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Improv Comedy’s Full Spectrum
Treating social anxiety one laugh at a time
News Story March 2, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...For anyone with social anxiety, the task can be borderline traumatic. So it would seem that attempting improv comedy for anyone diagnosed with autism would be impossible...."
Austin's Improv Comedy Marathon 2014
Supposedly sane people, totally making shit up for 45 hours straight
DAILY Arts June 18, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
Who Does 46 Hours of Comedy Improv Nonstop?
Eight stalwarts of the scene flirt with exhaustion and insanity
DAILY Arts June 17, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...For your entertainment? For your comedy-craving love?..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival makes more room for Austin's increasingly savvy audiences
Arts Story August 23, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Not always – at least not with the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which opens its 12th year of tomfoolery Tuesday, Aug. 27..."
Five New Things In Austin's Comedy Scene
A quintuple shot of Lakkalikööri for all my friends
DAILY Arts March 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Comedy and drinking, drinking and comedy: They go together like gin and tonic, like tequila and birth control. No wonder that most of these five things are stained with the wonders fermentation hath wrought:..."
Comedy Out the Wazoo and In Your Weekend: Now!
Unless you'd rather just, what, twiddle your thumbs until Moontower?
DAILY Arts April 9, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You know the Moontower Comedy Festival's coming up fast...."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2018: Picks
In the bounty of improv, sketch, & stand-up, some of our picks
DAILY Arts August 28, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...August is no laughing matter … until it is. That’s in the final dog days when the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival shows up to provide a week of comic relief from the heat, politics, going back to school, whatever..."
The 43 Hour Improv Marathon
Comedy worth losing sleep over
Arts Story June 1, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...You might have figured that anyone's synapses would've fried after a full night and day of making shit up, but those audacious marathoners not only survived the stunt, they literally kept their wits about them through the final hour, staying fresh, focused, and incredibly funny ("Hideout Theatre Marathon," July 3, 2009). And thus a new comedy tradition was born..."
Ryan Cownie Has Up and Taken Over Avalanche Comedy
And Chris Cubas, on his way to Kansas City, swears this is a good thing
DAILY Arts November 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."
47 Nonstop, Unsleeping, Possibly Hallucinatory Hours of Improv This Weekend
The Hideout is doing that wild thing they do every year
DAILY Arts June 16, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, ah, she understands now, right? Hartman understands that she’s going to be rocking that spontaneous comedy thing on the various Hideout stages for 47 solid hours, right?..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
OOB's comedy podcasts will make your Labor Day weekend less labored
Arts Story August 30, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...At a loss as to how to make this weekend a fittingly fun farewell to summer? Just plug into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival's pre-planned jollity. As noted last week ("Improv-Educated," Aug..."
The Pie and Ear Show: Old-School Austin Improv, Activate!
Bryce yourself for some McGehee-hee-hee on the cutting Egertons
DAILY Arts January 16, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You'd think that running a comedy weight-loss competition would be enough for one man, but you'd be wrong...."
Improv for Evil
'You're a loose cannon, Cochise!'
Arts Story November 28, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...While Austin boasts so many improvisational comedy troupes you probably couldn't count them on 10 hands, it most likely can only boast one that was created because of an improvisation: Improv for Evil. "Most of us went through the Hideout school," says Marc Majcher (pronounced "may-chur"), one of IFE's founding members, "and after our graduation show, we went out to dinner with our instructor, Andy Crouch..."
SXSW Comedy: Your 2015 Lineup
Schumer, Harmon, Bell, and SNL lead this year's laugh-makers
DAILY SXSW February 23, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2015 lineup is out and includes Amy Schumer, Upright Citizens Brigade, W..."
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Film Review January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
"...Starring: Albert Brooks, Amy Ryan, Sheetal Sheth, Emma Lockhart, Homie Doroodian, Jon Tenney and John Carroll Lynch. Perhaps only Albert Brooks, the master of angst-ridden comic self-doubt and oblivious boorishness, would have dared envision a comedy that, just as its point-blank title states, searches vainly for yucks in one of the most politically volcanic and cordite-scented flash points of the world..."
Big Gay Musical Brings Queer Comedy to Austin
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll leave dusted in glitter.
