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Taking in the music, the street life of Austin and more! My first SXSW experience

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 16-20, 2021) unveiled the SXSW Comedy Festival lineup as part of the 2021 Online event. The Comedy Festival will be a unique experience celebrating some of the finest comedy clubs across the country.

When traditional comedy clubs fell dormant last year, it drove what little stand-up remained to less than ideal environments and reminded us how just a handful of clubs across the country supports the entire community from open mic-er to famous headliner.

SXSW Comedy invited some of the most lauded comedy venues from around the country to present live shows from their home stages, most for the first time in nearly a year. Each club curated an impressive lineup of regulars, excited to be back on a real stage for a live audience and the result is a fascinating comedy time capsule.

The efforts each club made to safely assemble a small audience reveals an enthusiasm to resume comedy, and a hope that in the months ahead we can safely return to gathering and laughing together again.

Presenters include:

Acme Comedy Co. (Minneapolis)
Acme Comedy Company’s respect for the art of stand-up is reflected in every aspect of the club, making the intimate room a favorite among comedians. For over 30 years, it has been a linchpin of the fruitful Minneapolis comedy scene. Their SXSW lineup returns local standouts to Acme’s hallowed stage.
Comedians: Chloe Radcliffe, Greg Coleman, Mike Earley, Shannan Paul, Tommy Ryman 

Dynasty Typewriter (Los Angeles)
Dynasty Typewriter has quickly become known for carefully curated, enchanting comedy experiences. Their socially distant audience consisted of one of the owners, his parents, and a collection of adoring puppets. It’s perfectly normal.
Comedians: Beth Stelling, Billy Wayne Davis, Daniel Webb, Joel Kim Booster, Kimberly Clark, Reggie Watts

Gotham Comedy Club (New York City)
Often featured in numerous film and television productions, Gotham Comedy Club is one of New York’s most popular stand-up destinations. For 25 years their coveted stage has hosted national acts, and fostered generations of young comedians into comedy heavyweights who still consider the club a home today.
Comedians: Erin Jackson, Matthew Broussard, Monroe Martin, Nathan Macintosh, Ophira Eisenberg

Hollywood Improv
The Improv has been an American comedy institution for over 50 years and has grown into a national network of 25 clubs. Since opening in 1975, the Hollywood Improv has hosted virtually every comedy great. For the first time in nearly a year, the club presents a lineup of favorites from the most recognizable comedy stage in the country.
Comedians: Chris Porter, Donnell Rawlings, J.F. Harris, Lara Beitz, Pete Lee, Orlando Leyba

Laughing Skull Lounge (Atlanta)
The Laughing Skull Lounge is a hub of the Atlanta comedy scene. It provides a prominent stage for locals to share with touring headliners, and as home to The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival it’s brought well-deserved industry attention to one of the most robust comedy scenes in the country.
Comedians: Clayton English, Ian Aber, Katie Hughes, Lace Larrabee, Shaunak Godkhindi 

The Stand NYC
The Stand NYC opened in 2012 with the idea of creating an elevated comedy experience and soon became a favorite hangout of the city’s hottest up and coming comedians. The Stand invited some of those comics, and a small audience, to swab up for a welcome step back onto the stage.
Comedians: Dan Soder, Derek Gaines, Emma Willmann, Ian Lara, Rosebud Baker, Sam Jay, Shane Gillis

Zanies Comedy Club (Chicago)
The third oldest comedy club in the country, Zanies has been at the heart of Chicago comedy for over 40 years. They’ve nurtured the early careers of comedy legends, some of today’s biggest stars, and the next generation of greats to emerge from the area’s legendary comedy scene.
Comedians: Calvin Evans, Correy Bell, Em Brown, Matty Ryan, Sarah Perry

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SXSW Comedy presents Bring Back Laughs. Last summer Rebecca Trent, owner/operator of The Creek & The Cave comedy clubhouse in Queens, teamed up with SNL’s Michael Che to put on comedy shows in a parking lot using the bed of a pick-up truck as a makeshift stage. Those shows inspired a two-day comedy fundraiser. This special presentation features select performances from that weekend. (Carmen Lynch, Janeane Garofalo, Lucas Brothers, Myq Kaplan, Nore Davis, Rojo Perez, Roy Wood Jr., Tone Bell, Victor Varnado.)

The 2021 Online Comedy Festival will also include quarantine versions of SXSW Comedy’s longest running shows. The hit game-show podcast Doug Loves Movieshosted by Doug Benson, Watch and listen as Doug and friends (Arden Myrin, Jerry Trainor, Rob Benedict) sit down and discuss his first love: movies! And Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) cofounder, Matt Besser, brings the largest cast of players yet to SXSW for the improv4humans podcast. Matt brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe.

