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6 can't-miss comedy acts at Festival Supreme 2016

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Michael Juliano
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Halloween on the horizon means the approach of one particularly frighteningly good fest: Festival Supreme. Give it up for Kyle Gass and Jack Black, who are back to rock your socks off with another year of the Tenacious D-fronted music and comedy festival. This year's lineup marks a return to a more stand-up heavy festival than last year, so we've decided to pick out six of our favorite comedy acts performing. Before the space-themed installment of the fest—dubbed "the Final Frontier"—takes over the Shrine Expo Hall and grounds on October 29, get to know these funny folks.

Flight of the Conchords

Since the end of their HBO series in 2009, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have only performed together for the odd show or Simpsons cameo. But now New Zealand's fourth most popular folk duo are following up their North American reunion tour with an appearance at Festival Supreme. If this summer's show at the Greek Theatre was any indication, the duo is just as full of easygoing deadpan banter and sharp musical lampoons as ever.

 

Patton Oswalt

Oswalt's carefully crafted turns of phrase speak to his strength as a writer, but he's just as engaging as a performer. His blistering rants about food, film and the asshats of the world keep even the uninitiated in rapt attention. Oswalt hasn't shied away from bringing up his late wife in his recent stand-up sets; like the best of his most recent material, he manages to find a balance between poignant relationship beats and pop culture-stuffed, politically off-kilter comedy.

 

Garfunkel and Oates

Musical comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates—a.k.a. Riki Lindhomme and Kate Micucci—expand quirky, everyday observations about pregnant ladies and opening presents into cute and clever ditties. They’re also naughty enough to ensure that their sweet voices and uke-and-guitar combo transcend the twee.

 

Weird Al

At the fine age of 56, "Weird Al" Yankovic proves he’s still the weirdest kid on the block—and he wears the crown proudly. Spitting comedic lyrics to the music industry’s biggest hits, the Downey native knows how to dish out a parody. From tearing up the accordion to creating and singing laugh-out-loud lyrics, the man has talent—enough to fill the Hollywood Bowl this past summer.

 

Eric Andre Live!

Comedy's most chipper berserker, Eric Andre, presents an hour or so of jokes, rants, scribbles from notepads and anything else that comes to his mind. If you've seen him hosting Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show or as a guest on anyone else's talk show, you know the unpredictable and wild ride you're in for.

 

Music of Wet Hot American Summer

Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren penned the "I can't believe that's not an actual '80s song" score to Wet Hot American Summer as well as its Netflix prequel. For Festival Supreme, he's playing through the series' original tunes with a little help from creator David Wain and cast members Michael Showalter, Ken Marino, Marguerite Moreau, Joe Lo Truglio and John Early.

 

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