The Return of Draw Egan

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 in Shows

I got contacted more or less out of the blue and asked if I wanted to work on this project, re-writing a silent movie. Justin Sherburn and his band / multimedia wizard team Montopolis were going to screen the silent western, The Return of Draw Egan (1916) and provide a score of Ennio Morricone music live in-theater. They had presented the show once before, with the silent movie dialogue cards replaced with jokes. Justin said they were looking for a different take and would I be interested.

I said, “no” and that was that. Geez this isn’t an interesting story at all. Why did I post about it? PSYYYYYYYYCH, I said yes! Carlos LaRotta and I were just finishing up our Muppet Babies video, and I asked him if he would help me write this thing.

We tweaked the plot, re-named most of the characters, added a few graphics, and jam packed it was sassy jokes. Citizens of Austin can see the show next week at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (tickets here). There’s talk of a more extensive tour and I’ll post those dates when I have them. But yeah, if you can, check it out. It was different from other comedy projects that I’ve worked on and I’m proud of it. And getting to hear some Morricone music live is a real fucking treat, so yeah, come correct.

The Year in Review Show 2019

Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in Shows

It’s time again for The Year in Review show. Yes! You can’t see it but I’m fist pumping out of control over here. NO, not like THAT. Y’know, an excited fist pump? Like something a tennis player would do after a great… racket whack? Hold on, still fist pumping. Just two more. There we go. Hell yeah.

Join Lisa Friedrich and myself as we present our 7th annual take down of the year’s biggest stories. We’ll go month by month, with Austin’s brightest comedic minds covering 2019’s major events with fast, Weekend Update style jokes. Plus, all of our profits go to the Texas Advocacy Project to help provide free legal services and education to help prevent domestic and dating violence.

The show is Sunday December 29th. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm. We’re also at a new venue this year, Cap City Comedy Club. Check out the complete line-up here and get tickets here. Thanks!

Closing out the decade at Cap City

Posted on Dec 17, 2019 in Shows

That’s a dramatic way of saying I’ll be headlining Cap City Comedy Club Thursday, December 26 to Saturday December 28. One show Thursday, two shows Friday and Saturday. Doing shows at Cap is always fun and getting 5 shows to stretch out and get a little loopy is a real joy.

After a few toe-dips, I started doing stand-up regularly in 2009. What many people will refer to as the aughts or the 2010’s, true comedy nerds call “Mac’s decade of laffs”. Come close out “Mac’s decade of laffs” (true comedy heads never abbreviate or shorten it) along with a couple of my favorite people, the hilarious Enzo Priesnitz & Brett VerVoort. Tickets here.

Also, if you can guess what visually inspired the graphic above, you are the God Nerd and your ascension to the golden halls of Valhalla is assured.

Muppet Babies Brainstorm

Posted on Dec 11, 2019 in videos

After STAG Comedy’s last live show in 2015, friendly comedian Carlos LaRotta said he was itching for a vid to direct. I threw him some old scripts and he picked out Muppet Babies Brainstorm. I actually filmed an earlier version of MBB for my first STAG Comedy show back in 2009, but was never satisfied with finished product. So Carlos and I re-wrote it and then 4 years later actually made it, and here it is!

Stay tuned through the credits, there’s a joke at the end, but also because the credits have the names of a lot of very cool and talented people that lent their time and energy to making a very dumb thing. And I think that (dramatic pause) is beautiful.

The Banter Show is back (and then gone again)

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 in Shows

For one night only, the Banter Show returns to the Velveeta Room!

Last February’s show ended Banter’s run at the Velv, as Ximena and I prepared for our baby (Baby update: baby is great). But when Pat Dean at the Velveeta Room asked us if we wanted to do a one-off show to close out the year, we said of course (after checking with our baby sitter). To mark the occasion we also have an outstanding line-up, which you can see here.

Come check out some Hawt Talk, one more time, Friday, December 6th, 11pm at the World Famous* Velveeta Room. TICKETS

*Not really.

Scratch City

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 in videos

I never pass up an opportunity to show just how bad at pool I am. Even visually. People report that seeing me play just doesn’t look right. Like a horse wearing glasses. So when Taylor Dowdy asked me to match sticks against my friend and yours Aaron Brooks for a pilot/proof of concept comedy & pool series, you know I was on board. Plus, I got to hear my unborn (at the time) child get insulted. Wow. What a treat for everyone.

David McQuary’s Fluoride

Posted on Nov 20, 2019 in videos

David McQuary and I started stand-up around the same time. I’ve come to know him as this hyperactive comedic mind, always working on a new joke, forever tweaking old stuff, and just plain hilarious. Has his hyperspeed comedy brain ruined his life? Oh absolutely. He’s one bad Taco Bell experience away from shattering into a million pieces. But it also means that he has the dedication to create, write and animate his own cartoon, Fluoride. I’m the voice of Kroger, a lumpy, loudmouth (which, wow, what a way to find out what David thinks of me) dolphin. As I write this, four episodes are available and more are on the way. David is genuine comedic gem and getting new content from him is a big win for humanity.

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Don’t quit your day job: BeyondTV

Posted on Jul 2, 2019 in Don't Quit Your Day Job

When the fine folks at BeyondTV needed someone to look goonish in a bathrobe, they knew who to call.

Knuck Deep rides off into the sunset

Posted on Jun 30, 2019 in Shows
Photo: Erin Holsonback

Reposted from Six Shooter’s Facebook page:

Big news! The July 10th Six Shooter will be the last one hosted by Knuck Deep. It seems their touring schedule is too demanding for them to continue hosting a monthly comedy show. We assure you this has nothing to do with the ongoing legal case, the State of Texas vs. Knuck Deep.
Starting in August, Six Shooter will undergo a slight format change and welcome new host Mac Blake The show will still be free, still be at Barrel O’Fun and will still feature six of Austin’s funniest comedians. So come on out July 10th and say good-bye to Knuck Deep and then stop by August 8th to see Six Shooter 2.0.
In completely unrelated news, Aaron Brooks is moving. It’s so unrelated I’m not even sure why I mentioned it.

The final Six Shooter before Aaron moves is July 10th at Barrel O’Fun. Complete line-up and more details here.

The Year in Review Show 2018 – Live Show Recording

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 in Shows, stuff

Here’s the audio from last December’s Year in Review show featuring an impressive array of Austin stand-up comedians The sound quality is lacking a little bit, but hey it’s free, y’know? If you’re brave enough to relive yet another miserable year, give it a listen.

Still unsure if it’s worth a download? Here’s a sample: