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CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

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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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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RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

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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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.

FREE • Oct 25, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr. Reserve Tickets

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

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, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and Jo Chauvin (along with weekly guests) 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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AN EVENING WITH DYLAN BRODY

AN EVENING WITH DYLAN BRODY

AN EVENING WITH DYLAN BRODY

"The writing is brilliant" - Robin Williams

"A very funny political comic" - George Carlin

“I have enjoyed Brody’s albums very much. The voice is unique and unpredictable funny and fascinating. I howled.” - David Sedaris

Dylan Brody is one America's leading humorists and story tellers.

With fans that include comedic legends such as Carl Reiner, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr and Paul Krassner, and an ever-expanding repertoire of witty and profound tales of his journey through life that are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, Dylan has earned a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.

Dylan has been invited again in 2014, to appear on stage with fellow humorist and best selling authour David Sedaris.

He currently writes and performs regularly for the David Feldman show on KPFK(Pacifica Radio) in Los Angeles., The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO (Sonoma County) and is a regular contributor to John Rabe’s OFF RAMP on KPCC, NPR's Pasadena affiliate. His material runs on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s comedy channels, Pandora and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has written for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

In 2005, Dylan won the Stanley Drama award for playwriting. He is a thrice-published author of fiction for the Young Adult market with one of his books, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword finding a place in the curriculum at several public schools in the U.S., earning him a yearly influx of poorly written fan letters and e-mails to which Mr. Brody diligently replies.

He has appeared on A&E’s Comedy on the Road, FOX TV’s Comedy Express, and Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza. In 2010, Dylan appeared in the George Carlin Tribute at the New York Public Library, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, featuring Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith, Louis C.K., and publisher Lewis Lapham, among others.

In early 2007, Dylan Brody's Thinking Allowed, brought long form humor and insight, literate and literary, to a broad based audience. The show, the first of its kind ever in the venue, enjoyed a successful six month run on the main stage at the Hollywood Improv.

With five CDs out on the Stand Up! Records label since 2009 and a new deal with Rooftop Comedy for the release of his solo show MORE ARTS/LESS MARTIAL as a digital video download as well as a digital release of a new comedy album, Dylan Goes Electric coming up in September of 2014, Dylan's body of work just continues to grow along with his popularity as a live performer.

Dylan has worked in venues fall over the world, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars including: Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Norm McDonald, Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has appeared at M.I.T., at Sarah Lawrence College’s vast Reisinger Concert Hall and served as Northfield Mount Hermon School’s first ever Artist in Residence.

For more information, check out: http://www.dylanbrody.com/

$12 ($10 for students and seniors) • Oct 28, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

The members of COMEDY DANCE CAMP don’t play well with others! This sarcastic and irreverent sketch show centers around some hilariously inconsiderate characters that are ready to change the world, for better or for worse!

Meet COMEDY DANCE CAMPers like the gun-toting Armed Fetus who fights for his right to not be aborted, and Idiom Guy, a Russian whose quirky sayings don’t exactly work in America. See Uncle God try and have a heart-to-heart with his estranged son, Jesus, and watch the exciting adventures of Dead Hooker who, you know, is dead.

Written and performed by the disturbed minds of The Institution Theater Improvisors Clint Harris, Scott Hearne, Sydney Huddleston, Kristen Kurtis, Brandon Martin, Ted Meredith, Ron Morelli, Callie Sharon, and Joseph Tran Directed by Ted Meredith.

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ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

From DYSTHEATRE comes a mind-bending bonanza exploring time travel though music, art, comedy and theater! The temporal sciences will be presented through true stories and comedic farce, improvised radio shows and theatrical romance. Featuring the best and most daring of Austin's performers.

See musical group NIGHT VIKING manipulate the audio and visual dimensions of time and space, while RED GALACTIC SHIFTS explore the tragedy of lovers torn apart by time.  LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE will make you laugh as 1960s talk show host Teddy Hancox interviews famous characters from throughout the ages, such as Marlon Brando, Anne Frank and Beethoven, and FLAPPER MOM will have a roaring good time in a 1920s version of Heaven while trying to help her daughter still down on a Future Earth!

Other featured acts include stories from INDIGO RAEL, scenes from PENFOLD THEATER, improvised radio from DOCTOR WHO THEATER, a tribute from LUCKYCHAOS THEATRE, improv from PAST LIFE AGGRESSION, a travelogue from SLAPPY PINCHBOTTOM and many, many more!

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FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

Austin Christmases are the furthest thing from the Norman Rockwell tradition and we wouldn't have it any other way. That's the inspiration behind FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS, an evening of Yuletide sketches with a Bat City twist brought to you by the holly jolly folks of The Institution Theater.

FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS will look at the holidays through the lens that only other Austinites will understand: Are the three-hour cattle-like lines for the Trail of Lights worth ruining your relationship over? Do you really need vinyl ashtrays and cat hair art or are we just being caught in the competitive crossfire of The Armadillo Craft Bazaar? Why does The Soup Peddler exist as a thing all year round?

Take a seat on the ACC Santa’s lap, a regretful ride in a Uber cab and a foolish dive with the polar bear swimmers at Barton Springs, and attend the competitive crafting world of the Armadillo Bazaar deep in the heart of Texas.

What the show lacks in treacly sentimentality it more than makes up for in holiday balls. John Aielli, Leslie the Gender-Fluid Christmas Angel and a rousing chorus of "God Rest Ye Hairy Feminists" awaits.

Written by Brently Heilbron. Directed by Tom Booker. Featuring Mike Carreon, Duncan Coe, Bryan Curry, Claudio Fox, Bryan Roberts, Sam Schak, Kim Stacy, Sarah Swofford, and Elena Weinberg.

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SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

The most recent 401 students at The Institution Theater are bringing a sense of honesty and teamwork to their study of the Chicago-style long form improv known as the harold. With a unique sense of realism and respect for the moment, this group has learned to patiently work together to create realistic characters that discover the funny as they explore and heighten each line of dialogue as it is delivered. This group will challenge themselves and the audience to hold onto the real world as they create a world of their own that you can't help but get lost in.

Featuring Alex Ayala, Blaine Fonnesbeck, Brianne Connor, Dimitri Khosrowpour, Heidi Penix, Kim Stacy, and Nikki Newman.

Headlining the evening will be CONCRETE who will bring their grounded character-based improv from the streets to the theater.

$5 • Nov 13, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets