Austin Sketch Festival. See scripted comedy performances, featuring Aaron Brooks, AFL, Alejandro Garcia, Amy Wright, Avery Moore, Girls with Brown Hair, Juliet Prather and Nick Ramirez. Monday- May 24. $60. Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St.; ColdTowne Theater. 4803 Airport Blvd. atxsketchfest.com.
Cap City Comedy Club. Steve Rannazzisi, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18-$22. Andrew Schulz, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 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. Final night, 8 p.m. Monday. $15. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.
The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “You Can’t Stay Here,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Buzz Band,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Tarantula,” 10 p.m. Saturday. “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. Matt Baetz with Rob Gagnon, $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.
“Wits.” If you enjoy any of the following — improv, sketch comedy, conversation, or music — then you owe it to yourself to check out this live, public radio program in a rare, Austin appearance. Host John Moe welcomes comic Fred Willard along with musicians Shinyribs and Carrie Rodriguez as he presents what could be called an edgier, much more hip version of “A Prairie Home Companion.” 8 p.m. Thursday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $37-$42. 512-474-1221, http://www.austintheatre.org.