Here’s the day-by-day Moontower Comedy Festival schedule

Sasheer Zamata
Sasheer Zamata

The folks over at Moontower have been busy finalizing the day-by-day lineup of headliners and club shows for the 2015 event, which takes place April 22-25 in various downtown Austin venues and the Cap City Comedy Club, 2180 Research Blvd.

Shows include single performances from headliners such as Patton Oswalt, John Mulaney, Pete Holmes, and TJ Miller, as well as group events including “Shebang” with Ophira Eisenberg, Sasheer Zamata, and Jena Friedman; “1st & Ten” with The Sklar Brothers, Alingon Mitra, Byron Bowers, and Nate Bargatze; and “Stars in Bars” with Hasan Minhaj, Emo Philips, Andy Kindler, and Emily Heller. As always, local talent including Matt Bearden, Chris Cubas, John Ramsey, Kath Barbadoro, Bob Khosravi, Mac Blake, JR Brow, Maggie Maye, and more share stages with national acts.

A limited number of single tickets for select group club shows will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

MOONTOWER SHOW SCHEDULE
(Subject to change; additional performers may be added)

Weds., Apr. 22
Ron White’s Texas Toasted
 – 7p.m., Paramount Theatre (with Margo Rey and other special guests)
Opposites + Pilot’s License – 8 p.m., New Movement
Good Fight – 9:30 p.m., New Movement

Thurs., Apr. 23
Tim Minchin – 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre (hosted by Mac Blake)
Marc Maron – 9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre (hosted by John Ramsey, with Ashley Barnhill)
Dr. Katz Live – 7:30 p.m., Stateside (with Dom Irrera, Maria Bamford, Andy Kindler, Dana Gould, Emo Philips)
Maria Bamford – 9:30 p.m., Stateside (hosted by Kerri Lendo, with Ophira Eisenberg)
Shebang! with Sasheer Zamata – 8 p.m., The Speakeasy (hosted by Phil Hanley, with Ophira Eisenberg, Kate Berlant, Jena Friedman, Michelle Wolf, Michelle Buteau, Liza Treyger, Avery Moore, Karen Kilgariff, Sasheer Zamata)
Stars in Bars with The Sklar Brothers – 10 p.m., The Speakeasy (with Emo Philips, Michelle Wolf, Jermaine Fowler, David O’Doherty, Sasheer Zamata, Hari Kondabolu, Ted Alexandro, Robert Kelly)
Todd Barry Show – 8:15 p.m., The Parish (hosted by Maggie Maye)
Unhinged with Eddie Pepitone – 10:15 p.m., The Parish (with Kate Berlant, Dana Gould, Erica Rhodes, Judah Friedlander, Mike Lawrence, Alingon Mitra, Randy Liedtke, Guy Branum, Simon Amstel, Rachel Feinstein)
Austin Towers – 8:30 p.m. The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Randy Liedtke, with Ralph Hardesty, Pat Dean, Brian Gaar, Chris Cubas, Mike MacRae, Lashonda Lester, Caroline Bassett, Kerri Lendo, Ryan Cownie, Jay Whitecotton)
Blue Moon – 10:30 p.m., The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Satan, with Kurt Metzger, Liza Treyger, Brendon Walsh, Michelle Buteau, Cody Hustak, Bridget Everett, Monroe Martin, Doug Mellard, Dom Irrera)
SuperShow! – 8:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (hosted by Matt Bearden, with Joe Zimmerman, Liza Treyger, Nate Bargatze, Monroe Martin, Byron Bowers, Troy Walker, Guy Branum, Ted Alexandro, Robert Kelly)
Andy Kindler’s Particular Show – 10:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (hosted by Andy Kindler, with Mike Lawrence, Karen Kilgariff, David O’Doherty, Blaine Capatch)
Rachel Feinstein – 8 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club (hosted by John Buseman, with Matt Sadler)
The Hat-Trick – 8 p.m., New Movement
The Real @ChrisTrew Show – 9:30 p.m., New Movement

