Of course popular comedy website Funny or Die chose Austin to kick off its first live tour, the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. What’s more oddball or curious than Austin in August? The event brings us some of the biggest comedy names of the year, including Dave Chappelle (I always picture him in Paris, saying, “Je m’appelle Dave Chappelle,” but that’s my problem) and Flight of the Conchords. Paula Poundstone is back, too, and our homegrown Out of Bounds Comedy Festival turns 12. Here are next month’s live comedy highlights:
Jake Flores Live Album Recording
Flores is an Austin stand-up who has worked with the likes of Doug Stanhope, Tig Notaro, Jim Norton, Al Madrigal, Greg Fitzsimmons and James Adomian. An album is a quaint term for a CD, which is a quaint term for a digital download, I guess. In the future, that will probably be a quaint term for some kind of audio that gets jacked directly into your cerebral cortex. Whatever strange form audio takes in the future, you can be part of its history by laughing loudly and uncontrollably at Flores’ act during this live recording for Stand Up! Records. 7 and 9 p.m., New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. $7 in advance; $10 at the door. www.newmovementtheater.com.
Out of Funds: Fundraiser
The funny folks who bring you Austin’s annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (see listing below) have burned big holes in their pockets in their efforts to make this year’s event the biggest and bestest ever, so they’re throwing a dinner-and-a-show fundraising bash to help defray the costs. Here’s what your ticket gets you: A catered dinner from Paul Qui’s Eastside King; live music from the Misfolks; a full-length performance by Chicago improvissarios Susan Messing and Rachael Mason; and silent auctions. 7 p.m., Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St. $30. www.outofboundscomedy.com.
A Chelsea Handler posse member and New York Times best-selling author of the self-deprecating “Life As I Blow It,” Colonna headlines at Cap City right after a gig at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs (she’s a rabid Angels fan, but the Cubbies could definitely teach the comic a few things about blowing it). Her résumé also includes actress — she’s logged screen time on “Monk” and the edgy “United States of Tara” and also made it to the semifinal rounds of “Last Comic Standing.” 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. $17-$21. 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.
Also at Cap City in August: Sean Patton, Aug. 7-10; Erin Jackson, Aug 21-24; Joe DeRosa, Aug. 28-31.
Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
OK, who’s the headliner of this Funny or Die-sponsored tour overflowing with heavy hitters — New Zealand comedy folk duo Flight of the Conchords? Low-key Demetri Martin? “The Daily Show’s” Kristen Schaal and Al Madrigal? I’m going to go with former recluse Dave Chappelle, who was the biggest thing in the comedy world before abruptly walking away from his hit Comedy Central sketch show in 2005. But pick your own favorite; you can’t go wrong with a lineup that also includes Hannibal Buress and Brody Stevens. Two stages, street performers, vendors, psychics, freaks, tasty treats and more combine to provide a complete and surreal festival experience. 5 p.m., Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. $30-$93. austin360amphitheater.com.
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Aug. 27-Sept. 2
Excuse me, I’m getting a bit misty here … our little festival is growing up. The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is 12 this year, so I guess it’s your last chance to catch the hundreds of sketch, improvisation and stand-up performers before the annual weeklong pre-Labor Day event hits its teenage years and insists on being dropped off down the block because God forbid Vicky and the popular girls should see you anywhere near it (I may be projecting; sorry). Anyway, Out of Bounds has expanded from its initial home at the Hideout (617 Congress Ave.), adding eight venues including the Velveeta Room, Stateside at the Paramount and the Long Center. Pittsburgh improv trio Cream Stain, Minneapolis’ Mount Rushmore and L.A.’s the Doubtful Guests are among the far-flung groups that will join locals such as Nice Astronauts and Squirrel Buddies in busting your gut. www.outofboundscomedy.com.
The witty comic, a regular on NPR’s current events quiz show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” likens her stand-up performances to a casual appearance at a cocktail party: “When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.” Poundstone is a natural at crowd work, gently prodding big laughs from audience members without the mean-spirited approach taken by less-experienced comics. If nothing else (but, of course, there’s much, much more) Poundstone is a long-standing rebuttal to the misconception that women just aren’t funny. 7 and 9:30 p.m., One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd. $25-$65. www.oneworldtheatre.org.