Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829,www.facebook.com/SureThingATX .
Bill Cosby. Seriously, this aging comic can pull more laughs out of simple pauses or looks in his act than most comedians laboriously wring out of complicated and serpentine wordplay. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive, Austin. $10-$75. 512-471-2787,www.texasperformingarts.org.
Cap City Comedy Club. Josh Wolf. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. James Adomian. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $18. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.
Doug Stanhope. It’s not often that a performer with such an abrasive style is labeled a “comics’ comic,” but his contemporaries hail Stanhope as one of the best. An outspoken social critic and purveyor of perversion, the comic pushes the envelope. 9 p.m. Friday. the Mohawk, 912 Red River St., Austin. $26.87. 512-482-8404, www.mohawkaustin.com.
Esther’s Follies. A musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. Thursday. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553,www.esthersfollies.com.
The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Mouthing Off,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580,www.theinstitutiontheater.com.
The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590,www.newmovementtheater.com.
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014. The 2013 inaugural Funny or Die Oddball tour opened in Austin and it was awesome. This year, the tour closes here, so the comics will be letting it all fly, taking their last shots at inducing hilarity. 5 p.m. Sunday. Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin. $42.10-$91.18. 512-301-6600,www.oddballfest.com.
Spider House Ballroom. Comedian Brian Gaar will film his first standup special. This year, the funny-man released his debut album, “Never Gonna Be Famous,” to rave reviews, gaining him the No.1 spot on iTunes. Gaar also is a staff writer at the Austin American-Statesman. See the comedian perform at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. 2906 Fruth St. 512-480-9562,www.spiderhousecafe.com.
The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Jason James with J.C. Shakespeare. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.