MITCH Week: Calling All Austin Improvisers

(M) Merlin Works
(I) The Institution
(T) The New Movement
(C) ColdTowne
(H) The Hideout Theatre

In any given week there are DOZENS of shows happening at the five big theaters/training centers, not to mention troupes producing shows at the University of Texas and other various venues around town.

Odds are you’ve been meaning to check out one of those shows at one of those places that you don’t normally play or see shows. Well, the second week in September is your chance!

We’re encouraging everyone in the community to go out and see at least ONE show at a theater that they don’t usually see shows at. And you can either play it safe and buy/reserve your ticket ahead of time, or you can gamble and just show up – all of the theaters have agreed to adopt an improvisers-see-shows-for-free-if-it’s-not-sold-out-at-showtime policy for the week of September 14-21.

 

Sunday, September 14

2:00 pm – Flying Theater Machine (@ The Hideout Theatre)
The Hideout presents the Flying Theater Machine every Sunday afternoon – improvisers act silly, kids laugh out loud and parents enjoy themselves as a new and unique story unfolds every week based on the kids’ suggestions. Who knows what will happen? Come find out! It’s story time for the imaginative and adventurous! This show is a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten.

6:30 pm – Free Improv Jam Night (@ Merlin Works at ZACH Theatre)
Come by the Kleberg Lobby at the ZACH Theatre for some drinks and snacks while the Merlin Works instructors lead guests through some fun, short-form warm up games. Then stick around for the Second Sunday Comedy Showcase at 8pm.

8:00 pm – Improv at ZACH (@ Merlin Works at ZACH Theatre)
See improv all-stars of Austin, the Known Wizards, headline this improv comedy showcase with spontaneous scenes, hilarious games, surprisingly good songs, and fantastic stories all made up on the spot based on audience input. You say it, we play it–like magic! Every show features a student showcase, guest troupe and the Known Wizards.

8:00 pm – The Rubber Room (@ The Institution Theater)
Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot? Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at The Institution Theater. The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment. After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. You’d be crazy to miss this.

8:00 pm – Pass the Mic (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement presents awesome stand-up with a twist of experimentation. Some of Austin’s best comics showcase their latest before joining each other onstage to riff off audience suggestions. No telling what direction the show will take. Hosted by Joe Faina. Pass the Mic is now EVERY DAMN SUNDAY, Y’ALL. Bring your smart phone and your flawlessness.

8:00 pm – The Weekender (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Every Sunday the Hideout presents showcases of up-and-coming student performers followed by the most experienced troupes in town. Get blown away by the raw, joyful energy of new improvisers and then relax into the confident comedy of Austin’s most seasoned players. This week’s line-up is a Level Four showcase, a Level Seven showcase and an experienced improv troupe.

8:30 pm – Oh, Science! (@ ColdTowne Theater)
A night out can be tough: Expensive dinner. Expensive drinks. Expensive show. Expensive parking. Emotionally-expensive street harassment by cantankerous 6th street hooligans. Well, ColdTowne Theater wants to make the evening a little easier on you. Every Sunday night ColdTowne house troupe Oh, Science! offers a cheap improv comedy show. So bring your date, bring your friends, bring your crazy uncle Fred, and join us this Sunday (and every Sunday) for some end-of-week shenanigans.

9:30 pm – My Worst Best Friend (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement presents a stand-up comedy game show based on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life. Audience members team up to support stand-ups as they perform their best jokes and engage in comedic challenges inspired by Groucho Marx’s classic game show You Bet Your Life. In the end, one audience member will win a very funny new best friend

Monday, September 15

8:00 pm – Snafu Improv (@ The University of Texas)
Join us for a never seen-again comedy made up on the spot. SNAFU Improv is UT’s longform improv troupe and rely on audience suggestions to make our show! We reside in RLM 4.102 off Dean Keeton and Speedway and our shows run from 8-9PM. Invite your friends and we’ll see you there!

8:30 pm – Monday Night Mash (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Monday nights, we mash-up three of Austin’s best improv comedy groups to perform for your pleasure. $5 gets you in and it’s always BYOB! This week features Bear Derby (Coldtowne Conservatory production presenting the “Small Universe” format), The Relatives (You’re relatives aren’t crazy. We are.) and Wink Planet (the industry leader in humor technology, stringing together humorous words, accents, gestures and faces in arrangements never before seen on a stage!).