DAILY Qmmunity July 11, 2018, by Courtney Naquin
"...Looking for a comedy to spice up your Saturday? Something with music and glitter and queers? Then you’re in luck, because a big gay musical is debuting in Austin this week. Every Saturday from July 14 to August 25, Big Gay Musical: An Improvised Super Super Gay Musical will take over the Hideout Theatre...."
Treat yourself Austin to a few nights of Improv
Affordable Comedy at Your Doorstep
DAILY Chron Events November 18, 2013, by Sarah Sharif
"...The holiday season is upon us with the shelves already being stacked with cranberry sauces, corn-bread stuffing, Christmas cookie tins, and candy canes. But before we jump into all of the holiday madness, let’s take a step back and enjoy ourselves with a few nights of comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade!..."
When Is Austin Comedy a Sure Thing?
Maybe on a Wednesday, definitely on a Saturday
DAILY Arts February 3, 2016, by Spencer Beghtol and W. A. Brenner
"...It’s Wednesday again in Austin, Texas. And even on a Wednesday – because you are in Austin, Texas – you can find some night-time comedy show or other that’ll probably make you laugh your ass off and help you make it over the long week’s hump..."
Comedy Speed Dating
Fred Armisen, W. Kamau Bell, Chris Cubas, Rob Gagnon's One Hour Comedy Festival, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray
Arts Story November 6, 2014, by Scott Schinder
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest's 2014 comedy roster offers a respectable, if overly male, sampling of notable alt-yuksters. Although not overflowing with marquee names, the lineup offers notable talent and distinctive voices.
The Trans Experience in Comedy
Local comics use comedy to spin difficult subjects into gold
DAILY Qmmunity April 20, 2016, by Faye Fearless
"...On April 1, the New Movement Theater hosted Cream of the Crop, a comedy and improv showcase. With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out..."
SXSW Comedy Review: Comedy Bang! Bang!
Aukerman’s high-wire absurdism makes for an electric live show
DAILY Arts March 13, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...For a “record-breaking 11th year in a row,” garrulous comedian Scott Aukerman returned to SXSW, this year to tape two live episodes of his beloved Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. With his usual whip-smart timing and managerial expertise on full display, Aukerman guided the first taping at Esther’s Follies to frenzied, deserved applause...."
Moontower Comedy 2018:
First Headliners Announced
"Weird Al," Birbiglia, and Haddish inked for joke jamboree
DAILY Arts October 13, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The calendar may say ACL, but the folks at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival want you to know that it's not too early to be thinking about their springtime punch line extravaganza. Today, they've announced the first headliners for Moontower 7: Mike Birbiglia, Tiffany Haddish, and Mr..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2016: The Frank Mills, Loverboy, People of Earth
These three improv troupes gave us an earful at this year's OoB
Arts Review September 8, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Indeed, it's in the words the improvisers speak that make it clear who's doing the listening in the scene. That was evident throughout the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival triple bill Saturday at the Stateside..."
New Live Comedy Show Is Doper Than What, Exactly?
Heckle Her Productions goes all Nineties-style with latest comedy gig
DAILY Arts July 13, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There was this sort of televised explosion in the early Nineties that unleashed, like, a skadillion Wayans family members into the national comedy zeitgeist. Remember? Also, that Jim Carrey guy...."
SXSW Comedy Review: Jo Firestone & Friends
Packed lineup met packed house for fantastic stand-up
DAILY SXSW March 12, 2018, by Ashley Moreno
"...Jo Firestone opened her SXSW Comedy showcase with crowd work, asking the audience who else they’d seen. Answer: Elon Musk and Lena Dunham..."
Austin’s Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival Has No Bounds In Stock
The annual juggernaut of performative hijinks returns to the ATX
DAILY Arts August 28, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Michael Joplin’s getting ready for the OOB, the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival that’s about to turn Downtown Austin into a laughter-lover’s playground for seven days...."
Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...It's also about the troupes that have been together for years and grown into rich ensembles, about Austin improvisers whose reputations have grown in the international improv community and are in demand as teachers and performers around the world, about the individuals who have built the theatres where improvisers have honed their skills, and about an open community of improvisers who support and encourage one another. With the year's biggest improv party, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, commencing this week, Chronicle writers Wayne Alan Brenner, Ashley Moreno, Sean L..."
