The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which begins August 28th in Austin, Texas, will feature two stages with performances from Kristin Schall, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, and more. In the “curiosities” department, attendants can expect “street performers, psychics, freaks, tasty treats…” Here’s hoping for some weird things preserved in a jar.
Though speculation around Dave Chappelle’s departure from his successful show revolved largely around how he probably couldn’t stand that guy you went to high school with saying “I’m Rick James, bitch!” any longer, he told Time that he was seeking respite from the pressures of fame. After signing a $50 million deal with Comedy Central, Chappelle struggled with his new position and the direction his show was taking. He stayed with a friend in South Africa, seeking “a quiet place.” Chappelle spoke to Time, and later appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio, to dispel rumors about his mental health and drug use—talk of which exacerbated his anxieties about fame. “You can’t get un-famous,” he explained, “You can get infamous, but you can’t get un-famous. So I got scared, I’m not gonna lie, I was scared to death.”Co-headliners Flight of the Conchords… [state], “”We’re going to try and do a movie. We just need a story.” Co-headliners Flight of the Conchords ended their HBO series of the same name in 2009, after declining to continue to a third season. Since then, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have appeared separately in films such as Men in Black: 3, The Muppets, and The Hobbit. As with all dearly departed TV series, rumors of Flight of the Conchords movie have been swirling around, with McKenzie stating, “”We’re going to try and do a movie. We just need a story.” With any luck, Kristin Schall will reprise her role as Mel the crazy fan at the festival, and will have knitted some weird Bret and Jemaine crafts for the merch table. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival will be in our neighborhood on September 8th, at the Comcast Center in Mansfield.Awesomely, The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival will be in our neighborhood on September 8th, at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. If you’re like me and that means nothing to you, I’ll save you the Google search and just tell you here that Mansfield is kind of near Foxboro which is where some sports happen, and that’s a little bit south of here. If you can’t wait until then or are interested in a northern corridor road trip, the festival will also be happening Pittsburgh, PA and Camden, NJ. Nothing in New York because, man, nothing cool ever happens there.
Tickets are currently on sale over at Funny or Die. They’ve been on sale for a few weeks, which means that the cheap seats appear to be sold out. Remaining ticket prices range from $50 to a little over $100 dollars. If your wallet is looking empty, but you’re hoping to finally impress Dave Chapelle with your “I’m Rick James, bitch!” impression, there’s probably someone on Craigslist who will pay you to help them Feng Shui their house or discern the weeds from plants in their garden. You can check Funny or Die’s website for more and follow the festival Twitter @OddballFest for updates.
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