5 Shows this weekend we wouldn't miss even if Donald Trump were being arrested on live TV.

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1) Thursday at ColdTowne Tiny Muscles. Month after month, the house at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles is sold out at the Tiny Muscles show. Why? Because the audience is always promised something good, and this team delivers. With recent performances at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Sacramento Sketch Festival, the Upright Citizen's Brigade, and Hyper RPG Sketch Show, Tiny Muscles wows the audience with their clever, absurd, and high energy performances. 

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2) Friday @ Spider House A Funny Feeling Comedians and paranormal enthusiasts Betsy Sodaro and Marcy Jarreau invite their comedian friends and celebrity guests to tell their true paranormal experiences and hear spooky stories submitted by listeners.

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3) Saturday @ Spider House The Special Without Brett Davis. From the New York Times “Mr. Davis has a gift for manufacturing hostility that quickly turns absurd. But what makes him compelling is how committed he is to his performance — never breaking character and persuading you of the reality of whatever extreme emotion he reaches for, no matter how ridiculous the situation.“ This show is a guaranteed blast with guests Chris Cubas and Colin Burgess.

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4) Saturday @ Spider House A Few Sandwich Lovers is an Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre-founded sketch team based in New York. This particular show was birthed out of a desire to write something beyond the traditional sketch show. It leans into the tropes of the 90s rom-com set in the most glamorous of American cities, Cleveland. From dropped manuscripts, to hot air balloons, to missed flights, our show takes the audience on a ridiculous romantic journey that could only happen in Cleveland.

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5) Sunday @ Spider House The Latino Comedy Project Celebrates 20 Years. What happens when a community’s piñata shops are demolished and replaced with cat-friendly vegan coffeehouses? When neighborhood pulgas are transformed overnight into luxury condos? Or when Mexicans are replaced with obsessively dog-walking paddleboard enthusiasts? Through a trademark mix of live sketches, music and original videos recently awarded “Best Of Austin” recognition by Austin Chronicle critics, the LCP provides all the hard answers and leaves no one unscathed in “Gentrif*cked.”

Austin Sketch Fest 2018 Headliners

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Girls with Brown Hair presents The 1947 Thanksgiving Special

Everyday is Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is the best and it's 1947. And what better way to celebrate the best (and only) holiday than with friends, turkey, sequin gowns, and of course all those classic Thanksgiving songs everybody knows and loves?!

John Reynolds & Matt Barats presents Sadie Hawkins Day: Love Knows No Bounds

On the night where the girls ask the boys, it's the teacher's turn. Haters gonna hate and lovers gonna love, but at the end of the night, "You can do it all night long!"

The Latino Comedy Project Celebrating 20 Years!

What happens when a community’s piñata shops are demolished and replaced with cat-friendly vegan coffeehouses? When neighborhood pulgas are transformed overnight into luxury condos? Or when Mexicans are replaced with obsessively dog-walking paddleboard enthusiasts? Through a trademark mix of live sketches, music and original videos recently awarded “Best Of Austin” recognition by Austin Chronicle critics, the LCP provides all the hard answers and leaves no one unscathed in “Gentrif*cked.”

Austin Sketch Fest is May 21 - 27 at ColdTowne TheaterSpider House Cafe and Ballroom, and Fallout Theater in Austin Texas duh.

12 Times the Girls From Reductress Didn’t Quite Answer Our Questions. ASF HOT SEAT: REDUCTRESS LIVE! w/ Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce

12 Times the Girls From Reductress Didn’t Quite Answer Our Questions. ASF HOT SEAT: REDUCTRESS LIVE! w/ Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce

Jasmine Pierce and Taryn Englehart are great, like really great. They also happen to work for Reductress, which is one of the best places on the internet that just so happens to be the first and only satirical women's magazine. We sat down (well emailed) with Jasmine and Taryn to get some insight into what their process is like. 

Can a beard and an ill-fitting plaid shirt make-up an entire personality? The answer will make you cream your jeans! ASF HOT SEAT: Mac Blake of Waterbed

When did you first start doing Waterbed?

