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Joe Rogan performs with the Big Laugh Comedy at the Gas Vulcan Company last Wednesday.
(Big Laugh Comedy)

Joe Rogan unexpectedly ended up on an Austin stage for a surprise appearance at Big Laugh Comedy's show last week.


Big Laugh Comedy had billed Los Angeles comedian Tony Hinchcliffe as the night's main attraction. But Hinchcliffe, a frequent guest on Rogan's podcast, shocked audiences when he brought his buddy Rogan on partway through.

"When he brought out Joe, everyone erupted," said Big Laugh Comedy CEO Brandon Lewin.

Rogan's appearance was a surprise to Lewin too, who said he only found out about two hours before the show. Lewin said an even bigger surprise was the appearance of comedy legend Ron White.

White has not performed any live comedy in months, and had previously suggested he was retiring from comedy in a September episode of Rogan's podcast.

Rogan's performance for the audience included jokes about his family life and his experience with "cancel culture."

After teasing on his podcast for months, Rogan moved from Los Angeles to Austin in August. The MMA enthusiast and comedian recently teased he wanted to open his own comedy club in Austin. Rogan had performed years earlier at iconic Austin comedy spot Cap City Comedy before it closed due to the pandemic

Just when it looked like there were no comedy spots left in Austin, Big Laugh Comedy began doing downtown live shows at the Vulcan Gas Company last month. Lewin has told Austonia that COVID safety is a priority for the event. For the shows, the venue operates at 25% capacity and has assigned seating, among other safety measures.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.