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Carina Magyar

She took the silver medal at this year's FPIA contest (you know we know there's no actual medals), but we think Magyar's unbeatable when it comes to making crowds laugh until it hurts. Fearless, hilarious, and bringing along some almost equally talented friends to open this night of sharp AF comedy in Dirty Sixth's venerable palace of cheese. May 19-20. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.

Velveeta Room, 521 E. Sixth, 512/766-8358


There's a stage upstairs, there's a stage downstairs, there's coffee all over the place and all sorts of shows here. This Thursday brings you the Threefer and Free Fringe of improv, and you can check out that award-winning Parallelogramophonograph (hot off their European tour) and the fancy-ass Big Bash and more on Friday, and dig the Goonies-flavored goodness of How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation on Saturdays, right after the Eighties-evoking police drama of Buddy Cop and right before that extemporaneous donnybrook that mortals call Maestro. See website for more. $5-15.

The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

John Heffron

This bestselling author of a Michigan native's gonna go all Detroit on your comedy-loving ass tonight, citizen! What does that mean? Um, yeah, we're not sure – we just thought of it now. But, bonus: Trey Galyon opens. May 18-20. Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10:30pm. $12-23.

Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research #100, 512/467-2333

Stone Cold Comedy

Are you kidding? This here is one of the two epicenters (Spider House Ballroom is the other) of the bodacious Austin Sketch Fest this week. See website for details, yo.

ColdTowne Theater, 4803-B Airport, 512/814-8696


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

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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