Destroy the self. Replace it with comedy. Pendulum Presents: The Ascendant

Pendulum Presents ascends expectations of typical sketch comedy.

Pendulum Presents: The Ascendant is a sketch comedy show about the world of cults, running Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 at ColdTowne Theater. On the eve of their Ascension, the members of The Ascendant gather to reminisce about their experiences in the cults of their past. You’ll come along with them on a trip down memory lane as they discuss the downsides of using jorts as a cult uniform, the perils of being a boy prophet, and the tricky politics of ritual suicide.

At this point, Pendulum is an established voice in the Austin comedy scene, with many of Austin’s top comedians and writers counting themselves as writers and performers. “Pendulum has created dark and hilarious sketch comedy shows at ColdTowne every month for the past three years,” says Will Cleveland, Artistic Director, ColdTowne Theater. “They have a fearless approach to humor that splits the audience into cringers and belly-laughers.”

The members of Pendulum have performed at theaters and festivals all over the country, including the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, SF Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Austin Sketch Fest, and Houston’s Trill Comedy Festival.

Pendulum members are James Fernandez, Dylan Garsee, Emma Holder, Lane Ingram, Yola Lu, Brian May, Griffin May, Meredith Newell, Tevis Paxton, Kyle Romero, Nicole Russell, and Steven Smith. In addition to Pendulum, you can see them in many of Austin’s beloved comedy shows like Stool Pigeon, Movie Riot, Frankenfriends, The Gayme Show, and Y’all We Asian.

“We here at Pendulum have a reputation for putting together shows that are overly ambitious, kind of frightening, and filled with lots of detail about fantastic and horrible invented worlds,” says Pendulum cast member Kyle Romero. “So we set out to write a show about cults and cult leaders, and then we liked it so much we accidentally became a real cult in the process. Whoops!”

Pendulum Presents: The Ascendant runs at ColdTowne Theater (4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751) Saturdays at 7:00 pm, starting October 6th and through November 3rd. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 online. For more information, contact coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.

About ColdTowne Theater

ColdTowne Theater is Austin’s main stage for alternative comedy. Running shows 7 nights a week and featuring the smartest, brightest, and hardest-working comedians in Central Texas. For phone reservations or more information, call (512) 817-TOWN, or visit www.ColdTowneTheater.com

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pendulum-presents-the-ascendant-sketch-tickets-49694748330

MEDIA CONTACT
Lilli Lopez, Marketing Director
ColdTowne Theater
lillianallopez@gmail.com

B. Iden Payne Award-winning cast, Prima Doñas presents an all-new live comedy telenovela

You may or may not have gotten a chance to see a Latinauts show at ColdTowne in the last year and a half. If you did, you know that the cast (known as improv troupe Prima Doñas) is made up of Latinx improvisers who have spent most of 2017 and 2018 making up shows on the spot with a telenovela twist. After three sold out main stage show runs at ColdTowne Theater and after bringing home three B. Iden Payne Awards in 2017 including outstanding cast in an improvised play, the group is taking their highly conceptual theater-prov to a White House setting in Latinacional.

The all-star cast of this comedy explore the relationships and trials you might see in a telenovela, all the while maintaining their character’s duties as part of the the President’s Cabinet. The show features some of Austin’s most talented performers, including: Yamina Khouane ( nominated Best Actress in the Chronicle’s 2018 Best Of Austin), Carlos La Rotta of Movie Riot (ColdTowne) and Laura de la Fuente (Martini Ranch & Loverboy, ColdTowne). Prima Doñas also just finished headlining at FuturX: A New LatinX Festival and Out of Bounds Comedy Festival here in Austin this past August.

The idea behind bringing this new iteration of Prima Doñas’ signature telenovela improv format to the White House is heavily inspired by West Wing and HBO’s Veep. If you’re yearning to see literally anyone else in the White House, even just for an hour, Prima Doñas will take you there with a promise to make no references to today’s political disarray… if they can help it.

Directed by Ben G Bazán and Lilli Lopez, Latinacional runs at ColdTowne Theater (4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751) Saturdays at 8:30 beginning September 29 through Nov. 17, no show on Nov. 3. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 online. For more information, contact coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.

About ColdTowne Theater
ColdTowne Theater is Austin’s main stage for alternative comedy. Running shows 7 nights a week and featuring the smartest, brightest, and hardest-working comedians in Central Texas. For phone reservations or more information, call (512) 817-TOWN, or visit www.ColdTowneTheater.com

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinacional-improv-tickets-49992183968

MEDIA CONTACT
Lilli Lopez, Marketing Director
ColdTowne Theater
lillianallopez@gmail.com

AFF Presents: Pitch Day!

Join Austin Film Festival for a day of pitching fun! Fine tune your pitch before you take on the big leagues at AFF 2018 with Pitch Day on Sunday, July 22nd. This workshop is great to practice an elevator-style pitch and can help writers to conquer their fears of public speaking and selling themselves.

Start your day off with an intimate Pitch Workshop with industry script consultant Jill Chamberlain, founder of The Screenplay Workshop. She’ll give feedback and workshop a few pitches to make sure they’re ready to go!

Next, enjoy a generous break – plenty of time to practice your pitch with other workshop attendees and grab a drink or two before… The Pitch Party! Invite your friends because there is also going to be an audience award-winner for the contest! Guests can arrive at 2:30 pm for drinks and mingling. The Pitch Party is Free with RSVP!

