A word from Kyle Romero on Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs

by Kyle Romero, Director of Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs at ColdTowne Theater

Directing this play (Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, and David Wain) is literally a dream come true. 

I came up in the academic world of [extremely Homer Simpson voice] legitimate theatre. I’ve done Shakespeare. I’ve done Greek tragedy. I wrote papers on commedia dell’arte and Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. But every season at my small town university, I would walk into my professor’s office and I would pitch this play, and she would always say no. Why? Sure, it’s not really a “good” play with any “academic value.” I get that. BUT! It is so goddamn funny.

When I was a growing virgin just starting to explore the world of comedy, one of the first things I was introduced

Kyle Romero, Director of SEXAKAWB

to was Wet Hot American Summer. I could not believe the stupid shit that was in this movie. It was sold like it was a parody of 80s sex comedies like Porky’s or Meatballs, and okay, sure, kind of. But it’s not really interested in taking the piss out of a genre of movie that is already fairly piss-free, so to speak. Like, nobody watches Hot Dog: The Movie and thinks “these people are so full of themselves, they need to be taken down a peg”. Wet Hot (that’s what we call it, it’s cool to shorten stuff) is just pure silliness, and for a kid who was fed a steady diet of Looney Tunes and Three Stooges as a young’un, it was vibrating at my exact frequency. 

So then like all nerds do when they find something they like, I dove in. I needed to know everything. Who were these maniacs that made this thing? Why would they be allowed to do this? That’s when I found The State. A bunch of punk kids from NYU were given a sketch comedy show on MTV before they had even graduated. This was inspirational to me (but unfortunately would later become frustrating, and frankly insulting, as I passed them in years and was not gifted a sketch comedy television show). Then came Stella. I saw their Comedy Central show first (extremely underrated in my opinion, and cancelled too soon), and then I found their online shorts. It was all so wonderful. I wanted to make stuff like this.

So then imagine my elation when I found out these guys wrote a play! A real actual play, that you can buy the rights to and perform! Making your own sketches and uploading them to YouTube wasn’t really a thing yet, and also I don’t come from money so I didn’t have a way to record video because cell phones didn’t take videos yet. This was the only way I could see to express this love I had for this insanely silly style of comedy that I was so obsessed with. Sadly, the tyrannical gatekeepers of Lamar University kept me from realizing my vision.

Cut to now, many years later. I’m an absurdly successful improviser and comedian living in Austin, TX, and ColdTowne Theater ownership comes to me, hat in hand — “please Kyle, please, we need content. Please make something for us, anything.” So I pull my copy of SAKAWAB (again, cool to shorten stuff) off the shelf, we cough up the dough for the performance rights, and here we are. This play has all of the stuff that made me fall in love with Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, The State, and every other project from the people who made that stuff. It’s silly. It will give you whiplash as it delivers both a fart joke and a line of dialogue that is an unbelievably specific and accurate read on human behavior. People say words the wrong way for no reason. It’s just fun. Don’t think too hard about it. I hope this play makes you laugh like it makes me laugh, and if it can’t do that, then hopefully it makes you horny.

Get your tickets to Sex a.k.a. Weiners & Boobs, happening Saturdays through March 21 at ColdTowne Theater

Teen Troupe Montmoreau Flies Across the Pond to Spend Their Junior Year Abroad

Being a teenager is universally difficult, distinguished by a search for identity and a tendency to act against one’s better judgement. Junior Year Abroad places these personal struggles on a continent-sized stage, following a group of high school Student Leaders on their pan-European class trip as they explore, bicker, posture, and pretend like each new experience is old news to them.

Presented by actual teenagers for anyone with a sense of humor, Junior Year Abroad will send the Greenwood High Student Leaders to a new country every week, allowing them free rein thousands of miles (or is that kilometers?) from their homes and comfort zones. The audience can sit back as the teens stir up drama and insanity and maybe even engage in a bit of self-examination, leaving a mess in their wake and being altogether terrible tourists.

Directors Kevin Anderson (Old Love, Angola) and Nathan Sowell (Friends for Now, Angola) will bring the vacation to life, with technical director Claire Sudolsky (Echo Lake) providing the effects necessary for the show to flow. Creative Director, Kristin Henn, has trained most of the cast of teens through their formative years in ColdTowne’s youth program, Excused Absence.

Junior Year Abroad features teen troupe Montmoreau, with members Asher Koppel, Atticus Mixson, Kevin Murray, Zoë Rabinowitz, Emie Salome, and Zack Shell. They will be joined by a different adult improviser playing the group’s chaperone each week. Mark your calendars to see some of ColdTowne’s favorite performers including Kenah Benefield, Josephh Stahlman, Luke Wallens, and Michael Jastroch. 

“Junior Year Abroad” runs at ColdTowne Theater (4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751) Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., January 4 through February 8. Tickets are $10 at the door and $14 online. Family friendly improv and free parking. For more information, contact coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.

Cast Members (Back Row Left to Right): Kevin Murray, Asher Koppel, Zoe Rabinowitz, (Front Row Left to Right): Atticus Mixson, Emie Salome, Zack Shell

Tickets:  
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junior-year-abroad-tickets-84618280555?ref=ecal
Or https://www.coldtownetheater.com/

Social Media:
Instagram: @mont.moreau

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

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Martini Ranch heads to San Francisco Sketch Fest!

Martini Ranch, a “mostly” queer sketch comedy group you know well from the ColdTowne main stage,  has been putting on sold out shows in Austin for over two years. Now they’re taking their best sketches to the 2019 San Francisco Sketch Fest happening January 10-27.

Joining the lineup with comedy favorites like CAROL FREAKING BURNET, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, Sasheer Zamata and more, Martini Ranch will have two performances at the festival. Also, joining Martini Ranch from Austin is Hail to the Queen.

