Watch: Comedian Ron White talks about his Tuesday night Hurricane Harvey benefit at Paramount Theatre

Comedian Ron White watched from his home in Atlanta two weekends ago as his home state of Texas got pounded by Hurricane Harvey. Then he did something about it. The comedian partnered with Jim Ritts, CEO of the Paramount and State theaters; Turk and Christy Pipkin; John O’Connell; and the  Moontower Comedy festival and decided to help in the best way he knows how: making people laugh.

Ron White will kick off the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival in Austin.

White headlines Harvey Relief Benefit: Comedy Helps Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre, on a bill that includes Iliza Schlesinger and Chris D’Elia. Tickets are still on sale, and range from $75 to basic admission to $1,000 for front-row seats, along with pre and post-show parties and free drinks at the Paramount. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Paramount box office (700 Congress Ave.)

We caught up with the “Blue Collar Comedy” star on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the event and what his home state means to him.

Moontower of babble: Reflections on the music of comedy

Patton Oswalt performs at the Paramount during the Moontower Comedy Festival.

By Wes Eichenwald
Special to the American-Statesman

The Velv, aka the Velveeta Room, is Austin’s comedy analogue to the Continental Club. Twenty-nine years after its founding, it’s become a local institution: a performer’s club, intimate without inducing claustrophobia, it’s definitely one of the classier joints on the carnival midway that is Dirty Sixth. Matt Ingebretson — an Austin native living in LA who, besides standup, writes, makes amusing YouTube videos and has a deal with Comedy Central for a sitcom, “Corporate” — is there emceeing a Thursday early-evening Austin Towers showcase during the Moontower Comedy Festival, with a dozen performers doing sets averaging about seven minutes apiece.

Some use their seven minutes more effectively than others. Brassy, stalwart local fixture Kath Barbadoro, with a date to open two nights later for Patton Oswalt at the Paramount, starts out with some inevitable remarks like “I like weed” but really energizes the room with some grade-A lines like “I’ve gone on so many dates in Austin that I know how to brew my own beer now.” Fellow Austinite Bob Khosravi, 35, bearded and cranky, gets laughs with rants like “I don’t like things if they make things easier for younger people. They don’t deserve it.”

If you spend enough time in comedy clubs – and I did three straight Moontower nights, seeing headliners Jay Pharoah, Colin Quinn, Margaret Cho and Oswalt, plus that showcase – you’ll realize the parallels with the music scene. Not just Austin’s, but any music scene. Instead of notes, comics play truths. Or at least, their particular truths. Some routines play like Coltrane-style jazz (solid, smoothly flowing), others like punk rock (aggressive, no prisoners taken), others like funk or salsa. And the 12-person showcase? That’s just another record-company promo sampler given out at South by Southwest; explore further if you’re interested, otherwise toss it.

The obvious musical analogue for Pharoah is freestyle rap; he’s done some of the actual stuff himself, and he streams his consciousness as he stalks back and forth across the stage Paramount stage, discussing Uber and drugs and President Donald Trump and marriage (“Marriage is hard. God knows it’s hard — that’s why he ain’t married”) and flowing from one to the other of the scores of impressions he’s famous for: Obama, Denzel, Eddie Murphy and Eddie’s recently deceased brother Charlie, a mentor of his whose death he mourns. “Be gangsta!” he advises towards the end.

Friday night over at the State, Quinn, a 57-year-old Irish-American from Brooklyn, holds forth with his working-class, self-taught philosophy, squinting into the lights like a mongrel cross between Cliff from “Cheers,” a vaudeville comic and a crusty old police sergeant in a 1940s Preston Sturges movie. Quinn titles his show “Bully,” and though he touches on the schoolyard anecdotes you’d expect, he veers off into the roots and history of bullying, from the Greeks (“Socrates: the passive-aggressive friend’) and Romans through to communism, capitalism and our current dysfunctional world.

What kind of music does Quinn’s monologue suggest? Garage rock with literate lyrics, maybe, or an experimental post-punk cult band from the ‘80s. Prowling the stage like Burgess Meredith’s Mickey, the aging boxing trainer in “Rocky,” he defines intellectual bullying in addition to the physical kind, and bemoans the shortage of democracy in even a supposedly democratic society: “Work is a dictatorship. Family is tribal. Traffic, a failed social experiment. Then you’re asleep for eight hours. You maybe experience democracy about two and a half hours a day.”

