October in Austin! Fall has arrived in all its under-100-degree glory. Here is a just a sample of the tricks and treats coming up on the Austin comedy scene in October. The month opens with two of comedy’s legendary heavy-hitters sharing a bill together.
Steve Martin and Martin Short at Bass Concert Hall
Can we talk about this bill? When is the last time you’ve had the chance to see two-thirds of the Three Amigos live on stage? Steve Martin and Martin Short team up for a night of comedy and self-reflection on two iconic careers, a night that is a stand-up/music/interview mash-up. Expect appearances by Short’s Jiminy Glick character and appearances by Martin's Grammy-Award winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin especially has eschewed live comedy in recent years for his music and literary works, so this evening is a treat.
Dov Davidoff at Cap City Comedy Club
Davidoff is a comedian from Jersey who works as an actor, notably playing across Mark Wahlberg in the movie "Invincible." His comedy resume isn't too shabby, either, having made the rounds of everything from "Chappelle's Show" to "The Tonight Show."
"Stage Dive" at ColdTowne
"Stage Dive" is a fantastic open mic show, usually booked solid in advance. Look for a healthy mix of first-timers and veterans trying out new material. ColdTowne Theater is extremely intimate, so prepare to get up close and personal with some solid Austin comedy.
"The Listening Room" at Genuine Joe
"The Listening Room” is a live storytelling show and podcast hosted by comedian Joey Zimmerman and featuring Austin's top comics and special guests. This October, naturally, is going to be all scary/paranormal stories!
Ali Siddiq at Cap City Comedy Club
Life is good for Houston native Ali Siddiq. Siddiq is a comedian who found his voice while serving time in prison. He uses that experience as a touchstone for comedy and passionate philanthropic work in Texas. Siddiq, a regular on Comedy Central, brings his laid-back style to Cap City.
Neil Brennan at State Theatre
Comedian and filmmaker Neil Brennan made a name for himself co-writing the Dave Chappelle stoner cult classic "Half Baked." So come thank him in person for all the lines you've been quoting since then. Moontower Comedy has been booking some tremendous comedy acts throughout the year, and Brennan keeps the streak rolling. There's not a bad seat in the house at the State!
Andrew Murphy at Velveeta Room
Andrew Murphy hit the Austin comedy scene by way of New York. Since 2011, he’s been featured on the Moontower Comedy Festival and performed alongside Jimmy Pardo and the Lucas Brothers. The fantastic Austin comic Lea'h Sampson opens. The Velveeta Room is going strong after 30 years of comedy on Sixth Street.
"Sandbox" with Rob Gagnon at Fallout Theater
Count on Rob Gagnon to be one of the most consistent performers in Austin. His brilliance is in his seemingly ordinary, earnestly affable shirt-and-tie exterior, when he’ll slip in the most experimental comedy on us, his test subjects. "Sandbox" is no exception to the Gagnon universe. The weekly show began in 2015 as has been running ever since. Did I mention there are snacks?
"La Vida de los Muertos" at Hideout Theater
"La Vida de los Muertos" is a fully improvised story that takes place in the World of the Dead. To stimulate your ears, the show will be accompanied by local mariachi group Crockett High School Mariachi de Oro. "La Vida de los Muertos" promises "plenty of backlight," so expect a visually stunning improv tribute to the Day of the Dead.
"Stool Pigeon" at ColdTowne
"Stool Pigeon" is ColdTowne Theater's flagship show, featuring an all-star cast and a different monologist each week. Enjoy a unique, hilarious show based on the true experiences of the guest storyteller. Past guests have included Wendy Davis, state Sen. Kirk Watson and other heroes wondering what they’re doing in an Austin improv theater. Did we mention the show is free? "Stool Pigeon" is a delight.