FFF Fest 2012
The inclusion of comedy is one of the characteristics of Fun Fun Fun Fest that sets it apart from the other music festivals that blow through our fair city.
Once again this year, the Yellow Stage will be occupied by standup comedians, bizarre comedy shows and parody bands that will complement your weekend of old skool hip hop, death metal and indie rock.
While you'll be standing for all of these shows, the Yellow Stage — presented by the new Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and programmed by The New Movement's Chris Trew — offers the perfect break between big shows on your schedule.
Friday, November 2
The first day of FFF Fest starts up with The Midgetmen performing a Weird Al Yankovic tribute at 11:50 a.m. before heading into some of the best comics that Austin has to offer. Seth Cockfield doesn't live in Austin anymore, but he's still recent enough to be grouped in with the other great local comics Ralphie Hardesty, Duncan Carson, Andrew Tompkins and Derek Phelps.
Funniest Person in Austin runner-up Chris Cubas takes the stage right before 4 p.m. to open up for Comedy Central stars Jon Benjamin and Hannibal Buress to each take the stage. Benjamin is the voice of Archer on the FX show of the same name and Bob Belcher on Fox's Bob's Burgers. Buress, meanwhile, is one of the biggest rising stars in standup and now appearing on Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show.
Saturday, November 3
After opening the day with a 45-minute Punk Rock Circus (?) at the Yellow Stage, a string of awesome local standup talent performs between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., including Kath Barbadoro, Danny Palumbo, Ashley Barnhill and Brendan K. O'Grady.
In the middle of the day, the Yellow Stage takes on a multi-genre performance feel. The New Movement Theater will host an improvised Dating Game, Christopher Wonder will do some magic tricks, and then slam poet Saul Williams will release his astounding words on to the stage for a very different purpose. It's a bit different from the rest of the lineup, but it's not to be missed.
At 4 p.m., it's back to the headlining shows for the night as former Funniest Person in Austin Doug Mellard makes you remember what you love about Austin's standup scene. Mellard hands the mic off to King of the Hill scribe and now Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac. His cerebral comedy and even delivery are the perfect warm-up for Saturday's A(and maybe the festival's) biggest name on the Yellow Stage this year, Mr. Tobias Funke himself, David Cross, of Mr. Show and Arrested Development fame.
Sunday, November 4
But then there's still more! The next morning, the Yellow Stage is blowing up again with huge names and a lot of hysterical oddities. There's a Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest somewhere in the middle, there's some sketch and standup from The New Movement Theaters of Austin and New Orleans, and there's a special edition of Mortified, where real people read the most embarrassing material from their junior high diaries.
There's also sketch comedy from Austin stars Kat Ramzinski, Jake Flores and reigning Funniest Person in Austin, Ramin Nazer. And then, it's on to the comedy genius of Duncan Trussell, host of the The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast. After, Bob's Burger's alternative comedy superstar Eugene Mirman takes the stage before Austin's favorite king of stoner comedy, Doug Benson, host of Doug Loves Movies, squints puffy-eyed through his hilarious set.
I mean, look at all of those names. Gathered together in one place. They'll all get, at most, half an hour on the mic. But seeing them perform live is the best icing on the awesome cake that already is Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Our recommendation is to fit as much comedy in to your schedule as you can, in between the music acts you came here to see. It's the perfect break from guitar riffs and mosh pits, sweaty people singing too loud in your ear.
The Yellow Stage is, after all, the perfect something to help you remember why this festival is your favorite one throughout the entire year.