Out of Bounds Comedy Festival returns this week

Parallelogramophonograph (Kaci Beeler, Kareem Badr, Valerie Ward, Roy Janik) is just one of the improv acts you can catch during the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival during Labor Day weekend.
Parallelogramophonograph (Kaci Beeler, Kareem Badr, Valerie Ward, Roy Janik) is just one of the improv acts you can catch during the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival during Labor Day weekend.

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. Mary Lynn Rajskub, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $17. “Dudley and Bob + Matt: Live Sideshow,” 8 p.m. Thursday, $15. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. The election season keeps getting more and more ridiculous and you can bet the Esther’s ensemble members are licking their chops. This month’s top target is Donald Trump (complete with piñata). The crew also takes on Texas textbooks, schooling us on Jesus and the dinosaurs. As if that wasn’t enough, magician Ray Anderson debuts a new levitation illusion, “Torched.” 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. “(expletive), it’s Hot,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. ‘The Source,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sundays. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$10. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, theinstitutiontheater.com.

Joe Rogan. The stand-up comic, conspiracy theorist and former “Fear Factor” host lands in Austin at the end of the month. Or does he? Maybe he’s just a hologram — or a robot! Perhaps he was killed in a bizarre gardening accident and replaced with a duplicate. 8 p.m. Saturday. ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. $38. 877-435-9849, acl-live.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.

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Every Labor Day weekend for the past dozen years has found comics from Texas and beyond gathering in Austin to entertain us locals (and each other). What started as a smallish improv gathering with a dash of sketch comedy at the Hideout has become, in its 13th year, a weeklong celebration of improv, sketch and stand-up at a host of venues throughout the city. That’s a lotta laughter, people. Hey — where else are you going to find a 10-year-old female stand-up from Mesquite, a comedy troupe called “Daaang Judi Dench,” MadTV’s Stephnie Weir, and the 15th anniversary reunion of Austin improv legends Fatbuckle? Tuesday-Sept. 7. Festival passes, $119-$129; individual show tickets available;outofboundscomedy.com.

The Velveeta Room. Sad Trombone with Avery Moore, $5, 11 p.m. Friday. Eric Krug with Yusef Roach, $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.

Here’s how to attend KLRU’s free ‘Overheard’ taping with Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub

Evan Smith‘s KLRU series, “Overheard with Evan Smith,” is taking advantage of comic/actress Mary Lynn Rajskub‘s September stint at Cap City Comedy Club to get her into the studio for a taping.

Rajskub, a touring stand-up and Moontower Comedy Festival veteran best known for portraying hacker Chloe O’Brien on Fox television’s “24,” sits down with Smith at 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 28 (doors open at 3:15 p.m.). The taping takes place at KLRU’s Studio 6A, located on the east side of Guadalupe St. between 25th and Dean Keeton Streets.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. They can be obtained by clicking here.

The comic is also a veteran of HBO’s “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” poised to make a comeback on Netflix, and can be seen as a panelist on “Chelsea Lately.” She plays Cap City Aug. 27-29.

Brian Gaar to host new, late night comedy show on The CW

Brian Gaar
Brian Gaar

When we say “local boy makes good,” we mean local.

Austin stand-up comic Brian Gaar, who worked as a reporter for many years at the Austin American-Statesman, has snagged an original, new, local late night comedy show on The CW.

The station is touting the show, called “ATX Uncensored-ish,” as “similar to a clip show, a little like a talk show and hopefully a bit funny…ish.” Gaar, along with co-hosts Kath Barbadoro and Joe Barlow, will poke fun at local events and topics that Austinites are talking about on social media.

“If it happens in or around Austin then it’s fair game and no one is safe,” a CW Austin press release reads.

Gaar should be familiar to Austin comedy fans. He can be heard on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog comedy channel and he was named one of the funniest people on Twitter by Playboy and Paste magazines. He has contributed material to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Funny or Die, Esquire, CBS News, Playboy, Salon and the Huffington Post. And his hour-long comedy special, “Jokes I Wrote at Work,” can be found on Hulu.

His CW Austin show is scheduled to begin this fall. We’ll let you know when the station announces a date and time.

Meanwhile, to learn more about” ATX Uncensored-ish,” log onto thecwaustin.com or follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/ATXuncensored.

This week’s comedy: Aug. 14-20

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. Erik Griffin, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $17. Summer Homegrown Comedy Series, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $5. Tommy Johnagin, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $10 -$12. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. Beat the summer heat with Sixth Street’s coolest comedy venue. 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. “(expletive), it’s Hot,” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. ‘The Source,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Highly Suggestible,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. “Impromp-Two,” 7 p.m. Sundays. “The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. 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. Chip Pope with Avery Moore, $10, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday. Jimmy Pardo, $20, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic, $5, 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, thevelveetaroom.com.

Watch: Maggie Maye performs on ‘Conan’ on Thursday

Update: Watch Maggie Maye perform on “Conan” below.

Earlier: Remember when I told y’all that this was going to be Maggie Maye’s year?

Well, the Austin standup comic is slated to perform on Conan O’Brien’s late night TBS talk show Thursday, and it’s only August.

Stand-up comic Maggie Maye.
Stand-up comic Maggie Maye.

“I found out I got it while walking my dog in my neighborhood,” says the Moontower Comedy and Fun Fun Fun Fest veteran who recently headlined at Austin’s Velveeta Room. “I just started screaming and had to quickly carry my dog home so I could call my siblings without causing a ruckus in the street.”

Messages of congratulations are filling Maye’s social media streams, and she’s overwhelmed by the support from fellow comics and Austinites.

“It’s like a dream,” she says.

Kevin Bacon will also appear on the program, so we’ve all just knocked one more degree of separation off of our connections.

Catch the hilarious Miss Maggie on “Conan” at 10 p.m. Thursday on TBS.

“Set your DVR,” Maye wrote on Facebook. “Also, teach your mom how to set her DVR.”