theater http://kut.org en Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? http://kut.org/post/austin-tx-live-comedy-capital-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">“We’re at a festival, and what is more beautiful than watching someone try?” squeaked Maria&nbsp;</span>Bamford<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;on Thursday night at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/state" style="line-height: 1.5; " target="_blank">Austin’s Stateside Theater.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;The comedian had just attempted a new bit that didn’t quite pay off the way she planned. But she was able to pull it off, thanks to an admission of her own failure and a happy, comedy-loving audience.</span></p><p>Bamford&nbsp;isn’t the only comic trying out new material in Austin: she’s one of a 109 stand-up comedians performing at this year’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/moontower_home.html" target="_blank">Moontower&nbsp;Comedy and Oddity Festival</a>&nbsp;(and one of the more recognizable faces at this year’s festival, either for her series of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9vddkombM" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline; " target="_blank">off-kilter Target commercials</a>&nbsp;or her famously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoDIIrp2r4" target="_blank">strange on-stage antics and voices</a>).&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:02:07 +0000 Tyler Pratt 7534 at http://kut.org Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? Frontera Fest Celebrates 20th Year http://kut.org/post/frontera-fest-celebrates-20th-year <p>Good news, theater junkies.&nbsp; Frontera Fest 2013, the festival that exhibits veteran and up-and-coming playwrights of Austin, began yesterday.</p><p>The festival features plays, choreography, comedy improv, monologues, avant-garde, and all creative utterances of over 250 performers on the “fringe” of the theater world.</p><p>Rest assured, it’s friggin’ fringe-tastic.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:50:42 +0000 Andrew Weber 6199 at http://kut.org Frontera Fest Celebrates 20th Year Dave Chappelle Playing Surprise Show in Austin http://kut.org/post/dave-chappelle-playing-surprise-show-austin <p>Comedian Dave Chappelle&nbsp;&ndash; who after massive success with his &ldquo;Chappelle&rsquo;s Show&rdquo; TV series shunned the spotlight &ndash; is performing in Austin tonight.</p><p>Chappelle will be performing at the Paramount Theater at 8 p.m. tonight, in an appearance just announced this morning. After turning his back on his provocative comedy series in 2005, Chappelle has instead focused on standup comedy, often playing &ldquo;secret&rdquo; shows like this one just announced.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:03:39 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4507 at http://kut.org Dave Chappelle Playing Surprise Show in Austin Local Performance Part of Global 'V-Day' Campaign http://kut.org/post/local-performance-part-global-v-day-campaign <p>February 14 was nearly a month ago, but this weekend Austin women are celebrating V-Day.</p><p>In this case V doesn&rsquo;t just stand for Valentine: It also stands for &quot;Victory&quot; and &quot;Vagina.&quot;</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:45:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3813 at http://kut.org Local Performance Part of Global 'V-Day' Campaign Watch Austin’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis’ Perform on ‘Conan’ http://kut.org/post/watch-austin%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98intergalactic-nemesis%E2%80%99-perform-%E2%80%98conan%E2%80%99 <div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">A crew of Austin&nbsp;creatives&nbsp;has taken its &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/" style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">Intergalactic Nemesis</a><span style="font-size: 87.5%; line-height: 1.5; ">&rdquo; show on the road &ndash; with a stop on Conan O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s show last night.</span></p><div style="height: 100%; line-height: 1.5; font-size: 87.5%; word-wrap: break-word; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; "><p>What is &ldquo;The Intergalactic Nemesis&rdquo; you may ask? Essentially, it&rsquo;s a live-action comic book where performers enact a fantastic&nbsp;sci-fi&nbsp;story with live music and sound effects. The crew last night featured &ldquo;Nemesis&rdquo; producer and director&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salvagevanguard.org/people/jason.shtml">Jason&nbsp;Neulander</a>, musician and composer&nbsp;<a href="http://grahamreynolds.com/">Graham Reynolds</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citysbest.com/austin/news/2011/05/31/austins-creative-class-buzz-moran-sound-man/">Buzz Moran</a>&nbsp;providing&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foley_artist">foley&nbsp;effects</a>, and others &ndash; including O&rsquo;Brien and his sidekick Andy&nbsp;Richeter. The art behind the performers was also created by another&nbsp;Austinite,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mrdoyle.com/">Tim Doyle</a>.</p><p>You can view the performance&nbsp;<a href="http://teamcoco.com/video/intergalactic-nemesis">on the &ldquo;Conan&rdquo; website</a>. The &ldquo;Nemesis&rdquo; crew&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/tour/">concludes its tour</a>&nbsp;in March, and will present a rough cut of its newest piece, &ldquo;Book Two: Robot Planet Rising,&rdquo; at the Alamo&nbsp;Drafthouse&nbsp;South Lamar&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/2012/02/08/kickstarter/">that same month</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:52:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3665 at http://kut.org Watch Austin’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis’ Perform on ‘Conan’ IMAX Adding Additional Screen in Austin http://kut.org/post/imax-adding-additional-screen-austin <p>Austin will soon have a second IMAX movie screen. The <a href="http://www.amctheatres.com/BartonCreek/">AMC Barton Creek Square 14</a> theater will add one of the ultra-large screens later this year. The change comes about a year after IMAX and AMC announced a <a href="http://www.investor.amctheaters.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=474870">new partnership</a> to add between 15 and 25 new IMAX style screens around the country.</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 18:29:57 +0000 Ben Philpott 1469 at http://kut.org IMAX Adding Additional Screen in Austin