Kurt Braunohler, 38, has done stand-up for 10 years, comedy for 15 years. After gaining notoriety for his stunt where he hired skywriter to write, “How do I land?”, Kurt has been on the up and up, releasing a comedy special sharing the name of the skywritten message as well as raising money to send goats and chickens to families in Africa in his web series Roustabout.
Brian Gaar may have started later in his life than most comics, but he has quickly gained praise and attention through his Twitter account, making him one of the few comedians to successfully utilize it. A graduate of the University of Texas as well as a resident of Austin, Gaar has been able to raise a family while carving out a successful stand-up career. His debut comedy album, Never Gonna Be Famous, was released last year, and his debut stand-up special Jokes I Wrote At Work, which he recorded here in Austin at the Spiderhouse Ballroom, will be released February 5.
Jimmy O. Yang, who moved to the US from Hong Kong when he was 13 years old, has quickly established himself as a rising star in the comedy industry. He was recently promoted to be a regular on the hit HBO show Silicon Valley, where he plays Jian Yang. We sat down with him at Fun Fun Fun Fest before his performance there.
Which part of Hong Kong are you from?
I lived just mainly on the Hong Kong Island in one of those high-rise, twenty-five-story buildings. It was pretty cool.
W. Kamau Bell, creator and host of the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, has recently been performing all across the US as part of his Oh, Everything! Tour, but these days something much more recent and (arguably) more important has become an even greater source of pride: the birth of his second child.
Rachel Bloom has one a voice that would be perfectly at home on a Broadway stage. Instead, she uses it for something much better: the art of comedy. While she already has credits to her name like writing for Robot Chicken, her biggest claim to fame is through the comedy music videos she releases on her Youtube channel, racheldoesstuff. She is now tackling a much more daunting task: her own show on Showtime called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We got to sit down with her at Fun Fun Fun Fest just before she took the Yellow Stage.
Austin Film Festival 2014: Rosewater (Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari), Taking It Back (Andreas Schmied), and 3 Still Standing (Donna Locicero, Robert Campos).
by Texas Travesty Interview Director, Nathan Simmons
Maz Jobrani, Jonathan Kesselman, and Amir Ohebsion have never worked together before. They may want to consider doing so more often, as their latest project, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, has won both Inaugural Comedy Vanguard awards from both the jury and the audience at the 2014 Austin Film Festival. Here is a snippet of the conversation we had right before their film had its world premiere at the Bob Bulllock IMAX Theatre as part of the 2014 Austin Film Festival.
The Fung Brothers, Andrew and David, are comedians and rappers but are probably best known as Youtubers. You can find their channel here. They were visiting Austin, along with their long time friend/fellow comedic rapper Richie Le, as part of an event organized by the Asian American Culture Committee. They sat down with one of our correspondents for a brief interview before their performance.
At the start of the 21st century, Ana Marie Cox was one of the first journalists to bring blogging with a satirical bent to the US capital with her blog The Wonkette. Since then, she has written a satirical novel about her experiences on Capitol Hill (Dog Days) and has covered its inner workings for outlets ranging from the Guardian to GQ to Time. Most recently, she has found herself returning to work for Newsweek/Daily Beast as a Washington Correspondent.