In the final event of the day, you’ll have 90 seconds to pitch to a live audience and a panel of judges. One winner will be crowned Pitcher Extraordinaire and win a Lone Star Badge and Pitch Ticket for the 2018 Austin Film Festival for a chance to do it all again!

Confirmed Judges include:

Elizabeth Avellán – Co-Owner and Vice President of Troublemaker Studios and President of EYA Productions. In addition to producing family and genre films that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars, she has played a primary role in developing Austin, Texas as a thriving film community.

Cathleen Sutherland – Oscar® nominated and award-winning producer of Boyhood. She has been involved in independent filmmaking in Texas since she was a youth and is proud to still call Austin home.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

New Members. New Movies. Same Movie Riot.

Comedy juggernauts Movie Riot perform a brand new, action-packed movie live on stage every Friday night. Featuring some of Austin’s most talented comedians, Movie Riot has played to sold out crowds for 5 years and are 3-time nominees for the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Improv Team. Whether they are performing their signature Trailer Thrash, Spin-Off Summer, Horror-fied or The Classic Film form, their movie-inspired masterpieces promise hyper energy, wild characters, and huge laughs.

This Summer, Movie Riot’s freshening up their time slot with some new cast members and switching back to having improv troupes open. We sat down with Movie Riot’s Kyle Sweeney to talk all about it. TICKETS HERE.

So, you got some new members. Tell us about them! What was the “audition” process like?  No auditions. Gross. I feel like that’s always a tough environment to succeed in. We’re not too precious about what we do – just come play and have fun with us. We opted to just play with a boatload of guests over the better part of a year, really feeling out a lot of different personalities (#deepbench). We ended up boosting our cast up to 7 strong, which is a nice number for the Movie format.

Ultimately Molly Moore, Katie Byrnes, and Nicole Russell all thought it was a good idea to jump on board our crazy train, and it’s been a blast. I think it is fair to say our shows have gotten that sweet combo of crazier, but also more grounded. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s been super fun.

You guys have been doing this as a weekly show for years now. How do you keep it fresh? Movie Riot has a mode of just wanting to have fun. That’s our modus operandi – just ours, no one else wants to have fun in their shows. That’s uniquely copyright Movie Riot (2018) TM.

We had gotten pretty familiar in our old five person dynamic for such a long time that the infusion of some of that new #deepbench energy really stretched and challenged the old status quo of Movie Riot in a a super positive way.

Also, I think now with the larger cast, we have an opportunity to play and enrich the main characters that we inhabit. Before when a show would have less overall improvisers, we’d all have to fill in as three different characters and we’d charmingly confuse ourselves and chaos would reign. It would all come to a head in the final climax of the movie when we were all both playing the heroes and villains and side characters.

You do a longer show, where the Austin standard is often 22 minute sets. What kind of improv muscles do you have to flex keep that going? Most of our festival sets or when we perform at other theaters, we will play 22 minute sets. But it’s just so quick to try and fit an entire movie into that timeframe. It tends to be very manic and somewhat plot centric. The longer format just gives us the ability to follow the fun. We get to play a little slower with more time to discover character/game moments.

You just switched back from stand up to improv openers. Why the switch? We loved having the pop of rad stand-ups at the top of the show. It was a great 1-2 punch stand-up/improv. But two improv acts in a show also gives the audience two pretty cool distinct flavors. We also missed seeing batches of improvisers playing and hanging out Fridays at 7pm

In fact you can catch Perineum opening for us throughout June. It’s going to be a party.

Dynamite Summer Bogo Deal – FREE COMEDY!

Any good blog post about an awesome Summer buy one get one deal should begin with a list that might start something like, “The 5 best ATX summer deals,” … you know, something with a little lifestyle research tied in. Then the blogger cleverly ties said cliché summer suggestions to a sweet deal with a rhetorical twist.

We’re not lifestyle bloggers though, so we’re going to cut right to the chase.

This summer (now through Labor Day), you can get into any late night show (i.e. the last show of the night) at ColdTowne Theater for FREE if you attend an earlier show that same night***. Start AND end the night at ColdTowne Theater. When you come in for a show earlier in the night, present your ticket stub at the counter for free admittance to the late performance.

Sounds cool! Please explain more.

Want to check out Pendulum Presents on a Thursday after Frankenfriends? We got you covered. Want to check out Movie Riot, go to the Grand for a few hours, and come back to see Everything’s Fine Mom at 11? Got your back! Want to see the 8:30 Saturday mainstage show, then come back in December for a free ticket? Get lost. This is only cool for the summer (Not associated with #1 hit music maker, Demi Lovato’s summer hit, Cool for the Summer™) while the city empties out due to the oppressive heat!

Plan your night by checking out ColdTowne’s calendar or Evenbrite page.

Okay, final review of what you gotta do.

Buy a ticket to any show and get that sweet ticket punched at the bar. Return later, present thine holy punch and enjoy a free late night show. BYOB optional.

But wait! There’s more!

If you’re like us – in a perpetual state of financial panic – you’re always looking to stretch your entertainment dollar. As always, we have a variety of completely free events each and every week.

IMPROV 101 – Our weekly free improv class!

DREW’s GYM – Pay what you want improv rehearsal at our Conservatory!

STAGE DIVE – Our Monday night stand up comedy open mic!

STOOL PIGEON – Our Sunday night all-star improv show!

*** Offer subject to seating capacity. Unclaimed tickets will be released at showtime for people presenting their ticket stub. Offer not good for nights with only one show.