Moontower Comedy Fest announces first wave of performers; badges on sale now

The Paramount Theatre, which produces Austin’s annual Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, has announced the early lineup of comedians who will appear in 2016 and has placed discounted, early bird badges on sale. The festival takes place from April 20-23, 2016 at venus throughout Austin.

Martin_ShortSlated performers thus far include Martin Short, Kevin Smith, Maria Bamford, Jim Norton, Debra DiGiovanni, Piff the Magic Dragon, Sklar Brothers, Ron Funches, and Anjelah Johnson (who will present her popular character Bon Qui Qui’s Gold Plated Dreams Tour featuring Group 1 Crew).

Short, Smith, Bamford and Johnson will headline on the Paramount Theater stage, while writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director Smith will also present a live taping of his “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcast with buddy Jason Mewes as a special badge-only event.

Returning favorites include Andy Kindler, James Adomian and the Sklar Brothers, and newcomers include new “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jon Rudnitsky and “America’s Got Talent’s” Piff the Magic Dragon.

Here’s the current list of performers:

James Adomian, Maria Bamford, Ahmed Bharoocha, Joe DeRosa, Debra DiGiovanni, Sean Donnelly, Jo Firestone, Ron Funches, Goddamn Comedy Jam, Angela Johnson, Jesse Joyce, Andy Kindler, The Lampshades, Matteo Lane, Annie Lederman, Joe List, Josh Adam Meyers, Jim Norton, Johnny Pemberton, Piff the Magic Dragon, Tony Rock, Jon Rudnitsky, Martin Short, Sklar Brothers, Kevin Smith, Beth Stelling, Brad Williams, and Jenny Zigrino.

Moontower FAN, ACE, and VIP badges are now on sale at an early bird discount at www.moontowercomedyfest.com, at the Paramount Theatre box office, or by calling 512-474-1221. Single-show tickets for Paramount headliner shows will go on sale at a later date.

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Here’s how the rain delay affects Fun Fun Fun Fest comedy

The Fun Fun Fun Fest crowds were kept waiting Saturday while organizers walked the venue with Austin’s Parks Department, making sure that the grounds were dry enough, according to Jennifer Sinski from Giant Noise, the festival promoter.

While people waited in line, their badges were scanned so that they could enter immediately once the gates opened. In addition, they were offered snacks and water while in line.

The doors opened around 1:10, which affected the comedy schedule; acts were slated to begin performing at 12:20 p.m.

As a result, all acts prior to Sandbox with Rob Gagnon at 1:35 have been cancelled. That show will go on as planned and the rest of the Yellow Tent schedule should remain the same, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Promoters recommend that fest-goers download the Fun Fun Fun Fest app for the most current information.

Tig Notaro’s Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday shows canceled

  Standup comic Tig Notaro’s Friday shows at Fun Fun Fun Fest have been called off. Her flight was canceled, according to a Fest spokesperson, and she will not arrive in Austin until Saturday.

Her 4:25 p.m. Friday show is being replaced by One Night Stand, a live comedy dating show hosted by Vanessa Gonzalez and Michael Foulk.

Notaro was also scheduled to perform Friday in a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites show at the North Door. That show will go on, but Notaro will not be present.

Instead, the comic is being added to Saturday’s schedule. She will perform at 4:40 p.m. On the Yellow Stage.