2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura


Former Governor and wrestling legend JESSE VENTURA is on the ground in Austin and he’s assembled a team of investigative experts to uncover some explosive information that will unravel the biggest conspiracy yet. The New World Order might keep Jesse off the air, but they can’t cancel the truth!

A hit show at festivals around the country, Conspiracy Theory LIVE is heading to SXSW! Featuring James Adomian as Jesse Ventura, and a panel of comedians in character as inside experts, you’ll want to be at ringside for the action.



James Adomian

James Adomian is a daredevil dancing queen -- but don't you know deep down he's just a kitten? James was a top-10 finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and is a frequent guest on Comedy Bang Bang and other wild podcasts. He performs stand-up and characters live at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and festivals, theatres, gay bars, party schools and radical political events across North America. Set phasers to "chill!"


Kate Berlant

Based in Brooklyn, Kate Berlant performs across the country in festivals and was recently profiled by The New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy.  In 2012 she was named one of Time Out New York’s “Top Three Comics to Watch” and as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”  Reggie Watts named her as one of his “Top Ten Stand-Up Comedians” in Time Out London, and Splitsider listed her as one of the “Top Ten Up and Coming Comedians on the East Coast.” Kate has been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles to work on their online channel, and was one of the faces of IFC’s web series “Comedy Drop.”


Matt Besser

improv4humans with Matt Besser

Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe.


Mike MacRae

A native of St. Louis, Mike MacRae began performing at the legendary (read: “closed”) Houston Laff Stop in 1999 and soon developed his trademark style of blending obscure impressions into straight stand-up. Mike’s television debut was on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2001 and he has since performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, NESN’s “Comedy All-Stars”, and was a full cast member on the TBS sketch show “Frank TV”. In 2009, Mike was invited to perform on the Master’s Showcase at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and is a veteran of both SXSW and the Moontower Comedy Festival. As a regular on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” he has toured theaters across the country as part of their All-Stars Comedy Tour. Mike’s comedy short “Taste in Powder” garnered rave reviews at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, and the YouTube comments have been surprisingly benign.

As a voice actor, Mike has lent his distinctive pipes to numerous commercials, video games, industrials, cartoons, and anime for clients such as Disney Character Voices, ADV Films, and Hewlett Packard. His characters and impressions have been heard on Howard Stern, Jimmy Kimmel, “The David Feldman Show”, Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network, The Young Turks, and over 300 terrestrial radio markets across the country.

Most recently Mike has been a contributor to the comedy website Humordy.com, and his sketches have been featured on Yahoo! and HuffPo Comedy. He’s currently a writer and performer for the nationally syndicated political comedy program “The Jimmy Dore Show” (available on iTunes) where he is the voice of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Benjamin Netanyahu, to name a few, and the creator of “Rip Torn’s Hollywood Drunk Tank”. Also, Mike has probably done your podcast.

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