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

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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.


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