By the end, when the audience, rising, applauds vigorously, you realize that even considering everything, and despite all his faults, there’s something noble about Quinn’s quixotic endeavor to explain why things are the way they are. You also realize that this former “Saturday Night Live” news anchor, though he may have been a gigantic jerk at certain points in his past, may fit the living definition of “too smart for his own good.” Colin Quinn: the last of the moralists. In 20 years, he’s going to make a great old man.

As with musicians, the best comedians make it look effortless, a grand illusion of ease and simplicity. This was certainly the case with Cho and Oswalt in their back-to-back headlining sets at the Paramount on Saturday, Moontower’s closing night. About 80 percent of Cho’s set can’t be mentioned in a newspaper; let’s just say that she mounted the stage in ultra-high heels and black leather shorts, making a point to discuss her outfit and its effect on her, and things spiraled away from there. Cho is the extrovert’s extrovert, even for a comedian, and after her riffs on celebrity feuds and one-nighters, and extended bits on bodily functions and malfunctions, you felt directly wired into her thought process in real time. Her musical parallel: gutsy mainstream pop, probably.

Finally came a brilliantly woven set from Oswalt to a packed house, likely Moontower’s hottest ticket this year. If you wanted to design the perfect thinking man’s standup comic, it might look and sound a lot like Oswalt, who showed quicksilver wit and impeccable timing in his interactions with the audience (“Everyone here is well-adjusted!” he complained. Nothing to work with!)

The actor/comedian took the stage just one day after the first anniversary of his wife Michelle McNamara’s untimely death. Everyone waited for him to talk about it, which he did towards the end (it’s hard to follow that kind of material with jokes about fast food).

Expressing his disgust with platitudes like “I wish you strength on your healing journey,” Oswalt, who described his experience as more of a “numb slog,” spoke movingly about breaking the news to his young daughter, about suddenly having to be the point person at her school, and his feeling of unreality about it all.

In the end even this, too, is great material for standup. Oswalt was an outstanding comedian before his wife’s death; now, with his venture into widower standup, he may be something close to inspirational. To me, it sounded for all the world like one of the better classical symphonies.

How are comedians reacting to life under Trump?

Colin Quinn at the Moontower Comedy Festival.

By Wes Eichenwald
Special to the American-Statesman

If stand-up comedy in America is an expression of the national psyche, one problem in particular these days is afflicting its practitioners: How do you make jokes about a reality whose very possibility was, until very recently, widely considered to be itself a joke?

Whatever your political preferences – and yes, the vast majority of stand-up comics lean to the left – the Trump Hangover must be acknowledged to be as real as the current situation in Washington. To comedians, this is one elephant in the room that everyone has to talk about, but even for the more politically vocal standups, the risk of Trump overload and burnout seems ever-present.

At least from my observations at the just-concluded Moontower Comedy Festival, President Donald Trump is mentioned, more often than not, with weariness by the comic near the beginning of their set, more out of obligation than burning desire. But most seem to feel the elephant must, at least perfunctorily, be addressed.

At Thursday night’s Austin Towers showcase, where a dozen comics performed for an average seven minutes apiece, Kerri Lendo compared Trump negatively to Bill Clinton: She preferred the latter because at least, she said, Clinton “was a fun pervert.”

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The ever-popular standup topics of online dating, sex, drugs, rude bodily functions and the comic’s physical flaws were mentioned both more often and more enthusiastically than the present occupant of the White House.

“How do you feel about the president?” Matt Ingebretson asked, emceeing a Thursday night showcase at the Velveeta Room. “I just don’t think anyone should ever have children again…”

“Why did Trump win?” asked cranky, middle-aged barstool philosopher Colin Quinn at the Stateside on Friday. “Trump is the manifestation of all of us, for the past eight years,” arguing past each other on social media. “There’s going to be another civil war,” he said. “Instead of the blue vs. the gray, it’s going to be Dunkin’ Donuts vs. Starbucks.”

At the top of her Paramount showcase, Margaret Cho speculated that Trump was “our punishment for everything that didn’t happen during Y2K,” adding, “I’m not sure if Trump is an alien.” Echoing a few other comics’ thoughts, she applauded legalizing marijuana but said it wasn’t enough to cope during a Trump presidency: “They should legalize heroin and meth, too!”

Many comics alluded to a feeling of unreality, or of living in an alternate universe; Patton Oswalt, whose Twitter feed is chock-full of anti-Trump tweets, played with this theme with his usual adeptness, at one point wondering if a Trump presidency was just a hallucination induced by his grieving his wife’s recent death.

