Following Your Folly with Christina Parrish

(Credit: Vimeo)
(Credit: Vimeo)

Christina Parrish probably has the most unique comedy background we’ve come across.  At the very least, it’s the boldest. Her dad used to take her to improv shows when she’d come visit him in Austin. Eventually she chose to live with him, quit high school and jumped into the the improv pool head first. Soon after she discovered stand up.

I won’t make you read about Parrish’s fascinating past or her amazingly supportive parents when you can listen to it as she speaks to our very own Valerie Lopez:

As with most of our posts, there is a part two to Christina Parrish’s story. Click the link to find out about where her career is now, and how she got into making Galifiniakian style videos:

Speaking of Parrish’s vidoes, you can find them online at Funny or Die, or on her YouTube Channel.  I highly recommend the video, Misunderstood.


Christina Parrish

Valerie Lopez

Comedy Wham

Daniel Webb Is the Consummate Performer

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Credit: Facebook

I first saw Daniel Webb at a Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober show at… yes, The New Movement Theater. It was a couple of years ago. I don’t remember if it was pre or post his headline grabbing fist bump with President Obama. In the big scheme of things, it doesn’t matter when the show happened, because Webb was on the ball.

This past week, Valerie Lopez sat down with Daniel Webb and talked about his past, how he got into comedy, and his younger days in Ft. Worth. His reasons for coming to Austin may be a bit surprising.

In part two of their conversation, Webb talks about his work on the drag circuit, his adventures in the Funniest Person in Austin Contest and his future goals.

If you haven’t seen Daniel Webb live, you’re missing out. The guy has a ton of energy and charm and radiates from his performances. Webb has plans to participate in the upcoming Funniest Person in Austin contest at Cap City Comedy Club this year. Hell also be performing at the annual Moontower Comedy Festival. More information about his upcoming performances can be found on his website.


Daniel Webb

Valerie Lopez

Comedy Wham


Vanessa Gonzalez: Challenge Accepted

vanessa-gonzales-headshot2Vanessa Gonzalez isn’t new to Comedy Wham. In the past, the site has featured two of her one-person shows. One of the things that keeps her on our radar is her boldness and willingness to accept new challenges and grow as a performer.

Our own Valerie Lopez had a chance to sit and chat with the Laredo native about her comedy past, getting her start in a high school pep rally skit, and how she hooked up with Austin Latino comedy scene.  There may be a reference to The New Movement Theater and Chris Trew. Okay, there’s definitely a reference to Chris Trew and his theater.

Part two features Vanessa Gonzalez’s foray into the stand up comedy scene. She also speaks with Valerie about her current one-person show I Don’t Know Why You’re Saying That. 

If you’re wondering where you can see Gonzalez perform in the immediate future, here are some details: On March 11th, she’s headlining Chris Castle’s In the Treehouse at Austin Java on Barton Springs. Vanessa Gonzalez and her comedy partner, Michael Foulk, have a week show every Tuesday at 8pm called Hand Bomb. This takes place at The New Movement Theater.

Find out more about Vanessa Gonzalez’s upcoming shows, and projects on her website.



Vanessa Gonzalez

Valerie Lopez

Comedy Wham



Shane Mauss is Everywhere

Shane Mauss performs Conan, Episode 0408, May 02, 2013 Meghan Sinclair/Conaco, LLC for TBS
Shane Mauss performs
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Whenever he’s in Austin, Shane Mauss visits the Dudley and Bob Morning Show. The show is known for being selective about which comedians they chat with. Having been on multiple episodes and on their podcast is a testament to his style and charm.

The Wisconsin native has been at the comedy game for some time and since he was named “Best New Comic,” at the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival, he’s racked up an impressive list of credits like appearances on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel. He’s also recorded two albums:  Jokes to Make My Parents Proud and Mating Season. The latter album is also a Netflix special.

Comedy Wham correspondent, Lara Smith had an opportunity to pick Shane Mauss’ brain during his most recent trip to Austin. Click and enjoy:

Shane Mauss’ upcoming schedule can be found at his website and lucky  for us, he may be making a return to Austin in the near future.


Shane Mauss

Lara Smith