This week’s comedy: Dave Attell, Bob Khosravi and more

Dave Attell.
Dave Attell.

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. Dave Attell. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $27 (8 p.m. shows technically sold out). Jackie Kashian. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. The folks at Esther’s have whipped up a Valentine to Austin, “Follies in Love.” Cuba, cedar fever, gay marriage and the Pope take jabs and musical numbers include “Obamian Rhapsody” and the Keystone Pipeline ditty, “Let it Flow.” All this and magic, too! 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. “Grimm Noir,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Hurly Burly” 10 p.m. Friday. “Banker and a Buddy,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday. Free- $16. 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. Bob Khosravi with Duncan Carson. $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. Closes Saturday. $12. 617 Congress Ave. http://www.hideouttheatre.com/shows/Wanderlust.

SXSW Comedy lineup features Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll and others

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer

If you’ve been holding out on purchasing a SXSW badge until you knew who would be performing on the comedy track (and, really — comedy is the most important part of the annual festival now, right?) it’s time to get on it. Festival producers have announced this year’s names and there are some big ones.

How about Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Bob Saget, Bill Burr, Jeffrey Ross, W. Kamau Bell, Doug Benson, Iliza Schlesinger, Ari Shaffir, Chris D’Elia and (yes!) James Adomian? Big enough for ya’?

They’ll be joined by “Daily Show” comics Al Madrigal and Wyatt Cenac; current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Vanessa Bayer, Brooks Wheelan, Jay Pharaoh, Sasheer Zamata, Tim Robinson and Horatio Sanz; and comic film and television titans Judd Apatow and Dan Harmon; and many more.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s improvised ASSSSCAT is returning along with Comedy Bang! Bang!, Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura, Doug Loves Movies, The Grawlix, Harmontown, NBC’s Undateable and other podcast tapings and standup showcases.

I’m especially excited for the staged reading of Scott Aukerman and Adomian’s “The Embassy,” and un-produced sitcom pilot script. The political fantasy is right up Adomian’s alley — the lead character is an activist hacker who runs the Look-e-Looks secret information site. Sanz and “Orange is the New Black” actor Lauren Lapkus are also featured in the reading.

Bell is hosting two rosters of stand-ups for the recording of a live comedy special — a SXSW comedy first.

Finally, Comedy Central is back with shows by Shaffir and Jay Oakerson, as well as an expansion of its successful “Kegs and Eggs” event. This year, badge holders will have two days to munch on breakfast tacos and drink beer while trying their hand at a “Drunk History” dunk tank; goofing around at a network-branded GIF photo boothand trying to win Comedy Central swag.

Get complete details on the ever-expanding SXSW Comedy lineup here.

Single tickets for Moontower Comedy headliners go on sale Thursday

Maria Bamford will headlines a trio of Stateside at the Paramount shows during the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.
Maria Bamford will headline a trio of shows at Stateside at the Paramount during the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Ready to work out that funny bone?

The Paramount Theatre has announced that single tickets for confirmed Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival headliner performances will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. The festival takes place Apr. 22-25 at venues throughout downtown Austin and at the Cap City Comedy Club.

Headliners include Patton Oswalt, Tim Minchin, Wanda Sykes, Marc Maron, John Mulaney, Pete Holmes and TJ Miller, all performing at the Paramount Theatre. In addition, Maria Bamford is headlining performances at the adjacent Stateside Theatre for three nights; single tickets for her performances go on sale at the same time. One headliner at the Paramount and headliners at Cap City are yet to be named.

Ron White’s opening night performance at the Paramount is for festival badge holders only; while all badge holders are guaranteed entry, no single tickets will be sold for this performance.

In addition, all non-headlining performances require a badge (FAN, $129; ACE, $319; VIP, $599) for access. Information on all the perks of each badge tier is available at the Moontower website.

Non-headlining performers include Austin, national, and international acts including Andy Kindler, Brendon Walsh, Bridget Everett, Dana Gould, Emo Philips, Judah Friedlander, The Sklar Brothers, Tom Papa, Matt Bearden and many others. Get the current confirmed lineup here. and check out the festival’s blog for updates.

