Instead of bringing the comedy industry to Austin this March, SXSW 2021 has coordinated a series of filmed performances in front of live audiences at seven different comedy clubs across America.
From the festival:
“SXSW Comedy invited some of the most lauded comedy venues from around the country to present live shows from their home stages, most for the first time in nearly a year. Each club curated an impressive lineup of regulars, excited to be back on a real stage for a live audience and the result is a fascinating comedy time capsule.
The efforts each club made to safely assemble a small audience reveals an enthusiasm to resume comedy, and a hope that in the months ahead we can safely return to gathering and laughing together again.”
The clubs and performers…
Acme Comedy Co. (Minneapolis)
Comedians: Chloe Radcliffe, Greg Coleman, Mike Earley, Shannan Paul, Tommy Ryman
Dynasty Typewriter (Los Angeles)
Comedians: Beth Stelling, Billy Wayne Davis, Daniel Webb, Joel Kim Booster, Kimberly Clark, Reggie Watts
Gotham Comedy Club (New York City): Erin Jackson, Matthew Broussard, Monroe Martin, Nathan Macintosh, Ophira Eisenberg
Hollywood Improv: Chris Porter, Donnell Rawlings, J.F. Harris, Lara Beitz, Pete Lee, Orlando Leyba
Laughing Skull Lounge (Atlanta): Clayton English, Ian Aber, Katie Hughes, Lace Larrabee, Shaunak Godkhindi
The Stand NYC: Dan Soder, Derek Gaines, Emma Willmann, Ian Lara, Rosebud Baker, Sam Jay, Shane Gillis
Zanies Comedy Club (Chicago): Calvin Evans, Correy Bell, Em Brown, Matty Ryan, Sarah Perry
Other elements of the hybrid comedy events you can watch online during SXSW will include highlights from Bring Back Laughs, a two-day fundraiser in a Queens parking lot by Rebecca Trent, owner/operator of The Creek & The Cave, with Carmen Lynch, Janeane Garofalo, Lucas Brothers, Myq Kaplan, Nore Davis, Rojo Perez, Roy Wood Jr., Tone Bell, and Victor Varnado; an episode of Doug Loves Movies hosted by Doug Benson, with Arden Myrin, Jerry Trainor, and Rob Benedict; and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) cofounder, Matt Besser”s improv4humans podcast.