This week’s comedy: Jen Kirkman, Bill Bryson, more

Jen Kirkman
Jen Kirkman

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

Bill Bryson. The best-selling author and essayist shares his quirky observations, eye-opening tales and self-effacing humor in this one-night-only stop in Austin. His books include “The Lost Continent,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Notes from a Small Island” and his childhood memoir, “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” among others. 8 p.m. Friday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $39-$79. 512-474-5664, http://www.thelongcenter.org.

Cap City Comedy Club. Kurt Braunohler. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$21. Mike Winfield. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Christopher Titus. Get the new year started right by spending a night with the dark and edgy comic you remember from his self-named sitcom (no, it wasn’t “Seinfeld”). His newest standup show, “The Angry Pursuit of Happiness,” comes to Austin in January with special guest Rachel Bradley. 8 p.m. Friday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $32-$45. 512-474-1221, http://www.austintheatre.org.

Doug Benson. Do you love movies? Benson does. In fact, “Doug Loves Movies” is the title of his wildly popular podcast, and he’s taping a new episode at (when else?) 4:20 in the afternoon in Austin. The stoner comic and author has too many credits to list, but I’m sure you’ve heard of “Last Comic Standing,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 4:20 p.m. Friday. Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. Technically sold out. 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s a brand new year full of new political shenanigans, and that stuff is just fuel for the folks at Esther’s. “Resolution Revolution” is this month’s title, and the show includes musical numbers such as “Obamian Rhapsody” and “Hillary’s Rap.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. Girls, Girls, Girls presents “Jam-a-rama,” 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

Jen Kirkman. Well, lookee here … the fabulously funny Ms. Kirkman — she of “Chelsea Lately,” “Drunk History,” “The Tonight Show,” a New York Times bestseller and on and on — is taping a one-hour stand-up special, and she chose to do so in our midst. Lucky us! Kirkman will record two all-ages shows and, if she’s smart (and she is wicked smart), choose the best bits from each one. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. the North Door, 502 Brushy St. $10. info@ndvenue.com, http://www.ndvenue.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. Chuck Watkins with Dean Kirkpatrick. $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.

“Wanderlust.” The Hideout Theatre’s cast of veteran improvisational actors will tell the story of a pair of characters as they travel and explore both the world and themselves. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 28. $12. 617 Congress Ave. http://www.hideouttheatre.com/shows/Wanderlust.

Brian Regan, Kevin Hart and Russell Peters bring laughter to Austin this week

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart

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

Brian Regan. A comic’s comic, Regan’s standup has been lauded by Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and David Letterman, who said, “I’ll take all of that guy you got” (Regan has appeared on “The Late Show” more frequently than any other comedian). 7 p.m. Saturday, ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. $39.50-$55. 877-435-9849, http://www.acl-live.com.

Cap City Comedy Club. Justin Willman. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$21. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Kurt Braunohler. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s a brand new year full of new political shenanigans, and that stuff is just fuel for the folks at Esther’s. “Resolution Revolution” is this month’s title, and the show includes musical numbers such as “Obamian Rhapsody” and “Hillary’s Rap.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sundays. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Banker and a Buddy,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Improv Anonymous,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Monologue Jam,” 8 p.m. Saturday. “Tarantula,” 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

Kevin Hart. Whether it’s on the big screen in his most recent film, “The Wedding Ringer,” on BET’s parody series “The Husbands of Hollywood” or doing back-to-back stand-up shows around the world, it’s obvious he’s the comedian of the moment. And if that’s not enough evidence, his four shows Tuesday and Wednesday — three are technically sold out — at ACL Live are solid proof that this guy is funny. The 9 p.m. Wednesday show still had some tickets avaiable as we went to press. $59.50. acl-live.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.

Russell Peters. Hot off his record-setting “Notorious” world tour, Peters is back on the road with “Almost Famous.” The “Last Comic Standing” judge has loaded his act with all-new material. 8 p.m., ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. $40-$60; $120 mezzanine table with two chairs. Sunday. 877-435-9849, http://www.acl-live.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Michelle Biloom with Daniel Webb. $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.

“Wanderlust.” The Hideout Theatre’s cast of veteran improvisational actors will tell the story of a pair of characters as they travel and explore both the world and themselves. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 28. $12. 617 Congress Ave. http://www.hideouttheatre.com/shows/Wanderlust.

Patton Oswalt, others join 2015 Moontower Comedy Festival lineup

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Wanda Sykes
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Patton Oswalt

Organizers of the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival have announced the initial lineup for the fourth annual event, playing April 22-25 at more than half a dozen downtown venues and the Cap City Comedy Club.

Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Wanda Sykes, John Mulaney, Tim Minchin, T.J. Miller and Pete Holmes will join previously announced headliner (and Blue Collar comic) Ron White in this year’s headlining spots.