9:00 pm – Sam Harter’s Comedy Challenge (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement presents on-the-spot comedy challenges! See Austin’s greatest improvisational stand-up’s make anything funny on the damn spot as they compete in surprise comedy challenges – from ‘Unknown Stand-Up Topics’ to ‘The Random Movie Voiceover Challenge’ to ‘Taking Suggestions from Sam’s Mom.’ Will they survive? Will any of us?

9:00 pm – Austin Comedy Hour (@ Spiderhouse Ballroom)
The New Movement presents a monthly stand-up comedy showcase of Austin’s best comics. Join hosts Lisa Friedrich and Rob Gagnon every third Monday at the Spider House Ballroom.

10:00 pm – Schtick! (@ ColdTowne Theater)
ColdTowne Theater presents open mic stand-up. The best and the worst of Austin stand-up comics gather every Monday to work out their newest material. Expect to discover a new favorite comic you’ve never seen before, expect horrible trainwrecks, expect magic! Best part of all, still BYOB and NO COVER. Show starts at 10PM finishes about midnight. If you’re interested in performing, email SchtickMe@gmail.com by Monday at noon.

Tuesday, September 16

8:30 pm – You Are Cordially Invited… (@ ColdTowne Theater)
You are cordially invited to attend a wedding at ColdTowne. Sign the guest book, grab a drink, and catch all the love, drama, and characters as a fly on the wall of the various rooms on this very special day.

10:00 pm – Tuesday Night Jam (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Every Tuesday night at ColdTowne is an open improv jam – come meet people, hang out, and get some reps in so your improv muscles look sick and ripped. We will all warm up together, and give a super brief rundown of what we’ll be doing in case it’s anyone’s first time. Then we will number off into groups and run short sets for each other. After everyone has gone we’ll take a brief break, and then divide into new groups to go again (and again?). Spread the word! Anyone is welcome to attend.

9:00 pm – Austin Improv Happy Hour (@ Violet Crown Social Club)
Stop boring your muggle friends with improv shop talk! Come shoot the shit with like-minded improvisers from Austin’s massive improv scene. Make some new friends, generate a new drunkenly brilliant show idea, meet that cute new guy or girl. This is a Happy Hour! Improvisers and friends of improv welcome! Come after your show, rehearsal or class! The Violet Crown is cheap drinks and a pleasant atmosphere for shooting the shit and talking shop.

Wednesday, September 17

8:00 pm – Opposites (@ The New Movement)
Patrick and Mark are dear friends, but their contrary personalities make it difficult for them to tolerate each other for very long. The only way they can express their true feelings to each other is by hiding behind improvised characters and situations that they create as the comedy duo Opposites.
Join Opposites Patrick and Mark every Wednesday night as they tolerate each other long enough to explore contrary points of view through the use of multiple story lines, swapped characters and colliding narratives.

8:30 pm – Miller & Purselley (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Miller and Purselley is a two man improv group who explore the narratives of everyday life, concentrating on the intricacies and nuance of grounded characters and the truth of those lives in the moment. They seek the story that’s already happening on stage and with the audience and follow it. Two Actors. Real Characters. One Story.

9:30 pm – Good Fight (@ The New Movement)
Wednesdays, right? They’re kind of the worst. Let Good Fight save your week by joining us at The New Movement every Wednesday night at 9:30 for free beer and free laughs with their unique brand of fast, high-energy, no-rules improv comedy. Come check out these spitfires as they set out to conquer Wednesdays for the good of all mankind. Good Fight is Tre Fuentes, David Howe, Courtney Sevener, and Jeff Whitaker.

10:00 pm – CageMatch (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Combining the time-honored American traditions of democracy and comedy, CageMatch is a competitive improv comedy show where the audience decides who advances in an eight week tournament. The winner gets to add their named to the hallowed CageMatch Championship Barbed Wire 2×4 – aka the Chump Chucker. The loser gets to live to see another day, maybe. Three troupes enter, one troupe leaves every Wednesday night at 10 PM.

Thursday, September 18

6:30 pm – Improv Zero (@ The New Movement)
Interested in taking a class with the New Movement? Want to test drive it first? Well, Improv Zero is your ticket! In this FREE weekly class, we walk you through some exercises and bullet points of what comprises an improv education with our conservatory. We go over the basics of what makes improv awesome and why we are awesome teachers of improv. So grab a few friends and come out any Thursday at 6:30p for a FREE IMPROV CLASS (and stick around for lots of fun shows afterwards)!