Fri., Apr. 24
Wanda Sykes
 – 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre (with Keith Robinson)
Patton Oswalt – 9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre (hosted by Mike MacRae, with Brian Gaar)
TJ Miller & Pete Holmes – Midnight, Paramount Theatre (hosted by Chris Cubas, with David O’Doherty)
Dr. Katz Live – 7:30 p.m., Stateside (with Dom Irrera, Todd Barry, Emo Philips, Eddie Pepitone, Marc Maron)
Maria Bamford – 9:30 p.m., Stateside (hosted by Ralph Hardesty, with Kate Berlant)
1st & Ten – 8 p.m., The Speakeasy (hosted by The Sklar Brothers, with Dom Irrera, Troy Walker, Alingon Mitra, Byron Bowers, Joe Zimmerman, Nate Bargatze)
Come to Papa Live – 10 p.m., The Speakeasy (with Tom Papa, Dana Gould, Karen Kilgariff, Mike Lawrence, Todd Barry, Bridget Everett)
Stars In Bars with Hasan Minhaj – 8:15 p.m., The Parish (hosted by Hasan Minhaj, with Emo Philips, Randy Liedtke, Michelle Wolf, Brendon Walsh, Jena Friedman, Tom Papa, Robert Kelly
Shebang! with Sasheer Zamata – 10:15 p.m., The Parish (hosted by Guy Branum, with Liza Treyger, Erica Rhodes, Maggie Maye, Michelle Buteau, Ophira Eisenberg, Lashonda Lester, Emily Heller, Sasheer Zamata
4Eyes – 8:30 p.m., Vulcan Gas Company (hosted by Judah Friedlander, with Andy Kindler, Maggie Maye, Hari Kondabolu, Blaine Capatch, Mike Lawrence, Monroe Martin, Karen Kilgariff, Kerri Lendo, Matt Bearden, Emily Heller)
New York’s Finest – 10:45 p.m., Vulcan Gas Company (hosted by Kurt Metzger, with Jena Friedman, Monroe Martin, Michelle Wolf, Jermaine Fowler, Hari Kondabolu, Judah Friedlander, Michelle Buteau, Nate Bargatze, Robert Kelly, Ted Alexandro)
Unhinged with Kate Berlant – 8:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (hosted by Phil Hanley, with Pat Dean, Eddie Pepitone, Kate Berlant, Randy Liedtke, Blaine Capatch, Daniel Webb, Ophira Eisenberg, Guy Branum, Sasheer Zamata)
SuperShow! – 10:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (hosted by Doug Mellard; with Alingon Mitra, Erica Rhodes, Liza Treyger, Zac Brooks, Hasan Minhaj, Joe Zimmerman)
“Meet Jermaine Fowler” – 8:30 p.m., The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Matt Sadler, with Bob Khosravi)
Austin Towers – 10:30 p.m., The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Troy Walker, with Derek Phelps, Danny Palumbo, Kerri Lendo, Pat Dean, Jay Whitecotton, Bob Khosravi, Mac Blake, Daniel Webb, Jonathan Pace, Avery Moore)
Rachel Feinstein – 8 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club (hosted by Kath Barbadoro, with Joe Hafkey)
Rachel Feinstein – 10:30 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club (hosted by Caroline Bassett, with Bryan Gutmann)
“To Be Free” with Simon Amstel – 8 p.m., The Townsend
Stupid Time Machine + Charles – 9 p.m., New Movement
Revolver + North Coast – 10:30 p.m., New Movement

