UPDATE Feb 11, 2021: It looks like yes, Mac, there is a Santa Clause. The news broke that Cap City is re-opening in the Domain. So please ignore all the rambling below. Would clouds exist without old men to yell at them?
Despite what you might have read, Cap City Comedy Club isn’t closing. It can’t close. That’s like saying the letter U in Austin is closed. “Astin”? It’s ridiculous and a little insulting. So can we just all stop?
When I started hitting the open mics on a regular basis, Cap existed as an impenetrable emerald city. Sure, I could sign-up for the annual Funniest Person in Austin contest, get my allotted six minutes on their big stage, and after losing, moan about getting robbed to all my work friends. But the idea of doing a weekend there? Unbelievable. That’s the same stage I saw Patton Oswalt record his second album. It felt out of reach.
It wasn’t until I made the FPIA finals that I started to get work there. I soon graduated from someone Jon the security guy would kick out of the comedian seating section, to someone Jon would only glare at, to someone Jon would actually talk to, to someone Jon would talk forever to, to someone John would ridicule every time he saw me, to someone who Jon saw so much I could tell I bored him a little bit. Look at all that Jon history. Cap closing? You’re out of your mind.(more…)
Remember 2019? Sorta, right? Back in November of 2K19, I teamed up with Master Pancake Theater’s John Erler and The Mads of MST3K, Frank Coniff and Trace Beaulieu, and together we made jokes over the 80’s action breastravaganza, Andy Sidaris’s Hard Ticket to Hawaii. It was a fun show. Great crew and oh, what an insane movie. Now you can own that experience… FOREVER! Or for FORTY-EIGHT HOURS if you’d rather rent it.
It’s available via Alamo on Demand, the Alamo Drafthouse’s new video on demand platform.
When John sent me the video file to review I was a little nervous. This show was mostly improvised, as opposed to our “normal” shows which are written and refined over multiple screenings. Thanks to the energy of the audience, the quick wit of my fellow movie talkers, and the unadulterated cheesiness of H Ticket to H, the result is a very funny presentation. Here’s a clip:(more…)
The horror comedy anthology film Scare Package is now available to stream on Shudder. If you’re keen of eye and pure of heart, you’ll be able to catch my sweaty face during the Chris McInroy-directed segment, One Time in the Woods. I’ve been a fan of Chris’s work for while so it was a real treat to get to watch him work. Did I see a fake blood cannon? I wouldn’t call it a cannon per se, but yes.
Of the film’s 147 minutes, I’m only in one, but I still thought I should tell you, my sweet trustworthy diary. You can watch it here on Shudder. Don’t have a Shudder subscription? Get yourself a free trial, diary!
Bored? 2019 seems like a million years ago and you can’t remember a single thing that happened? Good news! Here’s the audio from last December’s The Year in Review Show. Lisa Friedrich and myself gathered together over 50 of Austin’s brightest comedic minds at Cap City Comedy Club to roast and recap the year. It’s free to stream or download here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.