South By Southwest, the ultimate arts and technology festival held annually in Austin, Tex., is famous for its cutting-edge music, film and interactive programming. For a week or so in the spring, the festival has been on the forefront of technological and artistic innovation for 24 years.
But this year, its live comedy programming has expanded and is making headlines (for better and for worse). Keeping in line with its music program's fierce indie cred, the lineup, which started Saturday and extends until the end of SXSW on March 20th, features some of the most popular alternative-comedy pedigreed acts in the U.S.
The festival seems to have recognized one of the most dominant trends in comedy today: utilizing social media and digital technology to proliferate funny content, allowing comedians to bring their work to a wide audience without any filter. Epitomizing this trend is the fact that SXSW booked four comedy podcasts to record live performances.
For the first time, HuffPost Comedy will be in Austin covering SXSW, and will be giving day-to-day coverage of the funniest and most interesting comedy events taking place over the week-plus festival. We're looking forward to live interviews and discussions with some of our favorite comics, including John Oliver, Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, just to name a few. Additionally, we will give coverage of comedy's presence in other aspects of the festival, such as music and film.
But SXSW is all about interactivity and sharing experiences more effectively, so we want our readers to be an active part of the festival with us whether they're in Austin or not. We want to see your pictures of the week! Let's face it: as cool and forward-thinking as SXSW is, it lends itself to a lot of ridiculous fashion, promotions and generally strange sights. "Keep Austin Weird" is the unofficial motto of the city, and SXSW only encourages such weirdness. Upload your funniest SXSW sights to the slideshow below or send them to us, and follow us on Twitter for daily highlights.