Come And Take It Returns For Year Two
Kyle Kinane, Photo: Cyrus Roushan
Earlier this year, Houston got the first proper comedy festival with the Come And Take It Comedy Takeover. That festival had headlining sets from some of the best comics going with Todd Barry and Norm Macdonald. The festival organizers, Andrew Youngblood and The Secret Group even coerced Macdonald to do a late nite set at Rudyard’s after the festival. When Youngblood told me he had already started booking year two, I was curious as to what he had in mind to top himself. Below, just a few of the details behind what they have in store for year two, taking place on February 19th-21st of 2023.
Keep in mind that the listed comics are not in any particular order, but rather who the festival organizers have made publicly known through what they’re calling a “half-blind presale.” Topping the list is one of the funniest guys to take a comedy stage, Brian Posehn. Posehn has been doing stand up for about thirteen years, and he’s the real nerd in nerd comedy. An admitted nerd for comics and metal music, Posehn is probably best known for his voice over roles on “Mission Hill” and as Gibbons on the Tim & Eric show, “Tom Goes To The Mayor.” He’s been on Comedy Central Presents more than a couple of times, and he’s released three comedy albums, the most recent being 2023’s “The Fartist.” Alongside him on that list is one of my favorite current comics, the hilarious Kyle Kinane. Kinane came to Houston earlier this year and his off the cuff style was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at a comedy show. He’s been on pretty much every landmark television show for a comic, he appeared in his own Comedy Central special, and his latest album, “I Liked His Old Stuff Better” from this year is one of the funniest comedy albums you’ll hear.
The show also includes Ron Funches, who you might know more from his roles on NBC’s “Undateable,” and “Drunk History,” as well as his voice over work on “Bob’s Burgers.” The comedy of NOLA’s Sean Patton will also be on the bill, and he’s definitely one comedian you need to see live. Patton has a very relatable sense of humor that’s as silly as it is insightful. There’s also comedy from Clayton English, Taylor Tomlinson, Kyle Ayers, as well as pretty much every funny comic from Houston. You should expect that heavy hitters like Andy Huggins will perform alongside up and comers like Gabe Bravo and Zahid Dewji.
Of course, this is just a very small sampling of what will be on the festival lineup. In the past year we’ve gotten to see The Secret Group grow as a comedy booking powerhouse, so I would expect the best going to make appearances on this festival. The presale tickets are available here, and at $45.00, you’re already getting some serious bang for your buck. That’s $15.00 a day if you’re doing the math, or like seeing Kinane and Posehn do one show. The 19th is a kick off party with the 20th & 21st being the festival days, and October 30th the prices will go up when the full lineup is released. From the way things look though, this festival in year two will more than likely sell out, so grabbing tickets early is definitely suggested.