3708 Woodbury, Austin, 78704, 512/895-9580
Tom Booker and Asaf Ronen carved this southern outpost of Austin improv out of an industrial space in the warehouse wastelands between St. Edward's University and Ben White Boulevard in 2007. It's built on a foundation of improv, this institution, but the 47-seat black box theatre and many rooms of the Southside's comedy epicenter also feature sketch and stand-up and odd puppet shows and pretty much anything that can raise a chuckle. There's also a strong mix of classes in stand-up, sketch writing, filmmaking, and auditioning, as well as improv.
This show, the brainchild of director Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg, unites the expertise of legislative staffers, improv veterans, and comedy writers to bring you a political satire variety show exposing the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature. Songs, dances, sketches, and improv performances? Hell, yes – with a different celebrity guest for each performance. ATPE’s Monty Exter; author Sarah Bird; Senator Kirk Watson; KUT’s Ben Philpott. Can you imagine a civics class run by Salvador Dalí and the Marx Brothers? Then you know exactly what to expect, citizen! But see the website for details. Through Sept. 30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15.
Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg's satire comedy variety show inspired by the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature returns. Special guests include ATPE’s Monty Exter (Sept. 22) and Sen. Kirk Watson (Sept. 29). Through Sept. 30. Fri.-Sat., 8pm. $15.