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), but the full lineup and schedule is below.
Performers Include:James AdomianScott AukermanKevin AllisonTodd BarryDoug BensonMike BirbigliaKurt BraunohlerJerrod CarmichaelWyatt CenacChris CubasAndres du BouchetIan EdwardsCameron EspositoMatt FulchironBrett GelmanChris GethardGary GulmanJohn HodgmanPete HolmesLouis KatzMartha KellyRobert KellyKyle KinaneJessi KleinHoward KremerBen KronbergMike LawrenceKristine LevineGabe LiedmanMike MacRaeMarc MaronT.J. MillerDan MintzEugene MirmanNick MullenLarry MurphyAparna NancherlaKumail NanjianiShannon O’NeillDC PiersonKevin PollackChip PopeGreg ProopsPaul ProvenzaJonah RayAmy SchumerKristen SchaalAri ShaffirEliza SkinnerJason SklarRandy SklarDan SoderDan St. GermainBeth StellingRyan StoutNick TurnerBrooke Van PoppelenKulap VilaysackBrendon WalshBrandon WardellReggie WattsJoe WengertSXSW Comedy ShowcasesSXSW’s acclaimed stand-up comedy showcases return to Esther’s Follies, now covering eight straight nights beginning on Saturday, March 10 and running through Saturday, March 17. Some of the biggest names in the industry will join up-and-coming acts from across the country.Film and Interactive Fest ShowcasesThe first four nights of comedy showcases are open to registrants with Platinum, Gold, Interactive and Film badges. Showcases include:Saturday, March 10Comedy Bang Bang // 8 & 10:30 p.m.For the fifth consecutive year, Scott Aukerman brings his expertly curated stand-up showcase, a cornerstone of the Los Angeles comedy scene, to SXSW.Sunday, March 11The Cast of Bob’s Burgers Live // 8 & 10:30 p.m.FOX’s Bob’s Burgers celebrates its upcoming second season with a live show featuring acts from cast members.Monday, March 12Funny or Die presents The Super Serious Show // 8 & 10:30 p.m.Web comedy powerhouse Funny or Die and Caviar Content host an installment of its live, multi-media Super Serious Show, which blends stand-up, sketch and video clips.Tuesday, March 13UCB Comedy presents: All-Stars of Improv // 8:00 p.m.The best improvisers in the country come together to put on an irreverent show made up on the spot, featuring performers from the acclaimed theater’s Los Angeles and New York outposts.Tuesday, March 13UCB Comedy presents: The Best Damn Stand-up // 10:30 p.m.Pete Holmes and Gabe Leidman lead a line-up of established and up-and-coming comics from all around the country, featuring Chris Gethard, Joe Wengert, Eliza Skinner and more.Music Festival ShowcasesWith its fifth year of programming, SXSW Comedy, continues to showcase a diverse range of performers, from headlining acts to comics just breaking onto the national scene – and those who are about to. Showcases during the last four nights of Comedy are open to all attendees with Platinum or Music badges as well as wristband holders.Presenters include Gotham Comedy, Laugh Button Live, TuneIn and Brown Paper Tickets.SXSW Live Comedy PodcastsEight of comedy’s most popular podcasts converge at SXSW, featuring top comics and surprise celebrity guests. All podcasts will be held at Esther’s Follies, 525 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701Film and Interactive Festival PodcastsSaturday, March 10Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson // 4:00 p.m.Doug Benson (Super High Me, The Benson Interruption) brings comics, actors, directors and writers together to talk about new releases and favorite films.The Smartest Man In The World with Greg Proops // 6:00 p.m.Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) delivers wit and wisdom in his unpredictable “Proopcast.”Sunday, March 11WTF with Marc Maron // 4:00 p.m.Required listening for any comedy fan, this no-holds-barred show goes deep behind the scenes, presenting in-depth interviews with the industry’s most innovative performers.Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman // 6:00 p.m.Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show, Between Two Ferns) hosts an episode of his flagship Earwolf show that blends interviews, improv and inspired character bits from regular guests.Monday, March 12Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show // 6:00 p.m.Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak returns, bringing his weekly live, interactive webcast back to the SXSW stage.Tuesday, March 13You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes // 6:00 p.m.A talk show that’s both absurd and academic, with interviews that explore comics’ most awkward moments, celebrating the not-always-fun parts of doing comedy.Music Festival PodcastsFriday, March 16Earwolf presents: Sklarbro Country with Jason and Randy Sklar // 6:30 p.m.The Sklar brothers present a sports show with a refreshingly comedic bent, tackling pop culture and music news along with scores and recaps.Saturday, March 17Earwolf presents: Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack // 6:30 p.m.With two weekly broadcasts, Who Charted? welcomes guests to count down and comment on new music and film releases.SXSW Comedy on the Next StageSXSW Comedy presents four special events in the afternoon on the Next Stage, located in the SXSW Trade Show and open to all registrants, March 12-15.Monday, March 12Stag Comedy // 4:00 p.m.Austin’s Stag Comedy presents a blend of sketch and video, delivering humor that’s witty and unafraid to get a little weird. Their original stage show tops the list of Austin’s best comedy acts.Tuesday, March 13RISK! // 4:00 p.m.Kevin Allison (The State) encourages his guests to “tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” on this fearless storytelling show.Wednesday, March 14UCB Comedy presents: The Chris Gethard Show // 4:00 p.m.The man who got Diddy to appear at UCB NY brings his unpredictable cable access show back to the stage, with a panel of comedians and weirdos through absurd games and challenges.Thursday, March 15Stand Up! Records // 4:00 p.m.A curated showcase from the indie comedy label that promotes smart, eclectic and politically-minded material.Special EventsSaturday, March 10A Carlin Home Companion // 5:00pm (Ogilvy Day Stage)Through storytelling, classic video footage and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, chronicles over forty years of her life with her famous father.Thursday, March 15Set List with Paul Provenza // 11:30 p.m.Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza’s acclaimed show puts a spin on the traditional stand-up showcase: comics are handed never-before-seen topics as they step up to the mic, promising an improvised and completely unpredictable show every time.Friday, March 16Legend with Reggie Watts // 11:30 p.m.Comedian/musician/genius Reggie Watts will present his original score to Ridley Scott’s Legend, featuring music, spoken word and his trademark wit.Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17The Benson Interruption // 8:30 p.m.The wildly popular live show turned Comedy Central favorite returns to SXSW. The hugely entertaining concept is simple: Benson brings his favorite comedians onstage to perform then interrupts them with stream-of-consciousness additions to their bits.Friday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 13Comedy-focused panels will debut as part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, exploring topics from technology to the artistic process. Panels will be held at the Austin Convention Center, and will be open to all Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders.