Is 2018 really almost over? It sure takes a lot to survive in Austin for a year. It was a year of Beto, boiled water and abundant amounts of comedy. Comedy in Austin is the antidote for just about everything that can go wrong. Did a grackle steal your queso? See some comedy. Waited in line for nine hours for Franklin Barbecue only to have it sell out when you arrive? See some comedy. You get the idea. Comedy in Austin is diverse, thrilling and eclectic, just like the city itself.
Here is a sampling from the comedy smorgasbord that will see you through to the other side of 2019.
Kate Willett at Velveeta Room. She was recently a correspondent for the “Jim Jeffries Show” at Politicon 2017 and was featured on Viceland’s “Flophouse” and Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening.” In the past, she toured with Margaret Cho nationally and internationally and has featured with comedians like Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Ali Wong, Dana Gould and Greg Behrendt. Have I named-dropped enough? Here’s one more. The tremendously talented local comic Lisa Friedrich will be opening the bill. Start your month off right at the Velv!
"Free Fringe" at Hideout Theater. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Austin improv scene is overflowing with creativity. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only. Every week will be dramatically different.
"Sure Thing" at Fallout Theater. My heart goes aflutter for Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson’s weekly standard "Sure Thing." O’Grady and Carson are like sommeliers of comedy, curating every show like a full-course meal. They also run a comedy record label, producing an aces roster of local and national artists. This show is packed with talent and often sells out. It’s, you know, a Sure Thing.
"Stool Pigeon" at ColdTowne Theater. "Stool Pigeon" is ColdTowne's flagship show, featuring an all-star cast and a different monologist each week. Enjoy a unique, hilarious show based on true experiences of the guest storyteller. Past guests have included Wendy Davis, 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.
Dudley and Bob with Matt Sideshow at Cap City Comedy Club. The popular KLBJ morning show has been a good home for both local and touring comics. They launched their Sideshow Podcast four years ago. If you haven't already gotten your ticket, sorry to say it's technically sold out.
JR Brow at Cap City Comedy Club. Brow is a former Funniest Person in Austin winner, and, man, his act is phenomenally funny. Expect music, mayhem and frenetic physicality. He’s also one of the nicest dudes around. The Brow is a local icon.
Eddie B.’s Teachers Only Comedy Tour at Bass Concert Hall. Teaching is a stressful job. I know I put teachers through the wringer as a student myself. So, it’s no surprise that teachers need a creative outlet so they don’t go bonkers. Enter Eddie B. The Houston native and the creator of the video series “What Teachers Really Say” will be headlining with a cast of educators that will tickle your funny bone while taking you to school. No hall pass required.
Doug Benson at Cap City Comedy Club. Make your New Year Eve’s special with Doug Benson’s Homecoming Comedy Parade. Benson has been a cult favorite ever since his 2008 indie documentary “Super High Me” billowed its way into the lungs of audiences. He’s built a sizable podcast audience with his “Getting Doug with High” and “Doug Loves Movies” podcast. The latter is also being recorded at Cap City on Dec. 29. So, puff, pass, and please come celebrate the New Year in a happy haze!