Beerland, 711 Red River, 512/479-7625
TITtalks: Ideas Worth Faking It's like those TED talks, except it's (more obviously) made up as they go along – while directors Adam Niederpruem and Justin Davidson supply the presentation topics and accompanying visuals to different guests each week. Leverage the synergy! Increase the ROI! Feel that paradigm-shifting jelly trickle down your cerebellum! Through March 22. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $12. Triple Scoop w/ iScream Sandwich Two improv troupes and stand-up comedian Marv Pratt. Sat., March 8, 10pm. $5. The New Guard The Institution's rising talents. Sun., March 9, 6pm. $5.
Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 895-9580
It's that space Downtown – an underground space, literally, and swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and so on – right there on the corner of Seventh and Lavaca. Lookit: Lights Up Three improv troupes! Thu., 8:30pm. $5. Block Party It's a comedy open mic, hosted by Rob Gagnon, Christina Parrish, and Terance McDavid. Thu., 9:30pm. Free. I Don't Know Words: Send-off Show Last night in the ATX before Vanessa Gonzalez takes her one-woman sketch on the road. Fri., 9pm. $5. And then the joint's a bastion of SXSW Comedy; see that website for details.
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! Thu., 8pm. $5. Free Fringe Just about anything goes, here, because yes. Thu., 10pm. Free. The Big Bash Some of the best improvisers in town invite you to this party on the stage! Fri., 8pm. $15. Maestro RAW All-student competition. Fri., 8:30pm. $5. Pgraph Presents While PGraph is touring Australia, Local Genius Society, The Escorts, and Bad Boys hold down the fort.. Fri., 10pm. $10. What the F Hey, the newest Hideout students stage an improvised play. Are they fearless or carefree, WTF? Sat., 6pm. $10. I Love You So Much Improv for all you hopeless romantics out there. 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 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. We mean, hell, Charlie Sotelo recommends this. 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: Bear Derby Goes on Spring Break Thu., 8:30pm. $5. red envelope Thu., 10pm. $5. Movie Riot . Bad Boys, featuring good improv by boys who are, well, other than polite, let's say. Fri., 8:30pm. Live at ColdTowne is stand-up comedy. Fri., 10pm. Barmando A local mixologist provides the foundation for Precious Dads to go improv wild. Sat., 8:30pm. The Frank Mills and their smart, character-driven improv, with the sketchers of Midnight Society. Sat., 10pm. And don't forget the rest o' the week: Stand-up with Maggie Maye on Mondays, Stool Pigeon on Tuesdays, and – yes, check the website!
ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696