This week’s comedy: July 31-Aug. 6

esthersAustin 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. JR Brow, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15. Bob Marley, 8 p.m. Thursday, $12. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. The a/c might be cool, but the election season is just heating up. The Esther’s crew’s “Beach Blanket on the Beltway!” tackles that topical tournament in “GOP Superstar,” in which Rick Perry wrassles with the Bush Boys. Hillary and Bill find themselves in “Beach Blanket on the Beltway” with a party-crashing appearance by Donald Trump. As far as romance goes, there’s an app for that. ”Computer Love” pits Tinder and Cupid.com against the bar scene. Comedy, music 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.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Boys of Summer,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. ‘The Source,” 10 p.m. Friday. “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. Aaron Brooks with Sara June, $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.

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest announces comedy lineup

Tig Notaro is slated to perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015.
Tig Notaro is slated to perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015.

The producers of the annual Fun Fun Fun Fest have announced the acts performing on the Yellow stage.

Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray and Kurt Braunohler are some of the big name comics performing in the stage, which is sponsored by JASH, the digital comedy collective spearheaded by Sarah Silverman and others.

In addition, popular events including the Air Sex Championship, Altercation Punk Comedy tour, The New Movement, Live Wrestling (ACW and Inspire Pro), and the infamous FFF Taco Cannon will take place on the stage.

Here are the day-by-day lineups for the Yellow stage. Because the fest organizers love a good joke, they’ve placed these performers in this list from last-performing-to-first, and also put several music acts on the Yellow stage each night (musical acts are indicated with an asterisk — please do not laugh during their performances or repeat their lyrics the next day as punchlines).

Todd Barry
Todd Barry

Friday:

King Khan & BBQ Show*, Benjamin Booker*, Tops*, Tig Notaro, Kurt Braunohler, Eugene Mirman, Derrick C. Brown (poet), Bad Example, Altercation Punk Comedy Tour, Greetings from Queer Mountain

Saturday:

Murder By Death*, Cass McCombs*, East Cameron Folkcore*, Doug Benson, Jonah Ray, Sabrina Jalees, GZA (the science of hip hop)*, Dr. Scott Bolton (NASA Scientist and founder of Artistic Sciences), Sandbox with Rob Gagnon, The Secret Group (Houston Comics), Master Pancake’s Saturday Morning Cartoons

Sunday:

BADBADNOTGOOD*, Andrew Jackson Jihad*, Steve Gunn*, Andrew W.K. (motivational speaking), Twerking Lessons with Big Freedia, Todd Barry, Eric Andre, Lil Freckles, Air Sex Championships, ATX Comedy Hour, The New Movement

Single-day and weekend passes are now on sale and available online. Single-day tickets are available for $89 while three-day passes are $199. The big-deal Ultimate Smooth Pass (USP) is available for $450.

Passes and further information are available on the festival website.

‘Master Class’ marathon coming to Alamo Drafthouse

The cast of the Austin-based web series, "Master Class."
The cast of the Austin-based web series, “Master Class.”

Remember when I told y’all about Master Class?

Well, the folks behind this slick and funny Austin web series are having a marathon screening of the comedy’s first season at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 6:30 Monday, Aug. 3. Since each of the 10 episodes are short, the entire event should be wrapped up in about two hours.

Wait a minute — did that say first season? Hopefully, this means there will be more coming down the pike.

The cast and crew are supposed to be there, so it’s a perfect opportunity to thank them for all of the hard work and laughs.

Seeing “Master Class” on the big screen is just too good of an opportunity to miss. Check out the series trailer, below, then click to get your $10 tickets here.

This week’s comedy: July 24-30

Photo from justinwilliamscomedy.com
Photo from justinwilliamscomedy.com

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. John Heffron, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $15-$17. Pat House, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $10. J.R. Brow, 8 p.m. Thursday, $12. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. This month, the Esthers ensembles’ pointed, political pens poke the Bush brothers — Jeb and George — by way of “Hee Haw.” Then candidate Rick Perry takes the siblings on in “GOP Superstar.” Local topics lampooned include the open-carry gun laws and hipsters (via L. Ron Hipster’s “Church of Austinology”). All this musical comedy and Ray Anderson’s magical miracles, too. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Boys of Summer,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Booker and a Buddy,” 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.

Justin Williams and Friends. New York favorite Williams is headed to Austin, and he’s bringing some very talented performers with him. They’re all part of the weekly “Gandhi is that You” stand-up showcase, featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MTV, Bravo, the New York Daily News and Time Out New York. Austin’s Ralph Hardest hosts. 7:30 p.m. Friday. The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. $7. 512-696-2590, newmovementtheater.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. Paul Oddo with Matt Golightly, $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.

