Austin, TX: The award-winning, irreverent, and occasionally sacrilegious comedy team Prayer Circle is back with a new sketch show just in time for the winter holy days.
All attendees WILL be wished a Merry Christmas! Join Prayer Circle every Saturday this December for a holiday extravaganza that will leave you saying Ho Ho Holy Shit! It’s the perfect religious treason for the season. For unto you sketch comedy is born. Rated PG-17.
Ho Ho Holy Shit runs for four Saturdays November 30th to December 20th at 7:00pm at ColdTowne Theater. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com. ColdTowne is BYOB/sacramental wine.
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
PRESS CONTACT: Lilli Lopez, Marketing Director ColdTowne Theater email@example.com 956-683-5067
ColdTowne Conservatory welcomed new Faculty members in 2019
ColdTowne Conservatory is very pleased to have welcomed 6 new faculty members to our ranks this past year. ColdTowne veterans Lilli Lopez from Prima Doñas, Kim Lowery & Stephanie Thoreson from Loverboy, as well as new ColdTowners Maddie Cordovano & Tom Daily II performers transplanted from iO Theatre and The Second City in Chicago and also Haley Chamblee, ColdTowne’s new Conservatory Director have all joined our storied faculty ranks. We’re very lucky to have them!
Haley Chamblee is ColdTowne’s Conservatory Director. A graduate of ColdTowne Conservatory, Haley also serves as the registration coordinator for the annual Austin Ladies Comedy Retreat. Haley improvises with House teams Hawkeye and Porch Cat, and indie teams Lazer Squid, Ronin, and Thotties.
Maddie Cordovano trained in Chicago performing, working and coaching at both The Second City and iO Theater. Last year, she moved to Austin where she has found the joy of living in a warm place and the comfort of being part of this city’s friendly comedy community. Maddie improvises weekly in both Sweet Lightning at the Fallout, and Stool Pigeon at ColdTowne Theater.
Tom Daily II was thirteen when he started at the John Casablanca school for acting and started improvising in high school. He moved to Chicago where he studied at the Second City Training program then took iO improv classes as well as Actors Studio’s courses Screen Study and Meisner Technique. ‘IN Chicago he appeared in “Attend the Tale Of Danny Tanner: A Full House Musical”. Once back in Houston, he performed with Station Theatre’s CAN’T TELL US NOTHING on stages all around Texas. And this year, he joined ColdTowne house team and B.Iden Payne winner of 2019 Best Improv Troupe, Sugar Water Purple.
Lilli Lopez is known for her performance in Latinauts: Improvised Telenovelas, a 2019 Austin Critics Table Award winner and 2017 B. Iden Payne Award’s (Outstanding Improv Production, Outstanding Cast [Improvised Show], and Outstanding Direction. Lilli also co-directed Latinauts: Wrath of Juan and LatiNacional, which just won 2019’s Best Improv Production, as well as a co-Directing win for Lilli. She also directed and hosted The Rose: Trouble in Paradise at ColdTowne. She is ColdTowne’s Marketing Director as well as an actor and teaching artist with the Paramount Theater Story Wranglers, and a producer of BettyFest, an annual all-women comedy festival. Lilli holds a masters degree in mass communication from the Manship School at Louisiana State University, where she researched nonprofit communication strategy.
Kim Lowery is on the Community Board of ColdTowne Theater where she graduated in 2015 from the Conservatory and from the inaugural class of the Advanced Studies Program in 2016. Additionally, Kim is one of the producers of BettyFest ATX, an annual all-women and non-binary comedy festival that celebrates the diverse voices empowering the Austin comedy community. You can see Kim perform every Friday night at 8:30 at ColdTowne Theater in one of Austin’s best comedy shows with Loverboy improv.
Stephanie Thoreson is the winner of Hill Country Film Fest’s “Best Actress” award and ColdTowne Theater’s “Best Character Performer” award. She is on the Board of Directors for BettyFest. You can see Stephanie every Friday night at ColdTowne Theater performing with the award-winning all-women improv troupe Loverboy, named by Thrillist as one of the best comedy shows in Austin. Stephanie graduated ColdTowne Conservatory in 2015.
