Join us for Austin Sketch Fest, May 22-28 at ColdTowne and Spiderhouse Ballroom

So, you’ve got your Austin Sketch Fest All-Fest Access Badge and you’re trying to figure out which all-star comedy shows to see. You’re thinking, I have an all-fest pass so I can see them all! Not true, dumb dumb! Austin Sketch Fest is pulling out all the stops this year by doing something they’ve never done before — holding the festival in TWO venues at the same time. I’m pretty sure that makes ASF the BIGGEST Sketch Comedy Festival in the entire world, much less Austin, Texas . . . right?

Festival headliners this year are James Adomian (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Trump vs. Bernie) and Reductress LIVE! featuring Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce, so those are a given. Both shows have an amazing lineup of opening sketch and standup acts.

Here are eight more shows that you don’t want to miss. Eight because it’s the 8th Annual Austin Sketch Fest, see?

  1. Monday, 5/22 — I Didn’t See You There: The Show of One-Person Shows. Oh hello, I didn’t see you there! This solo sketch show is curated by local king of comedy, Mac Blake, and features monologues from comedy vets and rising stars. The ASF classic is always weird and hilarious.
  1.  Tuesday, 5/23 — Shelby Quinn and Reilly Willson are Jim & Melissa,and that’s already hilarious. Watching this Chicago-based sketch comedy duo is like watching a throwback to Vaudeville with edgy commentary and over-the-top performances. They’re kicking off the night with Maria Pond (Loverboy) in Someone Has To and Sketch Fest favorites Your Terrific Neighbors.
  1. Wednesday, 5/24 — The Back Pack. A couple of years ago, Katie Kohler, Pete Betcher, Justin Morley, and Jeremiah Rosenberger graced Austin with their presence all the way from Montana. With their unique style of hushed comedy, dance, and clowning, they’ve gone on to create their own performance space in East Austin and have been recognized by the B. Iden Payne Awards Council for their excellence. This speechless sketch show will make you LOL. The slot is headlined by Haymaker from LA’s Pack Theater.
  1. Thursday, 5/25 — UCB Characters Welcome. This solo sketch showcase from Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY features writers from Above Average, TruTV, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, and more. You’ll be quoting its quips for years to come.
  1. Friday, 5/26 — Los Angeles sketch powerhouse Tantrum is paired up with ColdTowne Theater’s senior sketch troupe Pendulum. Two UMs for the price of one! Tantrum is a house team at the Pack Theater in LA, and its members have trained at UCB, iO, Second City, and the Groundlings. Sounds like a Voltron of comic genius to me.
  1. Saturday, 5/27 — This Is (NOT) the Gayest Show You’ll Ever See is fresh off of a sold-out run at ColdTowne Theater. You don’t have to be gay to see the dead-on satire in this biting revue, but it may (or may not) help.
  1.  Saturday, 5/27 — Definition of Knowledge. You’re already planning to see James Adomian headline, but this show is so stacked it’s worth mentioning again. Definition of Knowledge is probably the most unique act in the festival because they’re a slam poetry duo that doesn’t do comedy. Just kidding, it’s straight up comedy. Plus stand-up from Austin favorite Vanessa Gonzalez and the winner of VidTowne’s May Video Challenge. Hey, this isn’t a film festival! How’d that get in there? It’s funny, that’s how!
  1. Sunday, 5/28 — Master Pancake Theater. This audience favorite always closes out the festival with night of butt-gusting laughs. And a little birdie told me that James Adomian will be guesting with John Erler and the panel of Austin’s Funniest. (The birdie was James Adomian. [Cool bird!])

For more info and tickets, visit www.atxsketchfest.com.

Will Cleveland, Artistic Director, ColdTowne Theater

 

The 6th Annual Austin Sketch Fest is Here!

ColdTowne Theater presents the 2015 Austin Sketch Comedy Festival. Headlining this year’s Fest are brilliant comedians Brent Weinbach on Friday (Comedians of Comedy, Adult Swim, Conan) and Joe Wengert on Saturday (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Kroll Show) Trust me, you’ll definitely say you saw these guys when questioned by the comedy angel at the moment of your death!

Plus, hilarious acts from New York, LA, Chicago, Austin, and more. (Girls With Brown Hair, OSFUG, and Vanessa Gonzalez just to name a few!) With very special shows like; Stand-Up Bryan Guttman’s album recording, Master Pancake Theater, The Show of One-Person Shows, and So Juiced (Comedy + Party). That’s a shit-load of comedy gold!

ASF is happening May 18th-24th at ColdTowne Theater and (starting Thursday the 21st) Spider House Ballroom.

For a full schedule, tickets and more visit at atxsketchfest.com. Or just click on the ColdTowne calendar right here. Thanks!

