Wed Aug 29th 1030pm Velveeta

Wednesday, August 29th

10:30 pm at The Velveeta Room

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Katie Pengra

Austin

Watching Katie do stand up is a mix between odd storytelling and family therapy. She started comedy in 2011, but was previously involved in sketch, short films, improv, and is a regular contributor to The Encyclopedia Show Austin.

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Ralphie Hardesty

Austin, TX

Ralphie Hardesty's stand up comedy is relatively clean and positive. Hardesty tells stories about his life, about his family, and about how poorly he fits into the labels he puts on himself (like "gay" or "XXL"). About the only time he makes anyone but himself a punchline is when Ralphie sexually harasses straight guys who wear basketball shorts in public.

In 2010, the Austin Chronicle called Ralphie Hardesty the "best advocate of drinking and fact-checking" after his variety reading series The Encyclopedia Show Austin exploded on Austin's comedic community. In 2011, Ralphie Hardesty started doing stand up comedy and no one has called him anything except funny a few times. In 2012, Ralphie, a guy, was in the Ladies Are Funny Festival.

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Joe Hafkey

Austin

Joe Hafkey's stand-up has been described as "silly", "hysterical" and "everything in between". His act blends absurd observations with probing self-deprecation for a unique and hilarious world view that you're sure to adore.

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Chris Tellez

Dallas

Having a conversation with comedian Christopher Tellez is like being at your very own private stand-up show. His animation is reminiscent of seeing him on stage behind a microphone on a good night, delivering laugh after laugh.

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Howard Beecher

Austin, TX

Howard Beecher rocks the comedy scene with his acidic wit and outrageous rantings. He has been performing stand-up comedy for 20 years and loves to talk about the birth of his kids when he is not complaining about the Texas heat. Beecher is, in fact, a viciously funny comic who rides a Harley, creates surefire punch lines from his personal life, and gets down with audiences in a way that makes even the targets of his barbs laugh hysterically. It's always a raucous good time when Beecher hits the stage. He can read a crowd and knows exactly which buttons to push for maximum hilarity.

Television credits include SíTV's, "Latino Laugh Festival: The Show" with Pablo Francisco (two shows) and GalaVision's "Funny is Funny" with Carlos Mencia. He also won the prestigious title of "Funniest Person in Austin" in 1997.

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Brendan K. O'Grady

Austin, Texas

Since emerging from the vibrant Austin comedy scene, Brendan K. O'Grady has been entertaining audiences with the presence and skill of a comic seasoned well beyond his years at the microphone. A native of Southern California, Brendan started out behind the scenes, grinding out jokes as a professional comedy writer before the lure of the spotlight finally brought him out in front of the curtain and onto the stand-up stage. His smart, playfully sharp style blends frequent pop culture riffs with literate references, flights of silliness, and off-centered observations from life as a modern American thirty-something. Brendan's humor has been featured on the web by Rooftop Comedy, MySpace, and National Lampoon.com, and today he can regularly be found appearing at comedy clubs, theaters, and festivals all over Austin and elsewhere.

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