Out of Bounds 2016

The biggest event on Austin's improv calendar opens this coming Tuesday, Aug. 30, and keeps the laughs coming through Labor Day. The 15th edition of the annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival boasts more than 50 local troupes performing improv and sketch comedy, another three dozen troupes from out of town, and 60 stand-up comics. Here are a handful of particular interest. Locations noted below are as follows: Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress; Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress; Spider House Ballroom, 29th & Guadalupe. For more information and the full schedule, visit www.outofboundscomedy.com.

Austin Stories Reunion

OOB reunites the cast of the 1997 MTV sitcom for an evening of stand-up and a panel discussion hosted by Stand Up Empire's Brently Heilbron. Featuring Laura House (Blue Collar TV), "Chip" Pope (Last Comic Standing), Howard Kremer (Who Charted?), Matt Bearden (Dudley & Bob Show), and more. Sat., Sept. 3, 10pm, Spider House Ballroom

All-Star Stool Pigeon With Ricky Williams

The Heisman Trophy winner/College Football Hall of Famer/Longhorn Network analyst exhales a few personal stories for OOB that will be spun into comedy gold by the all-star team of Emily Holland and Zach Ward (DSI Comedy Theater), Bill Arnett and Andy St. Clair (People of Earth), Amber Ruffin (King of Kong: A Musical Parody), and Aaron Krebs (Westside Comedy Theater). Sat., Sept. 3, 11pm, Stateside at the Paramount

Impro Theatre

L.A.-based leaders in long-form improv go all Rod Serling on the ATX with their Twilight Zone Unscripted format, presented in three headliner shows. Sat., Sept. 3, 8pm, Hideout – Downstairs; Sun., Sept. 4, 9:15pm, Stateside at the Paramount; Mon., Sept. 5, 8pm, Hideout – Downstairs


Long-form improv by Jon Barinholtz and Rob Belushi, who have been improvising as a duo since meeting at Second City Chicago in 2005. Sat., Sept. 3, 9pm, Stateside at the Paramount; Sun., Sept. 4, 9:15pm, Stateside at the Paramount

King of Kong: A Musical Parody

In this award-winning show (Best Musical, NYC and Hollywood Fringe Fests) inspired by 2007 cult doc King of Kong, Amber Ruffin (Second City; writer, Late Night With Seth Meyers) and Lauren Van Kurin (Second City, iO, Annoyance) re-create the epic battle between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe for the Donkey Kong high score. Sat., Sept. 3, 9pm, Stateside at the Paramount; Sun., Sept. 4, 7pm, Stateside at the Paramount

The Defiant Thomas Brothers

This Chicago sketch duo was just inches from the Big Time (Aspen Comedy Arts Festival award winner, 2005) when it split up, but after a decade apart, the two Thomases – one black, one white, not related – are back together making comedy. Fri., Sept. 2, 7:30pm, Hideout – Downstairs; Sat., Sept. 3, 8pm, Hideout – Downstairs

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