Sat., Apr. 25
John Mulaney – 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre
John Mulaney – 9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre
Star Cluster: Teen Open Mic – 3 p.m., Stateside (hosted by Ralph Hardesty. Any teenager between 12 and 18 can sign up to try out their favorite joke. Admission is free, but all comics and audience members must RSVP at www.austintheatre.org/teeheeteen)
Maria Bamford – 7:30 p.m., Stateside (hosted by Avery Moore, with Joe Zimmerman)
Dana Gould – 9:30 p.m., Stateside (hosted by Blaine Capatch, with Kate Berlant)
Todd Barry – 11:30 p.m., Stateside
New York’s Finest – 8:15 p.m., The Parish (hosted by Michelle Wolf, with Hari Kondabolu, Kate Berlant, Kurt Metzger, Michelle Buteau, Judah Friedlander, Nate Bargatze, Ted Alexandro, Sasheer Zamata, Robert Kelly, Jermaine Fowler)
The Sklar Brothers – 10:30 p.m., The Parish (hosted by Mike MacRae; with Alingon Mitra)
Cashing In with T.J. Miller – 6:30 p.m., Cactus Cafe
Moontower at the Cactus – 8 p.m., Cactus Cafe (hosted by Pat Dean, with Alingon Mitra, Liza Treyger, Doug Mellard, Monroe Martin, Ryan Cownie, Chris Tellez)
Moontower at the Cactus – 10:15 p.m., Cactus Cafe (hosted by Maggie Maye, with Troy Walker, Erica Rhodes, Byron Bowers, Randy Liedtke, Chris Cubas, Zac Brooks)
Stars in Bars with Matt Bearden – 8:30 p.m., Vulcan Gas Company (with Emo Philips, Hasan Minhaj, Tom Papa, David O’Doherty, Karen Kilgariff, Andy Kindler, Ted Alexandro, Emily Heller, Ophira Eisenberg, Eddie Pepitone)
Blue Moon – 10:45 p.m., Vulcan Gas Company (hosted by Satan, with Jay Whitecotton, Liza Treyger, Monroe Martin, Cody Hustak, Kurt Metzger, Brendon Walsh, Michelle Buteau, Eddie Pepitone, Robert Kelly)
SuperShow! – 8:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (hosted by Brendon Walsh, with Guy Branum, Randy Liedtke, Troy Walker, Jena Friedman, Chris Cubas, John Ramsey, Erica Rhodes, Simon Amstel, Phil Hanley)
The Bridget Everett Show – 10:30 p.m., Google Fiber Stage (with Guy Branum)
Austin Towers – 8:30 p.m., The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Joe Zimmerman, with Cody Hustak, John Buseman, JR Brow, Joe Hafkey, Derek Phelps, Norman Wilkerson, Kath Barbadoro, Danny Palumbo)
4Eyes – 10:30 p.m., The Velv Comedy Lounge (hosted by Doug Mellard, with Blaine Capatch, Mike Lawrence, Nate Bargatze, Ted Alexandro, Tom Papa, Ryan Cownie, Emily Heller, Monroe Martin, Hasan Minhaj
Rachel Feinstein – 8 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club (hosted by Chris Tellez, with Bob Khosravi)
Rachel Feinstein – 10:30 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club (hosted by Kath Barbadoro, with Danny Palumbo)
Feathers + Au Pair – 6 p.m., New Movement
Stupid Time Machine + Charles – 7:30 p.m., New Movement
Bad Example – 8 p.m., New Movement
Revolver + North Coast – 10:30 p.m., New Movement

For a complete list and schedule, visit the Moontower website. Follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Austin comic Chris Cubas makes debut appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘@Midnight’

Austin stand-up comic Chris Cubas, center, appears on the Comedy Central program "@Midnight."
Austin stand-up comic Chris Cubas, center, appears on the Comedy Central program “@Midnight.”

Well, Austin stand-up comedian Chris Cubas might not have blown up the Internet, but he sure had a dominating presence in my Facebook feed on Thursday (I follow a lot of comics). That was the morning after Cubas guested as the first fan of the Comedy Central game show “@Midnight” to appear on the program as part of its #PointsMe contest.

“Cubas WAS ON @MIDNIGHT! And he KILLED IT”

“KILLED IT ON @MIDNIGHT!!!!!! So good!!!”

“Chris Cubas won the internet last night.”

I had to scroll quite a bit to not see similar posts linking to video of Cubas’ turn on the show, on which he seemed surprisingly comfortable fielding set-ups from host Chris Hardwick and standing between “The Sarah Silverman Program’s” Steve Agee and “The Odd Couple’s” Thomas Lennon.

The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival veteran and warhorse of the Funniest Person in Austin contest eventually won the game with his quick wit.

In the category of #FantasyCelebs, in which contestants had to combine the name of a celebrity with a fantasy-genre touchstone, he hit right out of the gate with “Conan the O’Brien.”

In a round called “Other City Slogans” (in honor of our “Keep Austin Weird” motto) Cubas was quick on the buzzer with gems including “San Antonio: Y’all Heard That New Kid Rock Record?” and “Boston: Ah, Go (expletive) Yourself.”

Check out a portion of his appearance in the video below, then send him kudos on Twitter @ChrisCubas.

This week’s comedy: March 27 – April 2

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. Carly Aquilino. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18- $22. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Jay Oakerson. 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 “Shamrocks to Shenanigans!” as the Follies folk skewer the usual suspects. The Prez and other politicos unload on Capitol Hill with “Obamian Rhapsody.” The Boys of Sixth Street take cover as the ladies of Downtown Funk show them how to really woo someone, while social media is skewered in the satirical “Facebook Lament.” 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, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Hurly Burly” 10 p.m. Friday. “Booker and a Buddy,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Free- $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. J. R. Brow with Tim Williams. $10. 9 p.m. 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: March 20-26

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. Sean Patton. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10- $22. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Carly Aquilino. 8 p. m. Wednesday and Thursday. $18- $22. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s “Shamrocks to Shenanigans!” as the Follies folk skewer the usual suspects. The Prez and other politicos unload on Capitol Hill with “Obamian Rhapsody.” The Boys of Sixth Street take cover as the ladies of Downtown Funk show them how to really woo someone, while social media is skewered in the satirical “Facebook Lament.” 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, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Hurly Burly” 10 p.m. Fridays. “It Can’t be Explained… Only Experienced,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 9 a.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Free- $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.

