May
28
9:00 pm21:00

MASTER PANCAKE DOES SVU

  • Spider House Ballroom

MASTER PANCAKE THEATER

Master Pancake Theater is the Alamo Drafthouse tradition of pairing questionable movies with live comedy (and beer)! It's smart, fast, and bust-a-gut funny. Voted Best Comedy Troupe seven years in a row by the readers of the Austin Chronicle, Master Pancake features slacker wise-cracker John Erler and a rotating band of Austin's funniest comics going up against the worst that Hollywood has to offer. Master Pancake "hits" include the TWILIGHT saga, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, LABYRINTH, THE MATRIX, ROBOCOP, and dozens more. Plus, don't miss their periodic installments of CHOOSE YOUR OWN PANCAKE, where the audience picks the film, and they mock it unrehearsed!

HOLY SHIT!!! MASTER PANCAKE WILL BE TAKING ON LAW AND ORDER SVU FOR THIS SHOW!

FEATURING JOHN ERLER, MAC BLAKE AND ANDREW ROSAS. 

THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT!

May
28
8:30 pm20:30

LA FENICE: DEATH RACE INFERNO

  • ColdTowne Theater

LA FENICE: DEATH RACE INFERNO

It's time for a regime change in the underworld. The Devil has pitted six contestants against each other in a madcap race to the bottom of hell to claim the title of the new Lord of the Underworld.

May
28
7:00 pm19:00

SURE THING RECORDS ALBUM RECORDING: DUNCAN CARSON

  • Spider House Ballroom

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JON MENDOZA AND AMBER BIXBY

DUNCAN CARSON

Likeable, self-deprecating, and philosophical, Duncan Carson uses comedy to negotiate his weekly existential crises. After getting his start in his native Milwaukee, Duncan Carson arrived in Texas in 2011, and quickly established himself as a standout in Austin's booming stand-up scene. Since then, he’s performed at prestigious festivals all over the country, been a multi-time Finalist in the annual Funniest Person in Austin Contest, and served as house announcer for the hit comedy game show Laugh, Dammit! He’s perhaps best known in Austin for his role as co-founder of SURE THING, the weekly stand-up showcase and record label, for which he will be recording his debut album live at AustinSketch Fest.

JON MENDOZA

Jon Mendoza is an Austin-based comedian and washed up playwright. His well-crafted one liners and slow delivery have earned him three trips to the Finals of the Funniest Person in Austin contest. He’s also performed at the Moontower Comedy Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

AMBER BIXBY

Amber Bixby is an Austin-based comedian. Her optimistic view of pessimism and sardonic charm have won over countless audiences. Bixby has performed at Jonah & Kumail's The Meltdown at Fantastic Fest, Boston's Women in Comedy Fest, the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest. She has worked with some great including Michael Che and Kyle Kinane. Bixby can also been seen featured in a webseries she co-created called Pretty Awful.

May
27
10:30 pm22:30

STOCKTON (NYC) / THE STOREFRONT (CHI)

  • Spider House Ballroom

STOCKTON (NYC)

Characters, premises, assists, point guarding – Stockton does is all while being hilarious, silly, sometimes sad and always really hard to google. A house sketch team from the Magnet Theater that writes and performs a new show every three weeks. Occasionally they take the best of the best from those shows and make a dream team of sketches, which they then tour around the country, bounce pass!

THE STOREFRONT (CHI)

"The Storefront Gets Festy" is a fast paced, explosive sketch show consisting of some of our favorite sketches performed throughout Chicago in our first year as an underground comedy theatre / co-op. Starting in an abandoned storefront and branching out into premier Chicago theaters, we became known to be like a “pick up basketball game of comedy” - hosting, featuring, and working with a variety of troupes and individuals throughout Chicago. We began developing unique shows and reviews in house such as our sketch review "Storefront Gets Sketchy", full-length shows of only blackouts, and our unique writing competition "Writer's Block".

May
27
10:00 pm22:00

LA FENICE: DEATH RACE INFERNO

  • ColdTowne Theater

LA FENICE: DEATH RACE INFERNO

It's time for a regime change in the underworld. The Devil has pitted six contestants against each other in a madcap race to the bottom of hell to claim the title of the new Lord of the Underworld.

