This week’s comedy: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Matthew Bearden hosts Punch! Tuesday night at Cap City Comedy Club.
Matthew Bearden hosts Punch! Tuesday night at Cap City Comedy Club.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Paul Mecurio. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Jimmy Shubert. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Scott Hardy with J. D. Moore. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Paul Mecurio. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Jimmy Shubert. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Scott Hardy with J. D. Moore. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 24-30

The comedian Godfrey.
The comedian Godfrey.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Godfrey. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Paul Mecurio. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“The Daily Show Podcast (Without Jon Stewart).” The show broadcasts from Austin starting Monday for a week. On Sunday, writers and producers will do a night of standup and discussion that will be recorded and released as an episode of the show’s podcast. Head writer Elliott Kalan will moderate a talk and audience Q&A with correspondents Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper and Aasif Mandvi. Benefits Team RWB in Austin. 8 p.m. Sunday (doors at 7 p.m.). $15 advance, $20 at the door. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. http://www.ndvenue.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. John Ramsey with Aaron Brooks. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

 

This week’s comedy: Oct. 17-23

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Bass Concert Hall. Jim Gaffigan. This comic is able to wrestle hilarious and wholly original observations out of the most mundane subjects and craft them into little, comic gems. Gaffigan’s appearance here is in support of his second book, “Food: A Love Story,” the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, “Dad is Fat.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $50-$76. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Jen Kober. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Godfrey. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Ryan Cownie with Chris Tellez. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 10-16

Billy Wayne Davis will perform
Billy Wayne Davis will perform at the Velveeta Room Saturday.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Dov Davidoff. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Jen Kober. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

Paramount Theatre. Tig Notaro. Aside from being, you know, funny on stage, the movie (“In a World,” “Walk of Shame”) and television veteran (“Suburgatory,” “Garfunkel and Oates”) is also an author, TED talker, podcaster and frequent NPR guest. 8 p.m. Thursday. 713 Congress Ave. $32-$40. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Billy Wayne Davis with Duncan Carson. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this blog had the incorrect date for Tig Notaro at the Paramount. The correct date is Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 3-9

Ellana Kelter as Wendy Davis, left, and Shannon Sedwick as Ann Richards uphold Texas values in Esther’s Follies musical comedy revue. Photo Credit: Kirk Tuck
Ellana Kelter as Wendy Davis, left, and Shannon Sedwick as Ann Richards uphold Texas values in Esther’s Follies musical comedy revue. Photo Credit: Kirk Tuck

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Last Comic Standing” showcase. The NBC primetime comedy competition will visit Austin in their search for Season 9 contestants. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9.“Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Wendy Liebman. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Dov Davidoff. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.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, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Jay LaFarr with Bob Khosravi. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

James Adomian is at Cap City Comedy this week.  ROBYN VON SWANK
James Adomian is at Cap City Comedy this week. ROBYN VON SWANK

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

“Avalanche.” A weekly night of comedy and music hosted by Ryan Cownie. 7 p.m. Mondays. Free. Holy Mountain, 617 E. Seventh St. www.holymountainaustin.com.

Buzz Kill Comedy. Hosted by Katie Pengra. 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr., 512-912-9221, buzzmillcoffee.com.

Cap City Comedy Club. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Wendy Liebman. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies. Legendary Austin sketch comedy revue skewers politics right and left with musical comedy, magic and more in its headquarters on Sixth Street. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. Thursday. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, www.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, www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Lashonda Lester with Caroline Bassett. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Sept. 19-25

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829,www.facebook.com/SureThingATX .

Bill Cosby. Seriously, this aging comic can pull more laughs out of simple pauses or looks in his act than most comedians laboriously wring out of complicated and serpentine wordplay. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive, Austin. $10-$75. 512-471-2787,www.texasperformingarts.org.

Cap City Comedy Club. Josh Wolf. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. James Adomian. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $18. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

Doug Stanhope. It’s not often that a performer with such an abrasive style is labeled a “comics’ comic,” but his contemporaries hail Stanhope as one of the best. An outspoken social critic and purveyor of perversion, the comic pushes the envelope. 9 p.m. Friday. the Mohawk, 912 Red River St., Austin. $26.87. 512-482-8404, www.mohawkaustin.com.

Esther’s Follies. A musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 8 p.m. Thursday. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553,www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Late Night Time Machine,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Mouthing Off,” 10 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580,www.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,www.newmovementtheater.com.

Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014. The 2013 inaugural Funny or Die Oddball tour opened in Austin and it was awesome. This year, the tour closes here, so the comics will be letting it all fly, taking their last shots at inducing hilarity. 5 p.m. Sunday. Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin. $42.10-$91.18. 512-301-6600,www.oddballfest.com.

Spider House Ballroom. Comedian Brian Gaar will film his first standup special. This year, the funny-man released his debut album, “Never Gonna Be Famous,” to rave reviews, gaining him the No.1 spot on iTunes. Gaar also is a staff writer at the Austin American-Statesman. See the comedian perform at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. 2906 Fruth St. 512-480-9562,www.spiderhousecafe.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Jason James with J.C. Shakespeare. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.