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Shannon Sedwick
The once and future queen of Esther's Follies receives a special B. Iden Payne award
"...Shannon Sedwick may not have been as nonplussed as the..."

Oct. 16, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's All-Stars
"...built," then Esther's Pool must be "the funhouse that Shannon and Michael built." In the same way that tens..."

July 30, 1999 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe
In his history of Esther's Follies, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity
"...paths crossed that of Follies founders Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick over the years. They supply eyewitness testimony to..."

Dec. 1, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Is Anybody Laughing?
In the midst of economic hard times and a wave of terrorist attacks, the comedy business wonders what's funny.
"'ll see how true that is. How long has Shannon Sedwick been pulling half a hardware store out of..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's Follies Meets Scooby-Doo in The Haunting of the Tavern
In this new murder mystery comedy, chasing Emily the ghost leads to some real high jinkies!
"...Because it belongs to Follies founders Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick, who acquired the bar in 2018 – make..."

Oct. 18, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's Follies Returns to Lighten Austin's Post-Pandemic Load
Guess what long-running comedy troupe is vaccinated, back onstage, and ready to make the city laugh again
"...Branigan crack wise in a political song-and-dance number, as Shannon Sedwick pulls another Patsy Cline prop out of her..."

July 16, 2021 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Esther's Follies
Laughmeister Kerry Awn retires from the Follies – and is twice as busy as before
"...ago didn't really surprise Follies co-founder and leading lady Shannon Sedwick, who expected the comedian to have retired long..."

March 18, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

LipSchtick Traces
When Cindy Wood scores the big laughs at Esther's Follies, she's channeling comedy's funniest femmes
"...this May – a longevity second only to co-founder Shannon Sedwick among the Follies' female performers – is comedy..."

April 4, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Re-Re-Re-Re-Reopening Night
The Ritz: Talkie theatre, cowboy hangout, playhouse, comedy and punk club, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
" of Craig Underwood and Esther's Follies husband-and-wife lease-holders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton...."

Nov. 2, 2007 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

In Memoriam: George Wilkerson
Remembering Esther's Follies' first sketch-writing superstar
"...Shannon Sedwick: George Wilkerson goes back to the earliest days..."

June 17, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

South Austin Mainstay Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe Has Closed
Original owners say they will reopen after rebranding and renovations
"...get off the ground, what with the original owners, Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, also owning successful and definitive..."

Feb. 6, 2020 Food Post by Jessi Cape

Then There's This: Woman's Work
Trying to crack the copper ceiling at City Hall
" justice activist Julie Gillis and Esther's Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick. Theatre and Politics..."

May 4, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Sixth Street Blues
Downtown festivals cramp merchants' style
"...Shelton's business partner in Esther's Follies, Shannon Sedwick, who is chair of the Street Closure Task..."

July 26, 1996 News Feature

Follies Faithfuls
Esther's Most Loyal Laughers
"...Austin's musical comedy revue, the ones who have seen Shannon Sedwick and crew dozens of times, who visit them..."

July 14, 1995 Arts Feature

2009 B. Iden Payne Awards
The crowd came to honor local theatre but left impressed by Austin's strong comedy scene
"...for outstanding contributions to local theatre, was given to Shannon Sedwick for her 32 years and counting with Esther's..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

In Memoriam
Austin juggling sensation Warren "Red" Ryder Schwartz, who opened for Esther's Follies for almost 20 years, was stabbed to death on Sunday, May 28
"...his home. He was 39. According to Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick, juggling got in Schwartz's blood when he was..."

June 9, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's Follies: Forever Young
Even after 23 years, Austin's favorite musical comedy group, Esther's Follies, is still lively, still spirited, and the perpetual briskness and animation, the audaciousness and cheeky style, rub off on you, so that every visit is rejuvenating.
" a chestnut like Patsy. Yet Follies First Lady Shannon Sedwick roars into it at full throttle, feeding it..."

May 26, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Quirky Classic Austin Late Night Eatery Undergoes a Makeover
Owners of the Tavern and Esther’s Follies bought Star Seeds Cafe in July
"...Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, the team behind Esther's Follies,..."

Sept. 5, 2019 Food Post by Emily Beyda

Dancing About Architecture
Sixth Street Scuffle
"...very volatile meetings, needless to say," offers Esther's Follies' Shannon Sedwick, chair of the committee and member of a..."

July 25, 1997 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Last Bow of an Accidental Critic
Lessons and surprises from a career that shouldn't have been
"...And if not for Shannon Sedwick, who saw me perform in Terry's show that..."

Sept. 24, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic
One-hour lecture on the father of plastics (with added musical numbers!)
"...the period piece comedy of Ellana Kelter, Shaun Branigan, Shannon Sedwick, and Nathalie Holmes in those numbers). It may..."

July 16, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Have Austin's Magicians Vanished for Good?
With the coronavirus shutdown, it's now you see 'em, now you don't
"...and that's strictly for the other cast members – Shannon [Sedwick, Esther's owner] or I, we're not taking anything..."

April 17, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Ground Floor Theatre's White Rabbit Red Rabbit
In Nassim Soleimanpour’s play, what happens is as much a surprise for the actor as for the audience
"...Owen Egerton and Zell Miller III and Esther's Follies' Shannon Sedwick are also among the local performers of this..."

March 23, 2018 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Cindy Wood at Esther's Follies
April 3, 2014. 8 photos.
"...Kelly, Linda Wetherby, Ingo Neuhaus, Cindy Wood, Amos Ewing, Shannon Sedwick, Colom Keating..."

April 3, 2014 Photo Gallery

The Austin Ch30nicles
Shannon Sedwick recalls the Chronicle's recognition of Esther's Follies' first star
"...– Shannon Sedwick, co-founder and matriarch of Esther's Follies..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Arts Feature

Improvising Every Second
The secret history of Austin Circle of Theaters director Latifah Taormina, from Second City to the Committee and beyond
"...such as the time she met Esther's Follies co-founder Shannon Sedwick, who told her that seeing the Committee perform..."

March 10, 2006 Arts Feature by Lowell Bartholomee

In Memoriam: Bill Fagan
"...was his genuine good heart shining through. Follies founder Shannon Sedwick calls him the "sweetest person in the world,"..."

Jan. 14, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's Follies
Using inventive props, puppets, costumes, and live music, the gang at Esther's Follies stuffs fast-paced skits, political satire, and illusions into a tightly compacted show
"...people laugh: Austin gem Esther's Follies. Since 1977, founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton have concocted a spectacular recipe..."

April 16, 2004 Arts Review by Heather Barfield Cole

Turning Tricks With The Amazing Ray
With nothing up his sleeve, Esther's Follies resident magic man Ray Anderson pulls wonder -- and laughter -- out of thin air.
"...taking a dip in a little place run by Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton called Esther's Pool.He's a Magic..."

Sept. 5, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Esther's veteran Joel McKean passes away, and during a rare Broadway strike Austin playwright John Walch is honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.
"...satirist of the political scene. In fact, Esther's co-founder Shannon Sedwick considers McKean "one of our very best political..."

March 14, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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