Beerland, 711 Red River, 512/479-7625
Scrimmage Teams explore Harold-inspired longform improvisation. Through Aug. 7. Thu., 8pm. $5. Date Night In which Regina Soto and Jo Chauvin host a variety show about the awkward garden where relationships bloom. Fridays, 8pm. Through Aug. 22. $12. Batshyt Crazy: Live Rude Puppets Yes, you read that right. Fridays, 10pm. Through Aug. 22. $10. Girls Girls Girls: The Boys of Summer Those lovely lilting ladies who do improv musicals? Here's their annual outing with a new male guest star each week. This week: Michael Jastroch. Saturdays, 8pm; Through Aug. 23. $12. Fresh Roasted A sort of Austintatious PeeWee's Playhouse from the mind of Brandon Martin – with a coffee machine called Neil Decaf Tyson. Saturdays, 10pm. Through Aug. 23. $10.
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 Green Amulet. 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. Megan Simon: Impressionable Fri., 9pm. $7-10. Plugged: Never Ending Comedy Competition Fri., 10:30pm. $5-7. TNMTV: Inside the Minds of TNM Sat., 8pm. $5. Bad Example Sketchy people from a sketchy planet. Sat., 9pm. $7-10. 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
Here's your one-stop Downtown emporium of laughter, art, and sweet coffee drinks (and now: wine cocktails). And, look: The Threefer Three
improv troupes, yes. . Thu., 8pm. $5
. Free Fringe
Just about anything
goes, here, because yes. Thu., 10pm. Free
. Fancy-Pants Mashup
Theodore Marley Brooks, watch your ass. 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
Parallelogramophonograph shares the stage with The Escorts
. Fri., 10pm. $10
. The Dahl House
Merrily, they Roald along! Sat., 6pm. $10
. International Improv Experience
More than 20 partner theatres around the world
issue improv challenges to these Austin improvisers. 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
with The Special Features
headlining. Sun., 8pm. $5
The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473
A stand-up showcase hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O'Grady. You need to know more than that, Austinite, you don't know what's funny. Saturdays, 8pm.
Austin Java, 1206 Parkway, 512/476-1829
Check out what's going on in this down-the-road-from-that-burger-joint hotbed of comedy: The U.S.A. and The Ladies Two troupes turn your shitty-day stories into improv gold.Thu., 8:30pm. $5. GameTowne A variety show? Yes, and. Thu., 10pm. $5. Movie Riot 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 is stand-up comedy. Fri., 10pm. Improv Fantasy League A monthlong tournament of champions. Sat., 8:30pm. $7-10. The Frank Mills and their smart, character-driven improv, with the sketchers of Midnight Society. Sat., 10pm. $7. Big Beautiful Warrior Q'pla! 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