White will be the sole performer on opening night, playing the Paramount Theatre in a special performance of “Texas Toasted” for badgeholders only (and all badge holders are guaranteed entry). Bamford, meanwhile, will appear Thursday-Saturday at the Stateside hosting a curated show with different guests each night.

Early-bird badges, priced at $99 (Fan), $249 (Ace) and $499 (VIP), are available now at moontowercomedyfestival.com, the Paramount Theatre box office, or by calling 512-474-1221. At 5 p.m. Friday, badge prices increase to $129, $319 and $599. Single tickets to Moontower headliner performances at the Paramount Theatre and Cap City Comedy Club will go on sale at a later date.

In addition to the headliners, the current roster of comics includes:

  • ALEX REYMUNDO
  • ALINGON MITRA
  • ANDY KINDLER
  • BLAINE CAPATCH
  • BRENDON WALSH
  • BRIDGET EVERETT
  • BYRON BOWERS
  • DANA GOULD
  • DAVID O’DOHERTY
  • EDDIE PEPITONE
  • EMO PHILIPS
  • ERICA RHODES
  • GUY BRANUM
  • HARI KONDABOLU
  • HASAN MINHAJ
  • JENA FRIEDMAN
  • JERMAINE FOWLER
  • JUDAH FRIEDLANDER
  • KATE BERLANT
  • KURT METZGER
  • LIZA TREYGER
  • MATT BEARDEN
  • MICHELLE BUTEAU
  • MICHELLE WOLF
  • MIKE LAWRENCE
  • NATE BARGATZE
  • PHIL HANLEY
  • RANDY LIEDTKE
  • SIMON AMSTELL
  • TED ALEXANDRO
  • THE SKLAR BROTHERS
  • TODD BARRY
  • TOM PAPA
  • TROY WALKER

From the Moontower press release:

The FAN badge is your general weekend pass to the Festival, but does not guarantee entry to headliner shows at the Paramount (with the exception of Ron White) and Cap City. The ACE badge—your prime middle-of-the-road credential—gives you access to all non-single-ticketed shows and comes with guaranteed entry and great seating at four headliner shows of your choice at the Paramount, plus Ron White’s kickoff show. And the VIP badge gets you priority access to all Festival performances with plenty of additional perks. For a complete rundown of each badge level and to purchase them as well as the special add-on packages for Ron White’s Texas Toasted, visit the official Festival site at moontowercomedyfestival.com.

This week’s comedy: Jan 16-22

The cast of "Wanderlust."
The cast of “Wanderlust.”

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

Cap City Comedy Club. Fortune Feimster. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$21. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Justin Willman. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s a brand new year full of new political shenanigans, and that stuff is just fuel for the folks at Esther’s. “Resolution Revolution” is this month’s title, and the show includes musical numbers such as “Obamian Rhapsody” and “Hillary’s Rap.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sundays. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Third,” 8 p.m. Friday. Free. 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. Matt Sadler with Derek Phelps. $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.

“Wanderlust.” The Hideout Theatre’s cast of veteran improvisational actors will tell the story of a pair of characters as they travel and explore both the world and themselves. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 28. $12. 617 Congress Ave. http://www.hideouttheatre.com/shows/Wanderlust.

This week’s comedy: Jan 9-15

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Kathleen Madigan

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

Cap City Comedy Club. Joe DeRosa. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$21. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Mick Foley. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $25-$29. Fortune Feimster. 8 p.m. Thursday. $17-$21. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s a brand new year full of new political shenanigans, and that stuff is just fuel for the folks at Esther’s. “Resolution Revolution” is this month’s title, and the show includes musical numbers such as “Obamian Rhapsody” and “Hillary’s Rap.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sundays. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Third,” 8 p.m. Friday. Free. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

Kathleen Madigan. Seeing great comedy is as easy as 1, 2, 3 — at least when it comes to Madigan, one of the most respected comics of her generation. That includes one Showtime special, two specials for HBO and three more for Comedy Central. It’s easy to see why Madigan is still going strong. 7 p.m. Saturday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $41.32-$46.32. 512-474-1221, http://www.austintheatre.org.

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. Chris Cubas with Maggie Mae. $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.

This week’s comedy: Jan. 2-8

Christina Pazsitzky
Christina Pazsitzky

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

Cap City Comedy Club. Christina Pazsitzky and Tom Segura. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$19. Adam Devine’s ‘House Party’ Showcase. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Joe DeRosa. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s a brand new year full of new political shenanigans, and that stuff is just fuel for the folks at Esther’s. “Resolution Revolution” is this month’s title, and the show includes musical numbers such as “Obamian Rhapsody” and “Hillary’s Rap.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free. 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.