Among the 100-plus improvisers, comedians, and stand-up comics who will perform during Out of Bounds' run Aug. 28-Sept. 3, here are a handful of particular interest. For the full schedule and more information, visit www.outofboundscomedy.com.
Adsit and Lutz: It's a bit of a no-brainer with Out of Bounds as to who the hot picks are – just look at the end of the schedule. Whoever has the closing slots on Sunday and Monday are your headliners. In the case of OOBageddon, it's Adsit and Lutz. Yes, you recognize them from 30 Rock as two of the nebbishy resident writers on TGS with Tracy Jordan, but they're also a pair of crack improvisers who have honed their skills at Second City and have been performing of late as the duo John & Scott at Upright Citizens Brigade. They're paired with the outstanding duo of Shana Merlin and Shannon McCormick (aka Get Up) Saturday at 10pm at the Scottish Rite Theater, appear in an all-star edition of Stool Pigeon after that, then return to SRT Sunday at 11pm.
Beer Shark Mice: Also in the marquee slot is this raucous Los Angeles quintet that whips through long-form scenes at a speed that will give you whiplash. And with the unpredictable David Koechner (The Office, Anchorman) in the mix, anything can happen. They take the stage at SRT Sunday at 9pm, following Danger! Warning! Improv!, the two-man improvised James Bond film by Austin's Andy Crouch and Troy A. Miller, and Chicago's My Manns; and again on Monday at 8pm, following Austin's elegant clown, Ben Schave.
ZEDtalks: If you've had it up to here with TEDtalks on YouTube and the like, you'll want to sample OOB's version – twice the pretension and zero content! Jeffrey Amos, Bill Stern, Lisa Jackson, Valerie Ward, Hannah Kuhlmann, Curtis Luciani, and the Chronicle's own Wayne Alan Brenner will bloviate on matters of great import with next to no idea of what they're talking about.
The Mascot Wedding Show: Mac Blake and David Jara's Saturday evening KOOP radio free-for-all goes live at Coldtowne.
Start Trekkin' Austin/Star Trek: The Next Improvisation: It's the sci-fi double feature of your dreams. The Original Series gets spoofed by improvisers from the Hideout Theatre's ongoing hit here in the ATX, while TNG takes it in the Worf courtesy of improvisers from the Twin Cities.
Couples are the new black: I've never noticed as many duo teams as in the 2012 Out of Bounds – close to 20. Look for some choice one-on-one interplay, whether it's from close friends – say, Austin's Squirrel Buddies (Jon Bolden and Roy Janik) or Dallas, Texas' Kyle and Drew – or close relations – say, Rachel Madorsky and Dave Buckman of Rachel & Dave or Mike and Jessica Weiss, the father-daughter team of South Brunswick, N.J.'s Grandma Hates Technology.