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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...."

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
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
Film Review  January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Treat yourself Austin to a few nights of Improv
Affordable Comedy at Your Doorstep
DAILY Chrontourage  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. Fred Armisen..."

The Trans Experience in Comedy
Local comics use comedy to spin difficult subjects into gold
DAILY The Gay Place  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...."

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..."

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...."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Austin Improv
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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Edmond Bulldogs: MTV Sends Comedy Troupe Into Overdrive
Fresh from being featured on'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..."

Queens of Comedy
Twitter opens doors for some traditionally marginalized groups
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Ashley Moreno
"...Brevity is the soul of wit, so it's no wonder many comedians adopt Twitter as a main social network. But can 140-character quips launch a career? Does it really contribute to the comedy landscape? At their SXSW panels, Jane Pratt, Jenny Johnson, and Josh Hara will tell all...."

Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
In Austin's newest festival, stand-up finally gets top billing
Arts Story  February 3, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...It isn't that stand-up gets no love from Austin's festival scene. Comedy and the jokers who make it have become an increasingly prominent part of a pair of the biggest music fests in town, South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun, not to mention having a strong presence in our largest comedy fest, Out of Bounds..."

BS3 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Arts Story  April 17, 1998
"...Lone Star Comedy (Dallas, TX)..."

Altercation Comedy
Comedy has its perks: making movies with Ron Jeremy
Music Story  November 6, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...It's all in a day's work for the Austin comedian/writer. Habersaat's long-running punk zine, Altercation, gave way to his Altercation Comedy tour, which has been stumbling through punk clubs for the past few years..."

Comedy Central's Nathan for You Returns
Brilliant and underrated reality show should be on your radar
DAILY Screens  October 14, 2015, by Katherine McNevins
"...On Comedy Central's Nathan for You, Fielder is the star of his own business-improvement show à la Kitchen Nightmares or Bar Rescue, lampooning them elegantly, with absurdist humor taken to the extreme. He does it so subtly that the business owners he is “helping” don’t seem to ever be aware that they are part of a satire..."

The Pinnacle of 10 Years' Worth of Comedy Festivals?
OOBs, they did it again
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, what’s more familiarly called the OOB, this tenth annual iteration of the many-headed beast that’s been sprawling across the afternoons and heat-addled nightscapes of four venues in this city since last Tuesday and doesn’t stop until Monday night? It was bigger than ever this year ~ it presented more performers, more venues, more events, more diverse people from more different places, more improv celebrities, and more beer-fueled afterparties (which someone really needs to provide Michael Joplin a map to, because not everybody has a goddam iPhone, okay?) Yeah, it was bigger than ever, and many of the acts we caught ~ Available Cupholders, WeirDass, the Frank Mills, Switchboard, DHT, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, Audience of Two, Slow Children Crossing, and the sweaty, swirling, barely contained clusterfuck of an All-Star Maestro ~ were better than ever. But what was really impressive was the practical tactical shit. We stuck to just the Hideout and the State Theatre for this OOB, personally, but our clandestine operatives, all ninja-masked & invisibility-cloaked, reported back from the Velveeta Room and ColdTowne Theater, and what we all realized was that this staggering juggernaut of entertainment was running smoother than a finely lathed length of lubricated Teflon. [Quite a feat, there, executive producer Jeremy Lamb. Quite an impressive achievement, there, with your various sub-producers and venue directors, & their squads of seemingly tireless, possibly bionically enhanced volunteers. Bionically enhanced, yes, Lamb ~ don’t think we don’t know about that, fucker. Don’t think we haven’t realized that you quickly compromised the integrity of at least two of our ninja-masked, invisibility-cloaked operatives. You talented, professional, hirsutorufous yet balding maniac, you.] And, oh, how we look forward to next year’s OOB! Oh, how we can’t wait to see some of these brilliant troupes again! Oh, how we’ll be watching for something to be fucked up in some major way … because, certainly, talent & smarts & organization notwithstanding, something’s gotta go horribly wrong when this big enjoyable thing, this truly amazing Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, gets even bigger...."

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