SXSW 2020
SXSW 2020

SXSW Comedy promises big laughs from controversial SNL star and more

SXSW Comedy promises big laughs from controversial SNL star and more

Pete Davidson
Pete Davidson is coming to SXSW. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

When one thinks of SXSW, they may think of tech companies, the film fest and music lineups, and lines, but it's also host to a sort of de facto comedy festival. With the festival programming scheduled to kick off in just about a week, SXSW is unleashing its 2020 Comedy lineup, ranging from famous comedians to up-and-comers to one SNL star in a bit of hot water.

Samantha Bee, Pete Davidson, Hannibal Buress, Thomas Middleditch, Austin's own Maggie Mae, Judd Apatow, and Horatio Sans are just a few of the big-name acts heading to SXSW this year, with performances and special events held throughout the 10-day festival. See the full lineup here.

SXSW Comedy branches into all aspects of the festival. (Basically, if there is a comedian involved in Interactive, Film, etc., it's also under the Comedy umbrella.) Among this year's special events is the world premiere of Hannibal Buress: Miami Nights at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, March 18. 

Returning to the festival is Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre co-founder Matt Besser with a slate of shows, including his beloved podcast improv4humans; Sing-A-Long Comedy Experiment; The 420 Show; and a special edition of ASSSSCAT, UCB's longest running show. And because we just cannot get through a SXSW without Doug Benson, the comedian will make his return to Austin with two tapings of his hit podcast, Doug Loves Movies.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow and Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson team up with Bill Burr, Liza Treyger, and Ricky Velez for the premiere of The King of Staten Island, directed by Apatow. The SNL star, no stranger to the spotlight, has stirred up major controversy in recent days after he complained about his castmates in an interview and threatened to quit the show. The remark, according to Page Six, has left some co-stars "fuming." 

Also returning is Adult Swim, back to celebrate its newest show, Three Busy Debras. Creators and stars Sandy Honig, Mitra Jourhari, and Alyssa Stonoha will be joined by Joel Kim Booster and Patti Harrison for a special performance in honor of the show's premiere. 

And fans of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee won't want to miss "Comedians on Panel Drinking Cocktails," a panel featuring Bee and her team discussing the upcoming 2020 election. 

SXSW Comedy runs March 13-March 21 and is open to all badges. Film wristbands gain access to events beginning March 13, and Music wristbands can be used beginning March 16. 

But what about coronavirus, you might ask? Despite some high-profile companies dropping out, SXSW is showing signs of business as usual. And, after all, they say laughter is the best medicine.