• ASF Hot Seat: Chrissy Shackelford


    Eighteen months ago, ColdTowne Theater alumni Chrissy Shackelford moved to New York City to pursue her comedy writing and acting career. In that time, she’s ascended to the Characters Welcome House Team at UCB and has landed a coveted faculty position at the same theater. Her one-person show, Diane Shangri-La Presents, debuted at the Pit […]

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  • ASF Hot Seat: Cené


    If you throw a stone at an Austin Comedy project, there’s a better than average chance it’ll hit Cené (and cut it out with the stone throwing, huh Austin? It’s getting a little uncomfortable). She’s a member of the improv teams Damn, Gina, Kingz, and Loverboy, as well as the musical comedy show Love Me […]

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  • ASF Hot Seat: Vanessa Gonzalez


    Vanessa Gonzalez is pure comedy gold – notable for her sketch, improv, AND stand-up chops. But she’s made perhaps the biggest splash with her series of one-person sketch shows “I Don’t Know Words,” “I Don’t Know Dating,” and now, “I Don’t Know Why You’re Saying That.” In the last few years she’s taken her shows […]

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  • The ASF 2016 Line-up First Wave!


    We are pleased as punch (punch is very happy with itself) to announce our first wave of performers for the seventh annual Austin Sketch Comedy Festival, playing May 23rd to the 29th at ColdTowne Theater, Spider House Ballroom, and the Hideout Theater. We’ll have headlining shows from NYC’s Bellevue (creators of the “lost” Seinfeld episode), […]

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  • 9 Reasons You Should Submit to Austin Sketch Fest


    or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Listicle by Ryan Darbonne Photos by Steve Rogers In addition to the parades, BBQ’s and slew of preventable drunk driving deaths, this Memorial Day weekend marks the 6th annual Austin Sketch Fest. Produced, booked, and organized by ColdTowne Theater, Austin Sketch Fest features some of […]

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  • Austin Comedy 2015: Sure Thing Records Makes Some Noise


    by Mac Blake Sure Thing Records release it’s first album in 2014. Sure Thing Live! was a compilation of material from 15 different comedians including the label’s founders (and co-hosts of the weekly show) Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson. That was it for that year. But Brendan and Duncan must have spent the rest […]

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  • Austin Comedy 2015: The Irreplaceable Andy Ritchie


    by John Merriman Andy Ritchie loved stand-up comedy. He loved the form. He was easily the youngest touring comic I had ever seen when we met in the early 2000s and had such an ease on stage. He loved watching other comics succeed but he also delighted in watching terrible standup comedy. He worked for […]

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  • Austin Comedy 2015: Joe Versus the Tornado


    by Mac Blake Photos by Steve Rogers Joe Wengert’s show during Austin Sketch Fest, “Stages of Adulthood”, was the funniest show I saw in Austin this year. The Kroll Show writer and performer lovingly brought to life an assembly of characters representing a parade of struggle. My favorite was the constantly about-to-cry CEO of Ross […]

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