But perhaps Jay Pharoah had the most adroit adaptation of the theme, opening his Thursday set at the Paramount: “It has been rough as (expletive) …I cannot believe this actually happened … the Verizon man switched to Sprint!” He later imitated Trump, though it sounded more like an imitation of Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression.

Although for professional comics, Trump has long been a gift that keeps on giving, you do get the sense that most of them would just as well prefer to take the gift back to the Returns and Exchanges counter, with receipt in hand.

PHOTOS: Ali Wong at the Moontower Comedy Festival
PHOTOS: Thursday night at the Moontower Comedy Festival
PHOTOS: Chris Hardwick and more from Friday at Moontower

 

Moontower preview: Margaret Cho’s deep Austin ties include recording with Patty Griffin and David Garza

Margaret Cho performs on April 22 at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Moontower Comedy Festival.

You know Margaret Cho is an iconoclast. You know she is merciless and brave and gives zero flips. You may know she had a show on network television two decades before “Fresh off the Boat” became a hit.  But did you know she got her comedy career started in San Francisco as part of a comedy duo with Sam Rockwell? She did. And, did you know she has made regular visits to Austin for years? She has.

Cho, who headlines Moontower Comedy Festival next weekend in Austin, has been a regular visitor to Austin,  which she calls her “musical Mecca.” Not only has she recorded with singer-songwriter David Garza, her Grammy-nominated album “American Myth” includes a song called Topaz about Austin saxophonist Topaz McGarrigle, and she even recorded a song with the great Patty Griffin, whom Michael Corcoran once dubbed “The Meadowlark of Hyde Park.”

We caught up with Cho before Moontower to talk about her 33-year career, Donald Trump and how to Keep Austin Weird. Read the entire interview here. 

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Breaking: Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint popping up tonight in Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas

By Matthew Odam

Dave Chappelle has not only been slaying comedian fans of late, he’s been throwing some damn good parties, as well. His Juke Joint parties have been hits in his home state of Ohio and outside of New Orleans over NBA All-Star Weekend. The comedian announced he will be throwing one tonight at 9 p.m. in Luck, Texas. Expect live music (including Frédéric Yonnet), laughs and a goood time. Also: NO PHONES OR CAMERAS. Seriously. Tickets are $85 and a limited number are on sale to the general public.  The party pops off after Chappelle’s final show at ACL Live, with buses to Spicewood available for Juke Joint ticket holders.

If the party is half as good the show we saw Wednesday night, expect a good time.

Dave Chappelle kills at ACL Live; jokes he was wrong to hold out hope for Donald Trump

By Matthew Odam

Nevermind what you feared, Dave Chappelle is back and on top of his game.

In this Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, comedian Dave Chappelle attends a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

When his two Netflix specials dropped recently, some worried Chappelle might not be keeping up with the times. There were tone-deaf jokes about the transgender community and rape. Those subjects aren’t off-limits in stand-up comedy, but Chappelle’s jokes weren’t worthy of the triggering. They didn’t enlighten or enliven the societal conversation. Referencing a line Chappelle told Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” recently, they didn’t highlight an “irreconcilable moment of paradox.”

With those imperfect advertisements, some may have been skeptical about Chappelle’s form. But those sets were almost two years old (the Austin shows edited into episode two were from April 2015). Chappelle proved at his Wednesday night late show, amidst a sold-out weeklong run at ACL Live, that he’s  as sharp as ever.

He didn’t walk close to the fire from his Netflix specials, instead rallying the crowd from the moment he took the stage. Chappelle proved he is a uniter, not a divider.  And nothing brings us together quite like comedy.

Maybe it was simply a nod to the West, but Chappelle seemed aware of the ripples created by his recent specials and the bullseye-on-your-back role of comedian in world of social media and instant reaction, taking the stage in a black cowboy hat to Bon Jovi’s “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” following a fire set from opener Donnell Rawlings. (We sadly missed former Austinite Ashley Barnhill.)

His jokes weren’t uncomfortable but he didn’t play it safe,  as the self-proclaimed feminist proved with a self-aware bit about  how the feminist movement needed a man in charge, a joke that required a deft touch and a strong sense of absurdist vulnerability

Chappelle made news earlier this year with his great “Saturday Night Live” monologue, which aggravated and moved people with his call to give Donald Trump a chance. But, Chappellehas pumped his breaks on that one. The living legend said he had made a mistake with that plea. Trump has fallen apart and can’t do anything right, Chappelle said to raucous and relieved consensus.