May
27
8:30 pm20:30

JAMES ADOMIAN

  • Spider House Ballroom

JAMES ADOMIAN is a comedian and actor who is well known for his standup, characters and impressions. He can be seen in David Cross' feature directorial debut HITS, and in forthcoming feature films LOVE AFTER LOVE and ADVENTURES OF DRUNKY. He has guest starred on Comedy Centrals @MIDNIGHT, THE MELTDOWN and DRUNK HISTORY, on Adult Swim's CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL and on IFC's COMEDY BANG! BANG! as a variety of guest characters. As Bernie Sanders, James is one-half of TRUMP VS. BERNIE, a comedy debate act that includes a memorable guest appearance on Comedy Central and two TV specials for Fusion, along with a live international tour in 2016.

Opener: 

DEFINITION OF KNOWLEDGE 

Definition Of Knowledge is a high energy satirical take on slam poetry. Using this form, we take aim at issues surrounding gender and race in a way that is both high minded and incredibly silly. Starting as an offshoot of troupe "The Boom", Definition Of Knowledge has been performing for several years. We've performed for capacity crowds at Second City Theater, The Drake Hotel, and UCB Franklin in Los Angeles. We've performed in the Guelph Comedy Festival, Atlantic Fringe Festival and North By Northeast. We've performed with Scott Thompson, Colin Mochrie and the Sklar Brothers.

HOSTED BY: VANESSA GONZALEZ

Vanessa Gonzalez is a comedian based out of Austin, TX. She has toured the country with her critically acclaimed solo shows I Don't Know Words, I Don't Know Dating, and I Don't Know Why You're Saying That. She has been featured in many comedy festivals such as, Hell Yes Fest, Odd Ball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, San Francisco Sketch Fest, The Women in Comedy Festival and Vancouver Sketch Fest. In 2016, she won 3rd place out of 222 contestants in the Funniest Person in Austin contest.

May
27
7:00 pm19:00

TROUBLETOWN (NYC) / LATCHKEY (ATX)

  • ColdTowne Theater

TROUBLETOWN (NYC) 

Straight out of New York City comes the freshest mix of writers and actors from The Magnet Theater’s house sketch program. The residents of Trouble Town dig deep into the absurdities of everyday life and the extremities of your imagination. While their balance may waver between brainy, goofy, dark, and irreverent, one thing is for sure: Your abs will be rock solid by the end of the show.

LATCHKEY (ATX)

Latchkey: Comedy Left to its own Devises. Latchkey is ColdTowne Theater's first student sketch troupe - a sister troupe to CT's traditional official student improv troupe. They create a mix of dark and twisted characters and goofy political satire.

May
27
7:00 pm19:00

THIS IS (NOT) THE GAYEST SHOW YOU'LL EVER SEE

THIS IS NOT THE GAYEST SHOW YOU'LL EVER SEE (ATX)

Whether it's politics, the frustrations of family, or a fun night out with your friends, everyone has days where we feel like were walking up hill both ways with only one shoe in a lighting storm with hail. Join the cast of "This is (Not) the Gayest Show You'll Ever See" as they skewer our community, our government, and our daily interactions in the most fabulous way possible. You don't have to be gay to see the truthful satire in this biting revue, but it may (or may not) help.

May
26
May 27

THE (JUST FOR) TONIGHT SHOW!

  • Spider House Ballroom

THE (JUST FOR) TONIGHT SHOW!

The (Just For) Tonight Show! is a late night talk show that mashed up improv and characters based on audience suggestions. From monologue jokes to conversation topics to musical performances, everything is based on input from the audience.

Featuring a rotating cast of Austin's best sketch and improv actors bringing to life guests such as Cul-de-sac Donna, Larry Jenkins (Full-time mortician / part-time magician) and Donald Trump's best friend “Ronald Grump". Past musical performances include Elton John performing "Candle In The Wind" and Joe Pesci's raucous rendition of his power ballad "Butt Stuff".

The show is different each month and once it happens once it will never happen again.

The show is hosted by AJ McKeon with sidekick Will Cleveland.

