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SXSW Baby Interview: Baron Vaughn

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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Ewan talks to comedian Baron Vaughn ahead of a number of shows and podcast tapings at SXSW Comedy.

Leonard Maltin discusses his favorite films — and hidden gems you ought to see — with co-host Baron Vaughn in this in-depth podcast from Earwolf’s entertainment-obsessed cousin, Wolfpop.

More on Baron Vaughn at SXSW.com.


Comedy line-up announced

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

SXSW Comedy is one of the growing parts of SXSW and the Austin team has announced the names for this year’s event. you can find them online, but I’ll also highlight Bill Tressler’s look at the line-up on The Interrobang.

These are only a handful of the huge list of comedians who will be making an appearance at this years festival, so anyone in the audience is all but destined to have a good time. The set times and lineups of the two showcases have not yet been announced, so for now, those looking to go will simply have to secure their badges and then wait for more information. Events will be taking place from 3/11 to 3/20, and will be available to all those with SXSW badges. Those with wrist bands will only be able to access certain events.

Looking over the list there’s a heavier reliance on ‘recording internet shows’ and talent at the start of their careers, but coming from the UK the different nature of the comedy circuits in the US and the focus on ‘getting on TV’ as opposed to building a steady ‘touring’ income skews the available talent.

Still, SXSW is building up this section of the Festival, and international interest is (slowly) growing.

I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SXSW has announced this year’s comedy line-up for the fun in March. The full repertoire of performers can be found on the website, with a mix of stand up shows, full shows, recordings, and live tapings.

Have aloof through the list at the SXSW website, with a lot of new and upcoming names (just like SXSW Music) but with the occasional big hitter in the mix (including Beth Stelling, W Kamau Bell, Glen Wool, and Katie Dippold all catching my eye.

As well as the usual gigs and podcast recordings we’ve seen in previous years, the SXSW team are recurring two love comedy specials  for subsequent broadcast. These will both take place at The North Door on Sunday March 15th.

You’re a beautiful audience, here’s who Comedying at SXSW this year

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Following on from the release of the music schedule yesterday (the ongoing release of the Film schedule, and Interactive’s sessions which were locked in some weeks ago), today sees the publication of the SXSW Comedy schedules.

It might be small, compared to the other SXSW events and other comedy festivals, but the 40 acts who’ll be descending too spread themselves around the city include some notable names (Doug Benson), some of my favourite events from the Edinburgh Fringe (Paul Provenza’s Set List), and of course a bundle of the US Late Night talk shows attempting to look hip (Jimmy Kimmel), justify their existence (Seth Myers), or try and find a better slot and replace the new guy on the block (Leno – who’s not scheduled to appear, but then he wasn’t schedule to replace O’Brien on Tonight either).

Highlights and the full list can be found at SXSW.

SXSW Comedy roster announced with podcasts, stand-ups, and sessions

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The heckles are sure to come in, but that’s fine, because anyone taking on board Comedy at SXSW is going to get quite a few comments, so let’s just skip over the obvious stuff (the gender balance, how much the comedians are being paid, how many are here to promote and how many to perform) and point out the full line up of comedians who’ll be in town for SXSW is here.

This year you’ll find a mix of nightly showcases during Film, Interactive, and Music, either in Esther’s Follies or at the stages in the Austin Convention Center, while comedy podcasts will be recorded, again mostly in Esther’s Follies, but do check SXschedule for the exact dates and locations.

Personally, I’m looking forward to two of the ‘special events’ that are under the Comedy banner. A Carlin Home Companion see’s Kelly Carlin bring out personal memories and video footage of her father, George Carlin. The second is Paul Provenza’s session on Thursday 15th, promising a mix of traditional stand up and improvisation in Stand-up without a Net.