The comedian suffered a train-wreck of fan interference when he visited the Paramount in 2012, when he was just starting to take swings on big stages again, but he rolled with the few interruptions and created a few of his own Wednesday night, embracing fans, not alienating or shaming them. He delivered watermelon juice to one audience member for her cocktail and sent another couple tequila shots. The relationship between performer and audience was made tighter by the lack of cell phones. On entering, attendees had to put their phones in sealed pouches that were unlocked on exiting, an awesome touch that meant no glowing phones, no selfies, no shots of Chappelle, and, the main reason, no recording. It was a touch that gave the night a retro feel, tripping back to when community was less disrupted and more organic. I would love to see the policy at every concert, movie and performing arts show.

Phones or no, Chappelle would have had the audience rapt all night, however, as he moved from easy but hilarious jokes about Bill Cosby’s “shenanigans” to more poignant societal statements about the late Emmett Till, the latter proving that not only is Chappelle back on top, he is exactly the comedian America needs in these uneasy times.

What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld coming to Austin in January?

Don ye your puffy shirts. Jerry Seinfeld is bringing his act to Austin. The legendary comedian will perform at Bass Concert Hall on Jan. 13, according to Texas Performing Arts.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

According to a news release, “Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere,” which sounds like how you would describe him to someone in a TV Guide article from 1989.

READ: Obama and Seinfeld chat over coffee

Tickets go on sale Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. Presale tickets are available Thursday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Vulcan Video has three copies of “Bee Movie” in its catalog, so make sure to rent it before anyone else in preparation.

SXSW review: Tracy Morgan at Funny or Die

Tracy Morgan performs at the Funny Or Die party at SXSW on March 14, 2016.
Tracy Morgan performs at the Funny Or Die party at SXSW on March 14, 2016.

Tracy Morgan took the stage at Funny Or Die’s party at the Scoot Inn Monday night and told the crowd he was “the Desmond Tutu of entertainment.” And with that non sequitur, everyone’s crazy and dirty comedic uncle was back.

The beloved former star of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” almost died in a horrible collision with a Wal-Mart freight truck in 2014, making the night’s sponsor both ironic and on-the-nose, and Morgan spent a good portion of the first part of his set mining the accident for material. The whole time he was in a coma, he said his grandmother wore God out with her prayers, eventually inspiring the Man Upstairs to reprimand her (and Tim Tebow) for wasting his time when he had better things to do, like make sure Donald Trump didn’t get elected president. He said he went to heaven but didn’t stay long, because you don’t go toward the white light if you think it might be the cops.

Morgan used his reputation as rebellious bad boy to set up such jokes, and it’s not just a comfortable comedic device. From his anecdotes about selling crack to his myriad stories about graphic sex and masturbation, Morgan doesn’t worry with offending anyone. Even when the jokes were simply confessions of his sexual proclivities and not very funny, in the age of political correctness, it was good to see someone fearless, though I don’t expect the New Yorker to be earning any medals from feminist groups anytime soon. But when you’ve almost died and lost the ability to speak, being fearless probably comes easy.

The boundary pushing naturally followed Morgan into satirical discussions of race, as he wedded slavery metaphors and sexual humor. Morgan, whose wife is of mixed race, also defined the difference between arguing with a white woman (she’ll call her lawyer on you) and a black woman (she might kill you). In one of his bits that brought the biggest laughs and guffaws, he called out Tiger Woods for not identifying as back, saying Earl Woods (Tiger’s dad) is undoubtedly the name of a black man.

“The blackest thing he ever did was suck at golf,” Morgan said of Tiger Woods.

Morgan engaged in some biting crowd work, while his act repeatedly bounced from tales of physical therapy and the accident back to his sexual desires. Understandably, it wasn’t Morgan at his most manic or funniest, but it was great to see him back on stage taking swings. Comedy isn’t like sports – you don’t get to rehab in private and wait to come back and perform for the public at 90 percent. Morgan, who was performing in only the 12th show of his first tour since the accident, isn’t all the way back, but from the immediate standing ovation at Scoot Inn, it’s clear his fans are ready to help him rally back to his old self.

 

 

Moontower Comedy releases full schedule

Maria Bamford performs at the Paramount Theatre on April 21 as part of the Moontower Comedy Fest.
Maria Bamford performs at the Paramount Theatre on April 21 as part of the Moontower Comedy Fest.

