SXSW 2024 Announces Comedy Festival lineup with Return of Variety’s Power of Comedy and Comedians John Leguizamo, Samantha Bee, Judd Apatow, Nick Kroll, Punkie Johnson and more

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals has announced the initial Comedy Festival lineup for 2024 including comedians John Leguizamo, Samantha Bee, Judd Apatow, Nick Kroll, Punkie Johnson and more . From March 8-12, SXSW Comedy features standup showcases, improv, conversations, live podcast recordings, and more. 

Variety returns to SXSW to host its Power of Comedy awards show at SXSW on March 8 recognizing comedic achievements across stand-up, film, TV and digital platforms. This year’s honorees are Samantha Bee, Nick Kroll & Andrew Rannells, John Leguizamo, Pamela Adlon, Jaboukie Young-White, Lilly Singh, Hannah Einbinder, Robbie Praw, and Cazzie David. A slate of celebrity presenters will join in on the celebrations including Brooke Shields, Jean Smart, Morgan Spector, Nick Thune, and Diablo Cody. The event will be open to all SXSW Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film & TV, and Music) on a first come, first served basis. Additional tickets are available to the public for purchase here.

2024 SXSW Comedy Festival Participants include:

Aida Rodriguez • Andrew Rannells • Annie Lederman • Beth Stelling • Brian Simpson • Cazzie David • Chris Fleming • Chris Gethard  • Christina Catherine Martinez • Conan O’Brien • Courtney Pauroso • Doug Benson • Dulcé Sloan • Dustin Ybarra • Erin Jackson • Frank Oz • Hannah Einbinder • Ikechukwu Ufomadu • Jaboukie Young-White • James Adomian • Joe DeRosa • John Leguizamo • Jon Gabrus • Jourdain Fisher • Judd Apatow • Leonard Maltin • Lilly Singh • Lucia Aniello • Luisa Omielan • Lynne Koplitz • Matt Besser • Napoleon Emill • Natalie Palamides • Nathan Macintosh • Nick Kroll  • Nick Thune • Orlando Leyba • Pamela Adlon • Paul Scheer • Pete Lee • Punkie Johnson • Rich Vos • Rick Glassman • Robert Smigel • Samantha Bee • Stuart Goldsmith • Tone Bell • Yamaneika Saunders • Zach Zucker • Plus surprise guests and more! 

2024 SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs Featuring: 

A.I. Johnny Cash & A.I. Friends Hootenanny • ASSSSCAT • The Comedian’s Comedian • Entre Nos Presents Comedy Crossroads • Comic Relief US • The Creek and The Cave • Doug Loves Movies • Famous with a Baby (and Other Sh*t that Didn’t Work Out) • Girl Cop: A Clown Drama • Gotham Comedy Club • Hollywood Improv • improv4humans • Maltin on Movies • The Origins of Whatever You Call What We Did with Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel • Reel Funny: Creating Comedy from the Director’s Chair • Riffs and Riff-Raff with Nick Thune & Friends • Samantha Bee Presents Wits End • Stamptown • The Street Meat: A Comedic Celebration of Food Trucks, Grease Pits, and Sandwich Shops • The Unfinished Orson Welles Roast of Hollywood • Vanessa 5000 • Variety Power of Comedy • Yamaneika Saunders Presents: Maestra • and more 

The festival connects today’s most influential comedy minds and the next wave of groundbreaking comedic talent with icons from the world of film and television, creating a festival of comedy unlike any other. All SXSW registrants (Platinum, Interactive, Music, and Film &TV) are welcome at all SXSW Comedy showcases. 

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