Watch: Comedian Ron White talks about his Tuesday night Hurricane Harvey benefit at Paramount Theatre

Comedian Ron White watched from his home in Atlanta two weekends ago as his home state of Texas got pounded by Hurricane Harvey. Then he did something about it. The comedian partnered with Jim Ritts, CEO of the Paramount and State theaters; Turk and Christy Pipkin; John O’Connell; and the  Moontower Comedy festival and decided to help in the best way he knows how: making people laugh.

Ron White will kick off the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival in Austin.

White headlines Harvey Relief Benefit: Comedy Helps Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre, on a bill that includes Iliza Schlesinger and Chris D’Elia. Tickets are still on sale, and range from $75 to basic admission to $1,000 for front-row seats, along with pre and post-show parties and free drinks at the Paramount. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Paramount box office (700 Congress Ave.)

We caught up with the “Blue Collar Comedy” star on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the event and what his home state means to him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This week’s comedy: June 19-25

Tommy Davidson.
Tommy Davidson.

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. Tommy Davidson, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18. lliza Shlesinger, 8 p.m. Thursday. $17. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. “Texas Two-Steppin’ on Sixth Street” finds Austin’s homegrown sultans of satire preaching the gospel according to the GOP in “GOP Superstar,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg breaking it down as “The Notorious RGB” and Texas readying itself for the Jade Helm invasion. All this and magician Ray Anderson’s crowd favorite, the Claw. 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, www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Dorm Daze,” 8 p.m. Friday. “You Can’t Stay Here,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Whiteboard,” 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. John Tole with Pat Dean, $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.

 

This week’s comedy: June 6-12

Josh Blue
Josh Blue

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. Josh Blue, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18. Tommy Davidson, 8 p.m. Thursday. $17. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. “Texas Two-Steppin’ on Sixth Street” finds Austin’s homegrown sultans of satire preaching the gospel according to the GOP in “GOP Superstar,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg breaking it down as “The Notorious RGB” and Texas readying itself for the Jade Helm invasion. All this and magician Ray Anderson’s crowd favorite, the Claw. 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, www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Fragile Rock,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “You Can’t Stay Here,” 10 p.m. Friday. “Tarantula,” 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.

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.

This week’s comedy: June 5-11

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. Sebastian Maniscalco, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18-$22. Josh Blue, 8 p.m. Thursday. $20. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. “Texas Two-Steppin’ on Sixth Street” finds Austin’s homegrown sultans of satire preaching the gospel according to the GOP in “GOP Superstar,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg breaking it down as “The Notorious RGB” and Texas readying itself for the Jade Helm invasion. All this and magician Ray Anderson’s crowd favorite, the Claw. 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, www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Fragile Rock,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “You Can’t Stay Here,” 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. Bob Biggerstaff with Andrew Dismukes, $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.

See scripted comedy performances during Austin Sketch Fest this week

Girls with Brown Hair, a sketch comedy group from New York City's legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, will appear at the 2015 Austin Sketch Fest. CREDIT: STEVE ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY
Girls with Brown Hair, a sketch comedy group from New York City’s legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, will appear at the 2015 Austin Sketch Fest. CREDIT: STEVE ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Funniest Person in Austin finals will be held this week

This wall at Cap City Comedy Club has photos of most of the winners of the Funniest Person in Austin contest.
This wall at Cap City Comedy Club has photos of most of the winners of the Funniest Person in Austin contest.

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.