Samantha Pitchel

freelance writer and editor, full time comedy fan

Los Angeles / Austin

Samantha Pitchel


Inside the Del Close Marathon's Three-Day Celebration of Improv and Sweaty Drunkenness

Four days after I get home from the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre’s 13th annual Del Close Marathon
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David Foster Wallace and the Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas athletics department is getting even more attention than usual as speculation surrounding Mack Brown’s new coaching staff reaches a fever pitch, but the school’s most important ...
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Talking to They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh

The first time I heard They Might Be Giants, I was en route to Canobie Lake, sitting shotgun in my brother’s truck. I was something like ten years old and my brother Stuart, clocking in at over 15 years my senior, was trying to teach me a thing or two about Being Awesome. Step one? A little cassette called Flood, from a band that got its start a few short miles away in Lincoln, Mass.
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Splitsider's Guide to Austin's Comedy Scene

In 1997 Austin Stories premiered, an effort to introduce an emerging stand-up scene to MTV’s hip audience with the help of Howard Kremer, Chip Pope, Laura House and Matt Bearden (also Patton Oswalt, who briefly served as head writer).
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2012: The Year in Comedy Movies

As is usually the case, most of the year’s big box office comedies – or, at least, those with the biggest advertising and production budgets – weren’t necessarily the most favorably reviewed.
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"No Cool Kids": Inside the Insane, Unpredictable World of The Chris Gethard Show

There are about a million different ways to describe The Chris Gethard Show: it’s a viewer-run panel that doesn’t hesitate to cast complete strangers as reg.
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The Awkward, Hostile, and Absolutely Hilarious Late Night Appearances of Charles Grodin

Grodin, whose career spans nearly fifty years, is a well-known thorn in the side of hosts who have spent decades dealing with his aggressive demeanor.
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Top 10 quirky places to stay in Austin

For a cosier, more home-like hotel experience, there are many options ranging from well-appointed guesthouses and B&Bs to eco-houses and Airstream trailers
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SXSW Comedy's Live Podcast Recordings

There are lots of you-had-to-be-there moments at SXSW; when so many people from the film, interactive, music and comedy worlds hang out in the same place, amazing things happen.

Spotlight on the Hotel Saint Cecilia

Returning travelers in the know make sure to stake their claim on one of the property’s 14 eclectic rooms.

Yes, We're Having Fun Now: Celebrating Party Down's Past and Future in Austin

Dog wedding. Japanese wake. Mars Lander launch party. If frequently mourned Starz comedy Party Down lived to see a third season, those are just a few of the cel.
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All Improv, No Sleep: Inside the 14th Annual Del Close Marathon

When you’re surrounded by several hundred sweat-drenched people on a New York City sidewalk for hours at a time, you don’t expect to see so many smiles.
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Samantha Pitchel

...writes for Splitsider, CultureMap, and Austinist. with SXSW Comedy and LA's Riot Alternative Comedy Festival.

...travels a lot.

...tweets too much.



  • Information Architecture
  • Interaction Design
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Content Management
  • Festival Production
  • Usability Testing