The laugh-packed underground of stand-up, sketch, and improv is going huge with comedy and music shows during SXSW, and you totally need to check their website to see the deets of this righteous explosion. March 8-17. Also, look ahead to the post-festival recovery with the Megaphone Show: Wednesdays, 9:30pm. $5. And Clubhouse, with Kath Barbadoro hosting the open mic. Mondays, 9pm. Pay what you wish.
New Movement Theater, 616 Lavaca, 512/788-2669
The current touring troupe from the legendary Chicago phenomenon that's brought the world, what, some of the finest sketch comedians and performers of the past several decades? Yes, that Second City, doing their thing here in the fanciest venue Downtown. Feb. 20-23. Wed.-Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 7 & 9:30pm. $38-48.
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470