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Jimmy Kimmel Catches a Bunch of SXSW Music Fans in Their Web of Lies

Currently doing a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, Jimmy Kimmel resurrected his "Lie Witness News" segment to ask a bunch of music festival attendees for their opinions on bands that are so cool and obscure that they're actually not real bands at all. As if blatantly lying about knowing a musical act isn't bad enough, it's probably never a good idea to punctuate your responses with the phrase "to be perfectly honest."

SXSW Announces Comedy Lineup: Bill Cosby, Good Neighbor, and More

Austin-based giant arts festival South by Southwest (SXSW) just announced the comedy portion of its 2014 lineup. Here's a rundown of what the festival will feature:

  • An evening with Bill Cosby, presented by Funny Or Die
  • Above Average, Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video's YouTube channel, holding a showcase of past and present SNL performers that features performances by Fred Armisen, Good Neighbor (Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary), standup from Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, and host Tim Robinson
  • A live installment of The Chris Gethard Show
  • James Adomian's character show Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura
  • Showcases from local standup juggernauts The Meltdown with [...]

SXSW Announces Its Comedy Lineup (Maron, Armisen, Aukerman, Silverman, and More)

Austin-based film/music/comedy festival South by Southwest (or SXSW as the cool kids call it) just announced its comedy lineup, running from 3/9 to 3/16, and it's jam-packed with most of the funniest people going. There are live shows from Comedy Bang Bang, the UCB, Burning Love, The Chris Gethard Show, James Adomian, The Creek and the Cave, and a screening of Marc Maron's upcoming IFC show Maron, plus appearances from Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Fred Armisen, Tim & Eric, and a ton more comedians and live tapings of most of the big podcasts. Head over to SXSW's site for the schedule and to buy a badge to attend [...]

This John Hodgman Backstage Tour Is Almost Like Being at SXSW

Come one, come all, to the tour of the glamorous accomodations at Esther's Follies comedy show at SXSW. A vegetarian option will be provided. John Hodgman is your tour guide, and there may be run-ins with Kyle Kinane, Kumail Nanjiani, Todd Barry, Gabe Liedman and a male bartender named Dana. You'll feel like you're right there in Austin, even though you are at home staring at an electronic screen and tricking your mind into simulated experiences. Admission is free!

SXSW Adds Chelsea Peretti, Amy Schumer, and Jena Friedman to Comedy Lineup After Backlash

After South by Southwest announced their comedy lineup, it was tough to not notice that of 31 of the comedians scheduled, only one was a women. That was kind of shitty! After a bit of a backlash at the conference for being so gender imbalanced, they've added three new lady comics to the festivities: Chelsea Peretti, Amy Schumer, and Jena Friedman. Great comics, all!

Whether or not they added three more women because of the backlash or were working on getting them beforehand, it's great to see them added to the lineup.

Highlights from Lena Dunham's Keynote Address at SXSW

Lena Dunham keynoted the South by Southwest Film Conference on Monday to a house packed with attendees, many of whom waited in line for over an hour to gain entry. Dunham took the stage joking she'd decided to write a speech in lieu of doing an interview in order to make up for her previous under-preparedness as a student. For much of her 40-minute speech, Dunham ran through her bio — information which her fans mostly already know — giving detailed anecdotes funny enough to compensate for the redundancy. She said the speech was an attempt to explain what helped begin her career, noting the huge role SXSW itself [...]

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Is Doing a Week of Shows in Austin for SXSW

Jimmy Kimmel is getting ready to host another week of his late night talk show from Austin, Texas. From March 10th to March 14th, Jimmy Kimmel Live will be broadcasting new episodes in conjunction with the annual music and film festival South by Southwest.

South by Southwest is set to begin announcing the lineup for the comedy portion of the festival next week, with shows, live podcasts, and panels planned. This is Jimmy Kimmel Live's first week-long residency in Austin. The show did a week of episodes from Brooklyn in the fall of 2012 and a week in Detroit in 2006 leading up to the Super Bowl.

