Amy Schumer coming to Erwin Center Nov. 18

amy_schumerTickets go on sale 10 a.m. June 28 for comedian Amy Schumer, she of “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Trainwreck” fame, at the Frank Erwin Center Nov. 18. The popular and sometimes controversial comedian is heading out on a 54-date world tour which will take here across Europe and the United States.

(Now I kind of want to see a “Schumer 101″ type of film come out of such a tour.)

There is an artist presale 10 a.m. June 24 through 10 p.m. June 27 local time (Artist code: “amylive”). Further information and tickets at http://www.amyschumer.com/tour. She’s also playing San Antonio and Houston. (Take that, Dallas!)

 

 

Schumer last headlined in Austin 2014 at Bass. Here is her 2015 SXSW interview:

“Inside Amy Schumer” has won Emmy, Peabody and U.S. Writers Guild awards. Gallery Books will publish Schumer’s “The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo” Aug. 16.

 

A svelter Ron Funches is more confident, just as brilliantly slothy

If a human-sized, African-American male sloth hit the road as a comic, he would probably sound a bit like Ron Funches.

This is in no way a knock. Funches cultivates that on-stage persona, which was out in full force during his 10:30 set at Cap City Comedy Club Friday night as part of the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Ron Funches (there is less of him now)
Ron Funches (there is less of him now)

Of course, the first thing long-term Funches fans noticed when the 33-year old Funches hits the stage these days is how much less of him there is.

Dude lost about 100 lbs and he has no problem incorporating that into his always-laconically-delivered act, noting that he lost the weight “out of spite” because his medical marijuana doctor wouldn’t take his health concerns seriously.

The 50 minute set ranged from how charity really is the best way to waste money (“I have no idea what happens to it”), his fondness for conspiracy theories to being the single dad of an increasingly bitchy 13-year old boy who “Winne-the-Pooh”s when he eats. (Not a joke about honey, but outstanding nonetheless.)

There was a longer riff about a fight in an illegal Canadian weed dispensary — “I didn’t know you cold get in a fight in Canada; I thought they outlawed everything bigger than a kerfuffle.”

That line is a good example of why he appeals: a slightly surreal, off-kilter delivery and point of view paired with sentences that sound slightly more elaborate than they should be. Add in a string of strong jokes about rappers that played straight into the hands of 90s hip-hop head, the best Maya Angelou joke anyone has ever heard and his eternal fondness for weed and it was easy to see exactly why his audience is increasingly cult-like.

Austin comic Bob Khosravi middled with a solid set that drew on his Middle Eastern heritage, weirdly good jokes about olives and an extended bit about how your friends children change your life as much as theirs. Host/opener Daniel Webb has a typically all over the place set, marked largely by his manic energy and queeny delivery. (I will, however, give him money to move the “gay Jesus” stuff from the middle to the top of the set — it was his tightest material and deserved to be up front.)

 

Martin Short, smarm’s Zen master

Short with three amigos (photo courtesy the Moontower Comedy Festival)
Short with three amigos (photo courtesy the Moontower Comedy Festival)

Very few people can do what Martin Short does and not have the audience look away in embarrassment.

He is the master of the show biz smarm, opening his one-man show with clips from some of his most famous bits (men’s synchronized swimming team, we will never forget you), striding onto the stage with a piano player, singing “all I ask is that you love me,” changing costumes, dropping Steve Martin’s name a lot (his sometimes does this one man show with Martin) reprising his character from “Father of the Bride” and generally doing the sort of showbizzy variety show that absolutely should not work in 2016.

There are two reasons that it did Thursday night at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. 1) Short is very old school showbiz himself, more of a song-and-dance man than a stand-up comedian, as much an actor as an improviser. His “show biz” self is a character as much Ed Grimley.

2) Speaking of Ed Grimly, Short remains a really weird guy. The weirdness cuts the smarm, in a way. He has been a comedic force for most of his life yet stil retains an outsider streak by dint of being a very odd dude.

There was some political stuff (mocking various Presidential candidates as wedding planner Franck Enggelhoffer, he of the deeply weird accent), he invited three folks from the audience to come up for a tribute to the “Three Amigos” (and wow, those three guys could not do the dance AT ALL.)

The strongest material came at the end, when Short assumed his Jiminy Glick persona (complete with costume) to give an unctuous, hilariously insulting and generally hilarious interview with Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson. Short was perfectly clueless and mean, Benson took it brilliantly and it capped off an evening that should not have worked nearly as well as it did.