For the past eight years, the Moontower Comedy Festival has descended on Austin for a weekend of, well, comedy and oddities (even if it did drop the "oddity" from the name). On November 9, the homegrown fest — which launched in 2011 and now competes with heavy hitters like Montreal's Just For Laughs — released the first part of its 2019 lineup, an all-star group that illustrates just how popular this event has become.
Headlining the 2019 festival, which runs April 24-27, 2019, is Sal Vulcano (Impractical Jokers); David Spade (Saturday Night Live, Tommy Boy); and Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On).
Additional performers include Adam Ray, Andrew Schulz, Bonnie McFarlane, Bowen Yang, Brad Williams, Carmen Lynch, Chris Redd, Dan Soder, Emma Willmann, Gareth Reynolds, Goddamn Comedy Jam, Jak Knight, Jessica Kirson, Jon Dore, Josh Adam Meyers, Loyiso Gola, Marina Franklin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matt Rogers, Mike Vecchione, Nicole Byer, Orlando Leyba, Rich Vos, The Sklar Brothers, Taylor Tomlinson, and Tim Dillon.
Comedy fans can expect even more podcasts, performers, and sketch and musical comedy acts to be announced in the coming months. And if years covering Moontower has taught us anything, expect the festival to add surprises and more blockbuster performers as April approaches.
Per usual, the festival will center around the Paramount and Stateside theaters and other venues within walking distance of Congress Avenue while North Austin's Cap City Comedy Club will serve as a satellite performance space.
Badges for the festival are on sale now, and include Star, Nexus, Warrior, and Satellite options, which range in price from $99-$1,000. Perks include everything from premium seats at headliner shows to priority entry at clubs around downtown Austin. To purchase a badge, click here.