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Moontower: Back for more laughs


So, Wanda Sykes, Marc Maron and Andy Kindler walk into a bar …

That’s not a punchline set-up — it’s a scene report from 2012’s inaugural Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. The trio were among dozens of comics hanging out with fellow stand-ups and chatting with fans in a lounge at downtown’s Stephen F. Austin hotel.

That’s one of the remarkable things about Moontower (its sophomore lineup kicked off Wednesday and runs through Saturday): If you have a badge, you might actually get to rub elbows with Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick or Michael Ian Black.

In between cocktails and conversation, this year’s roster of more than 100 comics will perform at 11 venues over four nights.

Here are some interviews with headliners and picks from our staffers who are covering this year’s festival. Look for live coverage all weekend at

— Dale Roe

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival