The Moontower Comedy Festival journey rolled into Thursday night, marking the second night of the crazy comedy carnival. Wednesday night gave a good buzz—like the first few shots of Tequila, but now it was Thursday. It was time to start drinking. The adventure continues…
Thursday night big show lineup: Dana Carvey headlines the early show at The Paramount Theatre, with Reggie Watts headlining the late show. And then, Amy Schumer for the midnight show. Over at The Stateside, Maria Bamford performs the early show, with Chris Hardwick in the late show.
Other comedians tonight: Judah Friedlander, James Adomian, Greg Fitzsimmons, Moshe Kasher, Dom Irrera, Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Ari Shaffir, Mo Mandel, Michael Che, Neal Brennan, Bil Dwyer, Dustin Ybarra, Joe Derosa, Billy D. Washington, JR Brow, Ramin Nazer, Mike MacRae, Pat Hazell, Christian Finnegan, Todd Barry, Kyle Kinane, Godfrey—and still so many more.
The first show to hit: Dana Carvey. A true comedy legend. Best known for starring in Wayne’s World I & II as well as Saturday Night Live. His uncanny comedic abilities make him an impeccable impersonator. His infamous George Bush, Sr. impressions even landed him a visit to the White House. As expected, Dana Carvey lights up the room with topics ranging from local references to political impersonations, as well as stories about his family and kids. Austinites are more than pleased.
Time to branch out, away from the mainstream. Off to check out some side venues. On the opposite end of downtown, Swan Dive hosts a show called ‘The Texas Club’. A much smaller venue, much smaller crowd—great show nonetheless. An open mic environment with professional level comics. Robert Hawkins opens the show. JR Brow is still electric from having opened for Dana Carvey. Billy D. Washington arrives after JR, bringing the little room even closer together. Ramin Nazer, Austin’s Funniest Person, sways the crowd with his reggae song about marijuana. Pat Hazell does something nobody else does in the entire festival. Lost in the moment of his act-out, he climbs onto the stool, and then falls! Pat’s ninja-like reflexes save him from smashing his face onto the stage. Mike MacRae and Tom Rhodes end the show strong, and that’s a wrap for ‘The Texas Club’.
On the way to see Dom Irrera, Marc Maron, Judah Friedlander and others in the ‘4Eyes’ show at the Parish. The walk in between venues was quite an intermission. Every single bar was filled with people and live music, anything from country to rock ‘n roll.
The ‘4Eyes’ show gets its name from the fact that all the comics in the show wear glasses. It is hosted by yet, another comedy legend, Dom Irrera, who begins by cracking jokes on the venue for advertising their “cold beer”, arguing, “That’s a perk?? The beer is supposed to be cold!” The show also includes Andy Kindler, the Lucas Brothers, Bil Dwyer, and Judah Friedlander. Judah Friedlander sets the place on fire with his pompous persona, reminding the audience that, “I’m known as ‘The World Champ’. It says it right here on my jeans jacket, that means it’s fuckin’ real!” Marc Maron ends the show admitting that, “I didn’t have anything prepared for tonight…but if I pull this off, I’m a fucking genius!” And he certainly does.
One final show tonight, back at The Paramount Theatre. Amy Schumer is tonight’s Midnight Mrs. Who is she and what is her style? Picture Anthony Jeselnik having a twin sister—a twin sister who gets raped by Daniel Tosh, Jeselnik’s best friend in this hypothetical scenario…
Amy is a hilariously hot blonde, rockin’ a royal blue dress / skirt and Texas cowboy boots. Needless to say, she gives an incredible performance. She comes to the stage and brings the crowd to their feet, “C’mon get up! Everyone stand up!” And then in humble sarcasm, “Aww OMG you guys! Did I just get a standing ovation?? That’s so nice of you!” Amy wraps it up by nearly 2:00Am, just in time for the after party at the Esquire Lounge at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel—which we will get to tomorrow…
Night 2: ✓✓
By the way, Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, begins tonight 10:30/9:30C!
Written by: David Gavri