A Video Guide to Fred Armisen’s Pre-'SNL' Years

Throughout Saturday Night Live's history, the  show’s cast has been largely imported from comedy training grounds like the Second City in Chicago or The Groundlings in LA, but Fred Armisen’s path to the show was a little different than most of his peers’. Armisen spent the better part of the 90s as a musician. His main gig was drumming for the punk band Trenchmouth but after the group broke up, he briefly served as background drummer for the Blue Man Group and had his own salsa band before switching to a career in comedy in his early 30s.

“Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and South by Southwest” (1998) Living [...]

Maron, Hodgman, Schaal, Birbiglia, Schumer Top SXSW Comedy Lineup

The SXSW comedy lineup is here, and incidentally, it's almost exactly the same as the invitation list for my dream wedding! (It's only missing Jughead from Archie Comics and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's characters from Wedding Crashers, because what's a dream wedding without crashers?) In addition to standup and improv galore, the schedule features live episodes of WTF, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, You Made It Weird, and The Chris Gethard Show. As for the comedians themselves, there are almost too many great comics to name (for a start: Marc Maron, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Mike Birbiglia, Amy Schumer, Eugene Mirman, TJ Miller, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani), [...]

South by Southwest's Statement About the Lack of Women in Their Comedy Lineup

South by Southwest has responded to the hubbub about their comedy offerings at this year's festival consisting of 30 dudes and 1 lady. Here's their statement in full: If you follow SXSW, you may know that our initial announcements are rarely complete, and this year is no exception. While we're proud of the roster of great comedians set to join us in Austin next month, we were disappointed by the fact that we could only include one woman in our initial release.

We've been working on finalizing arrangements with other well-known female comics for quite some time and we hope to announce more soon.

Inside SXSW's "Inside 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'" Panel

It’s only been on the air for two weeks, but Late Night with Seth Meyers already has a best-of reel and its own dedicated (sometimes intense) fans. A sizzle reel of interviews and clips of the new show kicked of the “Inside Late Night” panel at South by Southwest on Saturday afternoon, and the packed auditorium was filled with long-time fans of the former "Weekend Update" host, including one who told Meyers, “I wish I had your face so I had a girlfriend.” Meyers was joined by Late Night producer (and longtime SNL writer) Mike Shoemaker and moderator Olivia Munn to discuss the new show, which Meyers called a [...]

Moontower Fest Disinvites Matt Braunger for Performing at Competing SXSW

There's a rivalry brewing in Austin, Texas, between two spring comedy fests: The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and South by Southwest's (SXSW) comedy festival. Well, it's a bit of a one-sided rivalry, as second-year festival Moontower prohibits comedians who perform there from performing at SXSW Comedy, which is currently in its sixth year, while SXSW is perfectly okay with comedians from Moontower doing shows there. Stand-up Matt Braunger (Up All Night, MADtv) has been caught between the two competing festivals, as Moontower has made an example of him by disinviting him after he agreed to perform at both festivals.

"He truly doesn't deserve it," SXSW comedy fest [...]

Watch a New Yorker Cartoonist Doodle and Chat at the Same Time

Here's a video interview with New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee, in which he discusses the business of "drawing funny" and also doodles a macrocephalic flying unicorn. It's a good shock to the system for those of us who are used to thinking about comedy as a words game only. [Drawing of you watching this video, looking thoughtful, and chuckling.]

Messin' with Texas: Why Doesn't SXSW Pay its Comedians?

Charlie Sotelo hasn't gotten much sleep this year, but that's true for him every January and February. Sotelo is the sole staffer handling the comedy division of South by Southwest, the ever-expanding music/tech/hipster Austin, TX hoedown and trade show.

This year his nights have been even more restless, after Duncan Trussell, a comedian who was invited to perform, publicly scolded the festival for not offering to pay his travel and lodging expenses through a series of YouTube videos, including a version of the "Hitler reacts" meme.

SXSW is not a comedy festival. There are no wristbands or badges to buy to see comedy shows; it's all free — [...]