Popular Austin, Texas standup showcase, Sure Thing, packs the back-porch of the Austin Java coffeehouse every Saturday night, even in the January cold. I'd been warned that it filled up quickly after doors opened, but I hardly took that seriously. So when I arrived still a good 15 minutes before the show, I was surprised to find my saved seat was the only one left, with chair vultures circling ominously. Once I saw the show, it was understandable. Sure Thing delivers on its name, with terrific Austin comics like Casey Crawford, Katie Stone, and that night’s headliner, Brian Gutmann.
In recent years Austin’s comedy scene has absolutely exploded. It [...]
The Washington Post has an intriguing look at the growing indie comedy scene in Washington D.C., a city that for a long time had little more than a couple of clubs and The Capitol Steps. In the past few years, local comics have taken a page from other blossoming comedy cities like Austin, Denver, and Vancouver, setting up independent shows at bars and rock clubs to give time to rising comics who are moving past the city's open mics.
Despite it's smaller scene, D.C. has a solid history of producing good comics, with Dave Chappelle, Patton Oswalt and Wanda Sykes all starting out there decades ago, and rising [...]