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Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
"...adepts of spontaneity, practitioners of the unpredictable. They are improvisers, and Austin is overrun with them...."

Aug. 26, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Hideout Improv Marathon
Eight players improvise for 40 hours straight to help save their artistic home
"...If ever you questioned the degree to which Austin improvisers love to make shit up, swing by the..."

June 26, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Merlin Works Institute and Gnap! Theater Season: Making the improv pie higher
Austin's strong improv scene is about to get even stronger, with a new training center and performance space
"...With two venues catering almost full-time to improv, three festivals on the calendar that spotlight improvisers, and..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Arts Feature by Avimaan Syam

Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre
"...7) Ka-Baam!! (Austin Improv Collective) Austin's improv scene has grown to include..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Avimaan Syam

Live! Nude! Improv!
They’re getting naked at the Hideout
"...the theatre run by that venue’s talented cadre of improvisers, some of the performers, male and female, are doffing..."

Aug. 11, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Austin Visual Arts Awards
A new set of honors for the city's hardworking painters, sculptors, and other artists
"...have the B. Iden Payne Awards for theatre, the Austin Improv Collective awards, the Austin Fashion Awards, the American..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Sketch Fest Rocks Our City All Week Long
The ninth annual festival puts scripted comedy front & center
"...Because you’ve got stand-up, and you’ve got improv, and they pretty much comprise the scene. Everybody’s always..."

May 17, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

BS4 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Fri, Apr 2 - Thu, Apr 8
"...Watson declares it King of the Hill Day in Austin...."

April 2, 1999 Arts Feature

BS4 Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Schedule
Thursday, Apr 8
"...Henry Faulk Living Theatre Spoo (Chicago, IL) Drunk Baby Collective (Minneapolis, MN)..."

April 9, 1999 Arts Feature

Austin Sketch Fest
Rise of the planet of the skits
"...line supremacy (see elsewhere on this page) and the improvisers are resting up for their annual weekend-long endurance test..."

May 18, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin's Artspace Crisis and Microvenues
Are home art galleries and mini-performance venues the answer to the space crunch?
"...art shows and artists on Shady Lane in East Austin. As a result of its landlord not renewing the..."

June 22, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
"...Out of the City. The shift allowed the decadelong Austin scene veteran to fully embrace brooding indie rock, full..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature

Austin Noise Enters the No Zone
Anarchist Scott Crow tops Jan. 16 anti-music bill
"...And it’s your typical weekend show presented by Austin Noise, the semi-organized local community dedicated to the promotion..."

Jan. 12, 2015 Music Post by Waylon Cunningham

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
"...Consider improvisation, comedic and otherwise. What it takes to make something..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

De-Spurring the Moment
The making of the 2007 Out of Bounds Improv Festival
"...The thing about improvisation, comedy or otherwise, is that it's done on the..."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Making Offers No One Can Refuse
The Five Families of Austin improv go Out of Bounds with the 13th annual comedy festival
"...Ladies and gentlemen, these are the Five Families of Austin improv...."

Aug. 29, 2014 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

In Memoriam: Robin Goodfellow
Singular Austin improviser has taken his final bow (wow wow)
"...loss of Uggie, that furry scene-stealer from The Artist, Austin is still grieving for the loss of its own..."

Aug. 12, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

ColdTowne
In just months, New Orleans improv troupe ColdTowne has become deeply involved in Austin's comedy scene, and now it's close to getting its own venue
"...than a year since the members of New Orleans improv troupe ColdTowne made our town their town (after escaping..."

June 2, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
In its eighth year, the annual Austin comedy festival did this city proud
"...humans, so we won't be surprised to see the Austin Improv Collective's Andy Crouch lurching zombielike across the cityscape..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

McNichol & May: Harking back with style
Bob McNichol & Erika May are among the most literary improvisers in town, each of their spontaneous narratives carried along by the depth of the characters they create
"..."McNichol & May are a Chicago-trained improvisation duo that also happens to be married." So begins..."

June 22, 2007 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Top 10 Favorite Arts Events Across the Disciplines (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Wayne Alan Brenner on his favorite arts events in 2008
"...1) Cult of Color: Call to Color (Ballet Austin) So Ballet Austin took a creation myth from the..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

New Year's Eve Dining & Lodging
It's time to start making reservations, party people
"...AUSTIN STEAM TRAIN: TWILIGHT FLYER If you're looking for a..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Food Feature by Sara Robberson

Free Night of Theater 2006: The list
Take your pick of 21 performances being offered at no charge with Free Night of Theater 2006
"...Thursday, Oct. 19Austin Improv Collective: Thursday Night Awesome; The Hideout Theatre, 617..."

Oct. 6, 2006 Arts Feature

Is That Science?: The elements of smile
The initial results of the experiment Is That Science? – wherein members of the theatrical company St. Idiot Collective interacted with the element Improvium – were fast, furious, and funny
"...The Austin improv scene, like all improv scenes, comprises many elements...."

June 29, 2007 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Sugar, Water, Purple: Can We Kick It? at ColdTowne
This showcase showed how improvisers from disenfranchised groups can provide meaningful support for one another and make damn good improv
"...Unsurprisingly, this sort of fraternity makes for damn good improv – as evidenced by ColdTowne Theater's weekly showcase Can..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

'2 Awkward 2 Heavy'
Art collective Ink Tank unleashes its sequel to last summer's blockbuster 'More Awkward Than Heavy'
"...Ink Tank, the artist collective known for its encompassing, unconventional installations and performances, seeks..."

Aug. 9, 2013 Arts Feature by Caitlin Greenwood

Comedians With Theatre Damage
The fourth annual Austin Sketch Fest scripts itself silly
"...dirty martini, and 2) tell people about the upcoming Austin Sketch Fest. He'll need the martini to soothe his..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Girls Girls Girls' Broad Ambition
In this improvised musical, the women of this acclaimed troupe take it to the Eighties and take over the workplace
"...Together, this high-class cast of feminist funnyladies (courtesy of Austin improv troupe Girls Girls Girls) have put together a..."

April 27, 2018 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Hands Up Hoodies Down
Zell Miller III mounted a stirring, provocative blend of slam poetry, dance, improv, and rap
"...the Vortex, blends slam poetry, music, rap, movement, and improvisation together for a poignant piece with a message as..."

March 20, 2015 Arts Review by Elissa Russell

Art Aid
In the wake of Katrina, Austin artists do their part to help
"...Even as Austinites have made astounding efforts to meet the critical needs..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Arts Feature by Heather Barfield Cole

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