Selection‘s Energy of Comedy, offered by Encourage Manufacturers, will return at SXSW on March 10 and honor Chelsea Handler, Patton Oswalt, Anna Kendrick, Phoebe Robinson, Jake Johnson, Rachel Sennott, Eric André, Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin.
Hosted by comedians Nick Thune and Mike Lawrence, Selection Energy of Comedy joins the official SXSW Comedy lineup. The occasion will characteristic foods and drinks offered by Encourage Manufacturers’ six eating places — Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and SONIC Drive-In.
Handler will obtain the Icon Award, recognizing her achievements as comic, TV host and bestselling writer. Lately, Handler made her return to Netflix together with her comedy particular “Revolution.” Subsequent, Handler will embark on her stand-up tour “Little Massive Bitch,” starting later this yr.
Oswalt will obtain the Stand-Up Award, honoring his accomplishments as a beloved comedian, having filmed eight comedy specials and 7 comedy albums. The movie “I Love My Dad,” which Oswalt produced and starred in, received the Viewers Award at SXSW in 2022.
Kendrick will obtain the Comedy Actress Award for her quite a few standout comedian performances throughout movie and TV. Notable credit embody “Up within the Air,” “A Easy Favor,” “The Accountant” and the “Pitch Excellent” and “Trolls” franchises, and he or she’ll be seen within the movie “Self-Reliance” premiering at this yr’s SXSW.
Robinson shall be honored as a Comedy Innovator, recognizing her multi-platform success throughout digital, TV and podcasting. She is the co-creator and co-star of the podcast turned HBO sequence “2 Dope Queens” and served as creator, star and government producer of Freeform’s “All the things’s Trash,” based mostly on her ebook by the identical title.
Johnson shall be honored with the Director’s Award for his directorial debut “Self-Reliance,” premiering at SXSW, wherein he stars alongside Andy Samberg, Christopher Lloyd and Kendrick. The “New Lady” fan favourite will subsequent be featured in “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.”
Robinson and Kanin will obtain the Sketch Award for his or her work as co-creators on the Emmy Award-winning present “I Assume You Ought to Go away With Tim Robinson,” which premieres its third season on Netflix later this yr.
André will obtain the Cult Favourite award, recognizing his work because the creator and star of “The Eric André Present,” which kicks off its sixth season this spring.
Sennott will obtain the Breakthrough Artist Award, honoring her latest starring flip in horror movie “Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies.” She additionally co-produced, co-wrote and stars in “Bottoms” and stars in “I Used to Be Humorous,” each of which premiere at this yr’s SXSW.
“We’re excited to deliver Selection Energy of Comedy to the SXSW competition to honor such extraordinary expertise,” stated Dea Lawrence, chief working and advertising and marketing officer, Selection. “We’re grateful to accomplice with Encourage Manufacturers who will combine a singular culinary expertise inside our occasion.”
“We’re thrilled to be part of Selection‘s Energy of Comedy. Solely Encourage Manufacturers can do one thing like this at SXSW,” stated Rita Patel, chief advertising and marketing officer at Arby’s. “On behalf of all of the advertising and marketing leads, we’re excited to showcase our progressive culinary groups with an unique menu of meals and beverage mashups throughout six iconic manufacturers: Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and SONIC Drive-In.”
The occasion shall be open to SXSW badge-holders (platinum, interactive, music and movie & TV) on a primary come, first served foundation.