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Barry Rothbart

From out of the New York underground comedy scene and over to California's City of Angels, this Rothbart's been tearing a wide swath of comedy everywhere he goes, no matter how obliquely he might spread the gospel of that Upright Citizens' Brigade he's long been a part of. April 27-29. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.

Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333

Stone Cold Comedy

Check out what's happening in this down-the-road-from-that-California-burger-joint hotbed of comedy. Thursdays showcase longtime house troupe, the rightfully celebrated Frank Mills – now appearing with The Knuckleball Now on that Thirty-Plus Party Bus. (Note: rest well after this week, Mama Leroy!) The rest of the week rocks with Maggie Maye hosting stand-up, the laughalicious ladies of Loverboy going all Kiss and Tell on Fridays, the Movie Riot continuing to unreel its filmic lunacy, and don't miss those improvising Latinauts in La Frontera Final on Saturday, sure to have heads banging and demons swarming. Oh, and Sunday's Stool Pigeon! See website for more.

ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696

The Pub Down

Here's an open-mic showcase at the venerable Dog & Duck, hosted by Norah Whitson and Luis Flandes, featuring local comedians like Yusef Roach, Sam Harter, Chris Castles, and more. Wednesdays, 9pm. Free.

The Dog & Duck Pub, 2400-A Webberville Rd., 512/479-0598


It's the underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson.Monday nights feature a show called Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays feature a set by the Opposites, Friday boasts Carina Magyar's Date or Die and another installment of The Franchise, and Saturday brings the horrifically besieged masculinity of The Menenists before the über-popular Megaphone Show takes over. See website for more shows and details. $7-10.

The New Movement, 616 Lavaca, 512/696-2590

You're looking for … what? OPEN MICS?

There's a lot of them in Austin, brothers and sisters. Sometimes there's as many as 25 in one week. And comedian Joe Faina went to all of them a while back – find out what he found out, right here.
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