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Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival (Austin, TX): a review

In a word, it was great. The weather cooperated, although it was the usual muggy South Texas heat of late August. The festival was held at the Austin 360 Amphitheater inside the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas. That’s Formula 1 racing, kids. Here’s a pic of the place:

Austin 360 Panoramic

Austin 360 Panoramic. The show was sold out; this pic was taken before it started.

There were two stages: the main one (shown above) and a second one set just outside the lawn area. Jeff Ross was the Emcee, and he was in full on Roast mode. Folks who had seats close to the stage were subject to his em… attentions. Watch one of the Comedy Central Roasts he’s on and you’ll get an idea of how brutal he can be.

So, here’s who was on the bill:

  • Al Madrigal – meh. I didn’t think he was that great.
  • Kristen Schaal – loved her. She’s the only female comedian on the bill, so she’s gotta hold her own, and she does. She even did a Flashdance montage with Jemaine Clements of Flight of the Conchords assisting.
  • Demetri Martin – really funny. Reminded me so much of Mitch Hedberg in a lot of respects.
  • Hannibal Buress – hilarious. He did an epic riff on different rap songs and how the rappers incriminate themselves in the lyrics.
  • Flight of the Conchords – I loved them so much live. They played some old favorites and new ones too, and all of them were great.
  • Dave Chappelle – The man, the myth, the legend. He needs to come back full time to comedy, that’s all that is. My favorite line from him: “I’ve missed you more than you missed me”.

It’s a great show. If you have a chance, check out one of the remaining dates.

  1. Kyle
    August 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    was that the lineup of the show? in that order?

    • Jen
      September 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Yes, that was the lineup. I don’t remember who was on the second stage, but that was the main stage lineup.

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