Central Texas Wildfires
Support wildfire victims with laughter and money: Stand up comedy benefit Fridaynight
Sep 9, 2011 | 9:43 am
As the wildfires continue to rage in Bastrop, Austin's stand up comedy scene is coming together to help out.
Tonight at midnight, nine of the city's most staggeringly talented comics will take over The New Movement to make you laugh and raise some cash.
Here is a preview of the show, presented as a curated list of tweets in lieu of time-consuming video:
Jake Flores will grace the stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and recently opened for Tig Notaro at the Alamo Ritz.
Mac Blake is a core member of Mascot Wedding Productions and took part in Out of Bounds Fest last week as both a stand up and a member of Stag Comedy.
Kerri Lendo has toured with the likes of Maria Bamford, won the Funniest Filmmaker in Austin contest, and just shared the stage with Greg Proops during Out Of Bounds Fest.
Mike MacRae has been on Letterman, Comedy Central, and was in the cast of TBS's Frank TV. He headlined Cap City two weeks ago, appears regularly on "The Bob and Tom Show," and splits his time between Austin and L.A.
Michael Priest is a Funniest Person in Austin Finalist, and a staple of Cap City's PUNCH! showcase. He hosts the monthly #hashtag show at the New Movement Theater.
Ramin Nazer represented Austin this summer in Montreal's Just For Laughs Fest. He's a Funniest Person in Austin runner-up, a regular at Cap City and the Velveeta Room, and runs the Live at Cold Towne showcase every Friday night.
Chris Cubas, this year's FPIA runner-up, has traveled the country as part of the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour.
Cody Hustak is an FPIA finalist that can be seen at the Art Outside festival in August and Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. He has opened for comics like Doug Benson and Doug Stanhope.
Seth Cockfield recently celebrated 10 years in stand up comedy by headling at the Velveeta Room. He was featured in Out Of Bounds, and plans on taking his talents to New York in the semi-near future.
The Wildfire Relief Benefit begins at midnight tonight at the New Movement Theater, 1819 Rosewood Ave., and admission is only $5- further donations are more than welcome. All proceeds go to the Central Texas Fire Relief Emergency Fund, run by the Austin Community Foundation.