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Acclaimed house troupe Parallelogramophonograph, when they're not touring the whole damned world, rocks the boards at least once a week. There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that fancy-ass Big Bash and more on Friday, and cheer for your favorite champions in the hotly contended Theatresports Tournament on Saturdays, right after Maestro RAW and right before the more well-baked Maestro. $5-45.

The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

Joe Machi

You know this guy won the NY Comedy Festivals Funniest Comedian Competition in 2013, right? And that he's been rockin' the clubs ever since? March 23-25. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.

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

March Madness

Esther's Follies, 525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0553

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! 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 the fully improvised Rezurangur: A Heavy Metal Odyssee 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


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, this Friday's got another installment of The Franchise, and Saturday boasts the über-popular Megaphone Show, too. See website for 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 has been to all of them – find out what he found out, right here.
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