Amanda Austin is in her third year of co-producing the Dallas Comedy Festival. Amanda also teaches and performs improv at Dallas Comedy House and is currently working on a few writing projects. She chatted with Improv Wins about some of the new and scintillating things festivalgoers can look forward to this year.
What makes this year’s DCF extra wicked?
We’ve worked really hard this year to put an emphasis on all things comedy for the festival. We have a lot of diversity in the areas of improv, sketch, stand up, and film. This is the first year we’ve introduced a comedy short film contest as part of the festival. Submissions are already looking good and we hope it will bring more awareness to the digital aspect of comedy. (Side note: anyone can enter…some of the prizes are Dallas based i.e. passes to DCF and the Dallas International Film Festival in April, but also a $250 cash prize, so it’s open to anyone)
What are your plans for the legendary DCF after-party?
We’re gearing up for the Third Annual Flip Cup Tournament to see who takes home the legendary Flip Cup Trophy! We’ve secured some rad food trucks to park themselves outside during the week of the festival, so you can bet there will be tons of food during our after party. We’ll also show some of the short films that were submitted for the DCF Comedy Short Film Contest!
Tell us about Dallas Comedy!
The Dallas comedy scene has been shifting from a few projects around town to a real community that wants to work together to bring a total comedy awareness of improv, sketch, standup and film to the Dallas area. Our lineup includes something for everyone this year, so we’re thrilled for Dallas to experience local and national comedy they wouldn’t normally see without this festival! The week of the festival is my favorite week of the year, because of all the great comedians who share their talent with our beautiful city, and all the Dallasites who relish in the laughter.