This week’s comedy: July 17-23

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


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