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Hard Gravel Reunion Show

So Sam "Zero Charisma" Eidson and his cronies from that country-western-comedy web series "Hard Gravel" are reconvening to present this night of stand-up comedy (with Ramin Nazer! Ryan Cownie! Kerri Lendo!) and live music (by White Bronco! John Schooley's One Man Band!) and we figured, you know, we'd pass the good word your way. Git along now, party animals. Sat., Dec. 7, 10pm.

Beerland, 711 Red River, 512/479-7625

www.beerlandtexas.com

It's … Institutional!

Say Something Funny Stand-up comedy showcase, hosted by iScream Sandwich! Thu., July 24, 8pm. $5. Weirdsville In which the sensational Will Cleveland and his improv cabal pay freaky homage to Art Bell and other radioactive fans of the paranormal. Fridays, 8pm. Through July 25. $12. Breaking Beckett It ain't comedy, friend; this improv is dark and absurd and oddly personal, performed by Marc Majcher, Jayme Ramsay, and Ryan Hill. Fridays, 10pm. Through July 25. $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: Tyler BRyce. 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. The Rubber Room Come jam with the improvisers and catch a faculty show. Sun., July 13, 8pm. $2.

Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580

www.theinstitutiontheater.com, info@theinstitutiontheater.com

It's … Subterranean!

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 Bombshell. Thu., 7pm. Free. Lights Up Three improv troupes! Thu., 8pm. $5. Christmas in July With Avery and Ryan Cownie. Thu., 9pm. $5-7. Jamie Kilstein With … John Frusciante? Fri., 8pm. $7-10. Plugged: Shinebox Showcase Fri., 10pm. $5-7. Altercation Punk Comedy Tour Fri., 11pm. $8-10. ATX + NOLA Comedy Hour Sat, 7pm. $5-7. Massive Fraud: Karatefight Sat., 9pm. $5. Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober You ever really look at your microphone? Sat., 11pm. $7-10. 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

www.newmovementtheater.com

It's Hideoutrageous!

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. You Think You're So Smart Droppin' fierce knowledge on all manner of current shit. 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 Known Wizards. Fri., 10pm. $10. Maestro RAW Students in combat! Maybe not exactly like Fukasaku's Battle Royale, OK? Sat., 6pm. $10. International Improv Experience More than 20 partner theatres around the world issue improv challenges to these Austin improvisers. Sat., 8pm. $12. Maestro 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 Delightfuls headlining. Sun., 8pm. $5.

The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/476-0473

www.hideouttheatre.com

Sure Thing

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

www.austinjava.com

This Week in Coldness:

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. Eye on Austin Improv: A 'Got Your Back' Evening News Report With Cody Dearing and KC Harvey-Taylor. 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. Late Night Down The talkshow über-stud Rex Knightly abandons ship! Sat., 8:30pm. $7-10. The Frank Mills and their smart, character-driven improv, with the sketchers of Midnight Society. Sat., 10pm. $7. Comedy Bazaar You buy this? 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

www.coldtownetheater.com