“My Own Worst Enemy” opens January 4, 2020

By Wendy Salome 

“My parents are disappointed in me.” 

“My friends secretly hate me.” 

“The cashier at H-E-B is judging my bulk gummy worms purchase.” 

These are thoughts we’ve all had (…right?), and now you can watch the cast of My Own Worst Enemy bring them to life and dispel them in the span of an hour. This innovative improvised comedy, based on our shared social anxieties, explores the contrast between reality and how our brains perceive it. A cathartically funny exploration of relationships and what goes on inside our heads, a la “Inside Out”.

My Own Worst Enemy is the directorial debut of one of ColdTowne Theater’s most prolific producers and performers, Amy Knop. Her goal in this ambitious undertaking is to dismantle negative self-talk (our judgmental inner dialogues) by shedding light on this universal experience through comedy, with the support of an all-star cast and crew culled from Austin’s theater and comedy scene. (All while raising money for local mental health nonprofits!) 

Amy reflects that “Just the process of workshopping this show has made one thing abundantly clear – self-doubt and negative self-talk are issues that everyone struggles with, including the outwardly confident. Yet at the same time, we often feel alone in it.” 

Working on this show has had a powerful impact on the lives of the cast, many of whom are grateful for the opportunity to destigmatize mental health through the arts. 

“I was thrilled and honored when Amy asked me to be in the cast,” says performer Lane Ingram.  “I am a psychotherapist and additionally, I personally have struggled with anxiety and depression over the years, so the opportunity to be in this show was a perfect match for me and my values. I believe strongly in the importance of destigmatizing mental health issues. In my own podcast Yeah But Are You Happy I try to address various mental health topics with an emphasis on humor, creativity, and the comedy world. I think this wonderful show that Amy has created will resonate with everyone, especially those who have struggled with a mental health issue, or has a loved one who has (which pretty much includes all of us!)”  

This sentiment is shared by cast member Cortnie Jones who says, “My Own Worst Enemy is important to me because I’d love to open up the conversation more about negative self-talk and how it impacts mental health. We all have negative self-talk and becoming aware of it is the first step towards changing it.”  

Cast clockwise from top left: Stephanie Thoresen, Yamina Khouane, Kenah Benefield, Robyn Reynolds, Irielle Wesley, Lane Ingram, Cortnie Jones, Nathan Sowell. (Not pictured: Tauri Laws-Phillips). 

Helping people feel less alone in this struggle was deeply meaningful to cast member, Yamina Khouane: “Self-doubt and a skewed sense of self is something everyone deals with at different moments in their lives. For some it can be an ongoing struggle, but for others it can be brief, scattered experiences. Either way, negative self-talk is an issue that unites us. Not being sure of yourself is human. I like using improv to explore the truth of being human. If this show can make one person get some relief from the loneliness of existence, even for an hour, we’ve done our job. I look forward to that possibility.” 

“My Own Worst Enemy” runs at ColdTowne Theater (4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751) Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., January 4 through February 8. Tickets are $14 at the door and $12 online. BYOB and free parking. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Capital Area Counseling. 

Tickets on sale now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-own-worst-enemy-tickets-81544157771 

For more information, contact coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.

Ho Ho Holy Shit! Prayer Circle Comedy returns for the holidays at ColdTowne Theater

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 coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.  ColdTowne is BYOB/sacramental wine. 

Tickets & Links

ColdTowneTheater.com

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prayer-circle-comedy-ho-ho-holy-shit-tickets-79253917601 

bit.ly/hohoholyshit

facebook.com/PrayerCircleComedy

Instagram @PrayerCircleComedy

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

PRESS CONTACT:
Lilli Lopez, Marketing Director
ColdTowne Theater
lillianallopez@gmail.com
956-683-5067

Way Down In the Hole opens Saturday, Aug. 17

WAY DOWN IN THE HOLE Saturdays (8:30-9:30 p.m.) August 17 + 24, September 7-28, 2019 

Step back into 2012 with new improvised comedy show “Way Down in the Hole” 

Austin, Texas – July 19, 2019 – Dylan Garsee and Mase Kerwick are thrilled to announce their latest collaboration – a subversive, darkly comic improvised show called “Way Down in the Hole” – debuts at ColdTowne Theater Saturday, August 17. 

In “Way Down in the Hole,” an otherwise ordinary night at local gay bar The Hole becomes hysterically chaotic when someone is found dead on the dance floor. Set over the course of a single evening in 2012, audiences will watch as some of Austin’s best comedians improvise the complicated web between bar owners, patrons, detectives, drug dealers, and the murder victim. But will the murder ever get solved as people keep getting distracted by The Hole’s legendary dance floor? 

Created and directed by Garsee (in their directorial debut), the hour-long show is inspired by classic TV series “The Wire” and “Cheers”, as well as the federal raids of certain Austin bars in 2012. 

“Way Down in the Hole” is produced by Kerwick, a native Austinite known for the popular live variety show “QueerTowne” and for being a founding member of LGBTQ sketch troupe Martini Ranch. Garsee performs monthly with boundary-pushing sketch troupe Pendulum and is still bitter about not getting to perform their indie nightmare comedy Gayme Show at the cancelled 2017 Sound On Sound Fest. 

Garsee and Kerwick previously collaborated on all three runs of Martini Ranch’s sold out sketch revues, as well as the improvised drag extravaganza “Hail to the Queen” and the comedic fever dream “This is the Zodiac Speaking!”. They’ve performed together at San Francisco SketchFest and Dallas Comedy Fest, as well as local festivals Austin Sketch Fest and Out of Bounds. 

“Way Down in the Hole” features Dalton Allen, Brian Bonnet, Devon Coleman, Kristie Denlinger, Kelty Dorsey, Mase Kerwick, Nicole Russell, and Jake Garrison as drag queen YesAndra LaRonde. 

Original art was created by Steven Smith. Technical Direction is provided by Ilan Raschkovsky. 

The core cast is comprised largely of queer and trans performers who will pull from their own experiences at places like TuezGayz at Barbarella, Chain Drive, the original Cheer Up Charlies, and others. 

“Way Down in the Hole” will run at ColdTowne Theater for six Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. – August 17 and 24, and September 7 through 28. Each performance will take place on a different themed night at The Hole: bachelorette night, lesbian night, straight night, bear night, and more. 

The original production is rated ‘G’ for Gay and is recommended for mature audiences. 

Questions? Contact masonkerwick@gmail.com

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/344795419746926

Tickets ColdTowne Theater is located at 4803-B Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.coldtownetheater.com or at the door. 

About ColdTowne Theater ColdTowne Theater is Austin’s center for Chicago-style, long-form improv, with shows every night of the week. For phone reservations or more information, call (512) 817-TOWN, or visit www.ColdTowneTheater.com