Austin comics Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist represent at New Faces in Montreal

Big congrats to Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist, Austin comics who are performing this week in the New Faces showcases at Montreal’s Just For Laughs.

Ashley Barnhill
Ashley Barnhill

Big congrats to Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist, who are performing this week in the New Faces showcases at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival. Both stand-ups are current or former Austin performers.

The festival website claims superstars are born at the showcases, and while it’s debatable if that is still true — the development deal market for up-and-coming comics isn’t what it used to be — an appearance at the event is still a huge feather in the cap of any aspiring comic performer.

Barnhill, who studied law at the University of Texas at Austin, is a skilled joke-crafter who made a name for herself on Twitter. A Moontower Comedy festival veteran now living in Los Angeles, she works with the likes of Marc Maron and Dave Chappelle, and is slated to appear during the Austin stop of Funny or Die’s annual Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival on Oct. 17.

Abby Rosenquist
Abby Rosenquist

Rosenquist, who came to Austin via Omaha, Nebraska, is an Out of Bounds and Moontower veteran who made a splash at this year’s Funniest Person in Austin contest and can be seen at local haunts including The Velv.

Of course, both comics have worked out material on Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club stage.

Best of luck to Barnhill and Rosenquist in Montreal.

Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer to headline Oddball comedy fest

Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer.

Amy Schumer’s star has been rising this year, with the increasing popularity of her Comedy Central show, pretty much everything she says going viral and the impending release of the Judd Apatow-directed “Trainwreck.”

Now she’ll be returning to Austin, and several other cities, as the co-headliner with Aziz Ansari of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 10, for the fest, which comes through Austin on October 17 at the Austin360 Amphitheater. See below for the full Austin lineup.

Aziz Ansari
Amy Schumer
Bridget Everett
Anthony Jeselnik
Ashley Barnhill
Jeff Ross
Nick Thune
T.J. Miller
The Redd’s® Apple Ale Festival Stage Hosted By: Big Jay Oakerson