Moontower Comedy and Just For Laughs launch Joint Comedy Fest: Moontower Just For Laughs Austin will launch next April – Arts
Moontower Just For Laughs Austin will launch next April
By Richard Whittaker,
11:00 am, Fri September 24, 2021
Aida Rodriguez performing at this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival. The festival announced a new joint venture with the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. (Image courtesy of Gary Miller Photography)
Knock Knock. Who is here? Oh, only the internationally renowned Austin Moontower Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs announcing that they will be hosting a new joint laugh-a-thon, Moontower Just For Laughs Austin, next year.
Founded in 2012 by Paramount & Stateside theaters as the Moontower Comedy and Oddities Festival, Moontower has a long history of great talent and headliners (this week’s festival features Dave Attell and Margaret Cho), but all The world knows that Montreal-based Just For Laughs, founded in 1983, is the biggest comedy festival in the world. The idea is to merge the raw star power of Just For Laughs with the intimate feel and growing reputation of Moontower. Scheduled for next April (so just in time to recover from SXSW), the event will expand the traditional Moontower calendar from four to 10 days and add venues. Expect more details in the coming months.
Charles Décarie, CEO of Just For Laughs Group, called the plan “an incredible opportunity for two generational comedy organizations, respected by the comedy industry as a whole, to work together to create an incredible festival for fans and the artists “.
Moontower Festival Co-Founder and Director Lietza Brass added, “In our early years, we drew inspiration from the Montreal Festival to model Moontower. We’re excited to partner with Just For Laughs because we know that with our comedic powers combined, we’re building something very special and lasting for Austin.