Bill Maher, Dana Goldberg and John Waters come through Austin

Bill Maher.
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Bill Maher.
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.


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