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"...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...."
"...For your entertainment? For your comedy-craving love?..."
"...Not always – at least not with the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which opens its 12th year of tomfoolery Tuesday, Aug. 27..."
"...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:..."
"...You know the Moontower Comedy Festival's coming up fast...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...I'm sitting across from this young comic, this Ryan Cownie, who's taken over hosting Avalanche Comedy at Holy Mountain on Monday nights...."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...You'd think that running a comedy weight-loss competition would be enough for one man, but you'd be wrong...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...In recent years, Latinx-helmed productions such as Latinauts – Prima Doñas' series of improvised, sci-fi-influenced telenovelas – and Gentrifucked, the Latino Comedy Project's socially conscious, B. Iden Payne Award-nominated sketch show – have challenged this exclusive notion, proving that the demand exists for Latinx inclusion in the arts..."
"...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!..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Austin comedy fans have just received something they can give thanks for over their turducken this month: the first 29 acts slated for next spring's Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, and the list includes the first headliners for Moontower 8: Jenny Slate, David Spade, and Sal Vulvano...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Jo Firestone opened her SXSW Comedy showcase with crowd work, asking the audience who else they’d seen. Answer: Elon Musk and Lena Dunham..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Presented by Comedy Central Four screenings daily; call 472-FILM MONDAY, APR 5..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...(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?)..."
"...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..."
"...David James (Fri., noon) Area man, dapper host of Austin's favorite live comedy game show Laugh, Dammit!..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Capitol City Comedy Club MC: Laura House (Austin Stories) ComedySportz Austin ComedySportz Houston ComedySportz San Antonio..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"... "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..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."
"...So, yeah – see our Comedy Listings for more, but here’s some things (stand-up, sketch, improv) that are coming up fast:..."
"...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..."
"...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..."