Was the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, whose inaugural run took place last weekend in Austin, Texas, "important for comedy"? Who knows. Probably. What is clear, though, is that the four-day festival took advantage of the ubiquity stand-up comedy is currently enjoying and ran with it, producing a full-fledged, comedy fan-friendly destination where both established stars and up-and-coming comedians took the stage to inspire laughter. Taking advantage of the DIY media that comedians have fully embraced, Moontower turned podcast listeners and Twitter followers into delirious audience members for one April weekend.
As Dan Solomon of Austin CultureMap rightly pointed out, the festival's bookers succeeded not just in terms of a comedy festival, but for any kind of arts festival. The headliners it attracted -- Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross -- hold cache in the world of comedy that most music fests are lucky to ever get, especially in their first year of existence.
Austin comedians John Merriman and Kerri Lendo interviewed some of the biggest names at the festival for their series "Inside Joke." Check out the above video for interviews with Aziz Ansari, Ian Karmel, Moshe Kasher and Hannibal Buress, and watch an extended version of Kerri's interview with Hannibal, who was voted "Best Club Comic" at the 2nd Annual Comedy Awards last weekend. His first special, "Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace" (say it out loud), will air on Comedy Central on May 20.
WATCH: Hannibal Buress talks to Kerri about breaking collarbones.
They also chatted with Seth Meyers, and as if that isn't good enough, check out footage of Nick Offerman in the most patriotic shirt you've ever seen, and Maria Bamford playing with farm animals. Your eyeballs and ear holes will thank you.
Marc Maron! Jeffrey Ross! Dana Gould! Andy Kindler! JB Smoove! More Maria Bamford!
In this last video, Wanda Sykes tells the truth about "Pootie Tang" fans, and John and Kerri catch up with John Mulaney, Brendon Walsh, Andy Kindler, Josh Fadem, Duncan Trussell, Nikki Glaser and the Walsh Brothers. Oh, and the one and only Steven Wright talks about appearing on a little show called "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
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