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David Cross, Dave Foley and Dennis Miller lead November comedy calendar

Dale Roe
“The Daily Show” correspondent Wyatt Cenac is slated to perform stand-up comedy at the 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Comics for veterans, veteran comics and, yes, two more festivals highlight November’s jam-packed comedy lineup. Let’s get to it:

Comics for Courage

Nov. 9-10

On Veterans Day weekend, Comics for Courage brings past winners of the Funniest Person in Austin contest to the Cap City stage, where they’ll raise the roof, along with some money, for the Wounded Warrior Project and Vet Dogs. Performers include Howard Beecher, Ramin Nazer, Bryan Gutman and Matt Sadler.

Cap City owner Rich Miller believed the cause was worthy of a prime weekend slot, according to Comics for Courage executive director Christopher Cannon — himself a FPIA alumnus (he took the title in 1995, the same year he founded the organization).

“I did the road thing for 20 years and decided I needed to do something different, something that satisfies both my love of the stage and my devotion for my fellow military veterans,” Cannon says. “I just feel these folks need help. There is more to this comedy scene than getting on Letterman or a series — working for something larger than the limelight.”

Comics for Courage visits high schools and educates students on issues affecting veterans — particularly those who have been wounded — through comedy and improvisation. The organization has staged 30 U.S. shows in the past year, spanning from an aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi to a high school on Long Island, N.Y. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. $15-$19. 467-2333,

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Nov. 2-4

David Cross, “The Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac and Hannibal Buress highlight a roster of more than 35 comedians, comedy troupes and events on the FFF Fest’s yellow stage. Sketch comedy, magicians, eating contests, a Weird Al tribute band and even championship wrestling join national headliners and local stand-ups for your entertainment pleasure … at least until your daddy takes your T-Bird away. Various times, Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Drive. One-day passes, $75; Three-day passes start at $175.


Nov. 8-10

Mmmmm … comedy and waffles. More than 25 of Austin’s best improv troupes, including Available Cupholders and Your Dad’s Friends, converge on The Hideout to gorge on laughter from audiences gorging on waffles, butter, whipped cream, strawberries, syrup, chocolate sauce and Nutella. Various times, The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave. $11-$13. 443-3688.

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Nov. 12-16

Are you a cat person? Good. We can get you all in one place then lock the door! That place would be the Blue Theatre, where house cats will ride skateboards, jump through hoops, ring bells and roll barrels for your viewing pleasure. Want to see a cat play the guitar? The show features the all-cat combo The Rock-Cats, managed by trainer Samantha Martin. Yes, you can see cats do strange and adorable things when you’re not on the Internet, too! 7 p.m. (with additional 10 p.m. shows Thursday-Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday). Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale Road. $18. 378-3952,

Dave Foley

Nov. 16

What’s this all aboot? Former “The Kids in the Hall” and “Newsradio” star Foley brings his distinctly skewed and Canadian (is that redundant?) sense of humor to Austin for two shows. With Foley’s influences ranging from Frank Zappa to the Marx Brothers, audiences can expect silly, juvenile humor; smart (and liberal) political material; and lots of laughs in between. 7 and 10 p.m., Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. $30. 474-1221,

Rich Little

Nov. 16

The 73-year-old mimic can still knock out mean Ronald Reagan and Cary Grant impersonation. Those American icons and others join the one-man cast of “Jimmy Stewart & Friends,” Little’s tribute to the cinematic icon and childhood idol who later became a close friend. Little also channels John Wayne, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson and others in his tribute to Stewart. 7 and 9:30 p.m., One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. $20-$60. 330-9500,

Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller

Nov. 23

OK, Bill O’Reilly is not technically a comedian, although he hails from Scranton, Pa., setting of NBC’s “The Office.” Does that count? Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Miller joins him for an evening of what — conservative comedy? I can’t find any description of what they’ll be doing other than “taking the country by storm,” but a tour trailer shows the pair stalking the stage with microphones ranting about airplanes and “Iron Man 2.” 8 p.m., Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. $68.50-$128.50. 477-6060,

My Heart is an Idiot

Nov. 29

Found Magazine has collected and published stumbled-upon love letters, grocery lists, napkin-scrawled poetry and other random ephemera for a decade. To commemorate the anniversary and to celebrate co-founder Davy Rothbart’s new book of personal essays, the Found gang is bringing new finds, book excerpts and original songs based on found items to Austin. 8 p.m., Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. $12. 476-1320,

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