by Mike Henneberger
With South by Southwest upon us, I've learned a few things about the festival in Austin, Texas that starts today. First of all, did you know that it is not actually a free booze and BBQ festival, but a music, film, and interactive festival? At least that's what my boss keeps telling me every year.
And, did you know, while it's only touted as a music, film, and interactive festival, there is quite a bit of comedy? And, no, I’m not referring to whichever actor shows up with a guitar trying to prove hes a serious musician. I’m talking about the list of SXSW comedy events that feature some of the top stand-up comedians, podcasters, and improv comics.
This year's fest will work in some laughs with comics like T.J. Miller, Eugene Mirman, Pete Holmes, Reggie Watts, Kurt Braunohler, Brendon Walsh, the Sklar Brothers, Louis Katz and many more. Mike Birbiglia makes an appearance at the TuneIn StandUp Showcase. Gotham Comedy presents The Laugh Button Live! with Amy Schumer, Doug Benson, and Gary Gulman. And Benson will even be performing The Benson Interruption live.
You can also catch Daily Show correspondents John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal and Wyatt Cenac. And don’t forget that the Workaholics guys are hosting biggest comedy party at SXSW.
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