We’re thrilled to have these artists and veterans of ColdTowne Conservatory faculty. To sign up for classes or view class details and offerings, visit
Y’all, we are so excited for the Austin Film Festival this year (October 24th – 31st) but don’t take our word for it. Take it from ColdTowne hero, Lane Ingram (1/2 of the married duo CHLANE), who starred in an early promo for the fest (sorry Lane, can’t ever resist posting this. You’re so good!!).
We’re especially excited to be partnering with the fest this year after collaborating with them on events like First Three Pages Live at ColdTowne, in which writers showcase the first three pages of a script-in-progress with the help of performances from local talent. We’ll be clueing y’all into some of the ways ColdTowne will be involved with the fest later on this week. For now though, we want to take a minute and highlight a few of the indie films we’re most excited to see this year.
Man Camp a film by Dan Cummings and Scott Kruse
Playing Thursday, October 24th at 7:10 PM – Alamo Drafthouse Village Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 PM – Galaxy Highland, Theater 6
Synopsis Years after losing their father as kids, 3 man-children defend the family legacy by putting their mom’s new fiancee through an epic gauntlet of manhood at their dad’s old cabin.
Why We’re Pumped Mention men-children having to face themselves for real and you’ve got our attention. Make their journey funny and full of heart (okay, but mostly funny) and you’ve got us checking dates and times. Also! The filmmaker, Daniel Cummings, will be performing with Stool Pigeon as their monologist on October 27th at 8:30 PM. As always, Stool Pigeon is free and BYOB!
The Planters a film by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder
Playing Friday, October 25th at 9:30 PM – State Theater Wednesday, October 30th at 3:45 PM – Alamo Drafthouse Village
Synopsis Martha lives a solitary existence planting buried treasure and attempting to sell air conditioners until she takes in Sadie and her multiple personalities.
Why We’re Pumped Everything about this trailer is a vibe, from the desert landscape and dreamy costumes, to the opposites-attract adventure duo and funky, surprising claymation. If that wasn’t enough, the two leads also make up *the entirety* of the film’s crew, handling the sound, costumes, directing, producing, and starring roles themselves. The creative control — swoon. We can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
The VICE Guide to Bigfoot a film by Zach Lamplugh and Brian Emond
Playing Friday, October 25th at 9 PM – Alamo Drafthouse Village (WORLD PREMIERE) Tuesday, October 29th at 9:15 PM – Galaxy Highland, Theater 5
When a jaded VICE clickbait reporter is sent to the Appalachian foothills to follow a cryptozoologist on the trail of Bigfoot, he’s forced to answer the question, “is a good story worth dying for?”
Why We’re Pumped
An early review of the film (which makes its official debut at this year’s fest), sites it as “a fun little trip for fans of Adult Swim’s weirder stuff.” Bingo! The venn diagram between me and this film is now a circle.
I’ve Got Issues a film by Steve Collins
Playing Friday, October 25th at 10 PM – Rollins Theater (WORLD PREMIERE) Wednesday, October 30th at 9:45 PM – State Theater
Synopsis A quirky comedic collage of intertwining stories about characters swallowed in darkness, yet still finding hope.
Why We’re Pumped Girl, this cast is stacked. Jim Gaffigan makes the cut, but more interestingly (to us) are performances from local legends and ColdTowne friends John Merriman, Byron Brown, and Sam Eidson. It’s also an official selection of the festival. John Merriman will be the guest monologist telling dating + love stories for Loverboy on Friday, 10/16!
That’s it for now. Make sure to grab your pass or badge before the festival kicks off Thursday, October 24th!
