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.”

You can access the shows by registering for online SXSW 2021, which takes place March 16-20, 2021.

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.