This week’s comedy: Oct. 17-23

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Bass Concert Hall. Jim Gaffigan. This comic is able to wrestle hilarious and wholly original observations out of the most mundane subjects and craft them into little, comic gems. Gaffigan’s appearance here is in support of his second book, “Food: A Love Story,” the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, “Dad is Fat.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $50-$76. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Jen Kober. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Godfrey. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Ryan Cownie with Chris Tellez. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.


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