If you’re in San Francisco for SF Sketch Fest, check out Martini Ranch, Austin’s only all LGBTQIA-identifying sketch comedy troupe. Described by the Austin Chronicle as “a delight,” their sketches range from emotionally gut-wrenching to explosively absurd. Whether addressing the difficulty of coming out to an aging Catholic abuelita or the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of JonBenet Ramsey, Martini Ranch can be found at the intersection of delightful premises and hard jokes.

 

 

 

The 25th annual Austin Film Festival kicks off on October 24!

 

ColdTowne Theater is excited to continue our partnership with Austin Film Festival at this year’s Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference!

The 25th annual Austin Film Festival kicks off on October 24th with our Film & Food Fundraising Party. Come enjoy cocktails and cuisine with filmmakers, producers, celebrities and foodies from Austin and beyond at the historic Driskill Hotel! The live auction will be hosted by Will Cleveland and all proceeds benefit Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program, which aims to improve creativity, literacy, and communication skills through the arts of screenwriting and filmmaking.

On Thursday, head to the Driskill’s Victorian Balcony for First Three Pages, Live! featuring Will and Erica Lies. Join host Dave Buckman and AFF for an afternoon of live readings featuring the first three pages of works-in-progress, forgotten screenplays, and a few other surprises.

Back by popular demand, we’re offering morning improv workshops during Friday and Saturday of the Conference to help you “rise and shine” throughout the day. Join hosts Dave Buckman and Rachel Madorsky to learn techniques that you can utilize at the Conference to pitch your script or approach your screenwriting idol with confidence.

Dave Buckman will host this year’s Awards Luncheon (tickets are sold out – call to get on the waitlist 512-478-4795)! Dine with panelists, awardees (Roger Corman, Tony Gilroy, Daniel Petrie, Jr., and Larry Wilmore), and hear inspiring speeches from this year’s honorees and winners.

You won’t want to miss these incredible events. Check out the promo codes below and get your tickets for the fest today!

coldtowne25 – $25 off all badges – you will need at least a Conference Badge to participate in First Three Pages, Live! And the Friday session of Morning Improv if you are interested in Morning Improv on Saturday and checking out films you can purchase a Lone Star Badge

 

coldtownefp – $15 off a Film Pass – for access to all 8 days of film and the Film Pass Party in partnership with Do512

Here is some information about some of the comedies we are screening this year!

Travel back to 1989 for a special retrospective screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure presented by Ed Solomon on Sunday, October 28 at 7:00PM at the Galaxy Highland – screen 9!

Check out this year’s Comedy Vanguard Films:

Simple Wedding

Nousha might have finally found the one in Alex, an eccentric bisexual artist. But when her parents find out about the blossoming relationship, she’s pressured into tying the knot before either of them are ready. The thrust-upon wedding becomes a runaway train as cultures clash and families collide.

Filmmaker Interview

Thursday, October 25 | 7:10 PM | Alamo Drafthouse Village

Tuesday, October 30 | 8:30 PM | Galaxy Highland screen 8

Original Sin (Pecado Original)

In partnership with Cine Las Americas

A sexually-frustrated woman, her uptight husband, and a freewheeling artist form an unlikely love triangle.

Trailer

Filmmaker Interview

Thursday, October 25 | 9:45 PM | Bethell Hall-St. David’s Episcopal Church

Tuesday, October 30 | 5:30 PM | Galaxy Highland screen 9

Antiquities

Walt moves back to his hometown in hopes of learning more about his recently deceased father. After accepting a job in a local antique shop, he ends up not only finding out who his father really was but learns more about himself than he ever thought possible.

Trailer

Friday, October 26 | 4:00 PM | State Theatre

Tuesday, October 30 | 2:30 PM | Galaxy Highland screen 7

In Reality

In partnership with Something More

In order to reclaim her bearing on reality, newly heartbroken Ann confronts her overgrown fantasies by making a film about the experience.

Trailer

Saturday, October 27 | 8:30 PM | Galaxy Highland screen 8

Wednesday, October 31 | 1:00 PM | Alamo Drafthouse Village

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

Estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron arrive in Dombrova, Poland with a singular mission: to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish to find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favorite childhood dog.

Saturday, October 27 | 9:30 PM | Bethell Hall-St. David’s Episcopal Church

Wednesday, October 31 | 9:30 PM | Hideout Theatre

Lost & Found

Seven different stories interconnect around a lost-and-found office at an Irish train station. Even though they each have their own journey, they all stumble upon something they weren’t expecting.

Trailer

Sunday, October 28 | 1:00 PM | Alamo Drafthouse Village

Monday, October 29 | 4:00 PM | Hideout Theatre

Friends From College Season 2 Premiere–FREE and open to the public!

Creators Francesca Delbanco & Nicholas Stoller in attendance

Season 2 of Friends From College follows six Harvard alums in their 40s living in New York City and the complicated relationships they have with each other. It’s been a year since Ethan & Sam’s affair was exposed to the 4 other friends – including Lisa, Ethan’s wife – and the friend group is still fractured. No one has heard from Lisa, Ethan has been living a repentant year of writing a YA novel, and Sam has been trying to repair her marriage with her husband Jon.  But with Max’s wedding coming up, the friends won’t be able to avoid each other much longer. Between the engagement party, bachelor party, and wedding, the six will have to overcome the destruction in their past and figure out how to function as a friend group again. Will they be able to move forward or will they regress back to their old destructive patterns once again?

Friday, October 26 | 7:00PM | State Theatre

To purchase a Film Pass or Badge visit austinfilmfestival.com or call 512-478-4795. Film Passes are also available for purchase at The Long Center and The Paramount Theatre box offices.