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.
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:
Finally, here’s the recording of 2017’s Year in Review Show, and yes, I’m aware that it’s already May. Also, we lost all of November and some of the surrounding months. No clue what happened.
Go here and download some free comedy from an amazing group of comedians.
Undecided about clicking the link above? Here’s a taste:
Last September, I drove from Austin to New Orleans by myself. I was feeling some serious stand-up inertia at the time. At some point during the eight hour drive I decided to record an EP. A smaller project than a full album, but one that could get some more material out there and get me working toward something.
ColdTowne Theater is a comedy venue that’s extremely important to me (and a whole bunch of other people). It’s a comedy clubhouse, a place to experiment, run by and filled with people who love comedy.
Carina Magyar and Sam Harter gave me the greenlight to record at their weekly stand-up showcase, the long-running Live at ColdTowne. Sam & Tai Nguyen would host. I asked Kerri Lendo and Aaron Brooks to fill out the line-up. Dustin Svelhak was down to record it.
I was thinking of self-releasing it, but Sure Thing Records honchos Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson were their usual supportive selves, and offered to plug it into their release schedule.
So now I have an EP. You can pre-order it here on iTunes or here on Bandcamp. It’s about 30 minutes of stand-up and surprises. The recording begins about 30 seconds after Brendan had to toss out some loud drunks. That’s live comedy for you.