ColdTowne Theater: Comedy moves uptown
You can count all the comedy venues in Austin on the fingers of one hand, so the opening of a new one, ColdTowne Theater, qualifies as a real occasion
Arts Story October 27, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...When you can count all the comedy venues in Austin on the fingers of one hand, the opening of a new one qualifies as a real occasion. So let's pop a cork of Dom Pérignon over the debut of ColdTowne Theater this weekend..."
BS4 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Fri, Apr 2 - Thu, Apr 8
Arts Story April 1, 1999
"...Presented by Comedy Central Four screenings daily; call 472-FILM
MONDAY, APR 5..."
2010 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
OOB dishes up a feast of funny after a summer starved for laughs
Arts Story August 27, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Between the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the floods in Pakistan, the fires in Russia, the economic distress that just won't let up, and the escalating violence in Mexico, the mood has been pretty relentlessly downbeat. Which makes what is already one of Austin's best harbingers of autumn, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, all the more welcome this year..."
News Story March 14, 1997
"...For the past 25 years, Newhart's fans have enjoyed his
trademark persona - offering choice observations on a wacky world through a low-key,... hesitating
delivery - mostly through the forum of situation comedy..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
To beat the heat, OOB offers improv and stand-up acts in the triple digits
Arts Story August 26, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Still, the days of triple digits are numbered, a Monday holiday is on the horizon, and, most liberating of all where your jocularitorial release valve is concerned, OOB is back. God bless the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which arrives at the ass-end of August every year to flip the bird at the dog days and give our broiled city a week's worth of improv, stand-up, and sketch at which we can laugh ourselves silly...."
MerlinWorks Works the Improv Wizardry at ZACH
Teaching that whole yes-and thing at the city's shiny core of theatre
DAILY Arts January 16, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...(Note: Not just comedy improvisation – although, yes, that's what much of it is intended to be – but improvisation as a performative artform and way of thinking that transcends any restrictive comedy/drama pigeonholes?)..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Picks
What the cool kids are catching at the OOB
DAILY Arts August 30, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That's why we asked the people that are on the inside: The improvisers, the sketch artists, the stand-up comedians, all the people turning this city upside down in the next few days. "What are y'all looking forward to seeingat this year's Out of Bounds Comedy Festival?" we asked, flexing our uncanny J-school prowess..."
Fun Fun Fun Fest Comedy
Your quick guide to the national headliners and local laugh makers at Fun Fun Fun 2013
Arts Story November 8, 2013, by Russ Espinoza
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."
Hero of Heroes of Comedy
Postmarks October 13, 2006
"...13]. However, I feel that it is imperative to your readers and to the improv community as a whole to point out a factual error in your blurb about these troupes.
Somewhere around 1997-1998, Sean Hill started the We Could Be Heroes improv troupe, which a few years later officially changed its name to the Heroes of Comedy..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
In its eighth year, the annual Austin comedy festival did this city proud
Arts Story September 11, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake a scattered community of local performers only now beginning to pay back their massive sleep debts. Seven nights of impromptu antics can take a toll on the most robust of humans, so we won't be surprised to see the Austin Improv Collective's Andy Crouch lurching zombielike across the cityscape or Kaci Beeler of Parallelogramophonograph crashed on a street-side bench, Available Cupholders' Ace Manning mumbling incoherently in an alleyway or Jason Vines of Improv for Evil in nothing but a frock coat, tied halfway up a lamppost..."
BS4 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Thursday, Apr 8
Arts Story April 8, 1999
"...Capitol City Comedy Club MC: Laura House (Austin Stories) ComedySportz Austin ComedySportz Houston ComedySportz San Antonio..."
Last Minute Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Recommendations
Here are some recos for OOB shows to catch Thursday-Sunday
Arts Story August 30, 2018
"...until it is. That's in the final dog days when the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival shows up to provide a week of comic relief from the heat, politics, going back to school, whatever..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2017
Who gets the last laugh on an Austin summer?