May
26
10:00 pm22:00

TANTRUM (LA) / PENDULUM (ATX)

  • Spider House Ballroom

TANTRUM (LA) 

Tantrum is a sketch group who's motto is DON'T BE BORING that performs at The Pack Theatre on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 10:30PM. Members of the group have studied at UCB Los Angeles, UCB New York, Groundlings, iO West, Second City as well as performed on all those stages and beyond. And we have come together to represent The Pack, and we are honored to be a house team.

PENDULUM (ATX)

Dark, daring, experimental sketch comedy from the world's funniest people. Pendulum Presents grabs you by the nearest part of you and won't let go and has really sweaty hands

May
26
8:30 pm20:30

Menenists

  • ColdTowne Theater

Meninists is a half hour sketch comedy show starring Chad (Katie Stone) and Tony (Erica Lies).  Menenists not only effectively satirizes the alt-right and the Mens Rights Movements, it clarifies many of the muddy and absurd aspects of these far-right youth-led movements in a way that is charming if not at times effective in putting the audience rightfully off-balance.

These self-identified Alt Right Men’s Rights Activists and sneaker enthusiasts host a weekly cable access show live from Chad’s mom’s basement. For the first time ever, they have enough fans to host a live taping. Swallow the red pill, awake from your PC slumber, and journey with them to learn whether or not they’re Nazis, how they feel about pizza, and their very straight love for leader Richard Spencer. Dare enter their world, normies! In Pepe They Trust.

Creative Team:

Menenists is written, performed and produced by:

Erica Lies (Tony) is a classically trained actor with a decade of improv and sketch comedy experience. Her film credits include 29 Light Years, It’s Your Turn, Server Life, and web series Freelancers. As a writer, she is a three-time Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival with TV pilots she co-wrote with Valerie Nies, and her work has run in McSweeney’s, National Lampoon, Splitsider Humor Section, and the Huffington Post. Erica holds a BFA from West Virginia University and an MA from The University of Texas at Austin, both in theater. She teaches sketch at ColdTowne Theater.

Katie Stone (Chad) is an improviser and stand-up comedian best known for co-founding sex advice and stand-up show Naughty Bits. Katie performs weekly with The Megaphone Show at The New Movement, and is currently performing with her sketch troupe Martini Ranch in This is [Not] the Gayest Show You’ll Ever See at Coldtowne Theater. She has been featured at Austin Sketch, Hell Yes, Out of Bounds, Come and Take It, Orlando Indie and Blue Whale Comedy Festivals.

Directed by Chris McKeever

A graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, Chris McKeever has over a decade of experience in performing, writing and directing comedy. Currently, he is a weekly cast member of Iden B Payne nominated "F*ck This Week" Mondays at The New Movement. Chris was a writer and performer in December's sold-out run of Elvis's Rockin' Nativity, a sketch comedy revue at Coldtowne Theater.

May
26
8:00 pm20:00

REDUCTRESS LIVE!

  • Spider House Ballroom

Reductress writers Jasmine Pierce and Taryn Englehart bring you the best of Reductress headlines, bits and stories from the first and only satirical women's magazine.

Opener:

PRETTY BOYS (NYC)

Pretty Boys is a sketch team from New York City. We perform monthly on Maude Night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Our writers and performers can be enjoyed on Above Average, The Kicker, Reductress, Huffington Post, Flama, Story Pirates, and Netflix's Bill Nye Saves The World.

May
25
10:00 pm22:00

UCBT CHARACTERS WELCOME (NYC)

  • Spider House Ballroom

UCBT CHARACTERS WELCOME (NYC)

Characters Welcome is a house team from Upright Citizens Brigade NY. Hosted by Justin Tyler and Frank Garcia-Hejl, this show brings together the best and brightest NYC comedy actors to perform their favorite original characters and impressions.

May
25
8:30 pm20:30

HOUSE OF 100 SKETCHES (ATX) / SINGING IN THE PAIN (NYC) / WINK PLANET (ATX)

  • ColdTowne Theater

HOUSE OF 100 SKETCHES (ATX)

From encouraging women to leave Earth for Mars (with less-than-desirable incentives disguised as positives), to the stressors of working in the accounting department of Rob Zombie's production company, to the seemingly sweet Wisconsin couple who fall in love with their mutual love for disturbing behavior, House of 1000 Sketches will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, giving you a chance to examine your own life and see how disgustingly similar you are to the twisted mind of Rob Zombie. Also, there WILL be blood. Will it be real blood? The only way to find out is to come see House of 1000 Sketches!