How are you going to take in over 100 comedians at more than a half dozen downtown venues in three days? That’s up to you. But Moontower Comedy recently announced its complete schedule, which should help with planning.

The fifth annual festival features Paramount Theater headliners like Martin Short (4/21) and David Cross (filming his new special on 4/22), Maya Rudolph, performing with her Prince tribute act, Princess, and Leslie Jones on April 23.

The club schedule, as always, is packed, with performers like Dana Gould and Arden Myrin, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, Ari Shaffir, Big Jay Oakerson, Ron Funches, Matt Bearden, Lashonda Lester, and many more.

Special programming features include Ian Abramson’s Seven Minutes in Purgatory, where comedians have to perform in a soundproof booth unaware of audience response, and Next, an industry event showcasing rising (yet-to-be-named) talent.

Podcasters at this year’s festival include Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob Get Old), and Brendon Walsh and Randy Liedtke (The Bone Zone).

The complete schedule is below, with lineups subject to change. Head to moontowercomedyfest.com for tickets and more information.

2016 MOONTOWER CLUB SHOW SCHEDULE

*Show lineups are subject to change; additional performers coming soon

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

Anjelah Johnson presents Bon Qui Qui’s Gold Plated Dreams Tour featuring Group 1 Crew – 8:00 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

An Evening with Martin Short – 7:00 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Featuring Martin Short, Mac Blake

Janeane Garofalo – 7:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

New York’s Finest – 8:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens); featuring Joe List, Tony Rock, Mark Normand, Andy Kindler, Joe DeRosa, Jesse Joyce, and Sean Donnelly

Ron Funches – 8:00 p.m.; Cap City Comedy Club

Featuring Ron Funches, Lashonda Lester, and Matt Sadler

This Is Not Happening – 8:15 p.m.; The Parish

Hosted by Ari Shaffir; featuring Debra DiGiovanni, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, and more

Austin Towers – 8:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Brian Gaar, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Dismukes, Bryan Gutmann, Joe Hafkey, Kath Barbadoro, Kelsey Caine, Kent Juliff, M.K. Paulsen, Zac Brooks, and Pat Dean

James Adomian – 8:30 p.m.; The Townsend

Featuring James Adomian, Mike MacRae, and special guest

Stars in Bars – 8:30 p.m.; Antone’s

Hosted by Matt Bearden; featuring Jon Rudnitsky, Randy Liedtke, Beth Stelling, The Sklar Brothers, Dana Gould, Greg Behrendt, Brad Williams, Arden Myrin, and Martha Kelly

Piff the Magic Dragon – 9:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

Maria Bamford – 9:30 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Unhinged – 10:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Hosted by Daniel Webb; featuring Erin Foley, Fahim Anwar, Johnny Pemberton, Ahmed Bharoocha, Debra DiGiovanni, Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson, Brad Williams, Scout Durwood, and Dana Gould

Stashbox – 10:15 p.m.; The Parish

Hosted by Danny Palumbo; featuring Andy Kindler, Allen Strickland Williams, Maggie Maye, Brendon Walsh, Randy Liedtke, Chris Cubas, and special guests

Blue Moon – 10:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Abby Rosenquist, Annie Lederman, Brad Williams, Nick Mullen, Big Jay Oakerson, and Dan Soder

7 Minutes in Purgatory – 10:30 p.m.; The Townsend

Hosted by Ian Abramson

Goddamn Comedy Jam – 10:30 p.m.; Antone’s

Featuring Josh Adam Meyers, Jeremiah Watkins, the band Elemenope, Big Jay Oakerson, and more

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

SiriusXM’s The Bonfire – 4:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Featuring Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, and special guests

Sklarbro Country podcast – 5:00 p.m.; Speakeasy

The Sklar Brothers, Guests TBA

The Bone Zone – 7:00 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Brendon Walsh, Randy Liedtke, and Johnny Pemberton

David Cross taping Making America Great Again – 7:00 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Piff the Magic Dragon – 7:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

1st and 10 – 8:00 p.m.; Speakeasy

Featuring The Sklar Brothers, Tony Rock, Fahim Anwar, Erin Foley, Dan Soder, and Ahmed Bharrocha

Ron Funches – 8:00 p.m.; Cap City Comedy Club

Featuring Ron Funches, Brian Gaar, and Avery Moore

SheBang – 8:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Hosted by Greg Behrendt; Featuring Erin Foley, Jackie Kashian, Jenny Zigrino, Debra DiGiovanni, Beth Stelling, 2 Dope Queens, Maggie Maye, and special guests

