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Austin Sketch Fest

Sketch comedy and nothing but sketch comedy all week long! (OK, maybe just a pinch of stand up, too.) Here are the best troupes and solo acts with the best material this town has to offer – spiked with a few comedy gangs bringing their stuff from Dallas and New York City and Los Angeles – taking over ColdTowne and the Hideout and Spiderhouse Ballroom with their arch antics, doing live what you usually only get to see onscreen. Your Terrific Neighbors! Magic By Death! Girls with Brown Hair! Master Pancake Theater! Patriarchy II: Fist of Extremism! More! Yeah, check the website, reserve those tickets while you can. Best bet: Get you an All-Fest Pass, citizen, and see, like, everything, right? May 23-29..

Various locations.

It's … Subterranean!

Yes, 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. There's also a weekly Block Party hosted by Terance McDavid and Yusef Roach; this Friday's got Caitlin McNally's I'm So Sorry, followed by Megan Simon's final ATX gig of Impressionable and another installment of those sex-positive and positively sexy Naughty Bits. And they let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, right after that Handbomb has asploded your minds; and you really won't believe what happens next. See website for details.

The New Movement, 616 Lavaca, 512/788-2669

www.newmovementtheater.com

Martha Kelly

Austin's favorite self-deprecator, this Kelly's most recently graced FX's Baskets alongside Zach Galifianakis and now headlines the Cap City mainstage, for one night only, for your adoration and amusement. Tue., May 24, 8pm. $7-11.

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

www.capcitycomedy.com

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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