These performances will be in addition to the usual comedy showcases that take place during the Music portion of SXSW on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, which are open to Music and Platinum Badgeholders. All comedy events will be held at Austin's legendary Esther's Follies (525 E. 6th St.).
“Standup comedy at SXSW touches on all the best things about our event,” says SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson. “Great comics are masters of live performance, the best story-tellers and pioneers in new media. We're incredibly proud that so many great comics choose to join us here.”
Here's a look at the comedy schedule for SXSW 2011:
COMEDY DEATH-RAY AT SXSW
Sat, March 12th 8:00 & 10:30pm
SXSW will host Scott Aukerman’s “Comedy Death-Ray”, the cornerstone of L.A.'s comedy scene. Scott Aukerman, Michael Ian Black, Dave Foley, Brett Gelman, Howard Kremer, and Kevin Pollak will perform.
DARK, BITTER AND SWEET
Sun, March 13th 8:00 & 10:30pm
Matt Bearden, Anthony Jeselnik, Ben Kronberg, and Marc Maron will be featured in this exclusive event.
JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND-UP SHOW
Mon, March 14th 8:00 & 10:30pm
John will host a special evening with a few of his fellow comics from his eponymous Comedy Central series. John Oliver, Pete Holmes, Al Madrigal, Kumail Nanjiani, and Brendon Walsh will all be on stage.
TALK NERDY TO ME
Tues, March 15th 8:00 & 10:30pm
As SXSW Comedy concludes its Film and Interactive events, what better way to celebrate all things geek then with a mix of pop culture steeped comedy. Doug Benson, Chris Hardwick, Tom Lennon, and Eugene Mirman will all give their take on the best of pop.
SXSW COMEDY PODCAST SERIES
Also new this year, SXSW Comedy will host live tapings of four of the most downloaded and influential podcasts from the world of comedy. This series is open to all SXSW Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders and includes Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson, Comedy Death-Ray Radio with Scott Aukerman, The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick, and WTF with Marc Maron.
MUSICFEST COMEDY SHOWCASES
To close out the final weekend of festivities, SXSW Comedy will host two nights of stand-up showcases during the Music event on Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19th - 8:30pm. The live events will feature Tig Notaro, Donald Glover, Glenn Wool, Amy Schumer, Eugene Mirman and more. These shows will be open to SXSW Music and Platinum Badgeholders, and SXSW wristbands.
To see a full list of comedians and events at SXSW Comedy, check out sxsw.com/comedy.