Not Fooling Around

10 Reasons to Get Excited About Whatever Fest

Don't be fooled by the name.

By Rafa Farihah March 22, 2017

April Fool's Day is a Laughing matter, with the third annual Whatever Fest being no exception. This April 1–2, get ready for the best comedians and musicians stopping by Houston. But really, they're not kidding around with the lineup: Here's the top performers you need to see.

Saturday, April 1

Judah Friedlander

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Known for his role as Frank Rossitano, the zany writer from NBC's 30 Rock, hear the funny stand-up comedian perform live with his signature oversized glasses, disheveled hair and, undoubtably, a trucker hat.

Cold War Kids

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Before their much-anticipated new album L.A. Divine drops on April 7, hear the California-based indie group tease new songs, like “Love is Mystical,” as well as play old hits, like "Hang Me Up to Dry."

Robert DeLong

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Get ready to groove along with DeLong, an electronic dance-pop musician from Washington. Initially an indie rock artist, Delong is now known for his live electronic shows, where he uses video-game peripheral, like a Wii remote, to enhance his eclectic sound.

Emma Willmann

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You've watched the New York-based comic on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and heard her Sirius XM radio show, "The Check Spot." Now, see the hilarious, rising-star comedian live in the Bayou City.

Michael Winslow

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Michael Winslow isn’t called the “the man of 10,000 sound effects” for nothing. From Benji the dog to Star Trek characters, the Police Academy star and frequent late night talk show guest will deliver impression after impression on Saturday.

Sunday, April 2

T.J. Miller

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Whether it's on Silicon Valley, CrashingConan or The Late Show with Steven Colbert, funny man Miller, whose new Comedy Central series The Gorburger Show premieres April 9, brings his sarcastic set of jokes to Houston as the festival headliner.


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With “Sail” landing on the 2011 Billboard Top 20 list, the hit song has gone on to sell more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Don't miss electronic rock band's performance as they continue to climb the charts.

Sam Morril

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Dark and edgy, Morril's distinct sense of humor can be seen in his Comedy Central show Half Hour or when he guest stars on Inside Amy Schumer. See this rising comic, who started out as an intern on the Colbert Report, before he starts selling out arenas. 

Big Freedia

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The New Orleans musician has revolutionized bounce music, the underground sub-genre of hip hop that's inspired by Mardi Gras Indian chants. Celebrated by The New York Times and Rolling Stone, don't miss her energetic performance.

Ghostface Killah

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One of the most prolific members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has been critically acclaimed as an eloquent and emotionally stimulating rapper. NPR calls him “a compulsive storyteller,” and we agree. We're calling it: best act to see at HWF.

 April 1–2. East End of Downtown, including Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St. Performance times and details will be updated at

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