‘SNL’s’ Che plays Austin in January


Did you get stiffed by Santa? Then gift yourself with laughter — there are some great acts coming to Austin this month.

Michael Che

Jan. 8

The current “Saturday Night Live” cast member broke big at Austin’s 2013 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, where you could barely walk past a group of attendees without hearing his name. It wasn’t long before he was snapped up by Lorne Michaels and stuffed into a Weekend Update suit, but you really haven’t seen Che until you’ve seen him perform standup. 8 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. $17. ndvenue.com.

The Amazing Acro-cats

Jan. 14-17

The feline purr-formers are back! A cast of former orphans, rescues and strays delights you with their feats of amazing agility, while Tuna and the Rock Cats (an all-feline band) actually play guitar, drums, keyboards, chimes, cowbell and tambourine. Various times. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. $26-$31. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org.

The Colleen and Josh Show

Jan. 15

These two cats are people. YouTube-famous people! The Colleen half is Colleen Ballinger, better known to her fans as Miranda of “Miranda Sings.” Moontower Comedy brings her, beau Joshua David Evans and their online shenanigans to the stage for one performance only in Austin. 7 p.m. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $35. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org.

Rodney Carrington

Jan. 15

This honorary blue collar comic and country crooner has Netflix specials, gold comedy albums and a popular YouTube presence. And also — if his publicity photos are any indication — a fondness for cowboy hats. 7 p.m. Bass Concert Hall at University of Texas, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. $44.75-$179.75. 512-477-6060, texasperformingarts.org.

Brian Posehn

Jan. 21-23

Is Brian Posehn lazy? I don’t know. His website was last updated in September 2013; you be the judge. Is he funny? I’ll handle that one: Yes. Last time I caught him live was at the Paramount Theater, and he killed. Within the much more intimate confines of Cap City, he could be even funnier (if that’s possible). 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 22-23. Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. $18-$22. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Also at Cap City in January: Nate Bargatze, Jan. 6-9; Mike E. Winfield, Jan. 13-16; Brian Gaar “ATX Uncensored-ish!” live taping, Jan. 20.

Improvised Shakespeare

Jan. 28

“I needeth a setting, an occupation and, if thou wouldst be so kind, an opening line.” OK, that’s probably not how Shakespeare improv goes, but it’s fun to ponder. This Chicago-based company has been wringing bard-style laughs out of audience suggestions for 15 years. Diggeth. 8 p.m. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. $32. 512-474-1221, austintheatre.org.

Doug Benson Loves Movies podcast

Jan. 31

The notorious stoner comic — his weed-fueled humor had Fun Fun Fun Fest crowds rolling in the aisles (no, not that kind of rolling but, yeah, probably that kind of rolling, too) — records his popular show at 4:20 p.m. (get it?). Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. $20. 512-467-2333, capcitycomedy.com.

Esther’s Follies

Weekends in January

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you: Get down to Sixth Street and check out “Presidential Primary Pandemonium!” — the new music, comedy and magic revue at Esther’s. New sketches skewer both sides of the national political scene, pop culture and Texas (not that it’s easy to poke fun at Texas or anything). Presidential primary season provides plenty of fun fodder. For example, in Washington Rhapsody, new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his cohorts bombard the White House in a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody. No escape from reality? Think again. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Esther’s Follies, 525 E 6th St. $25-$35. 512-320-0198, esthersfollies.com.


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