Moontower Comedy Festival hits Austin this week

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Patton Oswalt headlines the Moontwoer Comedy Festival.
Patton Oswalt headlines the Moontwoer Comedy Festival.

Patton Oswalt headlines the Moontwoer Comedy Festival.

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

Cap City Comedy Club. Leanne Morgan, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15- $21. Rachel Feinstein, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. Spring hits Sixth Street as the Esther’s crew grows clever songs and sketches from today’s headlines. Michelle Obama’s Garden celebrates legalized marijuana, while the Supremes (I’m talkin’ ’bout the judges, yo) get down with Notorious RBG — as in Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, http://www.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 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. “Soccer Mom,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Tarantula,” 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.

Moontower Comedy Festival. The big daddy of Austin comedy festivals features headliners including Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Mark Maron, Wanda Sykes, Pete Holmes and John Mulaney as well as a who’s who of local stand-ups at a number of downtown venues and the Cap City Comedy Club for four exhausting but hilarious nights. Wednesday-April 25. Individual tickets are on sale for headliners, but why not just buy a badge and get information (including the complete list of venues and acts) at http://www.moontowercomedy.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.

Nick Offerman with Megan Mullally. The news release touting this performance from the “Parks and Recreation” and “Will and Grace” stars claims that the entertainment power 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 in a family newspaper. So, you know what you’re getting into, right? 7 p.m. Friday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $39.50. 512-474-1221, http://www.austintheatre.org.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore, $5, 11 p.m. Friday. Katie Pengra with Cody Greenlee, $10, 9 p.m. Friday and 9 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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