Funny, Inc.: ColdTowne Ownership Expands
Because making people laugh, sometimes it's a real business
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
10:30AM, Mon. Nov. 9, 2015
Last time we checked in with ColdTowne Theater, Erika May McNichol of longtime house troupe The Frank Mills was directing a show that, ah, leveraged the synergy of social media. That's how MBAs and gung-ho entrepreneurs say it, right? "Leveraged the synergy"?
[Note: The show was called Tweet Dreams, and we covered it here.]
But now those Frank Mills – Bob McNichol, Rachel Madorsky, Dave Buckman, and that aforementioned Erika – have joined ColdTowne itself. They've joined it as owners.
You know that the local comedy powerhouse called ColdTowne has been honcho'd by Arthur Simone, Justin York, and Michael Jastroch pretty much since they fled to Austin after Hurricane Katrina turned their former base of New Orleans into a soggy disaster area, right?
[Maybe you even recall the ColdTowne/New Movement schism that occurred several years ago, and maybe you still harbor a skoshie of rancor concerning that situation? But, hey: MY BYGONES, LET ME SHOW YOU THEM BEING BYGONES.]
Well, now there are seven people in charge of the comedy-creating club. Seven creative, capable, and, tell you what, hardworking people in charge of the comedy-creating club.
"The Frank Mills have been a part of ColdTowne Theater since day one and have been instrumental in creating the renowned community of comedians who call ColdTowne home," says co-founder Jastroch, in his most professional-sounding voice. "We couldn't be more excited to have them officially join us."
Well, damn. Because we've seen some of the shows they put on at this ColdTowne place in their intimate HQ adjacent to I Luv Video on Airport, over there near Tyson's Tacos where you can often hear a ukulele earning someone a nicely stuffed tortilla. We've seen the sort of inspired antics these ColdTowne talents get up to onstage, and so if this new ownership expansion is something they couldn't be more excited about … that's got to be a pretty damn high wattage of excitement. Like the sort of audience-thrilling wattage that shines in current shows like Your Redneck Family and A Fine Affair and Movie Riot and more.
[Note: And you do know, yes, that ColdTowne is also where Maggie Maye hosts a comedy open mic on Mondays? And Mac Blake presents the Waterbed variety show on the first Thursday of each month? Yeah, it's a hella busy place.]
Improv. Sketch. Stand-up.
Now overseen by the seven samurai of serious silliness at ColdTowne Theatre.