Aziz Ansari brings book tour to Austin


Austin may be getting a lot of rain, but the comedy drought carries on. July’s biggest name — Aziz Ansari — is coming here on a book tour, for Pete’s sake (if I may be so bold as to drop Pete’s name here). Check out the other notable names below:

Anthony Bourdain

July 9

So, he’s a foodie, right? And a world traveler. But Anthony Bourdain, star of “Parts Unknown,” “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “The Layover,” is also incredibly funny. And, boy, has he got tales to tell. All of that and a Q&A session with Bourdain himself. 7:30 p.m., Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $42.50-$200. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

Billy Wayne Davis

July 10-11

Nashville native Davis, a contemporary of Austin favorite Mitch Hedberg, is a veteran of “Last Comic Standing,” “WTF with Marc Maron” and Tru TV. When he’s not pitching laughs and taking names at comedy festivals including Bridgetown, Bumbershoot and San Francisco’s Sketchfest, he’s getting accolades from publications such as Paste Magazine’s for his recorded work. Check him out here with Brendan K. O’Grady. 9 p.m. Friday; 9 and 11 p.m. Saturtday. The Velv Comedy Lounge, 521 E. Sixth St. $10. 512-469-9116, www.thevelveetaroom.com.

Aziz Ansari

July 14

Ansari, who sells out every date he plays in Austin, is popping through town on a pre-book-tour book tour. He’s meeting with crowds and talking about his first book, title d “Modern Romance.” With your ticket, you get to pick up a copy of the book at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. (books must be claimed by Oct. 14). 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $46. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

Michael Ian Black

July 16-18

You might know Black from big-screen comedies, including “This is 40” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” True comedy nerds (well, sketch comedy nerds, anyway) will remember his work with “The State” and “Stella.” When he’s not busy accepting compliments for authoring at least seven books, he’s working on three more. And, of course, honing his stand-up comedy. Funniest Person in Austin winner Danny Palumbo opens. 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. $18-$22. 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.

Also at Cap City in July: Chris Cubas, July 1-4; Russell Howard, July 6; Nikki Glaser, July 8-11; John Heffron, July 22-25; J. R. Brow, July 30-31.

Justin Williams and Friends

July 24

New York favorite Williams is headed to Austin and he’s bringing some very talented performers with him. They’re all part of the weekly “Gandhi is that You” stand-up showcase, featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MTV, Bravo, the New York Daily News and Time Out New York. Austin’s Ralph Hardest hosts. 7:30 p.m., the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. $7. 512-696-2590, www.newmovementtheater.com.

Esther’s Follies

Weekends in July

This month, the Esthers ensembles’ pointed, political pens poke the Bush brothers — Jeb and George — by way of “Hee Haw.” Then candidate Rick Perry takes the siblings on in “GOP Superstar.” Local topics lampooned include the open-carry gun laws and hipsters (via L. Ron Hipster’s “Church of Austinology”). All this musical comedy and Ray Anderson’s magical miracles, too. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Esther’s Follies Theater, 525 E. Sixth St. $25-$35. 512-320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.


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