Austin comics Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist represent at New Faces in Montreal

Big congrats to Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist, Austin comics who are performing this week in the New Faces showcases at Montreal’s Just For Laughs.

Ashley Barnhill
Ashley Barnhill

Big congrats to Ashley Barnhill and Abby Rosenquist, who are performing this week in the New Faces showcases at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival. Both stand-ups are current or former Austin performers.

The festival website claims superstars are born at the showcases, and while it’s debatable if that is still true — the development deal market for up-and-coming comics isn’t what it used to be — an appearance at the event is still a huge feather in the cap of any aspiring comic performer.

Barnhill, who studied law at the University of Texas at Austin, is a skilled joke-crafter who made a name for herself on Twitter. A Moontower Comedy festival veteran now living in Los Angeles, she works with the likes of Marc Maron and Dave Chappelle, and is slated to appear during the Austin stop of Funny or Die’s annual Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival on Oct. 17.

Abby Rosenquist
Abby Rosenquist

Rosenquist, who came to Austin via Omaha, Nebraska, is an Out of Bounds and Moontower veteran who made a splash at this year’s Funniest Person in Austin contest and can be seen at local haunts including The Velv.

Of course, both comics have worked out material on Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club stage.

Best of luck to Barnhill and Rosenquist in Montreal.

This week’s comedy: July 17-23

Promotional hand out photo of comedian Michael Ian Black. cREDIT: Courtesy of Michael Ian Black. Received 09/28/11 for 1006bets.
Courtesy of Michael Ian Black.

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. Michael Ian Black, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. $18. John Heffron, 8 p.m. Thursday. $10-$12. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. This month, the Esthers ensembles’ pointed, political pens poke the Bush brothers — Jeb and George — by way of “Hee Haw.” Then candidate Rick Perry takes the siblings on in “GOP Superstar.” Local topics lampooned include the open-carry gun laws and hipsters (via L. Ron Hipster’s “Church of Austinology”). All this musical comedy and Ray Anderson’s magical miracles, too. 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, esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “The Ladies Room,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Boys of Summer,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sunday. “Whiteboard,” 10 p.m. Sunday. $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. Mac Blake with Abby Rosenquist, $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.

Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer to headline Oddball comedy fest

Amy Schumer.
Amy Schumer.

Amy Schumer’s star has been rising this year, with the increasing popularity of her Comedy Central show, pretty much everything she says going viral and the impending release of the Judd Apatow-directed “Trainwreck.”

Now she’ll be returning to Austin, and several other cities, as the co-headliner with Aziz Ansari of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 10, for the fest, which comes through Austin on October 17 at the Austin360 Amphitheater. See below for the full Austin lineup.

Aziz Ansari
Amy Schumer
Bridget Everett
Anthony Jeselnik
Ashley Barnhill
Jeff Ross
Nick Thune
T.J. Miller
The Redd’s® Apple Ale Festival Stage Hosted By: Big Jay Oakerson

 

Paramount classes teach stand-up to teens

The Paramount Theatre has space available in its summer stand-up comedy course for teens.

Ralph Hardesty
Ralphie Hardesty

Think you’re funny, kid? Do you want to be?

The Paramount Theatre still has some space available in its upcoming Theatre Academy classes for older students, including one for stand-up comedy.

Running from July 20-31 at the home of the Moontower Comedy Festival, Ralphie Hardesty — the “Funniest Person in Austin” finalist who has appeared at Fun Fun Fun Fest as well as Moontower — will introduce students to the process of writing and performing a stand-up comedy routine. Students will learn everything from writing jokes to working a crowd.

I was lucky enough to catch a preview of this class during Moontower, and it looked like a ton of fun. I didn’t see any insult comics, but I won’t consider my life complete until I’ve had my chops busted by a high-schooler doing crowd work.

The classes are for students grades 6-12.

More information can be found at online at austintheatre.org.

Barry Sobel comes to Austin in July

Here’s one that arrived too late for the monthly comedy roundup: stand-up Barry Sobel, who toured relentlessly and achieved a level of success in the ’80s, is playing two Austin dates in July. He’ll be performing with unnamed locals at both stops and insist’s this is not his “comeback tour.”

Sobel appeared on his own HBO specials, MTV, Comedy Central, sitcoms such as “Dave’s World” and “227,” as well as in movies including “Revenge of the Nerds II” and “Punchline.”

These days, Sobel hosts “The 3 Minute Talk Show” at LStudio.com, and is developing an animated project with Tom Hanks, “Cartoon03.”

Here are Sobel’s upcoming central Texas dates:

July 10, Rumi’s Tavern, Jonestown
July 11, Coldtowne Theater, Austin
July 12, Starland Live, Austin
July 14, Jokers Southern Nights, Copperas Cove
July 16, Taxi’s, San Marcos

And here’s a clip of him performing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” …