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.

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.

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:

Baby break

Posted on Jan 29, 2019 in Shows

My wife and I are expecting a baby. Did you know that? I mentioned it on instagram so I just assumed everyone knows. Well, we are. Due date is mid March. We’re excited and nervous and every other emotion your favorite movie or television character has displayed in the same situation.
I’m mentioning it here so the legion of Mac-Maniacs know that I’ll be taking a break from performing and generally scaling back my comedy commitments. The final Banter Show will be February 15th. The final Waterbed will be March 2nd. Six Shooter is taking a couple months off after our March 13th show and will return in June. That doesn’t mean I’ll be back to comedy full time in June. I want time to just be a dad and a husband, unchained from the cycle of microphone jokes. When I feel the itch to get back on stage, I’ll let you know, but I don’t want to put a timer on it
If you want to see me do my awkward, loud thing before I disappear forever, check my calendar and come to a show (I’ll be adding a San Antonio date soon). Austin: If you want to see me do a full stand-up set, your last chance for a while is this Wednesday at Cap City.

The Year in Review Show 2018

Posted on Dec 13, 2018 in Shows

It’s time for the 6th annual Year in Review show. Come watch over 50 of Austin’s funniest recap, roast, and exorcise 2018 with short Weekend Update-style jokes. All proceeds benefit the Texas Advocacy Project.

This show tends to sell out so here’s a hot tip, buy tickets ahead of time here. You also save $3 off the day-of price at the door. Here’s another hot tip, don’t yell at me because I won’t let you save a ticket for a friend who hasn’t shown up yet even though there’s a line of 30+ people who have shown up and are also waiting to see if they can get in (they all did) and then keep badgering me until – oh great your friend showed up and is now also being a jerk to me – until I let you and your friend in for free AT THIS SHOW THAT BENEFITS A NON-PROFIT because at some point I need to get into show mode and not have negative energy being launched at me. So yeah… hot tips.

But it’s going to be an awesome time. Seriously one of Austin’s best comedy shows. Don’t miss it!

The Real Housewives of Austin

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 in Shows

I’ve done some dumb things for my show Waterbed including assembling, filling, draining and destroying an actual waterbed – the destruction wasn’t planned, but became unavoidable. HOWEVER – this upcoming show ISN’T one of them. The Real Housewives of Austin Live Reunion Special might be the most ambitious show I’ve put up. Once again, I’m leaning heavily on some of Austin’s funniest people. Here’s the Facebook page for the show. If you have any questions, ask them there and I’ll answer’em. Thanks!
Oh and you can save a few bucks with advance tickets – available here.

Headlining the Velveeta Room

Posted on Aug 19, 2018 in Shows

I think this might be my fifth time headlining the Velv. The last two were in the summer with Amber Bixby opening, so why ignore a winning formula? Three shows this coming weekend. One Friday at 9pm, two Saturday at 9 & 11. But heads up – the Friday late show is The Banter Show, which I’ll be hosting with Ximena Blake as usual. There’s a lot of Mac on the menu, but Andrew Wagner and Leo Garcia are joining Amber and myself.
Tickets here.
More info here.
Photo in the poster by Mr. Daniel Solano.