Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Comedy

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Friday 9th March 2012

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • And I Am NOT Lying at SXSW

    by Thaler Pekar and Jeff Simmermon

    The folks from the And I Am Not Lying blog (andiamnotlying.com) cock-rock the NPR crowd with the best underground comedy, storytelling and sideshow acts. Hailing from NYC, this special event crams 15 apeloads of fun into one tent with story and improv workshops, a variety show, free beer and plenty of laughing and shouting.

    At 11:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Colorado, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

  • And I Am NOT Lying at SXSW: Basics of Comedy Improv Workshop

    Learn to open yourself up to sudden, new possibilities – and seize the potential from everything that's right in front of you. You'll learn the rewarding art of creative play, how to surprise yourself and yank your inner comic out of the closet. In this workshop, you'll learn how much fun it can be to say "yes" to everything, to stop being ashamed of your own ideas and to easily improvise a hilarious comic scene. Discover how letting go actually provides you with great control in seemingly crazy situations (applicable to daily life, guaranteed). Coached by Eliza Skinner.

    At 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Colorado, Palm Park

  • And I am NOT Lying: The World's First Crowdsourced Variety Show

    Play the Battle Hymn of the Republic on dual kazoos, read the best parts of your manifesto, flog your book or flip your unicycle: all you have to do is tweet, retweet and share information about the And I Am Not Lying tent at SXSWi. The 5 folks who reach the most people win 8 minutes of stage time to perform any old messed-up PG-13 stunt their heart desires.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Colorado, Palm Park

  • Meat is Might: Epic Meal Time Rules the Web

    by David Heuff, Josh Elkin, Ameer Atari, Jonny Goldmaker and Harley Morenstein

    How do a group of friends go from sitting down for a meal together to creating an EPIC MEAL TIME together?

    The first ever Epic Meal Time video involved the creation (and subsequent demolition) of a "fast-food pizza" and received 100,000 views. The second, Angry French Canadian: The Greasiest Sandwich in Canada, saw views increase exponentially to 500,000. Epic Meal Time episodes have garnered 15 millions total views - 2 million per episode - and have appeared at Comic Con, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, joined leading Independent Television Network Revision3 and are continuously increasing both their audience and footprint.

    What are the key factors to their initial success and continued expansion throughout the digital and entertainment sphere? What's the process of putting together an Epic Meal Time video from concept to execution? Join the Epic Meal Time team in a discussion of how an online YouTube cooking show has succeeded in a crowded space at a level where many have not.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

  • And I am NOT Lying - Live

    The folks from the And I Am Not Lying blog are cock-rocking the NPR crowd in their new monthly residency in Brooklyn with the best underground comedy, storytelling, burlesque and sideshow acts. This whole thing is about getting together and getting EXCITED, turning the phones off and participating in something that's temporal, raw, and real, cramming a whole aircraft carrier's worth of fun into one tent that's right next to the FREE BEER TENT. Talent will include storytellers, comedians and surprise drop-ins.

    At 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Colorado, Palm Park

  • Doug Loves Movies - LIVE Comedy Podcast

    Doug Benson (Super High Me, The Benson Interruption) brings comics, actors, directors and writers together to talk about new releases and favorite films.

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • The Smartest Man In The World - LIVE Comedy Podcast

    Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) delivers wit and wisdom in his unpredictable “Proopcast.”

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • Comedy Bang Bang Showcase

    For the fifth consecutive year, Scott Aukerman brings his expertly curated stand-up showcase, a cornerstone of the Los Angeles comedy scene, to SXSW.
    James Adomian, Greg Proops, Seth Morris

    At 8:00pm to 9:45pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • Comedy Bang Bang Showcase

    For the fifth consecutive year, Scott Aukerman brings his expertly curated stand-up showcase, a cornerstone of the Los Angeles comedy scene, to SXSW.
    James Adomian, Greg Proops, Seth Morris

    At 10:30pm to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Esther's Follies

Sunday 11th March 2012

Monday 12th March 2012

  • All Day Event - SXSW Trade Show

    For four days, all three conferences converge at the SXSW Trade Show. This is the center of commerce at SXSW. Attendees can network and discover the technology and new developments that will propel their business.

    For the schedule of daily panels, interviews, comedy and performances on Next Stage check out sxsw.com/trade_shows/next_stage

    The SXSW Trade Show Meet Up Pavilion plays host to daily networking events, which can be viewed at sxsw.com/trade_shows/meetup_pavilion

    At 11:00am to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center

  • The Not So Allied Forces of Social TV Comedy

    by Jon Burkhart and Will Saunders

    The US and UK have joined forces enough over the years, so with tweet-powered comedy, we Brits are going it alone. Sorry Team CoCo and Fallon. This talk’s all about what’s happening in the Mother Country when Twitter and Facebook fuel the funny on the telly. Why listen to us? From Monty Python to The Office, the BBC produces more comedy than any broadcaster in the world. But the web changed everything. What happens when Auntie Beeb focuses on developing new comedy talent from the web up? Or when it teams with social TV consultants like Urgent Genius to make immersive second-screen experiences? The keys to the next generation of Britcom are in the hands of TV viewers tapping on iPads. But what kind of TV comedy will that create? Hecklers, come one, come all. Sit in the front row and let us pick on you as we tell you about some experiments we've been doing with live comedy and social media including a live Twitter-powered experiment just for SXSW.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

  • The IFC Crossroads House @ Vice Bar

    The IFC Crossroads House is back in Austin with a new location at Vice Bar (302 E. 6th Street). Join us for music, comedy, free food and drinks, giveaways and more! Check out ifc.com/sxsw for more details.