SXSW Comedy. Straddling the Interactive, Film and Music tracks, the comedy portion of the annual festival offers standup showcases, live recordings, conversations, improvisations, late night parties featuring rising stars, established greats and surprise guests. All badge holders are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events and wristband holders are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events at Esther’s Follies and the Hideout. Through March 21. For more information, including the current lineup, visit sxsw.com/comedy.

Chris D’Elia and his “Undateable” co-stars shoot the breeze at SXSW

Brent Morin, left, Rick Glassman, Ron Funches and Chris D'elia star on NBC's "Undateable." JOE PUGLIESE / NBC
Brent Morin, left, Rick Glassman, Ron Funches and Chris D’elia star on NBC’s “Undateable.” JOE PUGLIESE / NBC

Chris D’EliaBrent MorinRon Funches and Rick Glassman bantered and answered moderator and audience questions Tuesday about their beginnings in comedy, careers, joke-writing processes and NBC sitcom “Undateable.”

Check out the write-up of the discussion by clicking here.

SXSW 2015: Genius Reggie Watts destroys at Jash showcase

Reggie Watts at SXSW. (Credit: Matthew Odam)
Reggie Watts at SXSW. (Credit: Matthew Odam)

It’s fitting that Reggie Watts would perform his unique musical comedy at a tech festival where the buzzword “disruptive” is trotted out so frequently.

There is nothing more disrputive than Watts. He synthesizes popular music forms — from hip-hop to reggae to old-school soul — using beat-boxing and loops to create a fascinating and hilarious mosaic of sound and ideas.

He will switch things up on a dime, going from a spitfire rap to the serious deadpan of a surrealist straight man. The wild-haired comic performed at a showcase for comedy YouTube channel Jash (of which he is a partner0 on Saturday during SXSW Interactive, leaving the audience wide-eyed and dumbfounded with his genius.

Watts started his set with a nonsensical David Brent-esque pitch, aping tech buzzwords and speaking in circular illogic. The set displayed his incredible vocal range, as he simultaneously mocked and celebrated popular music with the charisma and style of a man that feels incredibly at home on stage. It’s hard to explain what Watts does, but I think at its heart, Watts’ act is about tapping into the collective unconscious and the way absurdism resonates with us all so deeply. He creates jokes and bits that seem obvious but that nobody has ever been able to express.

After Watts destroyed the room for about a half hour, Kurt Braunohler and Wyatt Cenac had the misfortune of following with brief sets. They put on brave faces, but as Braunohler said when he took the stage, Reggie Watts is a closer. Trying to follow him is impossible. I’m surprised the building was still standing when he left the stage. The man is a comic genius, and he will leave you laugh-crying in awe.

Jimmy Kimmel reveals family history of pranks, continues his love affair with Austin

Jimmy Kimmel takes to the SXSW stage Saturday for a special behind-the-scenes conversation before his week of shows from the Long Center starts on Monday. He spoke with his former radio cohort Kevin Ryder from Los Angeles KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean show. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman
Jimmy Kimmel takes to the SXSW stage Saturday for a special behind-the-scenes conversation before his week of shows from the Long Center starts on Monday. He spoke with his former radio cohort Kevin Ryder from Los Angeles KROQ-FM’s Kevin and Bean show.
Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman

Dale Roe sent this dispatch from the SXSW field:

Jimmy Kimmel took a walk down memory lane Saturday at the Austin Convention Center. The ABC late night talk host, who is broadcasting his show from the Long Center starting Monday for a week, was interviewed before a capacity crowd by his old radio cohort Kevin Ryder from Los Angeles KROQ-FM’s Kevin and Bean show.

They reminisced about Kimmel’s radio days and explored his television career.

“My goal was never to host a late night talk show. My goal was to just continue watching late night talk shows,” Kimmel joked.

He had nothing but kind words for Austin when explaining why he wanted to bring his show here for a second year:

“I love it here. It’s the greatest place. The people are great. The town, the attention to detail here,” he said.

