This week marks the third year of Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival, and, while serious comedy fans will recognize most of the names on the lineup, the average person might be puzzled as to who a lot of the performers are.
Many of this year’s headliners can be seen in supporting roles or as writers on popular movies and television shows. The Daily Texan compiled a guide to where some of these comedians have been spotted.
Martin’s Comedy Central show, “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” was canceled after one year, but he has been featured in movies such as “In A World…,” “Contagion” and Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock,” in which he had the lead role.
Buress used to be a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” and guest starred in multiple episodes of “30 Rock” as Homeless Guy. Recently, he has starred on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” as Lincoln, Ilana’s boyfriend, and on FX’s animated comedy “Chozen.” He has also appeared in episodes of “The Mindy Project,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Kroll Show.”
Miller got his start on “Saturday Night Live” in the ’80s, had his own show by the ’90s and now often provides political commentary on Fox News where he has a weekly segment on “The O’Reilly Factor.” He has also had cameos on “House of Cards” and the Will Ferrell film “The Campaign,” but is more likely to be seen on a late night talk show than a movie.
Fans of “Arrested Development” will recognize Bamford from the fourth season on Netflix, in which she played Debrie, the actress/recovering addict whom David Cross’ Tobias falls for. She has had small roles in shows such as “Louie & Kroll Show,” but most of her work on television is voice acting. Bamford was the voice of Shriek on the ’90s Nickelodeon series “Catdog” and currently voices many characters on “Adventure Time.”
Birbiglia starred, wrote and directed the independent comedy “Sleepwalk With Me” and also had supporting roles in indie movies such as “Cedar Rapids” and “Your Sister’s Sister.” Fans of the HBO series “Girls” may recognize him as the person whom Lena Dunham’s character has a dramatically botched job interview with after she made a joke about date rape.
“Kids In The Hall”
These five comedians make up a sketch comedy group that had a television show in the early ’90s on HBO and CBS, and all five have had roles in films and television shows since. Scott Thompson currently stars as an FBI Agent on NBC’s “Hannibal.” Bruce McCulloch guest starred as a priest in season four of “Arrested Development” and has also been on “Workaholics.” The most recognizable member is Dave Foley, who voiced characters in Pixar films, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters University” and “Cars.” He also has guest-starred in many shows, such as “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “Will & Grace,” “Justified,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Scrubs.”
Maron is most notable for starring in the IFC show “Maron,” in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself in a manner similar to “Louie,” in which he guest starred as himself for an episode. He also had a small role in “Almost Famous,” in which he played an angry promoter.
As one of the most recognizable actors on the lineup, Armisen starred on “Saturday Night Live” for 11 years and currently stars on IFC’s sketch comedy “Portlandia.” In addition, he has been in films such as “Anchorman” and “Easy A,” and he has guest starred on shows such as “Modern Family,” “Parks & Recreation” and “30 Rock.”