A word from co-host of this year’s ColdTony awards, Javier Ungo
It’s October baby! It’s spoopy season, the winds are changing, there’s a slight chill in the air and like every October it’s time for the ColdTowne Anniversary Weekend! Our home away from home is turning 13 (Spoopy!) and like every year we have a weekend full of activities to celebrate!
Our resident queen Dylan Garsee is taking to the big stage at Spider House Ballroom to present their masterpiece “Dylan Garsee: Live For One Night Only, For Two Nights”. Two evenings of comedy from the twisted and relentlessly gay mind of Dylan Garsee that will be part sketch, stand up and of course the return of demented and chaotic “Gayme Show” that will leave you asking “do gays deserve rights?” (Editor’s Note: a gay wrote this copy). Also featuring the relentlessly homosexual musings of sketch group Martini Ranch! Join Dylan Friday AND Saturday night at Spiderhouse Ballroom at 7pm.
Speaking of chaos, swing by ColdTowne Theater afterwards to experience the late night madness of the 13th Anniversary
Lock In Show! What happens when the ColdTowne community of comedians is asked to sign up for 10 minute slots to do whatever they want on stage? Madness, pure and utter madness. Will flags be burned? Will people be waxed? Will ghosts from our past return to haunt the theater? Probably not because all that stuff has already happened so who knows what the hell will happen on stage this year! It will be hilarious! It will be insane! It will question your taste level on a deeply profound level! Join the madness Friday night at 11:30pm and Saturday at 11pm with FREE BEER courtesy of Thirsty Planet Brewing Company. Before the lock-in, you can peep the main stage shows: Echolake: Midsommar (spoopy af) and Angola: A Comedy(listen to the KUT Arts Eclectic interview here).
And finally capping off the weekend will be the ColdTony Awards on Sunday night! A night of glitz and glamour where the ColdTowne community comes together to celebrate and recognize a year of comedic excellence at ColdTowne Theater. This year ColdTowne finally had the good sense to ask gay people to run their awards show so hosting this year’s award show is the above mentioned queen Dylan Garsee and ColdTowne’s third favorite gay Javier Ungo! So pull out your good dress and kindly turn a look because you will be called out by the gays on stage if you just wear a plaid button up and jeans. Join us for the ColdTony Awards Sunday night at 8pm at Spider House Ballroom!
Vote for ColdTowne in Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2019 poll!
ColdTowne Theater is nominated in this year’s Best of Austin poll in the comedy club/venue category. We’ve been doing this for 13 years and we’re thrilled Austin has nominated us alongside our friends at Fallout Theater and Cap City. We’re also SUPER excited for the nods our talented performers received. Here’s our voting guide, for your consideration…
Obviously, we would love for you to vote for ColdTowne in the comedy club/venue category, but more than that, we’d love for you to join us for comedy any night of the week.
We have two amazing comedy troupes nominated this year. Y’all We Asian has performed sold out main stage runs at ColdTowne and often sell out their monthly show Last Friday Night at ColdTowne. Their next show is happening October 11.
Girls Girls Girls is also on the ballot and while we’re not GGG’s forever home (these gals can be seen all over ATX), we love having them grace the ColdTowne stage regularly with their improvised musicals complete with choreo made up on the spot. Catch them on October 18 at ColdTowne.
You may know Stephanie Thoreson from Loverboy on Friday nights at 8:30, but did you know she’s also an actress? Like many of our talented performers, Stephanie’s improv skills have lead to acting opportunities. Stephanie recently starred in “Good Feels On Wheels,” a feature film making its festival rounds this year. Stephanie is currently nominated for Best Actress in the Best of Austin poll and we fully endorse this multi-talented queen!
We hope these #FYCs help! Voting closes on October 7, so be sure to fill out your Best of Austin ballot ASAP. Vote in at least 40 categories, and you’ll be entered to win a badge for SXSW Film or SXSW Music, your choice. We’d like to give a special shout out to the Austin Chronicle for supporting local businesses like ColdTowne and for their continued support of ColdTowne main stage productions and weekly house shows and to YOU for being here. Y’all really are the best.