I started waterbed in February of 2015. I wanted there to be a show that regularly mixed sketch & stand-up & experimental stuff so I started one. Cody Dearing gave it a monthly slot at ColdTowne. The show kept growing so the next year, Adrienne Lake welcomed us to the Spiderhouse Ballroom.

How did you come up with the show title?

A waterbed is more or less a very stupid invention that has a certain charm and appeal and that is exactly what I want for this show.

What's your creative process like? How do you generate ideas and keep it fresh?

Collaboration is key. After the first year I started having a different co-host each month. Being able to bounce ideas off of different people keeps the show fresh for me.

One of those people is our photobooth master Erin Holsonback. Sometimes when thinking of show themes - which influence the show’s pieces - we’ll start with the photobooth first. Having a photobooth for the show makes it feel more like a party and the photos Erin takes are hella fun. Shout out to Erin’s husband Derek for helping set it up and being a willing model for whatever offbeat prop we have that month.

What are the show’s influences?

I will shamelessly steal any trick that another show does well. Not big stuff - like I’m not going to start giving points for puns on @waterbed - but I’m always on the lookout for elements that make a show feel more like a can’t miss event.

 

 

What can we expect from your Sketch Fest show?

This is our second year doing a Sketch Fest edition of the show. It will be all sketch with a mix of all-stars from the festival plus some very awesome local acts, plus The Dark Arts. Plus it's free.

The amazingly talented Chrissy Shackelford is going to co-host it with me. Chrissy is so funny. Don’t believe me, here’s a vid: 

Her show at last year’s ASF was a fest highlight. She’s performing with Characters Welcome this year so check that out for sure.

What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year? What do you have cooking?

Well I releases a stand-up EP on May 11th. You can buy it here:  http://bit.ly/MacBlakeEP

 
 

The finals in the Funniest Person in Austin contest is this month - which is an amazing show. I’m also super looking forward to anotherShow of One Person Show. Eight really great performers with very diverse comedy backgrounds, each doing a complete one-person show. Hosted by me. I’m probably going to host the show as Pat Hingle’s Commissioner Gordon. An idea I like more might bonk me on the head before then, but right now that’s the plan.

For more stuff, check out my website macblakecomedy.com


Catch Waterbed tonight at Midnight at Spider House Ballroom! Tickets Here. And support Mac!

Keith Horvath is a talented busy, busy man. You're not busy! Read this. ASF HOT SEAT: Keith Horvath

Keith Horvath is a talented busy, busy man. You're not busy! Read this. ASF HOT SEAT: Keith Horvath

Keith Horvath is the director for North American Field Guide, House of 1000 Sketches, and This is (Not) the Gayest Show You'll Ever See. So he's  pretty busy this week. But he took time to talk to us for the ASF Hot Seat.

Tantrum will raise havoc at Austin Sketch Fest! You won't want to miss it. ASF HOT SEAT: TANTRUM

Tantrum will raise havoc at Austin Sketch Fest! You won't want to miss it. ASF HOT SEAT: TANTRUM

Tantrum is a sketch group who's motto is DON'T BE BORING that performs at The Pack Theatre in LA. We can ensure you that their show at this year's Austin Sketch Fest won't be boring. Check out their answers to our Hot Seat interview and check them out Friday, May 26th at 10:00 PM at Spider House Ballroom! 

CRAZY HOMOSEXUAL KIDNAPS STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO FORCE TO COMPETE IN BARBARIC GAMES. ASF HOT SEAT: THE GAYME SHOW

CRAZY HOMOSEXUAL KIDNAPS STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO FORCE TO COMPETE IN BARBARIC GAMES. ASF HOT SEAT: THE GAYME SHOW

Dylan Garsee is the self proclaimed "Crazy Homosexual" from the title of the article but he is more like a mad genius of outlandish comedy and a gem of the Austin comedy scene. His thoughts are each pearls dangling on the exquisite necklace so we were happy to take a few pearls of wisdom from him.