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Cooler Heads Prevail

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. The rest of the week rocks with Maggie Maye hosting stand-up, those Bad Boys, that Movie Riot, and more. And don't miss Saturday nights with The Do Over, the improv showcase of sporty shorties called Title Fine: We Got Game, and the multi-culty cutups of Midnight Society.

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

It's … Hideoutrageous!

Yes, the Hideout's been around for a while, now – but goodgawdamighty they're fresher than ever. Acclaimed house troupe Parallelogramophonograph, when they're not touring the whole damned world, takes the improv stage 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. Check out the Big Bash on Friday. And the new Process show on Saturday, with its improvised play-within-a-play going all the way from auditions to opening night. And there's always that Best Improv Bet in Town: Maestro, which is the late show on Saturday nights.

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

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. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, right after that Handbomb has asploded your minds, and there's more throughout the week. This Friday brings Carina Magyar's Date or Die, in which three blind dates happen onstage as you watch, and the late-night spectacle of Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober. And don't miss Poe Toaster's The Allenbutts on Saturday, right before and the classic Megaphone Show. See website for details.

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

Jake Johanssen

He's one of the more cerebral comics around, they say, so maybe he'll be channeling Douglas Hofstadter for Fermat's Last Punchline? In any case, Johanssen's gotta be funny, because the hilarious Abby Rosenquist is opening. Aug. 25-27. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $15-22.

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

Scorching Summer Satire

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 as the celebrated troupe zeroes in on the campaign trail. (See, for instance, a Galactic White House with President Obama Wan Kenobi getting a visit from the Trump Star, with Trump Vader battling the Hillennium Falcon.) Also, the skewering of local hipsters and Willie knows what else in this June spectacle of comedy. Bonus: the large-scale wonders and arch antics of magician Ray Anderson, featuring his fiery "Torched" illusion. Reservations recommended. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 8 & 10pm. $25-35.

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

Waterbed: Bad Kids

Mac Blake and Carlos LaRotta bring you tales of troubled youth. Featuring Mike MacRae, Amber Bixby, Jonestroch, Aly Dixon & Christina Parrish, and more. Bonus: Live music from Brently Heilbron and Motion Ocean. You know what this show is, whether you're a troubled youth or an even-more-troubled adult or some kind of This-Is-Fine Pollyanna of total fucking entitlement? It's recommended, citizen, it's so recommended. 10pm. $5 ($2, students).

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

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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