Moontower Comedy Festival keeps the laughs rolling this week

Maria Bamford performs on April 24, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre as part of last year's Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. She'll perform three solo shows at the 2015 festival, April 22-24. Credit: Mandy Earnshaw, contributed by Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival

Maria Bamford will perform three solo shows at the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, April 22-24. Credit: Mandy Earnshaw, contributed by Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival

“Confessions of a Prairie Bitch.” Alison Arngrim, who formerly played Nellie Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie,” gives a sardonic perspective of her thoughts on life. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. May 1; 3 and 8 p.m. May 2; 3 p.m. May 3. $27.50. Long Center, Rollins Studio Theatre, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-457-5100. thelongcenter.org.

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. Rachel Feinstein, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$21. Cameron Esposito, 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.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “The Secret Lives of Soccer Moms,” 8 p.m. Friday. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Tarantula,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sunday. “Booker and a Buddy,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday. Free-$10. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, theinstitutiontheater.com.

Moontower Comedy Festival. The big daddy of Austin comedy festivals continues with the who’s who of local stand-ups at a number of downtown venues through Saturday. Individual tickets are available. 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.


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