Moontower Comedy Festival: Mike Birbiglia

Moontower Comedy Festival: Mike Birbiglia

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With Thank God for Jokes at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival, Mike Birbiglia delivers his funnieset material to date. by Amy Martin published Monday, April 28, 2014 Photo: Kyle Ericksen Mike Birbiglia Austin — The trend these days is to call Mike Birbiglia a storyteller because his last two shows were long narratives on a single topic: 2011’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend …

Moontower Comedy Festival: Maria Bamford

Moontower Comedy Festival: Maria Bamford

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The comic shares unwanted thoughts for deep laughs at Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival. by Amy Martin published Saturday, April 26, 2014 Austin — Maria Bamford is a woman of range. Insightful, even heart stopping, material on depression and suicide brought the Thursday night audience at Moontower Comedy Festival to a point of awe-struck silence. Yet another section had her lying …

Moontower Comedy Festival: The Pajama Men

Moontower Comedy Festival: The Pajama Men

Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez of Albuquerque-based comedy/theater duo bring their A-game to Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival. Austin — Don’t eat the spider or you might end up in the belly of a monster. It’s not such a bad monster. Ingesting its fur brings about immortality. But that allows a foppish king over 700 years to procrastinate about saving the …

Conan Comics Take Dallas

Conan Comics Take Dallas

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Conan Comics Take Dallas While Conan O’Brien tapes his show in Dallas, you can see his writers on local comedy stages. Here’s a report from one of them at Backdoor Comedy Club. by Amy Martin published Monday, March 31, 2014   Dallas — Comics at stand-up clubs sometimes have it tough. Especially on weekends the crowd is there to party. …

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 preview

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival 2014 preview

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Moontower Heads Up With more than 100 comics in four days, Austin’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is a comedy marathon by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 30, 2014 Photo: Natalie Brasington Maria Bamford Austin — As a Dallasite, it’s hard to not drip with envy about Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival kicking off its third year in Austin on April …

Chelsea Handler relies on familiar material for her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour

Chelsea Handler relies on familiar material for her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour

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  Review: Chelsea Handler | Live Nation | Verizon Theatre Clique Bait Chelsea Handler relies on familiar material for her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, resulting in an act that falls flat too quickly. by Amy Martin published Saturday, March 29, 2014   Chelsea Handler Grand Prairie — The crowd for Chelsea Handler on …

Catching Up on the Comedy Beat

Catching Up on the Comedy Beat

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  Catching Up on the Comedy Beat Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin gets us up to date with comedy happenings in North Texas and beyond. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 26, 2014   Photo: TBS Conan O’Brien Conan Does Dallas Conan O’Brien, the late night host on TBS, is taping a week of episodes at the Majestic Theater from …

Dallas Comedy Festival 2012: Step Right Up (Thursday)

Dallas Comedy Festival 2012: Step Right Up (Thursday)

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Step Right Up Local comics kick off the Dallas Comedy Festival with a mostly strong night of stand-up. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 28, 2012   One comic, one microphone stand, one stool, four walls and a jumble of tables and chairs—this is the typical comedy club. No distractions. The focus is on that sole spot on stage and …

Dallas Comedy Festival 2014 reviews

Dallas Comedy Festival 2014 reviews

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Coverage of the Dallas Comedy Festival, March 18-22, 2014, at TheaterJones.   Dallas Comedy Festival, Day 1 The Dallas Comedy House’s fifth annual festival kicks off on a high note with standup Rory Scovel. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Photo: Courtesy Rory Scovel Dallas — It may be that growing up in Greenville, S. C., permanently warps …

Craig Ferguson: Not in Anyone’s Club

Craig Ferguson: Not in Anyone’s Club

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Not in Anyone’s Club At McFarlin Auditorium, Craig Ferguson proves why he’s his own brilliant brand of comedy. by Amy Martin   With no advertising and little coverage, close to 2,400 people, ranging in age from 20-somethings to old farts, gathered at Southern Methodist University’s McFarlin Auditorium on Saturday night to hear comedian Craig Ferguson. Of course, having two million …

Aaron Aryanpur: Funny Guy, Lucky Man

Aaron Aryanpur: Funny Guy, Lucky Man

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Funny Guy, Lucky Man Ten years into the biz, Dallas comedian Aaron Aryanpur, who performs Valentine’s Day at Backdoor Comedy, is hitting his stride. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Photo: Tom Hussey Dallas —  Aaron Aryanpur is a walking contradiction. For every bit of openness, even vulnerability, about him there’s deep containment, too. He’s the product of …

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