Moontower Comedy Festival announces Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes and more, plusyour chance to snag single show tickets
Though it seems like 2012 just began, somehow we’re already past SXSW and heading towards summer. But first, the end of April approaches, bringing the inaugural Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.
The four-day fest, which takes over 11 venues around town from April 25-28, originally aimed to program about 60 performers, but they’re already on track to top 70, with several exciting additions announced yesterday: the incomparable Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman (of Parks and Rec), Laraine Newman (from Saturday Night Live), J.B. Smoove (as seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm), The Dan Band, Ari Shaffir, Casey Ley, Big Jay Oakerson, the Walsh Brothers, Lynn Koplitz and Steve McFarlin.
They’ll be joining previously announced acts including SNL head writer Seth Meyers, Oscar winner Steven Wright, Parks and Rec star Aziz Ansari (and writer Chelsea Peretti), Just for Laughs closer Andy Kindler, Twitter genius Joe Mande and locals like Danny Palumbo, John Ramsey, Kath Barbadoro and John Tole.
We’re especially excited to see what Offerman’s one-man show, “American Ham,” is all about. The actor / woodworker is a trained improviser who spent time in the Chicago scene, and co-founded experimental troupe Defiant Theatre — we know whatever he brings to the stage will be equal parts absurd and eclectic. The show description tells us to expect Offerman’s “Tips for Prosperity, Original Acoustic Songs, Humorous Anecdotes, Audience Participation… and so much more,” so get ready for that.
Also! Starting Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m., you’ll be able to get single show tickets to some just-announced lineups, like:
SHOW HOUSE @ The Parish (three shows)
From the mind of Duncan Trussell (Comedy Central, Funny or Die's "Drunk History"), featuring a different cast of Moontower comics each night and packed with country's most hilarious and original standups from TV, film and the web.
April 26, 10:00 p.m. ($15): Brendon Walsh, Eric Andre, Brody Stevens, Chris Trew and Brent Weinbach
April 27, 10:00 p.m. ($17): Nikki Glaser, Maria Bamford, Moshe Kasher, Lucas Molandes and Brendon Walsh
April 28, 10:00 p.m. ($17): Rachel Feinstein, Joe Mande, Chelsea Peretti, Brody Stevens and Brendon Walsh
COMEDY CLOSE-UP @ Beale Street Tavern
Moontower presents a close-up of a hilarious mix of national and regional comedy talent.
April 25, 10:15 p.m. ($10): Hosted by John Ramsey, Featuring Bob Biggerstaff, Erin Foley, Joe Mande, Lucas Molandes and Erin Jackson.
HANNIBAL BURESS @ The Parish (late show added)
April 25, 10:00 p.m. ($15)
MOONTOWER MASH-UP @ Scottish Rite Theatre
A star-packed show for the comedy enthusiasts!
April 25, 8:00 p.m. ($17): Andy Kindler, Brody Stevens, Rachel Feinstein, Chelsea Peretti, Duncan Trussell, Bil Dwyer and Brent Weinbach.
LUNATIC FRINGE @ Stateside at the Paramount
The Amazing Johnathan headlines this power-packed show of comedians from near and far.
April 25, 8:30 p.m. ($25): Hosted by JR Brow, Featuring The Amazing Johnathan, Baron Vaughn, Mike MacRae, Nikki Glaser, Sean Patton and W. Kamau Bell
THE DAN BAND @ Mohawk
Well-known for their covers of originally female-performed pop songs, with added obscenities and swearing, their live show has become a staple of Los Angeles nightlife.
April 25, 9:00 p.m. ($25)
DOUBLE HEADER @ Beale Street Tavern
So you have had a taste of you favorite comedian and want to see more... Our brilliant Moontower stars do what they do best... BIG sets!
April 26, 8:00 p.m. ($10): Rachel Feinstein and Baron Vaughn
April 26, 10:15 p.m. ($10): Erin Jackson and Sean Patton
DANA GOULD & FRIENDS @ Scottish Rite Theatre
April 26 & April 27, 10:30 p.m. ($17)
NICK OFFERMAN @ Paramount Theatre
April 26, 10:00 p.m. ($36)
JB SMOOVE @ Mohawk
April 27, 9:00 p.m. ($17)
LEFT, RIGHT AND RIDICULOUS @ 29th Street Ballroom
Award-winning comedian Jimmy Dore and a Moontower comedian panel skewer today's newsmakers, ridicule our favorite cultural jackasses and make fun of our celebrities.
April 27, 7:30 p.m. / April 28, 10:00 p.m. ($15)
WANDA SYKES @ Paramount Theatre
April 28, 10:00 p.m. (Reserved seating for $47 - $64)
BLUE MOONTOWER AKA THE DIRTY SHOW TRIPLE X RATED @ The Mohawk
Do you like your comedy twisted? Do you want to see comedians "go there?" Then Blue Moontower is for you, packed with naughty, spicy, adults-only comedy.
April 28, 9:00 p.m. ($15): Hosted by John Tole, Featuring Ari Shaffir, Big Jay Oakerson and Lynne Koplitz.
Check out the current full schedule now (note that more shows will be added over the next few weeks.)