March 20, 2023

Prose & Puns is Austin’s only literary comedy show


Austin’s literary funsters are teaming for a double bill at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Last Stand Brewery.

Wendi Aarons (author of “I’m Wearing Tunics Now” and “Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian”) and Martha Louise (Zom-Com and Star Shine Films) headline this live-reading, live-punning show from Austin’s funniest writers.

The double-header event will kick off with Worded Funny, featuring readings from Austin’s best humor writers. Be enchanted by readings from contributors to McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, Austin Monthly, and Slackjaw!

In the second half of the night, Punspoken will present its one part hip hop, one part middle school English class, and one part stand up showcase. Four performers will show off their punning word play.

But an entertaining evening alone isn’t enough for Prose & Puns’ creative producers, who also planned a creative meetup before the show and a party afterward. Whether audiences are writers, comedians, artists, podcasters, or just make cool stuff, they can join this short, low-key meetup before the show to meet new collaborators and foster new friendships.

Worded Funny’s lineup includes

  • Wendi Aarons is the author of middle grade book “Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian” and the memoir “I’m Wearing Tunics Now.” Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and US Weekly’s Fashion Police.
  • Alex Baia is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and The New Yorker as well as the editor of the humor publication, Slackjaw.
  • Dina Gachman is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Vox, and Texas Monthly and author of the book “So Sorry For Your Loss.”
  • Erica Lies is a humor writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and McSweeney’s.
  • Greg Marshall is an essayist and journalist whose work was chosen for the 2017 Best American Essays and author of the forthcoming memoir, “Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It.”

Punspoken’s line up includes:

  • Martha Louise is a former Punspoken champion, morning show DJ and humor columnist who moonlights at her day job running an interior design and home staging company.
  • John Sizemore is a travel writer, photographer, and yoga instructor whose work has been featured in the RAW Artists National Showcase, Matador Network, and Paste Magazine, and on his popular Instagram.
  • Previous Punspoken winner, rapper and spoken word artist Crops, who just might wear his Punspoken crown. He’s competed in the Austin Poetry Slam.
  • Alison Tugwell, ‘funder’ of Punspoken, Amazon Best Selling Author, and marketing coach. Her work has been featured in CBS Austin, Huffpo, Thrive Global, and CreativeMornings.

Prose & Puns Schedule — Feb. 25 at Last Stand Brewing.
Creative meetup begins at 7:15 pm and the show will begin at 8pm, followed by a party at 9:30pm.

Tickets: $25 through Feb. 24, and door tix will run $30,

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