Few funnymen these days are considered anywhere near the level of comedic brilliance established by the late, great George Carlin, but if there’s one contender who could eventually reach it, that person would be Louis C.K. The dark but startlingly accessible comedy actor/writer/director/producer has received more Emmy nods than anyone can shake a stick at — not that he seems to care about his own hype, though, nor is he trying to cash in on it. “This year,” he declares through his website, “I’m trying something new, building on the fun, success and fan-benefit of selling my content online… I’ve cut the ticket charges way down and absorbed them into the ticket price. To buy a ticket, you join NOTHING. Just use your credit card and buy the damn thing.” Know what? We just might. Louis graces the Moody Theater’s ACL Live Stage December 13 and 14 with three performances.
Louis C.K. live at the Moody Theater, 310 West 2nd Street
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:30 and 10:30 pm
Buy tickets here for $45 apiece
Since 1988, The Velveeta Room
has stood proudly next to Esther’s Follies on East 6th Street, bringing the LOLs (and sometimes the groans) as only it can. One of Austin’s most well-known comedy clubs, the venue yuks it up with the same cheesy decor that was originally there whenthe club’s owner took over the space — hence the name, which also applies delightfully well to some of the comedic acts that take the stage on any given night. Thursdays are open mic night at The Velveeta Room beginning at 9:30; step onstage and crack some jokes if you dare, or just sit back and be thankful it isn’t you up there. Either way, a good time’s just waiting to be had, and since laughter is the best medicine, by the end of the week, we generally don’t mind a dose of it ourselves.
$5 admission; ticket prices vary for special events
521 East 6th Street, next to Esther’s Follies
Details at the The Velveeta Room’s website
We all know him as the long-running host of E!’s “The Soup” and the leading man on NBC’s “Community.” But Joel McHale’s taking the show on the road, and he’s stopping this weekend at the Long Center. The pop culture know-it-all graces the stage at 8 pm this Saturday; those of us in need of a night full of snarky good fun can buy tickets ($39-$69, depending on section) via the Long Center’s website
Sunday, May 18, 8 pm
When most of us think of Tom Hanks, we think of respectable, critically acclaimed film fare like The Green Mile, Forrest Gump and Band of Brothers. Lest we forget, though, that the man had some humble beginnings with admittedly cheesy crowd favorites like Big, Splash, Turner & Hooch and Sleepless in Seattle. Local theater gods Master Pancake take to their home stage at the Alamo Ritz this Friday night to send up one of Hollywood’s favorite living legends in a Thanksgiving weekend spectacular they’ve aptly named “Hanskgiving,” mixing live action comedy with some of Hanks’ best and worst works projected onto the drafthouse’s screen. Book your ticket early online and get to the theater an hour in advance; Master Pancake’s Thursday night show has already sold out, and Friday’s seats are filling up fast since the annual holiday weekend show has become something of a grand local tradition. Showtimes are this Friday at 7 pm and 10 pm.
$13.50 per ticket; buy in advance online to ensure seating
Alamo Ritz Theater
320 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Chelsea Handler’s come a long way from Livingston, New Jersey. The multimedia comedienne takes a break from her literary career and E! show “Chelsea Lately” to bring her bawdy sense of humor to live stages across the U.S. as she hits the road for her “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me”comedy tour. She makes a return appearance in Austin when she stops into Bass Concert Hall on the UT campus on Sunday, June 12 at 8 pm. Whether or not she’ll have sidekick Chuy with her is anyone’s guess, but either way, she’ll definitely be taking the art of irreverence to new heights – it’s what she does best.
Sunday, June 12, 8 pm
Bass Concert Hall, 23rd Street & Robert Dedman Drive
Tickets: $45 and $75