Arts Story August 24, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...That would be the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which traditionally takes that final blistering week before Labor Day and fills it with funny – we're talking improv, sketch, and stand-up by mirthmakers from both the ATX and around the planet. This year alone, Out of Bounds – shorthand: OOB – will be showcasing more than 130 acts from Tue., Aug..."
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2018
PHOTO GALLERY September 4, 2018
"...The 2018 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival featured hundreds of performers from Austin and across North America performing improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy from August 28-September 3.
Improv troupe Coach from San Antonio, Texas..."
Do Women Rule The Austin Comedy Scene?
Kat Ramzinski suggests that, yeah, they sure as hell do
DAILY Arts February 21, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"Two years ago," says Ramzinski, "SXSW Comedy got some attacks from the Huffington Post and Jezebel, for not booking enough women and for 'hating women.' But in reality, the Boston-based Women in Comedy Festival paralleled SXSW, thus preventing a typically strong feminine presence on the Austin bill. As a comic, I know this makes sense and is totally fair, but SXSW still caught a lot of flack for it – unjustly, in my opinion..."
Three of Austin's top improv troupes get to play away this summer
Arts Story July 2, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Last week, it was Confidence Men, whose improvised playlets channel the testosterone-fueled attitude and style of David Mamet's works, and Parallelogramophonograph, the B. Iden Payne Award-winning creators of improvised Charles Dickens, improvised French farce, and improvised screwball comedy, among other formats..."
Still the Fading Stains of Some Bad Improv Blood
Because: You have Five Families, you're gonna have some dysfunction.
DAILY Arts August 28, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But let's make sure we at least acknowledge the existence of other-than-paradise, however briefly, right? Whether it's the years-old ColdTowne schism that led to the formation of The New Movement, or maybe the near-legendary ruins left over from the Big Stinkin' Comedy Festival of more ancient times, or whateverthehell, OK?..."
National Champions of Comedy
Austin's improv headquarters is fielding its own nationally ranked team (of comedians, natch) to put a live comic spin on the Rose Bowl championship
Arts Story December 30, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...You may be able to catch the national championship game in scores of bars across Austin, but I think it's safe to say you won't see it quite like this anywhere else in town. National Champions of Comedy takes place Wednesday, Jan..."
Comedy, This Month!
Who brings laughs to Austin stages in the next few weeks?
DAILY Arts January 29, 2018
"...So, yeah – see our Comedy Listings for more, but here’s some things (stand-up, sketch, improv) that are coming up fast:..."
Big Stinkin' International Improv & Sketch Comedy Festival 4
Arts Story April 1, 1999
"...The Big Stinkin' International Improv & Sketch Comedy Festival is in its fourth year now, and in that brief period, it's become one of the local celebrations worth shaking off that festival hangover for. It offers us the delightful opportunity to laugh ourselves silly for six days straight, with some 55 comedy troupes from across the land (and this year a couple from halfway across the globe) sharing their gifts for foolery in short sets at some of our town's coziest clubs and theatres..."
The Buzz on Buzzkill Comedy
The weekly stand up night has two new hosts
DAILY Arts October 5, 2016, by Spencer Beghtol
"...As to why the duo wanted to take on the task of hosting a weekly showcase, O’Conor responds, “I think we just like each other’s comedy and had been doing it about the same time.” Their comedic styles play off each other nicely, which is why they make a great pair. “Allison’s style is a lot more observational than mine..."
Improv … Tragedy? Absurdity? WTF, Institution Theater?
If it bends, it's funny; if it breaks Beckett, what is it?
DAILY Arts July 18, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."I guess I've always viewed improv as another form of performance-art expression instead of a strict avenue for comedy," says Jayme Ramsay. "Within it I value playing true to the moment and connecting to my scene partner..."
Edmond Bulldogs: MTV Sends Comedy Troupe Into Overdrive
Fresh from being featured on MTVOverdrive.com's the Stew, comedy troupe the Edmond Bulldogs is back in town to whip its local fans into a frenzy
Arts Story December 15, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Mitch Baker and David Bewley, two mad geniuses known collectively as the Edmond Bulldogs, are back in town to take the Hideout to outer space. The former Austinites, who do for sketch comedy what Aldous Huxley did for doors, have been fomenting their dementia-scented brand of humor and polishing their surrealist stagin' boots in L.A..."