The big draw of the festival is obviously the big name headliners. We were graced with the presence of Nick Offerman, David Spade, and the entire cast of the successful show Schitt’s Creek, among others. There were, however, also solo sets from amazing comedians scattered all over downtown, just blocks away from the headliners at Paramount.
Ron Bennington, host of Unmasked and Bennington, had a solo show at Antone’s where he tried his hand at soliciting joke ideas from his audience. Dubbed Crowdsource, he asked his guests questions in an attempt to create bits of his own — his version of crowd work. Opening for the evening was Austin’s own Vanessa Gonzalez and Matt Bearden.
Dan Soder found Moontower success at a packed Antone’s room Friday night for his radio show the Bonfire, which he co-hosts with Big Jay Oakerson. However, to his surprise he also had a solo stand up set planned for Saturday evening at the Parish, which had a pretty comparable turn out. Soder joked that he just found out about the schedule hours prior and posted to Instagram in hopes to fill the seats. Vanessa Gonzalez featured for Soder’s set as well.
Andrew Schulz opened his set by trashing the venue he was on stage at, 800 Congress, which seemed to be a running joke of the festival due to bad sound. He joked that his agents couldn’t book him at a nightclub or bar but rather an empty Costco. Audience members who weren’t lucky enough to get a close seat ended up crowding around the stage to be able to hear his hilarious stories about his upbringing, among other bits. Billy Wayne Davis featured and Austin’s Amber Bixby hosted.