521 E. Sixth, 512/766-8358
The venerable Velv, as it's known to habitués, started in 1988 as a stand-up comedy offshoot of Esther's Follies' next-door emporium of sketch and improv. Re-named after comedian Kerry Awn's shecky persona Ronnie Velveeta, what had once been Sixth Street's last strip club (The Embassy Room) was transformed into a sometimes thriving, sometimes struggling bastion of stand-up that is currently, under the management of Mario DiGiorgio, enjoying a sort of 21st-century renaissance with top local and hot touring acts setting the weekends on comedy fire.
This relentless festival warrior (or maybe you know him from MTV's Acting Out
?) careens into town for a weekend of bringing his inimitable comedy style
to the Velv, with Austin's own L'eah Sampson
opening. Jan. 18-19. Fri., 9pm; Sat., 9 & 11pm. $10.