2012 Austin Sketch Fest

Paul F. TompkinsThe third annual Austin Sketch Comedy Festival is happening May 23rd – 27th over Memorial Day weekend and will feature two headlining shows from comedian Paul F. Tompkins as well as other incredible local and national acts.

2011 Austin Sketch Fest favorites Delicious Moments (The Tonight Show) return this year debuting their brand new Sitcom-inspired show, alongside national acts Fantasy Sex Picnic (Second City LA)  and Astronaut Theatre (New York and Chicago). The festival will also feature a performance of One Across, Mystery Science Theater 3,000 alumna Mary Jo Pehl’s one woman show.

The Austin Sketch Fest was founded in 2010 to showcase Austin’s exploding sketch comedy scene. Featured Austin acts include Your Terrific Neighbors, Stag Comedy (recently appearing at SxSw), Spirit Desire (The New Movement Theater), Hot Property (with members of Midnight Society and Mascot Wedding), Ghetto Sketch Warlock, The P! Company, There’s Waldo (The Institution Theater), and The Hustle Show! There will also be a special edition of the monthly Encyclopedia Show.

The festival will take place at ColdTowne Theater (4803-B Airport Blvd), the Hyde Park Theatre (511 West 43rd Street) and at the 29th Street Ballroom (2908 Fruth St.). Tickets for all shows are available here.

Below are some photographs of the 2011 festival taken by Daniel Abrego. Visit the 2011 Photo Gallery for even more pictures.



Chicago’s Saddle Dads



Austin’s Your Terrific Neighbors



The lovely crowd at Austin Sketch Fest 2011


About Ghetto Sketch Warlock

Ghetto Sketch Warlock conjures a variety show for your punk ass. Containing raps, sketches, musical sketches, and solo scenes, LuBu will cram laughs into your mouth, at which point you will expel them back out of your mouth and onto your lap. You sicken me.LuBu tha Ghetto Sketch Warlock is the alter-ego of Bryan Roberts: An Austin-based sketch comedian, improviser, actor, and writer. People in the Austin Chronicle and Austinist have said stuff about him, but he doesn’t like to blow himself up too much.
Ghetto Sketch Warlock performs Friday, May 25 at 10PM at Hyde Park Theater with Fantasy Sex Picnic

About Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. TompkinsPaul F. Tompkins makes his triumphant return to Austin for the third annual ATX Sketch Fest, performing two shows Memorial Day Weekend at the 29th St. Ballroom.
Paul F. Tompkins is regarded as one of the best stand ups working today. His credits include Mr. Show with Bob and David, Community, Comedy Bang Bang and his own podcast, the Pod F. Tompcast. Paul is appearing as part of his Crying & Driving Tour.

Paul F. Tompkins performs Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at The 29th Street Ballroom (2908 Fruth St.). Both shows begin at 8PM.

Tickets for Saturday, May 26

Tickets for Sunday, May 27

About There's Waldo

There's WaldoGutsy sketch comedy powerhouse There’s Waldo combines fast-paced, high energy writing and memorably pathetic, off-kilter characters. This ensemble cut its teeth on full length revues at the Velveeta Room and the Institution Theater, including their spectacularly dark Christmas special, Human Santapede. Since 2010, they have charmed Austin audiences with their uniquely silly and twisted point of view. There’s Waldo entertains with a wicked mischief that roams from smart to gleefully idiotic. And if you’re nice, they just might show you the legendary Haunted Vagina. They ain’t scared. And they’re coming for you.
There’s Waldo perform Wednesday, May 23 at 8PM at ColdTowne Theater with The Hustle Show

About Fantasy Sex Picnic

“The Dream is Alive…No Protection Necessary.”
Fantasy Sex Picnic has been a packed house every night at The Second City in Hollywood! A high energy show with a lot of physical comedy yet still maintaining a fresh organic approach every time. A hardcore “Top Gun” volleyball game, plenty of robots, and real actual dinosaurs!