Blue Moon – 8:15 p.m.; The Parish

Hosted by Mark Normand; featuring Annie Lederman, Brad Williams, Big Jay Oakerson, Nick Mullen, Jenny Zigrino, and special guests

Friends of Single People – 8:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Jo Firestone and more

David Cross taping Making America Great Again – 9:30 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business – 9:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

Stars in Bars – 10:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Hosted by Jesse Joyce; featuring Ari Shaffir, Joe List, James Adomian, Jon Rudnitsky, Matt Bearden, and more

Goddamn Comedy Jam – 10:15 p.m.; The Parish

Featuring Josh Adam Meyers, Jeremiah Watkins, Elemenope, Joe DeRosa, Brad Wlliams, and Matteo Lane

Ron Funches – 10:30 p.m.; Cap City Comedy Club

Featuring Ron Funches, Bob Khosravi, and Daniel Webb

SiriusXM’s The Foxxhole – 10:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Jak Knight, Lashonda Lester, Raul Sanchez, and Tony Rock

The Tinkle Twins – 10:30 p.m.; The Townsend

Featuring Dana Gould, Arden Myrin, The Lampshades, and more

Nightcap with Kevin Smith – 11:59 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old live podcast – 5:00 p.m.; Speakeasy

Featuring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

Leslie Loves Colin – 7:00 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Featuring Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, and Jon Rudnitsky

Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame – 7:30 p.m; Stateside at the Paramount

Featuring Jim Norton and guests TBA

SuperShow – 8:00 p.m.; 800 Congress

Featuring Ian Abramson, Debra DiGiovanni, Dana Gould, Mark Normand, Martha Kelly, Matteo Lane, Randy Liedtke, and special guests

Ron Funches – 8:00 p.m.; Cap City Comedy Club

Featuring Ron Funches, Raul Sanchez, and guest TBA

This Is Not Happening – 8:15 p.m.; The Parish

Hosted by Ari Shaffir; guests TBA

Austin Towers – 8:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Amber Bixby, Brently Heilbron, Brian Gaar, Duncan Carson, Ella Gale, Jay Wahitcotton, John Buseman, Lisa Delarios, Matt Sadler, Ralph Hardesty, and Sara June

Andy Kindler’s Particular Show – 8:30 p.m.; The Townsend

Hosted by Andy Kindler; guests TBA

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King – 9:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

Princess – 9:30 p.m.; Paramount Theatre

Featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum

Goddamn Comedy Jam – 10:15 p.m.; The Parish

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers; featuring Jeremiah Watkins, Elemenope, Fahim Anwar, and guests TBA

Ron Funches – 10:30 p.m.; Cap City Comedy Club

Featuring Ron Funches and guests TBA

Bye Felicia! – 10:30 p.m.; The Velv Comedy Lounge

Featuring Matteo Lane, M.K. Paulsen, Erin Foley, Daniel Webb, James Adomian, Maggie Maye, and Ralph Hardesty

Piranha – 10:30 p.m.; The Townsend

Featuring Matt Bearden and guests TBA

Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame – 11:30 p.m.; Stateside at the Paramount

Featuring Jim Norton and guests TBA

SXSW: Tracy Morgan to perform at Historic Scoot Inn

“30 Rock” fans, rejoice! You can now live every week like it’s Shark Week—or at least, live one weekend of South by Southwest like it’s Shark Week.

In this March 26, 2011 file photo, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan appears onstage at the The Comedy Awards presented by Comedy Central in New York. Morgan says he's sorry for telling an audience that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son for being gay. The comedian and "30 Rock" actor apologized Friday, June 10, 2011, to his fans and the gay and lesbian community for what he called "my choice of words" during his June 3 appearance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
In this March 26, 2011 file photo, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan appears onstage at the The Comedy Awards presented by Comedy Central in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

Comedian Tracy Morgan will perform Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Scoot Inn as a part of the Funny or Die Junction tour. The tour features comedy and music, and will feature performances by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

Hangout before the show starts at 2 p.m. Monday and is only for SXSW attendees with badges. The show is restricted to ages 21 and up.

Morgan recently started touring and performing again after a bus crash in early 2014 left him in critical condition for several months. He recently appeared in a skit for the Oscars telecast on Sunday and hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” in October of last year.

The second week of SXSW features Judd Apatow and Doug Benson, among others. Check out other SWSW lineups here.