Samantha Pitchel

freelance writer and editor, full time comedy fan

Los Angeles / Austin

Samantha Pitchel


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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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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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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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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Tim League's Fantastic Fest

For the sixth year, Austin’s Fantastic Fest will be putting on a week-long celebration of the wonderfully weird, accompanied by highly anticipated events and unexpected adventures.
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Top 10 boutique hotels in Austin

If you want a bit of style and luxury, but without the bustle of a big establishment, try one of these hip city boltholes
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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