• 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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  • Austin Comedy 2015: BettyFest Represents


    by Taylor Stewart Photo by Erin Holsonback Do you have an uncle that thinks that women aren’t funny? You need to de-uncle him right now. Or maybe invite him to BettyFest. Austin has experienced a surge in female comedy performers and it is no coincidence that the scene has grown stronger and more dynamic because […]

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  • Austin Comedy 2015: The Austin Comedy Seance Comes Alive


    by Aaron Brooks Photo by Erin Holsonback Once a year, all hell breaks loose in Austin. The Comedy Seance started its second run in 2013. The original idea, which ran from 2007-2009, came comedy friends Norm Wilkerson and Avi Hartman. “Halloween was coming up and we decided to do something special. I had this idea […]

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  • Austin Comedy 2015: Pgraph Celebrates 10 Years!


    by Courtney Hopkin Improv troupes are generally loosely packed balls of sand. Stuck together at the beginning by the excitement for new friendship and bonds, the ball slowly comes apart, first with a trickle and eventually disintegrating back on to the beach. So it’s no small feat that Austin Improv troupe Parallelogramophonograph just celebrated 10 […]

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