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Austin Sketch Fest

"An annual showcase featuring the best scripted comedy from Austin and the wilderness beyond." And with those innocent PR-touted words, the eighth incarnation of the Austin Sketch Fest gets under way, preparing to rampage through the streets of your urban funnybone with the likes of James Adomian and Reductress and The Pretty Boys and Nipsey and … fuck, we haven't even mentioned a local group yet, have we? We're, like, pimping Los Angeles and NYC here, what? Well, listen, Austin-loversThe Neighborhood! Master Pancake! The Menenists! Mac Blake and friends! The Back Pack! And, could it be? Is it possibly … a reunion of Your Terrific Neighbors? (Answer: Hell, yes.) And so much more, for an entire week of bust-a-gut-laughing good times spilling off the stages at ColdTowne and Spider House. Get yourself an all-fest-pass, citizen, and prepare for night after night of often odd sometimes spectacular hilarity. May 22-28. $30-50.

Ready Set Go Nuts

Carina Magyar presents three of Austin's best comedians each week, followed by the openest open mic of all time. Tuesdays, 9pm. Free.

Gourdough's, 2700 S. Lamar.

TNM: BFD

It's the underground space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson.Monday nights feature a show called Fuck This Week, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon do his Sandbox thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays feature a set by the Opposites, Thursday wants you to know that Y'all, We Asian, Friday boasts another installment of The Franchise and the Panel Show, and Saturday's got The Cool Table and Family Feud! right before the über-popular Megaphone Show takes over. See website for more shows and details. $7-10.

The New Movement, 616 Lavaca, 512/696-2590

www.newmovementtheater.com

You're looking for … what? OPEN MICS?

There's a lot of them in Austin, brothers and sisters. Sometimes there's as many as 25 in one week. And comedian Joe Faina went to all of them a while back – find out what he found out, right here.
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