BELLY LAUGHS GALORE
Laughter might just be the best medicine. Have a good giggle at one of these Austin comedy clubs or events, where the humor flows freely.
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest
This is one of those Austin events you won't want to miss. The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest is a four-day extravaganza boasting an all-star lineup of more than 100 comedians from across the globe. Presented by the Paramount Theatre, this comedy festival offers humor for every type of fan, as national headliners, up-and-coming comics and local laughsters unleash hilarious wit in the form of musical comedy, stand-up, sketch and improv. Expect to see the likes of Martin Short, Kevin Smith, Maya Rudolph and many more.
For an improv comedy club that promises a rollicking good time, plan an evening at The Hideout Theatre, where sharp-witted performers spin spontaneous jokes and plotlines with astounding ease, as they make up all their comedy, plays and sketches on the spot.
Try the Capital City Comedy Club for big-name headliners like Dave Attell and Bill Bellamy and discover up-and-comers at Open Mic Sundays with just $2 admission.
Did someone say musical comedy? At Esther's Follies, catch Austin's longest-running sketch comedy and musical revue, where musical numbers are interspersed between satirical sketches and magical illusions for an all-around good time.
For a sidesplitting show, don't miss What's the Story Steve at ColdTowne. The improvised, interactive story theater is kid-friendly and audience members are invited to participate or just sit back and enjoy.
The New Movement Theater brings veteran performers and talented rookies to the local improv scene. Attend their weekly Knock-Out! comedy competition or take a free improv class. Struggling with a weekday slump? Order a pick-me-up with the Good Fight, a high-energy improv comedy show every Wednesday. It's BYOB (and free!).
Enjoy stand-up at The North Door, one of the largest independently owned live music venues in East Austin, or creative sketch comedy at legendary Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe.
Open Mic Night
Catch budding comedians and seasoned pros as they try out new material during an open mic night. Kick back in the relaxed patio atmosphere at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, which hosts one of the longest running open mic nights in Austin, every Tuesday night.