Experience SXSW Online Music Festival with streaming available via web, mobile, and the SXSW Online Connected TV app (Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku®, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV). Select Music Festival Showcases, Conference Sessions and Special Event programming will be available at SXSW Online XR on VRChat. Virtual Cinema programming will be available on the VRrOOm store.

In addition to the Comedy Festival performances, passholders also have access to the full range of content available during SXSW Online including Conference Keynotes, Featured Speakers, Mentor Sessions, Networking Meet Ups, Film Festival Screenings, Music Festival Showcases, Online Exhibitions and Professional Development. Previously announced for 2021 are Keynotes by Willie Nelson andStacey Abrams and Featured Speakers including Queen Latifah, Chiquis, Mark Mothersbaugh, Wyclef Jean, Andrew Bird, Mary J. Blige, Carole King, Demi Lovato, Lenzo Yoon and more. SXSW Online has opened to passholders who may get a head start on networking. For more information on everything SXSW Online has to offer, please visit sxsw.com.

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SXSW Music Festival – Initial List of Showcasing Artists Announced

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The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced an initial list of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 36th annual event. The festival offers the opportunity to connect entertainment, technology, and media professionals with emerging acts, established artists and industry mavens, and share in something big on a truly global platform. The first essential and international music event on the industry’s calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 14 – 20, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival programmers present a global lineup of artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Korea, Uganda, U.S., Wales, and Zambia, to name a few. The result is a unique live music experience where industry pros and music lovers experience multiple one-of-a-kind events from a range of up-and-coming and established artists. A few highlights from this first round of artists include: Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ), ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL), BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO), CHAII(Auckland NEW ZEALAND), Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX), Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA), DUMA (Nairobi KENYA), Ezra Furman (Chicago IL), HOODLUM (San Antonio TX), Horsegirl (Chicago, IL), James McMurtry (Austin TX), Maxo Kream(Houston TX), MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA), Monaleo (Houston TX), Poppy Ajudha(London UK-ENGLAND),  Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND), Surfbort (Los Angeles CA), TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA), Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS), W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) (Lusaka ZAMBIA), Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA), and Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND).

This is the first of several announcements revealing the wide array of Showcasing Artists who will perform for the international creative community at SXSW. These showcases give attendees the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage performances at unique venues in downtown Austin. A few of this year’s showcase presenters include British Music Embassy, American Dreams, The Legendary SOB.’s, Nyege Nyege Tapes, Fire Records, Rolling Loud, The Anniversary Group, High Road Touring, Jazz re:freshed Outernational, Move Forward Music, Kill Rock Stars, Cosmica Artists + Records, Ernest Jenning Record Co., New West Records, Rocky Road Touring, Polyvinyl Records, Double Double Whammy, Keeled Scales, Park the Van, Don Giovanni Records, Nine Mile Records and Touring, and Focus Wales.

Artists invited to perform include:

