ATX Tonight Helps a Family On Hard Times

Chris Sebilia on stage
Chris Sebilia hosts ATX Tonight

Thanksgiving hurts my brain. The odd relationship between expressing thankfulness with one’s family and viscous consumerism – expressing at times, a complete disregard for the safety of one’s fellow man in the name of love for one’s own family and $200.00 TV’s, leaves me a bit cynical.  Then out of nowhere, Chris Sebilia puts together an episode of ATX Tonight, donates all ticket sales to help a family on hard times, and revives my cold dead soul.

The Reason For the Season

I won’t bore you by redundantly rehashing the how’s and why’s of  Sebilia’s long running ( and renamed) late night spoof show. You can find that article right here. But when he contacted me the other day about the special nature of this week’s ATX Tonight. I felt compelled to tell you, my loyal reader, about it.

We all know how tricky things get with work, paying bills, and taking care of our families. The holidays, with all the hype and anticipation, adds an extra level of stress. This time of year is special, regardless of your religious belief (or level of cynicism). There’s an air of magic and whimsy, and children run hither and thither tingling with electric excitement. For Karryn Peters the stress is a hundred fold.

Helping the Peters Family

Since waking up from a six week coma, Karryn Peters has been struggling against a tsunami of financial and medical stress. Rehab, paying bills, retrieving her car from repossession, and caring for her set of triplets, one of which suffers from spinal bifida, rivals the biblical story of Job. Enter Sebilia and friends, the Hideout Theatre, and ATX Tonight’s special Thanksgiving Show.

All ticket sales will be donated directly to the Peters family to help with bills, sundries and to show them how magical this time of year can be. The Hideout Theatere is home to ATX Tonight this week. The vaunted improv theater is located at 7th and Congress and has plenty of room for Austinites who’ve got big hearts and a love for comedy. They won’t be let down. The Poetic Butcher will be chatting with Sebilia as a special guest.  Jay Whitecotton is on joke duty, and local musician Kenny D has a couple of songs planned for the audience.

Deets

Tickets are 10.00 at the door and 7.00 in advance. If you’re a bit cynical like me, this is a good way to ease into the holidays, help a family in great need, and be entertained by extremely talented people. My stepson and I will be there. We hope you will too.

ATX Tonight Tickets

The Hideout Theatre

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Late Night Basement Comes to Austin

Late Night Basement is bringing quite a bit of talent to Austin. (Credit: Late Night Basement)
Late Night Basement is bringing quite a bit of talent to Austin. (Credit: Late Night Basement)

Chris Rose is bringing his ode to late night talk shows, Late Night Basement, to Austin in conjunction with Fun Fun Fun Fest, and he’s bringing friends.

From Austin to Brooklyn and Back

Late Night Basement is Chris Rose’s baby. The Brooklyn based, Austin native, created the show as a tribute to network late night talk shows. You know what I’m talking about and if you don’t, you may want to turn on the internet or a TV. Then again, if you’re reading this, you know about the internet… I digress.

The show has all the bells and whistles of its network big brothers, but its not in the shadow of the FCC. Which means, Rose and his team have more leeway with the jokes, quips and shenanigans.  The team’s hard work hasn’t gone unseen. Recently the website, New York Natives, wrote an article about Late Night Basement, branding it “The Funniest Show Not on Television.” New York Magazine also crowned it 2015’s “Best Comedy Show in New York.”

Chris Rose is so confident the show can carry such honorifics, he’s decided to take the show on the road with some friends. Fortunately for Austin, he’s bringing it to The New Movement Theater this Friday, November 6th, as a part of Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites. The beloved festival is taking place this weekend and Nites is an extension of Fun Fun Fun Fest taking place at a variety of venues in the downtown Austin area.

Chris Rose is Bringing Friends

Here’s a rundown of the shows guests pulled from the press release:

The Lucas Brothers have performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, been written about in Rolling Stone, and have appeared in Arrested Development and 22 Jump Street.  You can catch their animated show “Lucas Bros Moving Company” on Fox, but these Late Night Basement vets are at their best when you see them live, joking around on stage with each other.
 
Andrew Bujalski is an Austin-based filmmaker and one of the creators of ‘mumblecore.’ He’s best known for his debut movies “Funny Ha Ha” and “Mutual Appreciation”.  The director, writer, and actor is stopping by to talk about his 2015 release, “Results.”
 
Terance McDavid is an Austin-based comedian who has performed at Hell Yes Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and SXSW Underground.  Terance has toured the country with ATX Comedy Hour and hosts a weekly stand-up show at The New Movement.
Chris Rose does a monologue in front of a packed house (Credit: Mindy Tucker).
Chris Rose does a monologue in front of a packed house (Credit: Mindy Tucker).
Bill Callahan is a singer/songwriter, who has recorded under the name Smog and has been a guest on the Comedy Bang Bang! podcast (Episode 258: Yoke Jams).  The Austin native currently has 15 albums under his belt and is signed to Drag City Records.

Details

You have once chance to see Late Night Basement this weekend. The show starts at 10:30 pm sharp so don’t do that Austin thing, arriving late and what not. The show is free for 18+ Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband holders. If you aren’t holding a wristband, all is not lost. They are accepting a few folks for a guest list hook-up but you need to send an email to LateNightBasement@gmail.com pretty quick.  Please note the line up is subject to change.

The New Movement Theater