Fantasy Sex Picnic perform Friday, May 25 at 10PM at Hyde Park Theater with Ghetto Sketch Warlock

About The P! Company

The P! CompanyComedy, Openness, Passion, Friendship, and Experimentation. These are the tenets of Austin’s famed comedy duo, “The P! Company.”
Prepare for a performance that will showcase true comedic art- a dangerous splattering of high energy live sketches, a delicate layering of knee-slapping video shorts, and a fine brush stroke of wildly witty banter between its hosts Andy Petruzzo and Kyle Sweeney.

“The must-see alternative comedy sketch act in Austin, TX,” says a paid spokesperson, Darren Tolliver, age 12.

Cast: Kyle Sweeney and Andy Petruzzo

The P! Company perform Thursday, May 24 at 10PM at Hyde Park Theater with Ghetto Sketch Warlock

About Stag Comedy

Stag Comedy is an Austin-based premiere sketch comedy group. Their high-energy live show brings together their love of dumb people, dumb problems, and smart writing. Stag is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and frowns to the faces of your many enemies who are plotting against you as you read this.
Cast: Joe Parsons, Mac Blake, David Jara, Ximena Estrada, Dave Youmans, and Andrew Rosas.

Stag Comedy performs Friday, May 25 at 8PM at Hyde Park Theater with Astronaut Theater

About Hot Property

Hot Property is a sketch-prov powerhouse made up of Mac Blake and David Jara of KOOP radio’s Mascot Wedding and Austin movie-mocking institution Master Pancake Theater, and Nick Ramirez and Lance Gilstrap of Austin improv and sketch institution Midnight Society. They write every show the day before, then forget all the lines, and try to put everything back together again.
Cast: Mac Blake, Lance Gilstrap, David Jara, Nick Ramirez

Hot Property perform Thursday, May 24 at 8PM at Hyde Park Theater with Spirit Desire

About Astronaut Theatre

Hi. We’re Astronaut Theatre. Once upon a time we lived in the lap of Boston luxury as college students, but that was a long time ago and we need to get over it and move on. No really, guys, get OVER IT. We’re adults now and we do sketch comedy as funny as we can, using all of our brain parts. Such as: Brain Part 1 (We are not licensed Astronauts… yet), Brain Part 2 (Songs make sex education more fun), or Brain Part 3 (Even muggers have dreams). And that’s just 3 of them!
Astronaut Theater perform Friday, May 25 at 8PM at Hyde Park Theater with Stag

About Delicious Moments

Remember those sitcoms you and your family watched growing up and you just couldn’t get enough of? Cosby…Cheers…Whitney…Dynasty…A Movie…Cosby… Well Delicious Moments (Ithamar Enriquez and Brian Shortall) doesn’t. BUT, we decided to make our own live sitcom, with everything you love about sitcoms: Opening Credits, Furniture, Snake Monsters AND a Wacky Neighbor to be played by a very celebrated and respected local Austin actor. “Taped” before a “live” studio “aud“ience, Delicious Moments is aware of itself, the audience and everything else. Watch Delicious Moments break the fifth wall. (Credits include: The Second City, IO, UCB, The Office, Raising Hope, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Key and Peele , Supernews, Punk’d, The Promotion, Miss Congeniality II,The Tonight Show and the television)
Cast: Ithamar Enriquez and Brian Shortall

Delicious Moments perform “The Delicious Moments Sitcom” Saturday, May 26 at 10PM at The 29th Street Ballroom with Your Terrific Neighbors

About Spirit Desire

Spirit DesireSpirit Desire formed in January 2010 through the power of friendship and The New Movement Theater. Since then this quartet of mostly bearded bros has played throughout Texas and have been on stage at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Dallas Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans. Wild and unpredictable these four attack whatever stage they are with complete comic abandon. Their monthly variety show at The New Movement, which showcases improv, sketch and videos from the troupe has become one of the biggest draws The New Movement has.
Spirit Desire is: Micheal Foulk, Brady James and James Patrick Robinson

Spirit Desire performs Thursday, May 24 at 8PM at Hyde Park Theater with Hot Property