Funniest person in Austin contest continues this week

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. Bill Bellamy. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (8 p.m. Saturday show technically sold out). $18- $22. Leanne Morgan. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, 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.

Funniest Person in Austin. Watch your favorite Austin stand-ups fight to the death, comedically (and, OK, metaphorically) on the Cap City stage in the 30th annual hilar-a-thon. This year’s 30th anniversary prize is a whopping $3,000, plus all the potential fame and fortune you can eat. Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. Preliminary rounds, $6. (Sunday-Tuesday, April 19-21, 26-28, May 3-5); semifinals, $8 (May 10-12); final night, $15 (May 18). 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Whores Night Out,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Whiteboard,” 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, 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, newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Mike MacRae with Danny Palumbo. $10. 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.


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