Austin Comedy Scene: Paralellogramophonograph at the Hideout

Good morning and happy Saturday, all!

It’s the best morning of the week, wouldn’t you agree? Three cheers for silenced alarms, leisurely paper/blog/Reddit reading and bacon.

I woke up with sore abs today, owed not to yesterday’s workout but to some intense belly laughs last night at the Hideout Theatre where improv comedy troupes Paralellogramophonograph and the Library performed.

Parallelogramophonograph improv comedy troupe in Austin

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PGraph delivered a hilarious combination of their space exploration ERIS 2035 show and signature French Farce style. I pretty much giggled incessantly.

Stephen and I both love live comedy, but before moving to Austin it was something we only ever had the chance to enjoy infrequently. I will always remember the first show we saw together as a couple. In March 2011, we traveled to Boston for St. Patrick’s Day. We spent our first day in town braving chilly rain and hopping puddles around Harvard’s campus.

Drop Kick Murphys' Bar on St. Patrick's Day

By evening, the only things we miserable drowned rats wanted were a dry floor and a beer, and we found them at the ImprovBoston Theatre in Cambridge. It was over a year ago, but I can still remember bits of lyrics from the bratwurst-themed musical that evolved during the hour-long show.

We lived in DC for nearly a year after that trip, and I think we saw a single show (the Reduced Shakespeare Company) in all of that time. There just weren’t any theaters in our area of Maryland, and expensive ticket prices and long Metro rides discouraged us from going downtown.

Now, living in Austin, we see a show nearly every week. Shows are inexpensive, accessible, frequent and funny. What more could you ask for?

Here are some of our favorite places to get it:

The Hideout Theatre on Congress Avenue: Hideout hosts improv comedy shows four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. They also offer classes and workshops for kids, teens, adults and corporate groups.

Master Pancake at the Ritz Alamo Drafthouse on 6th Street: Master Pancake is a signature series of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema described as a pairing of bad movies and live comedy. Basically, the troupe selects an unlucky movie and watches it hundreds of time until every poorly shot scene, plot loophole, and unimaginative line of dialogue has been uncovered. Then, they present it to an audience, essentially destroying the film for all future viewing. I think we’ve been to five Master Pancake shows now, and we always have a fabulous time.

Coldtowne Theater on Airport Boulevard: Coldtowne’s event calendar is packed with improv shows and stand up comedy. Similar to the Hideout, they also offer classes, workshops and team building. Go to Thursday Night Social Club and enjoy free beer and snacks before the show. On select Sundays, pay what you want to see student improv showcases.

Comedy 102.7 FM: Alright, this one isn’t really a physical place; it’s a radio station. They also help organize comedy festivals and special events around town, like free standup at Austin Java that we attended earlier this summer. My car radio is tuned to 102.7 24/7.

Austinites, where are your favorite places to see live comedy? Several friends have told us we need to plan a visit to Esther’s Follies. It’s on the list!

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  1. Stephen

     /  September 22, 2012

    Love the Hideout Theater!

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