Austin's first Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is here! All weekend, many of the best and biggest names in comedy have invaded a dozen venues in what's rapidly becoming a city synonymous with comedy. There are many Austin-based comedians that were no-brainers for Moontower, with the red hot Ramin Nazer joining the likes of Funniest Person in Austin winners Matt Bearden, Lucas Molandes, JR Brow, Mario DiGiorgio and John Ramsey, as well as local headliners like Jimmie Roulette and Mike MacRae.
But there are hundreds of comics here, and a handful of up and coming talents are on multiple shows this week, making the Moontower lineup all the more potent, and announcing Austin as a comedy producer, as well as a destination.
Bob Khosravi is known as the "nicest man in Austin comedy," and it's true — even when his material gets existentially horrifying. You just want to give him a hug, all the time (and he usually obliges).
Brian Gaar is synonymous with Austin comedy, video games and being awesome. His column in the Statesman keeps track of the scene, and his "It's Always Funny With Brian Gaar" showcase finishes a grand run at The Velveeta Room at the end of May.
Danny Palumbo is a recent transplant from Pittsburgh. Something about his polished delivery, prolific writing (mostly about restaurants) and winning stage presence seems suspicious. Also, he is too handsome — complaints have been lodged.