Tag Archives: Stand-up Comedy

Italian #54: Chelsea Peretti

I will conclude the string of comedians with Chelsea. I saw her at the first Moontower through a showcase hosted by Dana Gould and I really liked her material. She’s probably the most recognizable I’ve covered this year through her run … Continue reading

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Italian #53: Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero has been quite busy these days. For several years she co-starred in a parody of all those Victorian shows everybody goes ape shit for, Downton Abbey…blech! Could the Anglophilia be any grosser? Hers was called Another Period and co-starred … Continue reading

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Italian #52: Joe DeRosa

Joe DeRosa is a hilarious comedian who you may recognize as the veterinarian Dr. Caldera from Better Call Saul; he sells Mike Ehrmantraut animal medications which work on people. Given how Mike is a scary ex-cop who does criminal things (aka Gus … Continue reading

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Italian #51: Blair Socci

Mucca sacra! I have really let my Italian-Heritage column/tradition go to shit. I haven’t really written about anyone worth a damn in four years. Damn. The divorce and all set me back in 2019, the pandemic for 2020 to some … Continue reading

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Another successful Moontower Comedy Fest, but…

The announcement was made in the middle of the Fest; Moontower is merging (their term) with the older, better known Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. JFL as its readily known by, started in 1983, well before the Comedy Boom and … Continue reading

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RIP Norm Macdonald

What a pisser! Much like Andy Kaufman, I thought his suddenly reported death was a joke since it seemed like him. Sadly, it was true as he had been fighting cancer for a decade. Norm hid it very well. There’s … Continue reading

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September 2021 is here but school starting varies

Back in July, I celebrated Aliens turning 35. In honor of starting Marquette 35 years ago, I decided to go with Rodney Dangerfield’s most successful movie. I tweaked the colors to be more in line with my alma mater. It’s not … Continue reading

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RIP Jackie Mason

The majority of people younger than Boomers know him as Krusty’s rabbi father, a role he returned to play about a dozen times. Pretty good for a recurring guest character. He was also Navin’s brief employer in The Jerk, until the … Continue reading

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Happy posthumous birthday to Robin Williams

Today would’ve been his 70th birthday and we really needed him during the Girth Vader years to make us intelligent and empathetic people cope better. I do feel somewhat bad about liking Robin again near the end of his life … Continue reading

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Austin casualties update: Cap City Comedy Club

Alongside I Love Video, another Eighties Institution and Survivor closed its doors for good. Originally Cap City was a Laff Stop franchise during the Eighties’ Comedy Boom, when places as tiny as Springfield, IL had a club! When the Comedy … Continue reading

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Mac Blake caused the name change

I don’t know if this moving company has franchises in other cities but this one has been a staple around Austin for about a decade. They used to be named “College Hunks Moving Junk.” Then the word “Hunks” was transformed … Continue reading

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RIP: Kip Addotta

Kip was only a household name to fans of Dr. Demento and maybe anyone who caught the syndicated show Make Me Laugh. He first came to my attention while living in Indiacrapolis when the rock station responsible for not-funny Bob & Tom … Continue reading

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Moontower 2019

Austin’s Eighth Annual Moontower Comedy Festival (aka Moontower 2019) was pretty good this year. For me, it wasn’t as cool as last year when they had the after party at a place the comedians enjoyed hanging out at but I … Continue reading

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Ali Saddiq

I saw Ali either this Spring or last year at Moontower Comedyfest. He was part of a showcase and I was really impressed on how he stood out from the others. Firstly, he took a seat. Secondly, he was less … Continue reading

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Jake Johannsen 2 (really 3)

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Jake came to Austin way back around August (8/25/18 to be exact) but my Brushes with Greatness got backed up for the remainder of the year due to it being an avalanche of awesomeness! He is worth mentioning because … Continue reading

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