Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

Returning to Houston for a second time, Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival -delivers the funniest faces from television and film. This one-night-only affair features recent Emmy Award winners Louis C.K. (Louie) and Sarah Silverman (We Are Miracles) as headliners alongside a murderer’s row of comics like Marc Maron (IFC’s Maron), Reggie Watts (IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang!), Jeff Ross (Comedy Central Roasts), Whitney Cummings (Creator of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls) and Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central’s Broad City). Uninterested in dissecting her performance style, Silverman prefers to focus on what makes her laugh. “For better or for worse,” Silverman told Vanity Fair earlier this year, “I absolutely do not think pragmatically about my stand-up. It’s always about what interests me.” When asked what about her inspirations, Silverman offered her love of the Real Housewives series and an interested in “arrogant ignorance.” Oh, and hecklers, don’t bother trying to throw Louis C.K. off his game. Last May, C.K., called the “undisputed king of comedy” by GQ magazine, told NPR’s Terry Gross, “There really isn’t a situation onstage that I feel like I won’t know how to handle…You have to stay cool [and] have that confidence on stage.” Recalling his youthful beginnings in New York, C.K.’s been “onstage with people yelling and booing and throwing stuff at me, but I hung in there. Nothing scares me now.”

5 p.m. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. For information, call 281-363-3300 or visit oddballfest.com. $35 to $79.75.
Sat., Sept. 20, 5 p.m., 2014

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Vic covers the comedy scene, in Houston and beyond. When not writing articles, he's working on his scripts, editing a podcast, doing some funny make-em-ups or preaching the good word of supporting education in the arts.
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