SXSW Comedy Festival reveals a packed lineup for 2018

South by Southwest (SXSW) have announced the initial line up for the SXSW Comedy Festival, kicking of 9 to 18 March 2018. The festival will pull guests from all corners of the entertainment industry and showcase film and media icons alongside the next wave of groundbreaking comedic talent. This year will also host performances from the indsutry’s top comics, as well as podcast recordings and consversations.

“We hope to bring together compelling voices in comedy and provide them a place to shine within SXSW’s diverse media landscape,” Head of SXSW Comedy Festival, Charlie Sotelo said.

“The unique gathering from all reaches of entertainment so often leads to surprising moments and lasting relationships.  It’s exciting to watch our performers thrive in that environment and we can’t wait to see what happens.”

This year’s festival will commence on Friday 9 March, with WFMU’s Dave Hill hosting Cavett on Comedy, a conversation with broadcasting legend and pop icon, Dick Cavett. From his start as a writer on Jack Paar’s The Tonight Show, Cavett kept close to comedy through his run on The Dick Cavett Show and throughout his distinguished career. He’ll share stories from his nearly 60-years entwined with some of comedy greatest figures.

Comedy Central’s Corporate Retreat will celebrate the season-one finale of “Corporate,” the network’s dark, incisive take on cubicle life – featuring creators, Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman, along with co-stars Adam Lustick, Aparna Nancherla, and Baron Vaughn.

Joe Pera will join Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show) and Conner O’Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers) for a showcase performance and sneak peek of his new Adult Swim, live-action comedy, “Joe Pera Talks With You.”

Nancherla, Firestone and Maeve Higgins host Brooklyn’s newest must-see show, Butterboy. Backed by DJ Donwill’s musical-stylings, Butterboy will welcome Roy Wood Jr. and a lineup of hilarious friends to a special SXSW edition of Butterboy.

This year’s roster also includes several festival favorites including Upright Citizen Brigade (UCB) cofounder, Matt Besser, returning with his hit podcast improv4humans. He’ll also lead UCB’s flagship show, ASSSCAT (improv based on true tales from celebrity guests), riff on hit songs in the Sing-A-Long Comedy Experiment, and provide weed comedy for stoners and friends of stoners at The 420 Show.

Following a SXSW Conference discussion between Jake Tapper and the real Bernie Sanders, comic and expert impressionist, James Adomian (Bernie vs. Trump), will hold a Bernie Sanders Town Hall as the 2016 presidential hopeful. Later in the week he’ll perform his Edinburgh Fringe show, Lacking in Character, a uniquely detached critique of masculinity in our culture and the circus fire of today’s American politics.

And that’s just the beginning of it, with the full program details still to come, so keep up to date over at But for now, checkout who you can expect to hit the stages at this year’s SXSW below.

Full SXSW Comedy Festival line up

  • Adam Lustick
  • Adam Pally
  • Aparna Nancherla
  • Baron Vaughn
  • Beth Stelling
  • Betsy Sodaro
  • Bill Hader
  • Chris Garcia
  • Conner O’Malley
  • Dave Anthony
  • Dave Hill
  • David Gborie
  • Dick Cavett
  • Doug Benson
  • Gareth Reynolds
  • Godfrey
  • Horatio Sanz
  • Ian Abramson
  • Ian Karmel
  • Jake Weisman
  • James Adomian
  • James Davis
  • Jermaine Fowler
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Jo Firestone
  • Joe Pera
  • Jon Gabrus
  • Lauren Lapkus
  • Leonard Maltin
  • Liza Treyger
  • Lynne Koplitz
  • Maeve Higgins
  • Martha Kelly
  • Matt Besser
  • Matt Ingebretson
  • Matteo Lane
  • Matthew Broussard
  • Monroe Martin
  • Nick Thune
  • Nick Offerman (Pictured)
  • Orlando Leyba
  • Pat Bishop
  • Rachel Bloom
  • Ramon Rivas
  • Robin Thede
  • Ron White
  • Roy Wood Jr.
  • Sam Morril
  • Scott Aukerman
  • Sean Patton
  • Stuart Goldsmith
  • Vanessa Gonzalez
  • Willie Barcena and more!


What: South by South West (SXSW)
When: March 9-18, 2018.
Where: Locations round Austin, Texas, USA

Photo Credit: Parks and Recreation, NBC


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