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.