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Steve Martin, Doug Benson and ‘Night Vale’ play Austin in July

Dale Roe
Comedian Doug Benson performs standup at Cap City Comedy Club on July 5.

Wow. It seems like all of the touring comics are on summer vacation; our usually bursting live comedy calendar isn’t so marked-up this month. Still, the always reliable Doug Benson is swinging through; there’s a live sex show (oh, relax!); and Steve Martin’s strummin’ on the ol’ banjo. Finally, the Paramount took my advice and booked “Welcome to Night Vale.” Here are the deets on those shows and a couple of others:

Doug Benson

July 5

What hasn’t stoner hero Doug Benson done? He’s been a “Last Comic Standing” finalist and a veteran of Austin’s South by Southwest and the Moontower Comedy Festival. He hosts “The Benson Interruption,” “The Doug Benson Movie Interruption,” the popular “Doug Loves Movies” podcast and celebrity pot-fest “Getting Doug With High” (clearly one thing he has done is figured out a way to get his name out there). Ages 18 and older. 4:20 p.m. (get it?), Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. $20. 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

Also at Cap City in July: Mike MacRae, July 2-5; Bret Ernst, July 9-12; Mick Foley, July 13; Damien Lemon, July 16-19; Tommy Johnagin, July 23-26.

S.E.X.

July 11-13

Join sexuality educator Karen Rayne and social justice comedian Sam Killermann for an evening of laughing, learning and lasciviousness billed as “a live sex show, but not that kind of sex show.” Killermann cracks wise about the topic, while Rayne answers anonymous audience questions. 9 p.m., Studio 41, 2410 East Riverside Drive. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. www.haveyouseensex.com.

“Welcome to Night Vale”

July 17

Steel yourself for this rare live performance of the popular podcast that goes by the same name. Presented in the style of a community news update from the small desert town of Night Vale, host Cecil Baldwin reports on the town’s extraordinary phenomena, such as mind-controlling clouds; strange, dangerous new species; and alien encounters as if they were mundane, everyday occurrences (think NPR meets Art Bell). Audiences routinely report a thrilling sense of electricity and foreboding during these performances, which also feature live music. 7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $32-$42. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

Jamie Kilstein

July 25

Watch political comic Kilstein, who co-hosts the popular Internet radio show “Citizen Radio” with Allison Kilkenny, rant about everything evil. Constantly compared to Bill Hicks, Kilstein is a thinking man’s standup who does not suffer fools lightly and delivers material of substance on subjects including politics, stupidity and intolerance. 8 p.m., the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 512-696-2590, www.newmovementtheater.com.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

July 29

Everyone’s favorite wild and crazy guy straps on his banjo, welcomes guest Edie Brickell and gets down to business with the Grammy-winning, North Carolina bluegrass band. Yeah, we know this is a musical performance, but it’s a lean comedy month and Martin is a legend. While you’re not likely to see an arrow through his head, previous audiences report that the show contains plenty of homespun humor. 8 p.m., Dell Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $49-$119. 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.

Esther’s Follies

Weekends in July

Hillary Clinton dodges questions about Benghazi and steers toward the White House (with hubby Bill riding shot gun) in “On the Road Again,” one of the many sketches in the Austin institution’s summer musical and comedy revue. Another bit, “Beach Blanket Obama!” finds the president encountering a gang of motorcycle thugs led by Ted Cruz. As always, magician Ray Anderson amazes with a pair of large-scale illusions. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $24-$29. 512-320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.