Samantha Pitchel

freelance writer and editor, full time comedy fan

Los Angeles / Austin

Samantha Pitchel


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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"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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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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Cowboy and Indian's Daniel James and Jazz Mills on band dynamics and the feel of the fest

To say that Cowboy and Indian—an oft-shifting collective of musicians producing dreamy, bluesy tunes with a satisfyingly vintage feel—are an Austin-based band isn’t wrong, but it’s not the whole story. ...
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Harlem's Psychedelic Hits

Harlem's been establishing a name for themselves as one of Austin’s hardest working—and hardest partying—bands.
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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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We're All Doing Comedy, Dummy: An Interview with Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane is less of a stand up comic than a storyteller, a humorist whose biggest asset is his ability to captivate audiences with compelling narratives rather than rapid-fire punchlines.
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Julie Klausner on Flaky Guys and Funny Ladies

While she's a pro at crafting stories that are both relatable and laugh-out-loud funny, writing isn't her only passion.
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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