2nd Grade (Philadelphia PA)
49 Winchester (Castlewood VA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Abigail Lapell (Toronto CANADA)
Adam Ostrar (Austin TX)
Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ)
Aertex (Washington DC)
Alex Dupree (Austin TX)
Alien Tango (Murcia SPAIN)
ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Andrea Cruz (Puerto Rico PUERTO RICO)
Angélica Rahe (Austin TX)
Antti Paalanen (Kokkola FINLAND)
Arp Frique (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Art d’Ecco (Victoria CANADA)
Authentically Plastic (Kampala UGANDA)
Ava Vegas (Berlin GERMANY)
Babehoven (Hudson NY)
Bandicoot (Swansea UK-WALES)
Beauty Sleep (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Being Dead (Austin TX)
Bendigo Fletcher (Louisville KY)
Big Bill (Austin TX)
BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO)
Blunt Bangs (Athens GA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Bodywash (Montreal CANADA)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Bread Pilot (Seattle WA)
Breanna Barbara (Far Rockaway NY)
Brigid Mae Power (Galway IRELAND)
Buffalo Hunt (Austin TX)
Buffalo Nichols (Austin TX)
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Caleb De Casper (Austin TX)
CHAII (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Charlotte Cornfield (Toronto CANADA)
Chief Cleopatra (Austin TX)
China Bears (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
Claire Rousay (San Antonio TX)
Claud (Highland Park IL)
COBRAH (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Coco & Clair Clair (Atlanta GA)
Congee (London UK-ENGLAND)
Constant Follower (Stirling UK-SCOTLAND)
corook (Nashville TN)
Couch Prints (New York NY)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Cuffed Up (Los Angeles CA)
Curse Mackey (Austin TX)
Dan Bettridge (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Danielle Ponder (Rochester NY)
DEETRANADA (Baltimore MD)
Delta Spirit (Los Angeles CA)
Desperate Journalist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Devin Shaffer (Chicago IL)
Diamante Perez (Wichita KS)
Dig Nitty (Brooklyn NY)
DJ DIAKI (Sanankoroba MALI)
Doeman (Houston TX)
Don Lifted (Memphis TN)
Donna Blue (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
DUMA (Nairobi KENYA)
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Baltimore MD)
Elephant Stone (Montreal CANADA)
Eli Winter (Chicago IL)
Enjoyable Listens (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Enumclaw (Tacoma WA)
Estereomance (El Paso TX)
Evicshen (San Francisco CA)
Ezra Furman (Chicago IL)
Family Jools (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Fearing (Oakland CA)
Flossing (Brooklyin NY)
Flower (New York NY)
Geese (Brooklyn NY)
Gewalt (Berlin GERMANY)
GIFT (Brooklyn NY)
Glass Spells (San Diego CA)
Go Fever (Austin TX)
Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto CANADA)
Goya Gumbani (London UK-ENGLAND)
Grace Cummings and Her Band (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
GRAE (Toronto CANADA)
Graham Reynolds (Austin TX)
Graham Reynolds & The Golden Arm Trio (Austin TX)
Greyhounds (Austin TX)
Guapo (Houston TX)
Gully Boys (Minneapolis MN)
Gustaf (New York NY)
HAEPAARY (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hamish Hawk (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Haru Nemuri (Yokohama JAPAN)
Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz (San Antonio TX)
HMLTD (London UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
HOODLUM (San Antonio TX)
Horsegirl (Chicago IL)
Hrishikesh Hirway (Los Angeles CA)
India Ramey (Nashville TN)
J Soulja (Austin TX)
Jacks Haupt (Dallas TX)
James Hersey (Vienna AUSTRIA)
James McMurtry (Austin TX)
Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel / Acoustic (London UK-ENGLAND)
JayWood (Winnipeg CANADA)
Jekyll (Blackpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jo Schornikow (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jockstrap (London UK-ENGLAND)
JOPLYN (Berlin GERMANY)
Joshua Hedley (Nashville TN)
Junaco (Los Angeles CA)
KABEAUSHÉ (Nairobi KENYA)
KAINA (Chicago IL)
Kampire (Kampala UGANDA)
Katy J Pearson (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Katy Kirby (Austin TX)
KAWALA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kevin Galloway (Austin TX)
Kiana V (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Kompas Trio (Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Korine (Philadelphia PA)
Kristeen Young (New York NY)
Kristin Hersh (Providence RI)
Kyle Kidd (Cleveland OH)
Laura Lee & the Jettes (Berlin GERMANY)
Lauren Auder (Albi FRANCE)
Lee Bains + The Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Austin TX)
Linqua Franqa (Athens GA)
Little Mazarn (Austin TX)
Living Hour (Winnipeg CANADA)
Logan Lynn (Portland OR)
Lord Friday the 13th (Austin TX)
Lucy Gooch (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Luna Luna (Dallas TX)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Mace The Great (Cardiff UK-WALES)
MAITA (Portland OR)
Mandy, Indiana (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Maria BC (San Francisco CA)
Mariangela (San Antonio TX)
Marina Allen (Los Angeles CA)
Mark Burgess of The Chameleons UK (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Marta Del Grandi (Milan ITALY)
Mattiel (Atlanta GA)
Maxo Kream (Houston TX)
MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA)
Me Rex (London UK-ENGLAND)
Meatraffle (London UK-ENGLAND)
MENZI (Durban SOUTH AFRICA)
Mister Goblin (Bloomington IN)
Mobley (Austin TX)
Monaleo (Houston TX)
Moon Panda (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Moriah Bailey (Oklahoma City OK)
My Idea (New York NY)
Native Sun (Brooklyn NY)
Neighbor Lady (Atlanta GA)
NewDad (Galway IRELAND)
Nuevo (Austin TX)
Nuha Ruby Ra (London UK-ENGLAND)
Number One Popstar (Los Angeles CA)
ONO (Chicago IL)
Ouri (Montreal CANADA)
Pachyman (Los Angeles CA)
PACKS (Ottawa CANADA)
Paisley Fields (Brooklyn NY)
PASTEL GHOST (Austin TX)
Paul Jacobs (Montreal CANADA)
Pays P. (Paris FRANCE)
Penelope Isles (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Phobophobes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Plato III (Abilene TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
Pom Poko (Oslo NORWAY)
Poppy Ajudha (London UK-ENGLAND)
Portrait XO (Los Angeles CA)
Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND)
PYNKIE (Jersey City NJ)
Renée Reed (Lafayette LA)
Rett Smith (Austin TX)
REYNA (Milwaukee WI)
RF Shannon (Lockhart TX)
Riley Downing (Kansas City MO)
Ringo Deathstarr (Austin TX)
Roan Yellowthorn (Camden ME)
Roller Derby (Hamburg GERMANY)
Rosegarden Funeral Party (Dallas TX)
Ruby (Dumfries UK-SCOTLAND)
Ryder The Eagle (Toulouse FRANCE)
Salt Cathedral (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Sara King (Dallas TX)
Sarah Kinsley (New York NY)
Sarpa Salpa (Northampton UK-ENGLAND)
Savak (Brooklyn NY)
Shawn James (Seattle WA)
Silver Synthetic (New Orleans LA)
Sir Woman (Austin TX)
Skirts (Dallas TX)
Smut (Chicago IL)
Sonoda (Los Angeles CA)
Sour Widows (Oakland CA)
Star Parks (Austin TX)
Stella Sommer (Berlin GERMANY)
Strawberry Guy (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Sun June (Austin TX)
Surfbort (Los Angeles CA)
Tagua Tagua (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Taipei Houston (San Francisco CA)
Tallies (Toronto CANADA)
Teenage Halloween (Asbury Park NJ)
TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA)
Tele Novella (Lockhart TX)
Tempers (New York NY)
THALA (Berlin GERMANY)
Thallo (Penygroes UK-WALES)
The Americans (Los Angeles CA)
The Bad Man (Minneapolis MN)
The Chris Lee Band (New Orleans LA)
The Deer (Austin TX)
The Pink Stones (Athens GA)
The Red Pears (El Monte CA)
The Royston Club (Wrexham UK-WALES)
Thee Sacred Souls (San Diego CA)
Tiarra Girls (Austin TX)
Tino Drima (Los Angeles CA)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
Tunic (Winnipeg CANADA)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Vic Santoro (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vitreous Humor (Lawrence KS)
W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc)
(Lusaka ZAMBIA)
Walt Disco (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
WANDERERS (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
WARFIELD (Los Angeles CA)
Wargasm (London UK-ENGLAND)
Water From Your Eyes (Brooklyn NY)
Why Bonnie (Austin TX)
Wombo (Louisville KY)
XIXA (Tucson AZ)
Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
(This list is subject to change. More performers will be announced at later dates.)

