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. Kevin Nealon, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25. Steve Rannizzisi, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $18. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
Esther’s Follies. The weather’s getting warmer, but that warming might be man-made. Consider the crew down at Esther’s, who are never hotter than during a national election cycle. “Hil and Bill,” for example, pays tribute to the First Grandmother, while conservative candidates get theirs competing in “GOP Superstar.” All that, the dependable, friendly jabs at Austin, and a new illusion from magician Ray Anderson, “The Claw” (that’s the name of the magic trick, not a nickname for Ray). 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. Semifinals, $8, Sunday-Tuesday; final night, $15 (May 18). 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Buzz Band,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $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. Duncan Carson with Bob Khosravi, $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.