Comedy at SXSW 2011

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Love comedy? Want to know where to find comedy at SXSW? For the first time in its 25 years, Austin's SXSW festival has included comedy across all three facets of the South by SouthWest festival, from Interactive through Film and Music, so you're just going to have to spend a few more days enjoying the best BBQ and friends than you were expecting.

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“Stand-up comedy at SXSW touches on all the best things about our event,” says SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson. “Great comics are masters of live performance, the best story-tellers and pioneers in new media. We're incredibly proud that so many great comics choose to join us here.”

Here's what's on tap (schedule updates as provided!)

Saturday, March 12

A conversation on the movie Super, with James Gunn, Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page

Being funny on Twitter (without getting fired)

A conversation with Todd Phillips presents you Cracked Live! @ SXSW: 5-8 p.m., West Tent, Brush Square Park (for badgeholders), half-hour show featuring's Michael Swaim, Soren Bowie, Dan O‚ÄôBrien, Katie Willert and Cody Johnston, followed by a party.

Brett Gelman, Dave Foley, Howard Kremer, Michael Ian Black, Scott Aukerman at Esther's Follies

Doug Loves Movies taping

Comedy Death-Ray at Esther's Follies, with Scott Aukerman, Michael Ian Black, Dave Foley, Brett Gelman, Howard Kremer, Kevin Pollak

Sunday, March 13

Late Night Comedy meets Social Business

A Conversation with Paul Reubens

Social Media and Comedy: F*** Yeah!

Comedy Death-Ray Radio at Esther's Follies

Comedy showcase "Dark, Bitter and Sweet" at Esther's Follies: Anthony Jeselnik, Ben Kronberg, Matt Bearden, Marc Maron

Just For Laughs festival auditions at Cap City Comedy Club

Monday, March 14

The Female Funny: Is it different for girls?

The Nerdist podcast taping with Chris Hardwick

John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show (in Austin) with John Oliver, Pete Holmes, Al Madrigal, Kumail Nanjiani, Brendon Walsh.

Tuesday, March 15

Funny or Die live Twitter stream show with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant

How alternative comedy kings have met the masses

WTF with Marc Maron

Comedy showcase "Talk Nerdy to Me" at Esther's Follies: Chris Hardwick, Eugene Mirman, Doug Benson, Tom Lennon

Friday, March 18

The Benson Interruption 

Ether's Follies: (early) Darryl Lenox, Eugene Mirman, Hampton Yount, Jena Friedman, Kurt Braunohler, Tig Notaro; (late) Amy Schumer, Ben Kronberg, Bryson Turner, Chelsea Peretti, Chris Cubas, Glenn Wool, Joe Derosa, Rob Cantrell

Saturday, March 19

The Benson Interruption

Esther's Follies: (early) Ben Kronberg, Bryson Turner, Chelsea Peretti, Chris Fairbanks, Hampton Yount, Joe Derosa, Tig Notaro; (late) Amy Schumer, Chris Cubas, Darryl Lenox, Donald Glover, Glenn Wool, Jena Friedman, Kurt Braunohler

Elsewhere around Austin…

SXSWtimesThe Comedy Store is bringing in comedians from the store to perform mutiple nights as well (pictured at left).

Cap City Comedy Club has Paul Varghese headlining during the bulk of SXSW (March 16-19), with Alex Koll and Doug Mellard the week starting it March 9-12.

The New Movement Theater has an all-female lineup on March 17 with Lashonda Lester, Amber Bixby, Maggie Maye and Kath Barbadoro; Ben Kronberg and Chris Trew, followed by Brooke Van Poppelen and John F. O'Donnell on March 18; and Joe DeRosa with Andrew Tompkins and John F. O'Donnell on March 19.

The SXSW film schedule also includes a documentary about Conan O'Brien's 2010 concert tour, a documentary of NYC's indie comedy scene — Tell Your Friends! The Movie — Mel Gibson as a ventriloquist in The BeaverPaul, Dane Cook's new movie, and other selections.

Comedians attending SXSW include: 
Scott Aukerman, Matt Bearden, Doug Benson, Michael Ian Black, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Cantrell, Chris Cubas, Joe Derosa, Chris Fairbanks, Dave Foley, Jena Friedman, Brett Gelman, Donald Glover, Chris Hardwick, Pete Holmes, Anthony Jeselnik, Howard Kremer, Ben Kronberg, Tom Lennon, Darryl Lenox, Al Madrigal, Marc Maron, Doug Mellard, Eugene Mirman, Kumail Nanjiani, Tig Notaro, John Oliver, Chelsea Peretti, Kevin Pollak, Amy Schumer, Brody Stevens, Bryson Turner, Brendon Walsh, Glenn Wool, Hampton Yount

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7 thoughts on “Comedy at SXSW 2011

  1. ONE female comedian?!?!? In the whole lineup…….
    Has anyone else noticed that even last year there were only three or four female comedians on the lineup???? Margaret Cho and Kristen Schaal, as well as Janeane Garafalo have graced the SXSW stages and a panel in the past….as in, the past FIVE years.
    This is a travesty! There are plenty of funny women in this town. Someone throw a fucking bone already!

  2. @sean:
    Oh…you mean the panel discussing how it’s stupid that there’s a stigma of “men are funnier than women”….in a festival that is littered with testosterone filled ding dongs and a sprinkle of ladyjuice??? actually…it’s kind of shocking and repulsive considering the issue at hand. Why not exclude the panel of whiners and actually do something about it? Don’t just hire some radio personalities, call it a panel, and bitch about the issue. DO SOMETHING.
    So no Sean. It doesn’t mean shit to me. It really, truly doesn’t.

  3. The Comedy Store will also be presenting a number of shows at SXSW this year and we are bringing some of our favorite comics along with us including Justin Martindale, Ari Shaffir, Nick Youssef, Mack Lindsay and special guests. Check us out at these Venues.
    The Cap City Comedy Club: 3/15, 8pm
    Rusty Spurs: 3/16 & 3/17, 9pm
    The Firehouse Lounge; 3/16-3/18, 7pm

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