7:30 pm – Student Union (@ The New Movement)
Every Thursday the students take over the New Movement! Led by the TNM Student Council, this improv jam is open to all levels of TNM students and alumni. Show up at 7:15, put your name in the mix, and we’ll put you in a group to perform a short show in front of an actual audience!

8:00 pm – The Threefer (@ The Hideout Theatre)
This is Austin’s original improv variety show! Every Thursday three WILDLY DIFFERENT groups from theaters all over town converge at the Hideout for one surprisingly affordable three-shows-for-the-price-of-one entertainment extravaganza. This is where improvisers come to show off their moves and to watch each other tear up the stage.

8:30 pm – Light’s Up! (@ The New Movement)
Lights Up! is a weekly improv show that features the New Movement’s hottest house groups who are on the rise! These are the newest, baddest, freshest troupes coming out of our conservatory to date. Every week, we highlight a different troupe and every season has a different host troupe! Come see comedy the way it was meant to be seen…on Thursday nights at 8:30p! And stay for the insane craziness of TNM’s Block Party afterwards!

8:30 pm – The USA Presents: The F*ckin Media, Man (@ ColdTowne Theater)
This is the greatest country in the entire world. Everybody knows that. But there is one thing that would have you believe otherwise… The F*cking Media, Man. The USA (an improv team as great as the country for which it’s named) will teach the media a thing or too. They’ll take stories and current events and turn them into mind blowing comedy. Come take this country back from the LAME STREAM with the most patriotic comedy team in the world. USA! USA! USA! Carlos LaRotta, Kirk Johnson, Will Cleveland, and Chris Mckeever are some of Austin’s funniest, fastest, and (when they want to be) smartest improvisers. Come witness them use their honesty and common sense to take on The F*ckin Media, Man.

9:30 pm – Block Party (@ The New Movement)
Check out the New Movement’s anything-goes open mic that happens every Thursday at 9:30pm. This show is hosted by Terance McDavid and Yousef Roach and features standup, sketch, and performance art (maybe!). Whatver you want to do, come do it and see what happens. To get some stage time on Block Party please tweet to Terance McDavid @Tmcd02 or email TNMBlockPartyAustin@gmail.com!

10:00 pm – The Mission (@ ColdTowne Theater)
The Mission is a playful project in storytelling at ColdTowne Theater. Centered around a monthly theme autobiographical storytellers are interspersed with performances in other storytelling mediums to create a unique and eclectic show.

10:00 pm – The Free Fringe (@ The Hideout Theatre)
After a few drinks at the bar, improvisers are prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea for a show…” Every Thursday night the Free Fringe is where those dreams go to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week is dramatically different – improvisers tied up with ropes, 50 performers onstage, blindfolded actors, improvising dogs, the list goes on. THE FREE FRINGE IS FREE. Reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a seat.

Friday, September 19

7:00 pm – Gigglepants (@ The University of Texas)
Gigglepants is UT’s only short-form improv comedy troupe. Every show, we create new, never-seen-practiced-done-before comedy, all based off of your suggestions. And we do it all for free!

7:00 pm – Movie Riot (@ ColdTowne Theater)
ColdTowne presents a live comedy double header event. Two teams of comedy juggernauts take the ColdTowne Theater stage to create brand new never-before-seen movies live on stage. From a given song title or lyric, the performers will lovingly craft complete improvised films, all made up on the spot. But the fun doesn’t end there. Add in free margaritas, popcorn, and movie candies and you’ve got a recipe for a killer cinema-inspired live comedy event.

7:30 pm – 2×4 (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Peanut Butter and Jelly. Bangers and Mash. Moose and Squirrel. Some of the best things in life come in 2s. That is the principle on which our brand spankin’ new 2×4 showcase is built. Each week four (yes four!) two-person teams of improvisers will do their best to show you that less is more. Come see some of the finest talent in town in a whole new way.

