everyone a free download of his debut (and only) album,King Ding-A-Ling, courtesy of Stand Up! Records.