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Holly, Jolly, Folly!

Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window! And now it's time for the annual “Year in Review” from the Esther's crew, the "Gospel of Shopping" wherein consumption is next to godliness, and the horrors and delights of a "Bipartisan Love Story." Bonus: the large-scale wonders and arch antics of magician Ray Anderson, featuring his fiery "Torched" illusion and the ever-clutching Claw. Reservations recommended. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 8 & 10pm. $25-35.

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

www.esthersfollies.com

It's, yes, Hideoutrageous!

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. Check out the fancy-ass Big Bash on Friday. And Peter Pan and the Great Unknown is rollicking good stuff, but right now we're most excited about what Jon Bolden's cooked up for The Untitled Avant-Garde Theater Project with a Really Long Title. And of course there's always the Best Improv Bet in Town: Maestro, which is the late show on Saturday nights. See website for more.

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

www.hideouttheatre.com

Sean Donnelly

Man's been working it all over your TV, your clubs, your festivals. Maybe check out this comedy warrior live at Cap City, see if he's funny enough to help you through the next four years. Dec. 7-10. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-22.

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

www.capcitycomedy.com

Stone Cold Comedy

Check out what's happening in this down-the-road-from-that-California-burger-joint hotbed of comedy. Wednesdays bring us the love-stinks hijinks of Loverboy. 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, those nearing-extinction Bad Boys, that Movie Riot, the narrative hijinks of Sunday night's Stool Pigeon, and more. And don't miss Saturday nights with Elvis' Rockin' Nativity bringing you a hunka hunka burnin' devil-music – and the multi-culty cutups of Midnight Society. See website for more.

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

www.coldtownetheater.com

TNM: BFD

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. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, that HandbombMicheal Foulk! Vanessa Gonzalez! – asplodes your minds on Thursday, and there's more between. Check out When We Were Young with Zac Brooks & Andrew Cooksey on Friday, and know that his weekend features the return of The Neighborhood's popular sketch comedy showcase. And of course Saturday's long-running Megaphone Show continues to shout out the laughs. See website for more.

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

www.newmovementtheater.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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