8:00 pm – Crash Every Party (@ The Institution Theater)
iScream Sandwich is inviting you to improv and cocktails with the cool kids. Pillow fight at the slumber party in the other room, shake your groove thing at the Dance Party down the hall, trade barbs at the Political Party, or go for 7 Minutes in Heaven. iScream Sandwich invites you to attend as many parties as are spread out throughout The Institution Theater in that one night nestled between two energetic sets of improv. Every week will feature different celebrations throughout the building hosted by improv mavens, iScream Sandwich and a different special guest troupe, with each showcasing their hilarious audience-inspired comedy to close and open the night, respectively. Attendees will also get a photo booth, the magic of Andrew Johnston and free iScream Sandwich cocktails. This week’s guest troupe is BOSS.

8:00 pm – The Big Bash (@ The Hideout Theatre)
The Big Bash‘s all-star lineup of performers will kick off your weekend with games, scenes and an improvised movie in the genre of your choosing. This show combines the very best parts of the Hideout’s award-winning shows and improv comedians. The Big Bash is a guaranteed hilarious date night, company outing, bachelorette party and more. Join our spectacular, all-star cast year-round for top notch improv comedy.

8:30 pm – Bad Boys (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Bad Boys have garnered acclaim as one of the best improv comedy ensembles working in Austin, playing to sold out houses across the city and inspiring audience reviews such as “everyone in the ‘Bad Boys’ troupe wears glasses. They were also hilarious,” and “I mean, they’re weird, sure, but it’s funny.” They perform in a way that is both fierce and highly intelligent, like velociraptors.

9:00 pm – Water Park: Musical Improv (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement brings you the only comedy troupe in Texas that sings, dances and plays their own instruments. They all changed the game. Only one is still doing it. Water Park. Every Friday in September at 9pm at The New Movement.

10:00 pm – Late Night Time Machine (@ The Institution Theater)
Late Night Time Machine with Teddy Hancox is a time-travelling talk show from the questionably tasteless age of 1968, complete with guests flown in from anywhere across the history of mankind. From Socrates, Sigmund Freud and Shirley Temple, to Bindi Irwin, Justin Bieber and Paula Deen, no personality is too large or clash too great for hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-womaning host Teddy Hancox. Each episode will feature new guests and new mind-blowing adventures, unbelievable backstage interactions, and live commercials from an era of American history best left unremembered.

10:00 pm – Live at ColdTowne (@ ColdTowne Theater)
It is a well-known fact that Austin is one of the best cities to see stand-up comedy. Over the last five years, the Texas comedy scene has blown up. And ColdTowne Theater has been right in the center of that explosion every Friday night with Live at ColdTowne. You may recognize many of the comics who perform at Live at ColdTowne from Comedy Central, HBO, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and more! After seven years, Live at Coldtowne is one of the oldest regular stand up showcases in town! This show sells out, so get your tickets in advance or show up early. The show consists of a mix of 10 performers ranging from first time open-micers to seasoned pros. Every week features a different headliner who will perform a 15-20 minute set. To sign up or see this week’s headliner, visit: http://liveatcoldtowne.com!

10:00 pm – Pgraph Presents (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Parallelogramophonograph (Kareem Badr, Kaci Beeler, Roy Janik, and Valerie Ward) has been performing together for over 8 years and 500 shows (and counting!). They specialize in improvising full-length plays, ranging from delightful and frenzied to dark and sinister. PGraph has toured internationally and performed at the most prestigious improv festivals in the world as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Their love for theatre and a hive-mind-like ensemble combine to produce some of the most unique improvised plays you’ll ever see. Each week, Parallelogramophonograph will split the bill with one of their favorite troupes in town.

10:30 pm – Plugged: The Real @ChrisTrew Show  (@ The New Movement)
The Real @ChrisTrew Show is a little bit of everything and the opposite of nothing. It’s comedy curated by a guy who was called “highly offensive” by Howard Stern on America’s Got Talent who was probably joking. He also finished dead last in an Austin-American Statesman Most Eligible Bachelor poll like, 5 years ago and he hasn’t stopped bringing it up. Do not fall for the fake Chris Trew, please.

Saturday, September 20

10:00 am – What’s the Story, Steve? (@ ColdTowne Theater)
What’s the Story Steve? is improvised, interactive story theater for kids. Featuring Steve, the improvising poodle, these shows invite audience members to help our cast create original, high-energy stories. Great for all ages, audience members are welcome to participate or just sit back and enjoy the show.

4:15 pm – Free Class (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Curious about classes at the Hideout Theatre, but not quite ready to commit to six weeks and $189? Come check out a FREE sample of our classes. We’ll give you a low-pressure taste of the games, exercises and basic philosophies that we teach in our Level One classes. Free classes are every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month.

