Locally-grown comics in The Grawlix troupe and Denver expatriates T.J. Miller and Ben Kronberg, both of whom have found success in Hollywood and on Comedy Central in recent years, will represent the Mile High City at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, March 8-15.
The guys represent the biggest contingent of Denver-related comics to officially play the showcase so far, although other Denver comics, including Fine Gentleman’s Club member Sam Tallent, have said they’ll be at the festival unofficially.
The SXSW Comedy lineup, which was announced today, put The Grawlix members — Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orevdahl and Ben Roy — along with Miller and Kronberg, in extremely good company.
The festival includes buzzed-about comics, stand-ups, sketch performers and up-and-comers like Kate Berlant, James Adomian, Jake Weisman, Sasheer Zamata and Hari Kondabolu. Then there are legends and national touring stars like Bill Cosby, Aisha Tyler, Paul Provenza, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Seth Meyers and Doug Benson. And finally, there are comics friendly to both mainstream audiences the alt/indie scene, such as Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Braunger, Carrie Brownstein, Karen Kilgariff, Nick Thune and Chris Gethard.
Most encouragingly, the lineup announcement says of The Grawlix “comics Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy have built a community around their acclaimed monthly show, helping turn their hometown into one of the country’s most exciting scenes.”
For anyone in Austin next month: The Grawlix will perform its stand-up showcase on March 8 at Esther’s Follies (with L.A.-based comic Jerrod Carmichael), while Miller and Kronberg will perform stand-up sets as part of the regular programming. Check out the full schedule and other comedy-related programming and panels on SXSW Comedy.
No doubt you’ll be able to catch Miller, Kronberg and The Grawlix elsewhere throughout the fest as well.
(Full disclosure: I’ve written about comedy for SXSWorld Magazine, the festival’s official trade publication, but have nothing to do with booking or announcing the event’s comedy acts.)
It’s been an especially good week for Cayton-Holland, who yesterday told Reverb that he’ll be on the TBS late-night show “The Pete Holmes Show” on Wednesday, Feb. 26.