Moontower Comedy Festival Comes to the JCC in April
Get ready for a night of laughs at the Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center, when the Moontower Comedy Festival takes over the Community Hall on April 19. This year’s lineup will include Jackie Kashian, Dan Naturman and Alonzo Bodden, with host Andrew Murphy.
Jackie Kashian’s stand-up has been described as “like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered.” Her new album “I Am Not the Hero of This Story” is critically acclaimed and debuted at number one on iTunes and Amazon, and number three on Billboard. This year she again did stand-up on "Conan" and opened for Brian Regan at Carnegie Hall. She hosts “The Dork Forest” podcast; with over 8 million downloads, the show is a safe space for dork-on-dork dialog, with Kashian interviewing anyone and everyone about what they love to talk and think about. Kashian is also a co-host to a comedy podcast on the Nerdist Network called “The Jackie and Laurie Show.”
Hot off a killer spot on TBS’ "Conan," Dan Naturman is also known to his fans as the “real winner” of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing 2" a few years back where he was the favorite of celebrity judges Drew Carey and Brett Butler. Naturman began performing stand-up comedy several years ago in, believe it or not, law school. After graduation he decided to devote himself to stand-up full time.
Comedy, he discovered, was his true passion. Besides, his grades were bad and nobody would hire him. Naturman’s charming combination of self-deprecation and outright grouchiness has had audiences howling from coast to coast and has earned him four appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "The Tonight Show," "Late Night with Conan O’Brien," his own “Comedy Central Presents…” Special and a starring run on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent."
Known for his social and political commentary, Alonzo is a regular panel member on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” In 2016, he starred in his second Showtime comedy special titled “Historically Incorrect.” Taped at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Bodden touched upon a variety of subjects, including former President Obama and gun owners, being gluten free, the NFL’s troubles, Millennials, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland and everywhere in between.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. on April 19, and the show starts at 8 p.m. JCC members get a special discounted rate of $20, which includes one drink ticket. Non-members pay $25. ■
Tickets can be purchased at shalomaustin.org/comedy.