Austin Sketch Fest Tickets Are LIVE!

Achtung! Austin comedy nerds! Tickets are now live for the 2013 Austin Sketch Fest, Austin’s ONLY festival! We’re hard at work getting our act together, but we can say that without a doubt, this is going to be awesome.

Our early bird passes sold out very quickly. We’re releasing a limited number of ALL-FESTIVAL passes, good for every single one of these amazing shows.

TICKET LINKS:
The Hustle Show, Every Girl’s Annual, Tastemakers
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd — 8:00pm
ColdTowne Theater, $7

Austin Comedy Hour, P! Company
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd — 10:00pm
ColdTowne Theater, $7

Stag Comedy! There’s Waldo
THURSDAY, MAY 23rd — 8:00pm
Spider House Ballroom, $10

Master Pancake
THURSDAY, MAY 23rd — 10:00pm
Spider House Ballroom, $10

Superego w/ Paul F. Tompkins
2 SHOWS! FRIDAY, MAY 24th — 8:00pm, 10:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $25

Rabbit Rabbit, Your Terrific Neighbors
SATURDAY, MAY 25th — 7:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $15

Ennis and Kaye, Supereasy
SATURDAY, MAY 25th — 8:30pm
Spider House Ballroom — $15

Beige, LanceLife
SATURDAY, MAY 25th — 10:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $15

An Historic Evening w/ Brendan K. O’Grady
SUNDAY, MAY 26th — 7:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $10

Unsuspectingly Sponsored By, Old Fashioned
SUNDAY, MAY 26th — 8:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $10

Laugh, Dammit!
SUNDAY, MAY 26th — 10:00pm
Spider House Ballroom — $10

SUPEREGO w/ Paul F. Tompkins Headlines Austin Sketch Fest!

Achtung! Austin comedy nerds! We are excited to announce that our favorite podcast, SUPEREGO, will be headlining the Austin Sketch Fest this Memorial Day weekend w/ special guest Paul F. Tompkins.

We’re still working booking acts and completing the schedule for the Festival, which will take place Memorial Day Weekend. In the meantime, there are a limited number of early-bird all access FESTIVAL PASSES available that include tickets to the SUPEREGO show. Get them here.

If you’re interested coming to Austin to perform for the 2013 Austin Sketch Fest over Memorial Day Weekend – May 22nd through May 27th – follow this link. Deadline is February 1st ($15 payable via Paypal). If you have any questions, you can email us at info@atxsketchfest.com.

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ATX Sketch Fest — All Fest Passes Added!

We are three weeks and a day out from Austin’s ONLY Festival — The ATX Sketch Fest! We’ve released a very limited number of All Fest Passes to the event, good for any shows save Paul F. Tompkins Crying & Driving Tour . Good news, however, because it’s entirely possible to purchase pass upgrades with tickets to the Paul F. Tompkins Shows!

The festival kicks off at ColdTowne Theater on May 23rd, with performances from the Encyclopedia Show, the Hustle Show and There’s Waldo. We continue May 24th and 25th at the Hyde Park Theatre with shows from the P! Company, Spirit Desire, Stag!, Ghetto Sketch Warlock, One Across, Astronaut Theatre (NYC), and Fantasy Sex Picnic (LA).

The weekend will be capped off at the 29th Street Ballroom with two performances from Paul F. Tompkins and a special appearance by last year’s festival darlings, LA’s Delicious Moments and Austin’s own Your Terrific Neighbors.

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Sketch Night at the Drafthouse!

It’s no secret the Austin comedy scene is blowing up. Like awaken-a-sleeping- monster-with-atomic-breath-blowing-up. Like buy-stock-in-it-now-and-then-retire-in-3-years blowing up. Like you-don’t-need-a-third-example-because-you-get-it blowing up.

The proof is in the pudding and you can find a ton of that delicious pudding* at the Third Annual Austin Sketch Fest, a four-day festival bringing you the best in local and national sketch comedy this Memorial Day weekend. Want a preview? On April 22, come to the Alamo Ritz for a one-night only sneak peak. Austin Sketch Fest and ColdTowne Theater bring you Sketch Comedy Night at the Alamo. One stage. Multiple groups.

Featuring
Stag Comedy
Your Terrific Neighbors
Beef and Sage
P! Company
There’s Waldo
Spirit Desire
Ghetto Sketch Warlock
Hot Property

*No actual pudding, unless you’re a baby about it, in which case I’ll get you some pudding.

Austin Sketch Fest Schedule Is Live!

The 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). The festival will also feature a performance of One Across, Mystery Science Theater 3,000 alumna Mary Jo Phel’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, There’s Waldo, The P! Company, The Hustle Show and more! 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 through atxsketchfest.com.