If you’ve been holding out on purchasing a SXSW badge until you knew who would be performing on the comedy track (and, really — comedy is the most important part of the annual festival now, right?) it’s time to get on it. Festival producers have announced this year’s names and there are some big ones.
How about Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Bob Saget, Bill Burr, Jeffrey Ross, W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson, Iliza Schlesinger, Ari Shaffir, Chris D’Elia and (yes!) James Adomian? Big enough for ya’?
They’ll be joined by “Daily Show” comics Al Madrigal and Wyatt Cenac; current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Vanessa Bayer, Brooks Wheelan, Jay Pharaoh, Sasheer Zamata, Tim Robinson and Horatio Sanz; and comic film and television titans Judd Apatow and Dan Harmon; and many more.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s improvised ASSSSCAT is returning along with Comedy Bang! Bang!, Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura, Doug Loves Movies, The Grawlix, Harmontown, NBC’s Undateable and other podcast tapings and standup showcases.
I’m especially excited for the staged reading of Scott Aukerman and Adomian’s “The Embassy,” and un-produced sitcom pilot script. The political fantasy is right up Adomian’s alley — the lead character is an activist hacker who runs the Look-e-Looks secret information site. Sanz and “Orange is the New Black” actor Lauren Lapkus are also featured in the reading.
Bell is hosting two rosters of stand-ups for the recording of a live comedy special — a SXSW comedy first.
Finally, Comedy Central is back with shows by Shaffir and Jay Oakerson, as well as an expansion of its successful “Kegs and Eggs” event. This year, badge holders will have two days to munch on breakfast tacos and drink beer while trying their hand at a “Drunk History” dunk tank; goofing around at a network-branded GIF photo boothand trying to win Comedy Central swag.
Get complete details on the ever-expanding SXSW Comedy lineup here.