Comedy fans are in for a super-sized, if hot, treat this summer when Funny or Die's The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival comes to town. Taking place on Sunday, August 25 at Gexa Energy Pavilion, the festival will feature a number of big name comedians, including Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords.
Dave Chappelle is one of the enigmas of the comedy world. After a slow and steady rise, he found himself at the top of his field with his acclaimed Comedy Central series, Chappelle's Show. But just when he couldn't get any hotter, he walked away from the program in 2005, stunning fans and fellow comedians alike.
He cited his love of stand-up, and the program taking away from that, as one of the biggest reasons for his decision. Chappelle did a blink-and-you-missed-it performance at the House of Blues Dallas last year, but this will be his highest-profile comedy tour in years.
Flight of the Conchords are equally as beloved in some circles. The New Zealand duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are known for their routines that feature hilariously inappropriate songs, a routine which led to a short-lived HBO series that ended in 2009.
The festival, which starts in Austin on August 23 and will hit 13 cities, will feature performances on two stages, and will also have out-of-the-norm things like street performers, psychics and "freaks." Other performers could include Al Madrigal from The Daily Show, Demetri Martin, Jim Jefferies and Kristin Schaal. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 21.