Listen to the artists who will be performing at SXSW 2022 by subscribing to the official SXSW Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Music Video playlists.

All SXSW Music registrants receive primary access to Music and Convergence Conference programming, including Keynotes and Featured Speakers, Music Festival showcases, the Comedy Festival, exhibitions, networking Meet Ups, Game Industry  Expo, the Flatstock Poster Show, Registrant Lounge, the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake concerts, and the closing BBQ & softball tournament. Secondary access is available for most Interactive and Film events.

The online SXSW Schedule provides a complete rundown of 2022 programming, broken down by time and event category, with the ability to build a customized schedule. To get started, please visit https://schedule.sxsw.com/.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features sessions, music and comedy showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, professional development and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2022 will take place March 11 – 20, 2022. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend.

SXSW 2022 is sponsored by White Claw and The Austin Chronicle.

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Following the Gravitas Ventures day and date theatrical release, HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed film THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN. The film will debut on the platform Friday, November 19. Based on a true story, the film was directed by David Midell (NightLights), produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment, and executive produced by Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations Entertainment, along with Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, which won a bevy of prestigious awards during its festival run, tells the heart-breaking true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder who was killed by the police during a welfare check after his medical alert device was accidentally activated. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the overly aggressive policing tactics that make the news on an all-too-frequent basis, the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. ended at the hands of those who were sworn to “protect and serve.”

The film’s HBO Max debut date, November 19, 2021, is the 10-year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s death.

While the title of the film gives away its tragic end, the real-time reenactment of Chamberlain’s final moments alive are a powerful reminder of how interactions with the police can, and do, end for many people of color, and people with mental health challenges, in the United States.

As a former behavioral therapist, and on the autism spectrum himself, director David Midell comes to this material with an added layer of personal experience. “Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges.

“I always say it’s bigger than my dad,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said. “It’s about all the lives that have been lost in this pandemic of killing black men, women and children. And I just hope that the film is…going to force a discussion.”

Producing partners Freeman and McCreary were incensed that the film could not find distribution, and immediately offered to help by using Freeman’s voice and Revelations’ brand to help amplify the story. “We simply could not stand by and see this film ignored. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s story, whose death in 2011 was largely ignored by the national media, deserves to be known by the world,” states Freeman and McCreary.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN comes at an important time in the national conversation about systemic racism and is a searing example of law enforcement’s sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, echoing recent high-profile incidents involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among countless others. THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN world-premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award there. At the Urbanworld Film Festival last year, it claimed the Jury Award for best US Narrative, and continued winning at festivals, and led to an independent Spirit Award Nomination for David Midell in the “Someone to Watch” category.

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