SINGING IN THE PAIN (NYC)

Finally, a sketch team is brave enough to combine the glitz and glam of professional wrestling with the ruthless aggression of Broadway musicals. Make-A-Wish kid, Amy, wants just one thing: to meet her favorite wrestler, the inimitable Dr. Fist. But will she get more than she bargained for? (Yes, she will.)

WINK PLANET (ATX)

If Wink Planet had their way all days would be weekend, every food would be great, and the whole audiences would never stop laughing. Wink Planet isn't afraid to dip their toes in every subject's pond, and boy do they dip them in there. Gather into the theater and all witness the harmless tornado of Wink Planet.

May
25
8:00 pm20:00

NIPSEY (NYC) / GEIL: MEET THE CEO'S (NYC)

  • Spider House Ballroom

NIPSEY (NYC) 

Nipsey is comprised of some of NYC’s best actors and writers whose credits include Amazon, Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Above Average and Funny or Die. After a successful two-year run on UCB's Maude night, Nipsey was promoted to their own bi-monthly show as UCB Theatre's premiere house sketch team. Their current show is called ‘Nipsey Presents: Science!’ Did you know science is everywhere? A drop of water–that’s science. Energy being passed as matter pulls it apart–also science. Being late for work ‘cause you’re drunk, wearing two shirts, no pants and still waiting in line for an iced coffee–SCIENCE!

GEIL: MEET THE CEO'S (NYC)

Welcome new hires! Join your new CEOs as they sing their way through all-hands meetings and branding huddles on their way to achieve their dream of being disgustingly rich. Will they succeed? It doesn’t matter, because the opposite of success isn’t failure, it’s writing a blog post about failure and seeking more venture capital. This show is Silicon Valley meets Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, with all the frantic energy of Saturday Night Live thrown in for good measure.

May
24
May 25

THE ILLEGAL IMPROV SHOW

This is SKETCH Fest so Improv is ILLEGAL. Lance Gilstrap hosts a calvacade of local and out of town improv stars in the "secret" show. You're going to hope nobody calls the cops.

May
24
10:30 pm22:30

DEFINITION OF KNOWLEDGE / KASEY AND AMY SOLVE A MYSTERY (NYC) / SAM I AM (ATX)

  • ColdTowne Theater

DEFINITION OF KNOWLEDGE (TORONTO)

Definition Of Knowledge is a high energy satirical take on slam poetry. Using this form, we take aim at issues surrounding gender and race in a way that is both high minded and incredibly silly. Starting as an offshoot of troupe "The Boom", Definition Of Knowledge has been performing for several years. We've performed for capacity crowds at Second City Theater, The Drake Hotel, and UCB Franklin in Los Angeles. We've performed in the Guelph Comedy Festival, Atlantic Fringe Festival and North By Northeast. We've performed with Scott Thompson, Colin Mochrie and the Sklar Brothers.

KASEY AND AMY SOLVE A MYSTERY (NYC)

Kasey and Amy are twin detectives extraordinaire who have solved many local mysteries. (The Case of the Missing Apple Pie, The Mystery of How Many Gumballs Kasey Can Fit In Her Mouth, etc.) But these two guileless gumshoes are about to get their biggest case yet! A twisted serial killer is on the loose in their small town and they’re the only ones who can stop him. Along with their loyal canine companion, Barney, Kasey and Amy must venture from their Detective Clubhouse into the grit and grime of the real world to crack their biggest case yet.

SAM I AM (ATX)

SAM I AM is a solo sketch comedy show from the mind of Samantha Stepp. From family members, to *people* at previous places of employment, Sam has woven together characters in her life that are “whimsically dark,” or, for the most part, deeply disturbed or insane.

May
24
8:30 pm20:30

HAYMAKER (LA) / THE BACKPACK (ATX) / NORTH AMERICAN FIELD GUIDE (ATX)

  • ColdTowne Theater

HAYMAKER (LA)

Haymaker is a house sketch team at The Pack Theater in Los Angeles, CA. They perform on the third Wednesday of every month to sold out audiences. They have performed at PackCon with the likes of Bob Odenkirk and Adam McKay, and their members have created and performed in content for Netflix, Nickelodeon, The Jim Gaffigan Show, ESPN, Tinder, Vice, Afterbuzz TV, Defy Media, Fusion, Funny or Die, and Verizon's go90 Network, as well as several national commercials. They are directed by Eric Moneypenny (FOX ADHD, The Eric Andre Show, The Midnight Show at UCB).