    At 3:00pm to 10:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Vice

  • Humanizing B2B Brands with Video & Comedy

    by Tim Washer

    Research shows that nearly 73% of people who read corporate blogs are in fact people. And one of the strongest connections we can make with another human is to make them laugh. We'll share a few comedy lessons learned from freelancing on The Onion and Conan and show how those rules can be used to create corporate social media content to breaks through the clutter. We’ll share case studies on how humorous corporate videos earned headlines in the New York Times and inclusion on ComedyCentral.com and helped expand the online community. We'll discuss simple, fun, low-budget approaches to transmedia storytelling, including web documentary series, for both consumer and B2B companies.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Rio Grande, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

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  • Podcasting: Breeding A New Class of Comedy Nerd

    by Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, Emily Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani and Kevin Pollak

    What can podcasts offer comics that no other medium is able to? How are comedians shaping the evolution of digital broadcasting? Does a comedy-focused podcast need to be “funny”? We’ve got some of the top names in podcasting on hand to talk about the ways hosting and promoting their shows has changed the way they approach comedy — and the way we experience it.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

  • Next Stage: SXSW Comedy Presents Stag Comedy

    Featuring members of Master Pancake Theater, Mascot Wedding Productions, and The Andrew and Matt show; Stag Comedy presents a seamless mix of live and video sketches that are sure to bring a smile to your face and frowns to the faces of your many, many enemies.

    stagcomedy.com

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center

  • Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show - LIVE Comedy Podcast

    Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak returns, bringing his weekly live, interactive webcast back to the SXSW stage.

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • Funny or Die & Caviar Present The Super Serious Show

    Web comedy powerhouse Funny or Die and Caviar Content present The Super Serious Show, one of the best independent comedy shows in Los Angeles, featuring a serious mix of performers and short films. T.J. Miller hosts the special SXSW edition, featuring Kyle Kinane, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray, Aparna Nancherla, Jerrod Carmichael, Reggie Watts, an exclusive Billy On The Street Clip and more!

    @SeriousShow

    At 8:00pm to 9:45pm, Monday 12th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • Funny or Die & Caviar Present The Super Serious Show

    Web comedy powerhouse Funny or Die and Caviar Content present The Super Serious Show, one of the best independent comedy shows in Los Angeles, featuring a serious mix of performers and short films. T.J. Miller hosts the special SXSW edition, featuring Kyle Kinane, John Hodgman, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray, Aparna Nancherla, Jerrod Carmichael, Reggie Watts, an exclusive Billy On The Street Clip and more!

    @SeriousShow

    At 10:30pm to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Esther's Follies

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • All Day Event - SXSW Trade Show

    For four days, all three conferences converge at the SXSW Trade Show. This is the center of commerce at SXSW. Attendees can network and discover the technology and new developments that will propel their business.

    For the schedule of daily panels, interviews, comedy and performances on Next Stage check out sxsw.com/trade_shows/next_stage

    The SXSW Trade Show Meet Up Pavilion plays host to daily networking events, which can be viewed at sxsw.com/trade_shows/meetup_pavilion

    At 11:00am to 6:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center

  • SXSW Comedy: RISK! True Tales, Boldly Told hosted by Kevin Allison (The State) and featuring special guests

    RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. This year the RISK! live show is coming to Austin as part of SXSW Comedy for a live show with podcast taping, and will feature:

    Kambri Crews (Author, Burn Down the Ground)
    Brian Brushwood (Illusionist, Bizarre Magic, Scam School)
    Seth Morris (Comedian, Step Brothers, Children's Hospital)
    Violet Blue (Sex Educator, Oprah, Open Source Sex)

    Check out RISK! at www.risk-show.com or download the podcast on iTunes.

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center

  • You Made It Weird - LIVE Comedy Podcast

    A talk show that’s both absurd and academic, with interviews that explore comics’ most awkward moments, celebrating the not-always-fun parts of doing comedy.

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • UCB Comedy presents: All-Stars of Improv

    The best improvisers in the country come together to put on an irreverent show made up on the spot, featuring performers from the acclaimed theater’s Los Angeles and New York outposts.
    Chris Gethard
    Shannon O’Neill
    Joe Wengert
    Katie Dippold
    Pete Holmes

    At 8:00pm to 9:45pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Esther's Follies

  • UCB Comedy presents: The Best Damn Stand-up

    Pete Holmes and Gabe Liedman lead a line-up of established and up-and-coming comics from all around the country. With Eliza Skinner, Chris Gethard, Joe Wengert and Jenny Slate.

    At 10:30pm to 12:00pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Esther's Follies

Wednesday 14th March 2012

  • SXSW Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade Presents The Chris Gethard Show

    The Chris Gethard Show is billed as "the most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City." It ran for over two years to sold out houses at the UCB Theater in New York, and now broadcasts live every Wednesday night on Manhattan's public access television station. It has a reputation for being the home of some strange stunts - from using Twitter to convince Sean "Diddy" Combs to appear on the show, to flying a depressed Ohio teenager to New York City to give him the best night of his life, to staging an unplanned cross country tour where people could dictate the route via social media, to shows where people have been electrocuted, have been shot with paintballs, have pissed their pants on purpose, have been beaten by kickboxers, and many, many, more, this show thinks outside the box and knows how to go for it. They're coming to Austin ready to put on a very interactive, very high risk, very balls to the wall show. Featuring Chris Gethard, Shannon O'Neill, the Human Fish, music by the LLC, and much, much more!

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday 14th March

    In Exhibit Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center