If keeping Austin weird excluded keeping Austin funny, then we'd be a city of full of creepy morticians, or worse, prog musicians. Enter the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest: a four-day celebration of ha-ha, bringing in heavy-hitters to 11 venues across town, from the Paramount to the Velveeta Room.
To help steer you through the stand-ups we've tapped The New Movement improv school founder Chris Trew -- whose just-opened downtown HQ is an official venue -- to explore Austin's most hilarious places (see video above) and riff (in italics below) on his favorite bits from some standout performers:
Hannibal Buress on Sustainability: "Lately I've been saving pickle juice in my apartment and sometimes I stick my fingers in the pickle juice and flick it on my sandwiches for flavor."
I'm more of a save-the-planet guy than people realize, so the concept of saving something to be used in a creative way later speaks to me. When I come up with something better than spraying air freshener inside the toilet after I take a duke in order to save water, I'll let everyone know.
Chelsea Peretti on Lovemaking: "I like being dead silent during sex. That's my comfort zone."
I think women being dead silent or completely stiff during sex is the norm. In fact, I'm certain of it. Being stiff afterwards is a different problem, because then that means you had sex with something that is permanently stiff, and is probably not a person.
Erin Jackson on The Greatest Love of All: "I know people think children are the future, but sometimes I see a child that I hope doesn't make it."
As a comedian who doesn't want kids, I totally understand where Erin is going with this. As a comedian with two kids, I can honestly say I wish I hadn't had two kids.
John Mulaney, Probably on Hipsters: "Nothing that I know can be helpful with your car, ever. Unless you're like 'hey I've got a flat tire, anyone here know anything about The Cosby Show?'"
Being dumb with cars and tools is right up my alley. John brings it to a whole other level here with reference to a little-known kids' game show from the mid-'60s that I guess he knows a lot about.
Sean Patton, on Self-Image: "My whole life people have told me that I look like an owl."
I agree that Sean looks like an owl, but I also think Sean has an angel face and since owls and angels are mortal enemies, Sean lives a very tortured life. If you feel sorry for him (which you probably do), lighten up on yourself because Sean has the angel-owl-comedian market on total lockdown.