The man, the plan, the legend
of comedy. With recent Chron cover icon JT Habersaat
opening for a night of hilarity. 9:00. $25.
Mohawk, 912 Red River, 512/482-8404
Musical comedy skits, magic, and a political satirical revue with the bustling backdrop of Sixth Street on view through the stagefront window
So many rollicking send-ups in this month's fresh line-up. Check your immigration status in the “Border Line Crazy!” musical send-up about traveling across the border; deep in the heartland of Texas, “Wendy, Get Your Gun" hits the campaign trail with singing and swinging rivals Wendy Davis and Rick Perry; and of course, just like climate change, there's more, more, more. Bonus: The large-scale wonders and arch antics of magician Ray Anderson
, featuring his "Eclipse" and "Modern Art" illusions. Reservations recommended. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm
Esther's Follies, 525 E. Sixth, 512/320-0553
Avery Moore showcases some of the best stand-ups working toward the blue end of the spectrum. Fridays, 11pm.
Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/469-9116
The Threefer Three
improv troupes, yes. Thu., 8pm. $5
. Free Fringe
Just about anything
goes, here, because yes. Thu., 10pm. Free
. 2 x 4
Four improv duos! Fri., 7:30pm. $5
. The Big Bash
Some of the best performers in town – an improv dream team
– invite you to this party on the stage. Fri., 8pm. $15
. Pgraph Presents
House troupe Parallelogramophonograph
with the Escorts Fri., 10pm. $10
. Maestro RAW
Students fight! Sat., 6pm. $10
. Reform School for Girls
Oh, those bad, bad, bad, bad
girls. From the 1970s, no less. Sat., 8pm. $12
A whole stage-full of wild imps, battling for victory. Always
recommended, especially if it's your first time seeing live improv. Sat., 10pm. $12
. The Weekender
Student showcases, with Chu Topp
. Sun., 8pm
The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473
Crash Every Party with socially progressive improv troupe iScream Sandwich, with free cocktails included! Fridays, 8pm. Through Oct. 31. $12. Late Night Time Machine A talk show featuring icons from history! Sigmund Freud? Marie Curie? Ada Lovelace? Liberace? Only Teddy Hancox knows for sure. Fridays, 10pm. Through Sept. 26. $10. RISEN: Improv set in World War Z It's horribly zombified, innit? Saturdays, 8pm. Through Nov. 1. $12. Mouthing Off A stand-up showdown, hosted by Regina Soto. Saturdays, 10pm. Through Sept. 20. $10. The Rubber Room is an open improv jam, yo, so join in – if you dare. Sundays, 8pm. Through Sept. 28. Free.
Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580
Ah, it's that underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and so on – right there on the corner of Seventh and Lavaca. Student Union with Level 5. Thu., 7pm. Free. Lights Up Three improv troupes! Thu., 8pm. $5. Block Party. Comedy open mic, hosted by Terance McDavid and Yusef Roach. Thu., 9:30pm. $5-7. Water Park: Musical Improv Fri., 9pm. $7-10. Plugged: Fucked-up Show-n-Tell Fri., 10:30pm. $5-7. Film Trivia Throwdown Sat., 8pm. $5. Bad Example Sketching like no one has sketched before. Sat., 9pm. $5. The Megaphone Show Sat., 10:30pm. $5. Pass the Mic It's stand-up with a twist. Sun., 8pm. $5. … and you know the Opposites do their thing on Wednesday nights, right? Wed., 8pm. $5. See website for more.
New Movement Theater, 616 Lavaca, 512/788-2669
Continuing its spree of alliteratively named headliners, the Velv brings us this radio-famous (Eye Opener, Kidd Kraddick) James – with opener, OMG, it's J.C. Shakespeare. Sept. 19-20. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.
Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/469-9116
Sure, you know him from his appearances on "Chelsea Lately" and all those TV shows he's written for. Now you know he's at Cap City, with Jiffy Wild opening. Sept. 18-20. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-21.
Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333
"Comedians at different levels of experience." Fridays, 9pm. Free.
Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. Sixth, 512/479-7665
Check out what's going on in this down-the-road-from-that-burger-joint hotbed of comedy: The Fuckin' Media, Man!
You think Colbert
is news-based over-the-top rightwing satire? Ha! Check this
shit out. Thu., 8:30pm. $5
. The Mission
Real-life storytelling, hosted by Bob Khosravi
. Thu., 10pm. $5
. Movie Riot: Spinoff Summer
You chose the movie, they'll do the spinoff. Fri., 7pm. $5
. Bad Boys
, featuring good improv by boys who are, well, other than polite
, let's say. Fri., 8:30pm. $5
. Live at ColdTowne
comedy. Fri., 10pm
. It's Saturday Night!
And this is SNL
-inspired variety, from peops of all the Five Families
. Sat., 8:30pm. $5-8
. The Frank Mills
and their smart, character-driven improv, with the sketchers of Midnight Society
. Sat., 10pm. $7
. Play by Play: Improv Sat., 11pm. Pay what you wish
. Aaaaand don't forget the rest o' the week, with Oh, Science!
on Sundays and Miller and Purselley
on Wednesdays and – yes, check the website!
ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696