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Altercation Punk Comedy Tour records for Stand Up! Records

By by timothy danger/special to the advocate
Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:08 a.m.

From left are  Mike Wiebe, JT Habersaat and Mack Lindsay; back row, from left, are Joe Staats and Billy Milano.

JT Habersaat gets asked what is so punk about his comedy. He doesn't really have an answer for it, just that he puts no limits on what he wants to do or say, or even where he wants to say it.

It seems to work out well for him. Since starting the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour in 2008, he has not only garnered national attention, he has also shared the stage with Doug Stanhope, Brian Posehn, Andy Dick, Jeanine Garofalo and even Henry Rollins. He has appeared on Comedy Central, emceed the Punk Rock Bowling Awards in Las Vegas, and logged about 45,000 miles touring the nation. Not bad for a guy who does what he wants, when he wants.

When he first started in 2008, he just did punk rock venues on the tour, attracting a lot of attention and curiosity.

"The first tour we booked was the hardest tour," Habersaat said, adding that people at first just didn't understand the concept. But, when they saw how successful the act was, they wanted it to come back. "The second tour was the easiest."

The new record, (which will be recorded live on Aug. 11 at the New Movement Theater in Austin) is being put out by Stand Up!, which, next to Comedy Central, is the second biggest comedy label there is.

"We're super stoked to work with them" Habersaat said. "They get it. We're kind of dipping our toe in the legitimate comedy world. We're pushing as a vinyl, old-school, comedy record."

The Aug. 11 lineup includes Mike Wiebe, from The Riverboat Gamblers; Billy Milano, from SOD and MOD; Joe Staats, Mack Lindsay and Habersaat himself.

The show will be held at the New Movement Theater at 7th and Lavaca streets in Austin at 10:30 p.m. Entry is only $10 and is Bring Your Own Beer. Because of the nature of the event, a capacity crowd is expected, so arrive early.

Timothy Danger is the music and content director as well as a co-host of the Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast, which focuses on independent music, art and culture. He is also a musician.

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