Hell Yes Stages at Moontower Comedy Festival 2014!

Moontower-LogoWe are proud to be associated with the biggest and most badass comedy festival in the history of Austin, Texas – The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest! The event stretches across some of the most notable comedy venues in the capital city and The New Movement is the homebase for improv. And Hell Yes Fest is curating the whole damn thing.


Here’s our lineup, homies (click on each show to buy tix!):

Wednesday April 23
8:00p — Opposites (ATX) + AC Lerok (ATX)
9:30p — TNM Talks (ATX)

Thursday April 24
8:00p — Water Park (ATX) + Girls Girls Girls (ATX)
9:30p — TNM Talks (ATX)

Friday April 25
8:00p — Handbomb Misrepresents (ATX)
9:00p — Parliament + Super Computer (Nola)
10:30p — Opposites (ATX) + MHS Death (LA)

Saturday April 26
8:00p — Talarico, Gonzalez, & Trew (LA, ATX, Nola)
9:00p — Apollo (NYC) + Dean’s List (Nola)
10:30p — The Megaphone Show w/Rich Talarico (ATX, LA)

Most shows $10 @ The New Movement Downtown – 616 Lavaca St. (corner of 7th and Lavaca)


During Moontower Fest, we’ve got some great workshops happening with Key & Peele‘s Rich Talarico! We have special rates for TNM students and alumni PLUS you can take both workshops and receive another neat-o discount!


SKETCH: The Writer’s Room – Brainstorming & Pitching
Time: Saturday 4/26 @ 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: CLASS SOLD OUT, AUDITS ONLY – $35 to audit ($30 audit for TNM students and alumni)
In this workshop, veteran TV and Stage writer Rich Talarico will take you through some helpful exercises for the brainstorming and pitching processes in sketch comedy. Learn how to take your ideas from flickers of conception to an undeniable pitch. We’ll also focus on how to contribute in the writer’s room.

Rich is a 22 year comedy vet who’s worked for Second City, iO, iO WEST, THE PIT NYC, UCB NY and LA, was also a writer and producer for shows like SNL, MAD tv, The Tonight Show w Jay Leno, HBO’s The Sketch Pad and currently the smash hit Key & Peele on Comedy Central.  Visit www.richtalarico.com for more info.


Sketch Workshop


IMPROV: The Way of Improv – A Course in Long-Form Improvisation
Time: Saturday 4/26 @ 2:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: $60/class, $30 to audit ($50/class, $25 audit for TNM students and alumni)

Take away the pressure of having to think up the entire premise of your scene before you initiate. That’s not improv, that’s invention.  Improv is about cooperation and discovery.  Abandon the “flame thrower method” of starting a scene.  Learn the “two-sticks rubbing together method” to light the fire of character and scenic discovery.  You’ll learn to create strong funny sustainable, organic character and scenes.

Walk the plotless path. ”We don’t serve plot, plot serves us.” Students learn to focus on “Who” and “Where” so “What” simply appears. Meditations and group mind exercises will help you realize that everything that happens on stage is an obstacle or an opportunity, the choice is yours.

”Jump and the net will appear.”

Improv Workshop


Rich is a 22 year improv veteran having studied with Stephen Colbert, Charna Halpern and the late Del Close. Rich has trained and performed at the Second City Chicago and IO Chicago. Rich has written for “Mad TV”, “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno” & “SNL.”


Currently he’s a staff writer for Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Rich has led the Way Of Improv in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Denver, Chapel Hill, Detroit, Chicago Los Angeles, NYC and at Camp Improv Utopia. You can see Rich perform at UCB, LA and at festivals all over in “Dasariski.”  Rich is also available for private coaching.

“Rich Talarico is one of the funniest and most inspiring human beings on the planet. As a teacher, his techniques and insights help you to become the best improviser you can be, in a very calm, cool and collected way.”
– Kevin Patrick Robbins Artistic Director Impatient Theater Co (Toronto)

“Rich’s workshop was the first to sell out at this year’s festival and is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends”. 
– Chris Moody Producer, Detroit Improv Festival.

“Rich is one of those rare people who not only loves to teach, but also wants to learn from his students.  His passion and respect for improv as an ever-evolving art form is infectious. Also, he’s a shitload of fun.” 
– Amy Rhodes (student Way Of Improv)
“After many years of studying and performing improv, Rich’s class was the one that really cleared up my approach to scenework.  I left his class feeling confident and having many tools at my disposal to instantly create stronger scenes.  The surprising thing is how very simple these ideas are.”
– Steve Halasz (student Way Of Improv)