THE BACKPACK (ATX)

The Back Pack has been together doing silly short shows on stage since their days at The University of Montana, starting in 2008. The four-time Frontera Fest Best of Fest Winners now offer a quarterly series called The Back Pack Presents, which showcases old, new, and workshopping pieces. They currently work and perform in their own space in East Austin. The Back Pack is comprised of Pete Betcher, Katie Kohler, Justin Morley, and Jeremiah Rosenberger.

NORTH AMERICAN FIELD GUIDE (ATX)

Matt Needles and Sanjay Rao explore modern life on the darkest continent. North American Field Guide will give you zero answers and leave you more empty than when you started searching. There is no hope now.

May
23
10:30 pm22:30

THE GAYME SHOW

  • ColdTowne Theater

We're here, We're queer, you win! The Gayme Show is a gonzo game show that will test your mind, strength, and sanity on all things gay! Contestants compete in a variety of games that all lead to a grand lip-sync extravaganza finale culminating in a fabulous grand prize that includes the title of "Second Gayest Person in Austin!" (second only to your host Dylan Garsee)

May
23
8:30 pm20:30

YOUR TERRIFIC NEIGHBORS (ATX) / SOMEONE HAS TO (ATX) JIM & MELISSA (CHI)

  • ColdTowne Theater

YOUR TERRIFIC NEIGHBORS (ATX)

We are friends that write down the strange things that give us joy and amusement and then we perform them in spaces where people are allowed to come and watch us.

SOMEONE HAS TO (ATX)

Maria Pond’s one woman show that focuses on reaction while exploring the sweet service to others. “Someone Has To” highlights some of those not so appealing jobs and roles we can often relate to-- somebody’s got to do it.

JIM & MELISSA (CHI)

Reilly Willson and Shelby Quinn are 'Jim & Melissa.' The Chicago duo wrote, produced and performed three unique revues over the course of 2016, and currently working on their upcoming Spring show 'Freaky Nasty Trash,' inspired by the work of John Waters. The two traveled to Seattle and Miami to showcase their act, and closed out Chicago Sketchfest 2017 in the Pro Theatre

May
22
10:00 pm22:00

THE SHOW OF ONE PERSON SHOWS

  • ColdTowne Theater

Oh! Hi! I didn't see you there. But rest assured, I AM WATCHING you read this. "I Didn't See You There: The Show of One-Person Shows" celebrates the crowning achievement of theater, the one person show. When a performer breaks free from shackles of sharing the stage. I Didn't See You There features not one, but 8 complete one-person shows. Each piece has to begin with “I didn’t see you there!” and end with a life lesson. Thems the rules.

Hosted by Mac Blake

May
22
8:30 pm20:30

I'M SO SORRY (ATX) / LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (ATX) / THE NEIGHBORHOOD (ATX)

  • ColdTowne Theater

I'M SO SORRY (ATX)

Caitlin McNally is So Sorry. Like, too sorry. Caitlin is sorry for: breathing too loud, eating too quickly, bumping your elbow during sex. You won’t want to miss this comedic journey through unnecessary apologies, sad magic, polka 101, and the benefits of chronic charm!

LADIES AND GENTELMENT (ATX) 

Mason Pitluk & Tess Hermes are a Sketch Comedy Duo from Austin whose previous work includes writing for Fuck It's Hot and co-creating the B. Iden Payne Award nominated Late Night Time Machine with Teddy Hancox. 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD (ATX)

Welcome to The Neighborhood where sketch comedy lives.
Since 2010, The Neighborhood Sketch Comedy Show has been churning out quality comedy at The New Movement theater! Every month, The Neighborhood Sketch Comedy show presents a brand new show of comedy sketches catered to our comedian host!
Written and performed by The Neighborhood staff: Patrick Neese, David Dickey, Virgil L Shelby, Elyana Barrera, Katherine Hutchins, Cambria Sobolewski, Isaac Marquez, Franny Harold and John Gholson.
Written, directed and produced by Amy Jordan!