Lisa Lampanelli performs at the Paramount and more comedy this week

Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli

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. Brian Posehn. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18-$80. ‘All’s Well with Mac and Joe.” 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Alli Breen. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. The folks at Esther’s have whipped up a Valentine to Austin, “Follies in Love.” Cuba, cedar fever, gay marriage and the Pope take jabs and musical numbers include “Obamian Rhapsody” and the Keystone Pipeline ditty, “Let it Flow.” All this and magic, too! 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. “Grimm Noir,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Tiny Play,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Tarantula,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “LoveFest,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday. Free- $16. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

Lisa Lampanelli. The “Queen of Mean” Comedy Central Roast veteran and formerly Celebrity Apprentice brings her pull-no-punches brand of tell-it-like-it-is, outspoken comedy to Austin in a performance that’s guaranteed to be smart and funny while also slaughtering every sacred cow she can think of. 8 p.m., Friday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $44.50-$49.50. 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. Tom Hester with Maggie Criss. $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.

Bill Maher, Dana Goldberg and John Waters come through Austin

Bill Maher.
Bill Maher.

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 Maher. There’s no doubt that best-selling author, political television host, documentary filmmaker and star of 1989’s “Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death” set the stage for the likes of “The Daily Show” to hit our airwaves (or, I guess, cables). 8 p.m., Sunday. ACL Live, 310 Second St. $59-$125. 877-435-9849, http://www.acl-live.com.

Cap City Comedy Club. Joey Diaz. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18-$80. ‘All’s Well with Mac and Joe.” 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Brian Posehn. 8 p.m. Thursday. $18-$22. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Dana Goldberg. Catch the veteran of “Last Comic Standing” and the big festivals — Aspen, Edinburgh — in Austin. 7 p.m. Thursday. Spider House Cafe & Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.. $15. 512-480-9562, spiderhousecafe.com.

Esther’s Follies. The folks at Esther’s have whipped up a Valentine to Austin, “Follies in Love.” Cuba, cedar fever, gay marriage and the Pope take jabs and musical numbers include “Obamian Rhapsody” and the Keystone Pipeline ditty, “Let it Flow.” All this and magic, too! 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. “LoveFest,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “HurlyBurly,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Whiteboard,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday. Free- $16. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

John Waters. Fun Fun Fun Fest standout Waters — the author, photographer and writer/director whose film credits include “Pink Flamingos” “Polyester” “Hairspray” “Cry Baby” “Serial Mom” and “A Dirty Shame” — returns to Austin this month. 8 p.m., Monday. ACL Live, 310 Second St. $40-$60. 877-435-9849, http://www.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.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Sean Kent with Katie Pengra. $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.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally returning to Austin in April

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman play the paramount Theatre in April.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman play the paramount Theatre in April.

Live Nation is bringing “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman and spouse-with-way-too-many-credits-to-cite Megan Mullally (but, okay, let’s note “Party Down,” “Will & Grace” and “Children’s Hospital”) back to Austin’s Paramount Theatre for a single show at 7 p.m. on Apr. 17.

The press release claims that the couple is “yanking the britches right off of their marriage, exposing the salacious details of their fiery union for all the world to enjoy, featuring songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry” and other stuff you just can’t put on a family newspaper website.

$39.50 tickets for the show, “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe,” go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Livenation.com, Austintheatre.org, the Paramount box office (713 Congress Ave.) or by phone at 512-474-1221. All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and fees.

This week’s comedy: Adam Devine stops by the Paramount

Adam Devine
Adam Devine

Adam Devine. This guy is everywhere: Devine is “Modern Family’s” nanny; “Pitch Perfect’s” smug Bumper Allen; star of Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”; and host of the same network’s “Adam Devine’s House Party.” Whew. That’s a high-profile, non-stop comedy machine right there, folks. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $38.88-$68.88. 512-474-1221, http://www.austintheatre.org.

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. Mike Winfield. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17-$21. “All’s Well with Mac and Joe,” 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5- $9. “Country Cool,” 8 p.m. Wednesday. $15-$19. Joey Diaz. 8 p.m. Thursday. $18-$22. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. The folks at Esther’s have whipped up a Valentine to Austin, “Follies in Love.” Cuba, cedar fever, gay marriage and the Pope take jabs and musical numbers include “Obamian Rhapsody” and the Keystone Pipeline ditty, “Let it Flow.” All this and magic, too! 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.

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 Mata with Raul Sanchez. $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.