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CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

This weekend (September 19th & 20th) all tickets are ONLY $5!!

Crash Every Party: Improv and cocktails with the cool kids.

Pillow fight at the slumber party in the other room, shake your groove thing at the Dance Party down the hall, trade barbs at the Political Party, or go for 7 Minutes in Heaven. iScream Sandwich invites you to attend as many parties as are spread out throughout The Institution Theater in that one night nestled between two energetic sets of improv.

CRASH EVERY PARTY is a chance for you to fill up your entire weekend’s dance card within the first two hours. Every week will feature different celebrations throughout the building hosted by improv mavens, iScream Sandwich and a different special guest troupe, with each showcasing their hilarious audience-inspired comedy to close and open the night, respectively. Attendees will also get a photo booth, the magic of Andrew Johnston and free iScream Sandwich cocktails.

iScream Sandwich performs classic improv format the Harold, in a set that combines fun characters with surprising situations that result in delightfully unexpected, hilarious connections. iSS members have trained with Second City, i.O. West, The Magnet, UCB, and Austin’s own Institution Theater. The group won the 2014 Favorite Improv Show award at The Institution Theater in Austin, Texas.

Guest troupes will include:

September 5: The Knuckleball Now
September 12: No Frills
September 19: BOSS
September 26: Dervish
October 3: Nice Astronaut
October 10: Girls Girls Girls
October 17: Bad Font
October 24: Oh, Science!

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LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE with Teddy Hancox

LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE with Teddy Hancox

LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE with Teddy Hancox

This weekend (September 19th & 20th) all tickets are ONLY $5!!

Late Night Time Machine with Teddy Hancox is a time-travelling talk show from the questionably tasteless age of 1968, complete with guests flown in from anywhere across the history of mankind. From Socrates, Sigmund Freud, and Shirley Temple, to Bindi Irwin, Justin Bieber, and Paula Deen, no personality is too large or clash too great for hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-womaning host Teddy Hancox.

Come see Annie Oakley irresponsibly flail about with multiple firearms! Martha Stewart share craft secrets she learned in prison! And Marlon Brando from his glory years; the early 2000’s! Each episode will feature new guests and new mind-blowing adventures, unbelievable backstage interactions, and live commercials from an era of American history best left unremembered.

Unique episodes of Late Night Time Machine will be performed at 10PM every Friday in September at The Institution Theater. Starring James C. Leary as Teddy Hancox, with Sydney Huddleston as beleaguered stage manager Tildy Weatherspoon and Mike Carreon as Teddy’s sidekick, Bud Grouper, Chris Allen as David Lynch and Beethoven, Alex Ayala as Anne Frank, Tom Booker as Charles Manson, Ann K. Flynn as Bindi Irwin, Topping Haggerty as Julia Child, Alli Huston as Shirley Temple, Mike Kinald as Marlon Brando, Andrew Maniaci as Justin Bieber, Rebecca Marsh as Paula Deen, Heidi Rogers as Annie Oakley, Andrew Schwartz as Sigmund Freud, Callie Sharon as Martha Stewart, and Luke Wallens as Socrates.

Directed by Clifton Highfield. Created, produced, and written by Tess Hermes and Mason Pitluk.

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RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

This weekend (September 19th & 20th) all tickets are ONLY $5!!

The power has gone out. Panic has hit the streets. Throughout the world, humans are being beaten back by a new terror...Zombies.

This is the world of RISEN, inspired by the best-selling novel World War Z by Max Brooks, but improvised far past where it leaves off. Each week will show you the zombie apocalypse from a different geological perspective: the South African slums, the Paris underground, the upscale apartments of Manhattan.

Guest monologists will perform post-apocalyptic stories of survival, decimation, or worse. From there the all-star cast of improvisers will flesh out that part of the world before its too late. Through the panic of the outbreak, to the front lines of the Z War and back again, Risen will give a glimpse into the darkest parts of humanity imaginable.

