June is busting out all over … busting a gut, that is! Live comedy tends to slow down a bit during the lazy summer months but, then again, don’t we all? Still, some big-name comics, a few very odd odds and ends and the celebration of a legendary, local venue provide some great opportunities for laughs.
He’s Brian Fellow! Whether you remember comic Tracy Morgan from that hilariously addled “Saturday Night Live” character, his earlier work on “Martin” or his most recent gig as Tracy Jordan on the Emmy-winning sitcom “30 Rock,” you might sense that Morgan is as unpredictable and off-the-wall as the characters he portrays. If the title of his tour, “Excuse My French,” is any indication, his stand-up act is probably somewhat filthier. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $40.50. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
SPANK! The “Fifty Shades” Parody
I’m more of a “Fifty Shades of Earl Grey” man myself, but if you enjoyed the racy books (and, c’mon, none of you will admit it, but some of you must have — those things were flying off the shelves) you might enjoy this 18-and-up, mature-audiences-only musical version that pokes fun at the erotic best-seller. The Long Center for the Performing Arts is marketing this as a ladies’ night out, complete with pre-show cocktails and a post-show meet-and-greet with the cast, where you can pose for (I’m hoping PG-rated) photos with the guy the show’s material refers to as the “hunky leading man.” OK, I feel like I have to go wash my hands after writing this. 7:30 p.m., Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $39-$49. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.
“Sullivan & Son” Comedy Tour
Steve Byrne, who plays Steve Sullivan (the titular, barkeep “Son” on the TBS sitcom) headlines this show along with bar stool regulars Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed. The quartet’s credits read like an encyclopedia of late-night network talkers and cable comedy outlets. 8 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. $15-$19. 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.
Also at Cap City in June: Rachel Feinstein, June 1; Kurt Metzger, June 5-8; Josh Wolf, June 12-15; Jackie Kashian, June 19-22; Andy Kindler, June 26-29.
Velveeta Room 25th anniversary
Where were you 25 years ago? The funny folks down at Esther’s Follies were hatching a plan to fill some extra space with rolling waves of stand-up comedy laughter. This year, while the Republic of Texas Rally takes over Sixth Street, the denizens of that space — The Velveeta Room — will celebrate their home’s silver anniversary with nightly performances featuring the best of Austin’s estimable comics. The whole shebang is hosted by “Ronnie Velveeta” himself, long-time Esther’s icon Kerry Awn. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, The Velveeta Room, 525 E. Sixth Street. $12-$25. (512) 320-0198, www.esthersfollies.com.
Dixie’s Tupperware Party
How can a show built around seal-and-burp containers be appropriate for mature audiences only? Find out when Dixie Longate (male actor Kris Andersson), who was labeled a “Southern-fried version of Dame Edna” after packing up her catalogs, leaving her children (Wynona, Dwayne, and Absorbine Jr.) in an Alabama trailer park and taking off-Broadway by storm, lands at the Long Center. Sixteen performances give Dixie plenty of opportunity to talk about Tupperware parties (“I have never had so much fun drinking for free in my life”) and alternative uses for what she calls “the plastic crap” (that might be your 18-and-over clause right there). The show promises free giveaways, audience participation and “the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.” Various times and ticket prices. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.
The Latin Comedy Jam
The country’s top touring Latin comics have joined forces to tour worldwide. Jerry Garcia (MTV); Luke Torres (“In Living Color,” “Comic Justice”); Dillion Garcia (MTV, “Stand up Revolution”); and Shayla Rivera (“Comics Unleashed,” “Latino 101”) hit the Paramount stage with hilarious observations on life with a distinctly Latino viewpoint. It’s all in English, so you won’t have to deal with that terribly unfunny translator. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $23-$53. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.