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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival Returns Oct. 13

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In keeping with the tradition of October being the month where everything in San Francisco happens at once, Funny or Die will bring its third installment of the Oddball Comedy Festival to the Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 13. Building on impressive past lineups that have included the likes of Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, and Flight of the Conchords, the 2015 Oddball bill includes comedic heavyweights Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari.

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For Schumer, headlining is the latest coup in a year that has seen her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer get rave reviews, her self-penned starring role in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck skyrocket at the box office, and Chris Rock directing her latest comedy special, Live at the Apollo, set for release on HBO on Oct. 17. In fact, Schumer is so in demand that a chance to host Saturday Night Live forced Oddball to reschedule their Mountain View stop, originally set for Saturday, Oct. 10.

Ansari has had himself quite the year as well. In addition to bidding adieu to NBC's wonderfully clever Parks and Recreation last January, Ansari published Modern Romance, an exploration of how people find love in 2015. The book has been lauded for its approach, and continues to enjoy impressive sales. Ansari is also prepping the release of his own Netflix series, Master of None, which will debut its first season on the streaming platform Nov. 6. Netflix previously partnered with Ansari on his latest stand-up special, Live at Madison Square Garden, which premiered in March.

Among the other names scheduled to perform is Anthony Jeselnik, perhaps best known as one of the sharper roasters on Comedy Central’s series of celebrity roasts, and the star of the short-lived The Jeselnik Offensive on the same network. He is joined by the “Roastmaster General” himself Jeff Ross, who is a great stand-up comedian in addition to his omnipresence on the Comedy Central roast dais. Former SNL writer John Mulaney, the man who gave us the gift of Stefon, will build on the success of his two critically-acclaimed comedy albums and hilarious reoccurring appearance on The Kroll Show as George St. Geegland, one half of the “Too Much Tuna” team. With roots in the cabaret world, Bridget Everett has been a guest on Inside Amy Schumer and saw her first one-hour special, Gynecological Wonder, premiere on Comedy Central earlier this year.

Rounding out the festivities are Donnell Rawlings, Sebastian Maniscalco, Big Jay Oakerson, and T.J. Miller. Known for his starring turn as Erlich Backman on the HBO series Silicon Valley, Miller will serve as the main stage emcee, a welcome change from the heinously unfunny Brody Stevens, who did his best to ruin the proceedings as last year’s emcee. 

Oddball Comedy Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m., at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, $39.75-$150.75.

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