Directed by Sarah Marie Curry and featuring Kareem Badr, Katie Dahm, Cat Drago, Kierstin Hettler, Clifton Highfield, Ryan Hill, Adam Mengesha, Heidi Penix, Trey Stoker, and Leng Wong, Special Make-Up Effects from Jason Vines and Tech Design from Bryan Curry.

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MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

This weekend (September 19th & 20th) all tickets are ONLY $5!!

Boring weekend? Not anymore…

Regina Soto returns to The Institution Theater stage as host of this stand-up showdown.

Each week, “Mouthing Off: Stand-Up or Shut Up” will invite comedians from around Austin to bring their unique blend of hilarious and entertaining antics to center stage. Armed only with a microphone and their wit, these comedians will have to Stand-up or Shut up.

September 20th show will feature:
Dalton Hamilton
Brittany Flurry
Sammy Boss
Jennifer Dorsey
Ron Morelli
Rebecca Westerkom
Michael Monsour
Headliner: John Buseman

$10 (Only $5 on September 20th) • Sep 20, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE A RUBBER ROOM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH.

Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot?

Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at 8 PM at The Institution Theater.

The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment.

After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. The Faculty Show will showcase and highlights the style of improv taught at the theater. Plus, it gives the faculty the opportunity to play together, which they love to do.

Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. The Institution’s is faculty made up of Tom Booker, Asaf Ronen, Justin Davis, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and John Ratliff, a varied group of improvisers that have made their mark around the country (and even the world for a couple of them). They’ll follow the basic tenet of “make the other people look good” if you’re lucky enough to join them on stage.

The Rubber Room, a safe place to bounce around new ideas every Sunday night at 8 PM at The Institution Theater. You’d be crazy to miss this.

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MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

Meet Mortimer Morbid, a quaint small-town mortician by day, a fright flick TV host by night …or so he would hope. Try as he might, he cannot seem to avoid the mishaps that continually block his line-up of B-grade horror schlock. Luckily, he has friends on hand to play out their best rendition of what they think the movie might have looked like. With the help of Austin’s best and most distinct improv troupes, bizarre trailers of substandard gore and terror are unspooled into feature-length ridiculousness every Friday in October at 10pm.

With two awesome troupes every night:
OCTOBER 3rd - GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (improvised musicals) and BAD BOYS
OCTOBER 10th - CONFIDENCE MEN (improvised Mamet) and INDIGO SHIFT
OCTOBER 17th - FLYING THEATER MACHINE and WATERPARK (musical improv)
OCTOBER 24th - THE KNUCKLEBALL NOW and BLACK VAULT (improvised Lovecraft)
OCTOBER 31st - HURLY BURLY (improv and burlesque) and THAT RACKET! (musical improv)

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WEIRDSVILLE, USA

WEIRDSVILLE, USA

WEIRDSVILLE, USA

There are things out there: paranormal, extra-terrestrial, and other unexplained events. Bill Belpre is the host of Weirdsville, USA, a syndicated paranormal radio talk show that gathers the truthful eyewitness accounts of everything from alien abduction to the afterlife and back. However, Bill is at a turning point.

He's dedicated his life to finding the truth behind these phenomena, but each question answered opens the floodgate for more questions. The weight of knowing (or not knowing) so much truth has him apprehensive beyond the relief of the stress reducing supplements that sponsor his show. In a desperate attempt to calm himself, he's trying something new - Improv Comedy. He's joined in the studio by his improv troupe and local chapter of The Truth Seekers Society who will decode the unusual stories in grounded comedy scenes.

Will Cleveland (UCBComedy, Austin Sketch Fest) is a writer and comedian who has incubated a vast array of characters at The Institution Theater and booked comedy shows throughout Austin. He got his sketch writing and improv chops studying at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre from 2009 to 2014. He spent most of his time at UCB behind the scenes at UCBComedy.com as a producer and writer of short web videos.

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