Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival starts today and runs through Saturday, bringing some big names to town, including Bill Hader, Dana Carvey, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander. But there are a lot of lesser-known standup comedians as well, and they have to work even harder to build an audience and make you laugh. We spoke about it with local comic Matt Bearden. Click the player above to listen.
They’re trying to bring a festival like, say, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal back to the states; there used to be the festival in Aspen that HBO ran, and there are a lot of other comedy festivals, but I think they’re trying to bring one that’s a real premier marquee-style festival.