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Dan Soder, Nicole Byer, Nikki Glaser: Moontower comedy festival drops partial lineup

Moontower Just For Laughs Festival will bring Nicole Byer to the stage again. (Bells and Whistles Productions)

Austin’s Moontower Just For Laughs comedy festival organizers announced the first round of performers as it gears up to return for its second annual festival.

The festival for funnies is stepping up its game this time around, taking the festival from just four days to 12 days from April 13-24. More talent announcements will be released in the coming months.

Moontower Comedy Festival and Montreal-based international comedy producer Just For Laughs Group partnered last year and held a quick festival in September, with a shorter schedule due to pandemic postponement. This year’s festival will be the first in its true, extended format, spanning over 10 venues.

Here's the lineup:

With 20 headlining shows already scheduled at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres and more to come, Moontower Just For Laughs is bigger than ever before.

The Paramount’s star-studded lineup includes Showtime’s Billions actor and comedian Dan Soder, Emmy-nominated “Nailed It!” host Nicole Byer, “black-ish” actor Deon Cole, “fest favorite” and podcaster Marc Maron, professional Comedy Central roaster Nikki Glaser, and the four hosts of the “Not Another Dungeons and Dragons Podcast,” Brian Murphy, Emily Axford, Jake Hurwitz, and Caldwell Tanner.

“Your Mom’s House” podcaster Christina P will kick off the Stateside festival, which will also show Saturday Night Live cast members Chris Redd and James Austin Johnson. From “Chappelle’s Show,” Donnell Rawlings is scheduled to headline three shows, and Rachel Feinstein and Jessica Kirson will co-headline a show in a “rare tour de force.”

Plenty of national headliners will be hitting the clubs, like Andy Kindler, Big Jay Oakerson, Grace Kuhlenschmidt and Janelle James. Be on the lookout for the family-secret exposing one-man-show “My Dad Isn’t Danny DeVito,” by Anthony DeVito. Clubs will also host some live podcast tapings, including favorites like “Bananas” with Kurt Braunohler and Scotty Landes and “Find Your Beach” with Rosebud Baker and Andy Haynes.

Last but not least, the festival will also debut Just For Laughs’ signature show New Faces, which showcases the up-and-coming names in the industry. The show, which is a “discovery stand-up showcase,” has helped launch major comedians like Gabriel Iglesias, Ali Wong and Pete Davidson.

There’s still more to come from Moontower Just For Laughs but you can find more information and badges on sale here.


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