Austin, Texas – February 21, 2017 – South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) has announced the initial list of SXSW Comedy Festival participants. This year, the SXSW Comedy Festival celebrates its tenth edition. Over the last decade, the festival has hosted hundreds of acclaimed performers, establishing a tradition of celebrating the industry’s brightest comics and introducing film and media icons to the next wave of groundbreaking comedic talent. With access to the Film, Interactive, and Music festivals, SXSW Comedy has pulled guests from all corners of the entertainment industry, growing from a single night’s celebration of comedy’s rising stars and established names into a week-long festival filled with exclusive and diverse programming, including live shows, podcast recordings, broadcast tapings, and more.
“Over the last ten years, our goal has been to provide a space for promising comedic performers to collaborate with luminaries shaping the comedy world, and it’s been incredible to watch SXSW’s unique gathering of talent lead to successful projects and lasting relationships,” said Charlie Sotelo, Head of SXSW Comedy Festival. “We hope you’ll join us to celebrate some of comedy’s brightest minds and discover some new favorites.”
SXSW Comedy Participants
Al Madrigal, Andrew Santino, Big Jay Oakerson, Bob Odenkirk, Bonnie McFarlane, Brendon Walsh, Chris Hardwick, Dan Harmon, Dave Hill, Doug Benson, Doug Stanhope, Dulce Sloan, Glenn Wool, Eddie Pepitone, Guy Branum, Horatio Sanz, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Mantzoukas, Jessica McKenna, Joe DeRosa, Joel Kim Booster, John Hodgman, Jon Gabrus, Liza Treyger, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Matteo Lane, Michael Ian Black, Morgan Murphy, Nate Bargatze, Nick Swardson, Nick Thune, Nicole Byer, Phoebe Robinson, Rich Vos, Robert Kelly, Sasheer Zamata, Scott Aukerman, Scott Thompson, Sean Patton, Shane Mauss, Shaun Diston, Tim Dillon, Tom Lennon, Wanda Sykes, Whitney Cummings, Wyatt Cenac, and more to come.
SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs Featuring
Above Average, @midnight, ASSSSCAT, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Doug Loves Movies, Doug Stanhope and Friends, HarmonQuest, Improv4humans, The Laugh Button Live w/ Gotham Comedy Club, My Wife Hates Me, Night Train, Talk Show the Game Show, What’s Your F@%kin’ Deal? and more.
This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, March 10 at ACL Live with Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick Live, a very special SXSW edition of the Emmy-award winning interactive late night game show. Featuring contestants Tom Lennon, Whitney Cummings, and Nick Swardson.
NBCUniversal’s Seeso will bring a full slate of shows to this year’s lineup. Returning to the fest is Dan Harmon’s live fantasy role-playing show, HarmonQuest, an improvised Dungeons & Dragons game that takes a cast of characters–Harmontown mainstays Jeff B Davis, Erin McGathy, and Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden, and a special guest–on a dragon-slaying journey. Another Seeso favorite, Wyatt Cenac’s Night Train showcase is here for the very first time, bringing a dose of New York’s best comedic talent to the SXSW Comedy stage, with the musical stylings of Night Train regular DJ Donwill. Last but not least, Big Jay Oakerson’s What’s Your F@%king Deal? will return to the SXSW stage—unlike any other showcase, these comedians will rely solely on crowd work, mining the audience for their material.
Seeso will also record back-to-back performances of Doug Stanhope and Friends, featuring a lineup of some of his favorite comedians, hosted by the stand-up legend himself. All SXSW attendees are invited to be part of the live audience for two shows at 10pm and midnight on Tuesday, March 14 at Esther’s Follies.
truTV returns to give a taste of one of their newest shows, Talk Show the Game Show. Featuring creator Guy Branum and judges Casey Schreiner and Wanda Sykes, this mash-up of two tried and true TV formats (Talk show and Game show) takes contestants through various talk show-inspired challenges, judged and roasted by a panel of comedian judges to ultimately crown the “Best Guest of the Night.”
Some long-running SXSW favorites are back again this year: The Laugh Button Live! with Gotham Comedy Club will continue their tradition of exhibiting some of New York City’s sharpest comics. We’ll also see the return of Lorne Michaels’s Above Average, whose showcases have attracted SNL alumni and UCB regulars in years past. And comedy legends the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre will host events all week, including their flagship improvised show, ASSSSCAT, as well as 420 with Matt Besser, which provides weed comedy for stoners and friends of stoners, and GE’s ImprovScience, which mixes knowledgeable experts with improv genius.
This year’s festival will also feature a variety of independent shows, like Good Trip w/ Shane Mauss, which explores the comedian’s life-long relationship with psychedelics that’s part stand-up, part storytelling, and part TED Talk. Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane will host Would You Bang Him?, a comedy game show that, with the help of female judges, aims to answer the titular question for a batch of competing male comedians. Dave Hill will also bring Witch Taint, a comedic live reading and concert detailing his account of what happens when you pose as a Black Metal guitarist online and try to get signed by a record label. Turns out, you can get pretty far.
In addition, Audible will present Audible Impact, a charitable comedy and music event in support of critical First Amendment issues, hosted by Michael Ian Black. Of course, there will also be plenty of podcast recordings. SXSW Comedy will highlight Earwolf favorites Comedy Bang! Bang! and improv4humans. Plus, live episodes of Harmontown, My Wife Hates Me, Doug Loves Movies and more!
Stay tuned for another announcement from SXSW Comedy, which will include information about additional performers, showcases, and events. Full details and lineups will be live soon at https://www.sxsw.com/comedy/2017.
The SXSW Comedy Festival is open to all SXSW Badges, Music Festival and Film Festival Wristband holders.
SXSW Film Festival
Crossovers between film and comedy at this year’s festival include the world premiere of The Big Sick, the result of a collaboration between producer Judd Apatow and writer Kumail Nanjiani, who first met on a podcast recording at SXSW in 2012. Some of our showcase comedians are also flexing their multi-hyphenate muscles. Night Train host Wyatt Cenac stars in Fits and Starts, the story of a writer who can’t seem to escape his wife’s literary success. Also be on the lookout for Austin’s own SNL Alumni Noel Wells, who will bring her first major directing effort Mr. Roosevelt to the fest, in which she stars alongside comedian Nick Thune and Doug Loves Movies host Doug Benson.
The conference will also feature a selection of comedy-related sessions throughout the week. The cast of Veep will be in attendance, featuring Anna Chlumsky, David Mandel, Gary Cole, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Sam Richardson, Timothy Simons, and Tony Hale. Actresses Gillian Jacobs and Phoebe Robinson will be hosting a panel on the growing body positivity movement in comedy. In addition to his SXSW Comedy Bang! Bang! and ASSSSCAT appearances, actor/comedian Bob Odenkirk will be featured in an exclusive panel, A Conversation with Bob Odenkirk.
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 will take place March 10-19, 2017.
SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald’s, The Austin Chronicle, Sonicbids and Pandora.