One aspect that has been growing, and lacking in coverage here at Lost in Reviews at South by South West over the last several years are comedy showcases. During my first year at the festival in 2010, the first night of the music portion of the fest featured one lone comedy showcase that I can recall. Last year it had grown to cover three nights, kicking off during Interactive and Film and continuing through the first couple of nights of Music. With 2012, Comedy looks to be becoming an even larger part of SXSW. The Comedy at SXSW 2012 will cover no less than 8 days of the 9 day festival. Included in that will be 8 live podcast tapings that include several of the shows from Earwolf.com. Over the last year, I’ve become quite a fan of the growing line-up of podcasts over at Earwolf. The site/podcast network is packed with some outstanding comedy podcasts that match just about any comedic taste one might have. All the shows feature some of the best working comedic talent today with outstanding production values. They often feature guests from some of my favorite shows and films including Parks and Recreation, Community, and more. I highly recommend checking them out as they are great listens. They’ve become indispensable for me, be it killing time during my daily commute, workout routine, or just getting through the madness of another work day. I actually used the latest episode of Gelmania to get this post done. That one’s not for everyone, but if you understand it, well, let’s be friends.
Here is the press release from SXSW that covers all the specifics of this years comedy lineup for 2012. Be sure to check back here in March for more SXSW comedy coverage.
For Immediate Release
SXSW Comedy Announces 2012 Live Podcast Lineup
Austin, Texas – February 6, 2012 – South by Southwest (SXSW) Comedy is excited to announce its lineup of live podcasts, plus a preview of this year’s expanded comedy programming, which runs throughout the Interactive, Film, and Music festivals. SXSW Comedy runs from March 10–17, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
This year, we’ll present eight live comedy podcast tapings featuring top comics and surprise celebrity guests. The lineup includes:
WTF with Marc Maron
Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson
Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
The Smartest Man In The World with Greg Proops
Sklarbro Country with Jason and Randy Sklar
Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack
and Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show
Also new for 2012, programming will feature two additional nights of comedy showcases, two new venues, and a track of comedy-focused panels. The complete lineup of participating talent and the full schedule will be announced soon at sxsw.com/comedy.
SXSW Comedy Showcases
Eight straight nights of stand-up start on Saturday, March 10, featuring some of the biggest names in comedy alongside up-and-coming acts from across the country, and collaborations with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Funny or Die, Gotham Comedy Club, and more. This year, SXSW Comedy will also expand to multiple venues, offering more shows, seats, and performers than ever before.
Comedy events are available at no additional cost to all SXSW attendees. Shows taking place during the Film and Interactive conferences (March 10-13) will be open to those with Platinum, Gold, and Film badges. Shows during the Music festival (March 13-17) will be open to those with Platinum and Music badges and Music wristbands.
SXSW Comedy Panels
A track of comedy-focused panels will debut as part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, exploring topics from technology to the artistic process. Panels will be held from March 9-13 at the Austin Convention Center, and will be open to all Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders.
SXSW Comedy Venues
Throughout the festival, comedy shows will take place at two downtown Austin venues, the legendary Esther’s Follies and The Velveeta Room. This year, we’re also bringing some of our favorite shows to the Next Stage, located in the SXSW Trade Show at the Austin Convention Center from March 12-15.
About SXSW Comedy
SXSW Comedy is a diverse program spotlighting some of the best performers in the industry, from nationally touring headliners and critically acclaimed comics to emerging talent. Events include live tapings of top comedy podcasts, panels featuring industry thought leaders, and curated stand-up showcases in the heart of downtown Austin.
About SXSW Conferences & Festivals
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals (March 9-18, 2012) offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.
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By John Coovert