“The food — if you’re in L.A., we have a lot of Chilis and TGIFridays. Here, you see these great places with great neon signs. I’m from Las Vegas; I’m attracted to the desert. People open bars in their houses here.”

When asked about the man on the street pranks he likes to play on his show, Kimmel revealed that he comes from a long line of practical jokers.

“My mother used to lay on the floor and pretend to be dead until we cried,” he revealed. “I recently found out that her mother did it and her mother did it, too.

“My great grandmother laid on the floor pretending to be dead.”

This week’s comedy: SXSW brings laughs to town

Cody Hustak will comedy-battle Liza Treyger as part of SXSW Comedy.
Cody Hustak will comedy-battle Liza Treyger as part of SXSW Comedy.

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. Affion Crockett . 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10- $22. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Just for Laughs, a talent showcase. 8 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9. Sean Patton. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10- $14. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. It’s “Shamrocks to Shenanigans!” as the Follies folk skewer the usual suspects. The Prez and other politicos unload on Capitol Hill with “Obamian Rhapsody.” The Boys of Sixth Street take cover as the ladies of Downtown Funk show them how to really woo someone, while social media is skewered in the satirical “Facebook Lament.” 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, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Grimm Noir,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Hurly Burly” 10 p.m. Fridays. ‘Whiteboard,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 9 a.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Free- $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.

SXSW Comedy. Straddling the Interactive, Film and Music tracks, the comedy portion of the annual festival offers standup showcases, live recordings, conversations, improvisations, late night parties featuring rising stars, established greats and surprise guests. All badge holders are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events and wristband holders are welcome to all SXSW Comedy events at Esther’s Follies and the Hideout. Through March 21. For more information, including the current lineup, visit battle Liza Treyger as

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This week’s comedy: Chris Tucker, Second City, Kevin James and more

Kevin James in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2."
Kevin James in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”

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. Jackie Kashian. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10- $21. All’s Well with Mac and Joe. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5-$9. Affion Crockett. 8 p.m. Thursday. $18-$22. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

Chris Tucker. The star of stage and screen brings his signature voice to Austin for this standup show, rescheduled from its original Feb. 15 date. Whether you know Tucker from the “Rush Hour” film series or HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” you know he’s gonna bring it. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $40-$55. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

Esther’s Follies. It’s “Shamrocks to Shenanigans!” as the Follies folk skewer the usual suspects. The Prez and other politicos unload on Capitol Hill with “Obamian Rhapsody.” The Boys of Sixth Street take cover as the ladies of Downtown Funk show them how to really woo someone, while social media is skewered in the satirical “Facebook Lament.” 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, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Grimm Noir,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Hurly Burly” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Monologue Jam,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 9 a.m. Sunday. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Free- $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.

Second City 55th Anniversary. What’s bringing the road arm of the legendary Chicago comedy star-making company back to Austin? Well, yeah, breakfast tacos — but also audience demand. It seems as if we just can’t get enough of the topical improvisational and sketchy shenanigans of the stars of tomorrow. 7 and 9:30 p.m.,Friday and Saturday. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. $39-$44. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org.

Kevin James. James is more than the “King of Queens.” He’s also a mall cop! Just kidding. I mean, yeah, he plays a mall cop in the “Paul Blart” series (there are three words I never thought I’d write), but he’s also performed killer standup since he began his career in 1990s Long Island. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $55-$75. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Ngaio Bealum with Kath Barbadoro. $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.

Dave Chappelle performing April 2 in Austin; tickets on sale Friday

Dave Chapelle headlined the Odball Comedy Festival in 2013 in Austin. Photo by Jenni Jones for the American-Statesman
Dave Chapelle headlined the Odball Comedy Festival in 2013 in Austin. Photo by Jenni Jones for the American-Statesman

UPDATE: ACL Live has added a second show at 9:30 p.m. on April 2.

From Omar L. Gallaga:

ACL Live and Live Nation announced Thursday morning that elusive stand-up comic Dave Chappelle will return to Austin for a 7 p.m. April 2 show at ACL Live.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

The comic’s last Austin show was as a headliner for the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival in August 2013 where he delivered a sometimes hilarious, sometimes puzzling set that did not so much conclude as dribble off to end the show at the Austin360 Amphitheater.

A previous Austin show a year before became infamous due to hecklers. Apparently, Chappelle’s act has sharpened since then. Here’s a review of a show from last fall in Hartford (another place where he had previously had a bad encounter with an audience).

Chappelle’s show will be sandwiched between two big Austin comedy events – SXSW Comedy this month and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival on April 22-25.