‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’ debuts Monday night on KNVA

Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)
Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)

It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen on Austin TV – and that’s the point.

“ATX Uncensored(ish)” debuts Monday at 9:45 p.m. on CW affiliate KNVA, giving Central Texans a satirical look at the news of the day.

The 15-minute show, which follows the station’s long-standing 9 p.m. newscast, is hosted by comedian Brian Gaar and features contributions from correspondents Joe Barlow and Kath Barbadoro.

“Working on a comedy show has always been a dream of mine,” said Gaar, a former American-Statesman reporter. “It’s been really fun, but a ton of work. Scary and exciting all at once.”

Think of “ATX Uncensored(ish)” as a local version of “The Daily Show” with elements of “Tosh.0” mixed in, KNVA says.

“This is a passion project for all of us,” said Larissa Cartwright, the show’s producer. “We are working our butts off to give the city of Austin a television show that actually reflects our town and the crazy, weird and wonderful people who live in it. We hope viewers support it and love it as much as we do.”

A typical episode will include Gaar — Barbadoro describes him as a “super-funny, ego-less manchild” — delivering a monologue, a roundtable featuring pop-ins from a variety of guests and taped pieces from Barlow and Barbadoro.

“It’s going to be really fast-paced,” Gaar said. “The local news is a great lead-in. Hopefully people will tune in and laugh. It’s a nice end to the day.”

Like Gaar, Barbadoro is well known in Austin’s growing comedy scene. With all the comics out there, she says “ATX Uncensored(ish)” has a never-ending supply of guests to keep things fresh.

“There’s a really deep pool here,” she said. “This city is ripe for something like this. We’re making a show we would want to watch.”

Barlow arrives in Austin after a stint in local news in Illinois – somewhere he admits he didn’t quite fit. Austin – and “ATX Uncensored(ish)” – are more his speed.

“We’re reimagining a comedy show,” Barlow said. “It’s such a unique thing for a local TV market to be doing something like this. With such active comedy and music scenes, Austin is the perfect market to be trying something like this.”


‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’

9:45 p.m. weeknights, KNVA Channel 54

Midnight Saturday, KXAN Channel 36

On the Web: atxuncensoredish.com

CW Austin sets debut date for new show featuring Austin comedian Brian Gaar

Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)
Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)

Local CW affiliate KNVA has set a debut date for “ATX Uncensored(ish)” hosted by Austin comedian Brian Gaar.

The news satire show will air weekdays at 9:45 p.m., following the station’s 9 p.m. newscast. It’ll also run at midnight each Saturday on sister station KXAN, following NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Gaar, a former American-Statesman reporter who is well-known on the local and national comedy scenes, will be joined on “ATX Uncensored(ish)” by a pair of correspondents, fellow comedians Kath Barbadoro and Joe Barlow.

Here’s how KNVA describes the show in promotional materials: “‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’ is the only show of its kind in Austin (and maybe even in the nation … we’re too lazy to look it up). It’s entirely produced in Austin and will give an edgy, satirical take on local news, incorporating a variety of platforms and styles. … It’s kind of a mix between ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Tosh.0,’ if they were set in Austin and sandwiched in between shows by Steve Harvey and judges yelling at people.”

If you’re itching for a preview, the station has already started posting clips at atxuncensoredish.com.

“We want the show to be funny, engaging and true to the CW Austin brand,” Gaar said. “So I’ll also be refereeing paternity disputes and starring in a terrible show about vampires.”

Look for an interview with Gaar, Barbadoro and Barlow online and in print next week.