6:00 pm – Maestro RAW (@ The Hideout Theatre)
The Hideout Theatre presents a chance to view the rising stars of the Hideout as they battling it out in a RAW version of our signature show Maestro. Twelve Hideout students and up-and-coming improvisers from around town compete in games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Only one improviser will survive to the end and be crowned Maestro. Come cheer on your favorites and soon-to-be favorites.

8:00 pm – Risen (@ The Institution Theater)
The Institution Theater presents RISEN: Improv Inspired by World War Z. Each week, an acclaimed Austin actor will perform an edited selection from World War Z by Max Brooks, sharing a their first­hand account of the zombie apocalypse. Each monologue will be from a different part of the world and a different level of outbreak. The improv cast will then do a full length narrative based on the monologue they just heard. This will take us anywhere from China to Antarctica, island post war economy to the Paris underground, through the panic of the outbreak to the front lines of the Z War and back again. Each week a new world, a new story, a new tale of survival or decimation.

8:00 pm – Film Trivia Throwdown! (@ The New Movement)
Two teams prove their movie knowledge in an hour-long movie trivia game show with challenges like charades, on-the-spot poetry writing, jeopardy style quiz rounds, and more! FREE prizes! BYOB! What could be better? Hosted by G-Su Paek, Eva Shivers and Karen Early!

8:00 pm – Reform School for Wayward Girls (@ The Hideout Theatre)
The Hideout Theatre presents a brand new improvised show set in a 1970s all-girls reform school. Some of Austin’s best female improvisors are underage and under lock and key in this fun, sexy, and smart new improvised show set in a 1970s all-girls reform school. Do BAD GIRLS really have more fun? Of course they do! Come witness the most delinquent girls in the history of socially-conscious theatre reveal their secrets and sins with riveting consequences. And of course, no 1970s reformatory school would be complete without its stern headmasters, ineffectual teachers, lecherous lunch ladies, and local bad boy heart-throbs waiting cooly outside St. Agatha’s pristine gates.

8:30 pm – It’s Saturday Night! (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Drawing from almost 40 years of comedy history, cultural icons, and social commentary the cast of “It’s Saturday Night!” will perform new and unique sketches each week, as well as give the audience a peek at the improvised behind-the-scenes antics of the cast and crew as they struggle to put together live TV. Inspired by shows like “30 Rock,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “The Muppet Show” the Not Ready for Any Time Players will combine sketch and improv into live comedy performance unlike anything else in Austin.

9:00 m – Bad Example (@ The New Movement)
TNM’s amazing sketch show is back! Every Saturday the geniuses behind Bad Example will present a brand new hour of comedy for your viewing pleasure. It’s a big undertaking, and it’s going to be awesome. Presented by an exciting collection of sketch minds, Bad Example is written and performed by Cody Cartagena, Roxy Castillo, Micheal Foulk, Vanessa Marie Gonzalez, Ariel Greenspoon, & Jeff Whitaker.

10:00 pm – Mouthing Off: Stand-Up or Shut Up (@ The Institution Theater)
Boring weekend? Not anymore… Regina Soto returns to The Institution Theater stage as host of this stand-up showdown. Each week, “Mouthing Off: Stand-Up or Shut Up” will invite comedians from around Austin to bring their unique blend of hilarious and entertaining antics to center stage. Armed only with a microphone and their wit, these comedians will have to Stand-up or Shut up. Leading up to the show be sure to check out The Institution Theater’s Facebook page for that week’s lineups.

10:00 pm – The Frank Mills and Midnight Society (@ ColdTowne Theater)
ColdTowne Theater comedy powerhouses Midnight Society and The Frank Mills come together every Saturday night to perform smart, character-driven and absurdest comedy. The Frank Mills are all graduates of iO Chicago and have performed and taught at Second City, Boom! Chicago (Amsterdam), the Annoyance Theater and more! In 2005, they founded the educational arm of the ColdTowne Conservatory alongside Coldtowne and continue to train ColdTowne’s improv talent. They are multiple B. Iden Payne, Frontera Fest Best of Fest Winners and Austin Chronicle Best of Austin winners. Midnight Society is regularly sighted as one of the funniest improv troupes in Austin. Graduates of the ColdTowne Conservatory, Midnight Society’s members have accrued multiple B. Iden Payne award nominations and have toured across the country performing improv at festivals from New York to Phoenix. If you’re new to improv or ColdTowne Theater, this show is the best place to start.

10:00 pm – Maestro (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Every Saturday the Hideout presents twelve of Austin’s virtuoso improv comedians for a night of games and scenes based on audience suggestions — but only one of them will make it to the end of the show and be crowned MAESTRO for the week and awarded the coveted Canadian five-dollar bill. Austin’s longest running improv show, Maestro is guaranteed hilarious.

10:30 pm – The Megaphone Show (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement’s longest running show is every Saturday night! At each Megaphone Show we invite a special guest/local celebrity/fun-person-about-town up on stage to share a few of their favorite true stories. We take details of these stories to inspire fast, smart improv comedy. Come see why this has quickly become our most popular show.

11:15 pm – Play by Play (@ ColdTowne Theater)
Will Cleveland and Chris McKeever provide color commentary over Improv sets with Austin’s best improvisers.

11:45 pm – Port-a-Potty Make-Out Booth (@ The New Movement)
Tired of clean sketch comedy? Sick of spending your Friday nights in church basements, watching the local youth group perform skits about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt and improper hygiene? Have you ever wondered what would happen if an elite team of unsafe motorists and unwashed perverts produced a sketch comedy show just for you? Well, tough titties. Just kidding, idiot! TNM proudly presents Port-a-Potty Make-Out Booth, Austin’s dirtiest, raunchiest sketch show… ever!

Sunday, September 21

2:00 pm – Flying Theater Machine (@ The Hideout Theatre)
The Hideout presents the Flying Theater Machine every Sunday afternoon – improvisers act silly, kids laugh out loud and parents enjoy themselves as a new and unique story unfolds every week based on the kids’ suggestions. Who knows what will happen? Come find out! It’s story time for the imaginative and adventurous! This show is a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten.

3:00 pm – Merlin Works Mixer (@ Merlin Works at ZACH Theatre)
Beat the heat with some hilarious improv! Come mix, mingle, and laugh like crazy at the FREE Merlin Works Improv Mixer – a low-pressure jam where you can meet, mingle, practice and play with talented improvisers from all over town. The Mixer is a great place for beginners to rehearse and perform and for experienced improvisers to promote their coaching skills. With our home at the Kleberg Stage at ZACH, it’s also a great chance to share the joy of improv with the Greater Austin community. And, as always, it’s FREE! Anyone can come to play or just come to watch– so come on!

8:00 pm – The Rubber Room (@ The Institution Theater)
Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot? Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at The Institution Theater. The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment. After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. You’d be crazy to miss this.

8:00 pm – Pass the Mic (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement presents awesome stand-up with a twist of experimentation. Some of Austin’s best comics showcase their latest before joining each other onstage to riff off audience suggestions. No telling what direction the show will take. Hosted by Joe Faina. Pass the Mic is now EVERY DAMN SUNDAY, Y’ALL. Bring your smart phone and your flawlessness.

8:00 pm – The Weekender (@ The Hideout Theatre)
Every Sunday the Hideout presents showcases of up-and-coming student performers followed by the most experienced troupes in town. Get blown away by the raw, joyful energy of new improvisers and then relax into the confident comedy of Austin’s most seasoned players. This week’s line-up is a Level Two showcase, a Level Seven showcase and an experienced troupe.

8:30 pm – Oh, Science! (@ ColdTowne Theater)
A night out can be tough: Expensive dinner. Expensive drinks. Expensive show. Expensive parking. Emotionally-expensive street harassment by cantankerous 6th street hooligans. Well, ColdTowne Theater wants to make the evening a little easier on you. Every Sunday night ColdTowne house troupe Oh, Science! offers a cheap improv comedy show. So bring your date, bring your friends, bring your crazy uncle Fred, and join us this Sunday (and every Sunday) for some end-of-week shenanigans.

9:30 pm – Set/ Re-Set (@ The New Movement)
The New Movement presents comedians doing sets of jokes suited for a traditional comedy club, and then with a little help from the audience and hosts, they’ll re-tell their best jokes with an absurd twist. Hosted by Eric Nagurney.

Andy Crouch is an improv instructor, performer, director, trainer, facilitator, administrator, mover, shaker, lover, fighter in Austin, Texas.

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