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OoB 2016

We’re excited to announce our full schedule, festival badges, workshops.

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People of Earth


A dynamite ensemble that formed at iO Chicago in 1999, performing the Harold weekly, excelling to House Team and staying together for five years. Since then, they have created multiple forms and perform, teach and coach all over the world. People of Earth is Ryan Archibald, Bill Arnett, Dave Hill, Rush Howell, Alex Fendrich and Andy St. Clair.

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THE DEFIANT THOMAS BROTHERS are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.

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Amber Ruffin

Sketch / Improv

Amber Ruffin (actor/writer/producer) is a writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. She’s a Second City Chicago Mainstage and Boom Chicago Alum. She’s a narrator for a season 2 episode of Drunk History. She wrote RobotDown’s “Faced With Danger” which was selected for the upcoming L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Her TV credits include Key and Peele and Totally Biased. (61 words)

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Impro Theatre


Fresh from LA, Impro Theatre‘s Main Company is bringing stylized improv from the darkest corners of the unexplained: Twilight Zone Unscripted. They are also playing the closing night Lottery Show, which means YOU have a chance to get on stage with Impro Theatre the final night of the festival!

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Austin Stories

In 1997, MTV came to Austin and filmed their first and much-loved sitcom. USA Today called it “one of the season’s coolest, funniest and most genuinely offbeat treats.” Out of Bounds is proud to present an Austin Stories Reunion hosted by Stand Up Empire’s Brently Heilbron, featuring an evening of stand up by cast members and a Q&A panel.

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The Latino Comedy Project


LCP is an Emmy-nominated multimedia sketch comedy troupe featuring an irreverent brand of fast-paced socio-political/pop culture parody. To date, the LCP’s YouTube comedy videos have received over thirteen million views worldwide. The LCP will debut its all-new sketch show “Gentrif*cked,” which asks: What happens when a community’s piñata shops are demolished and replaced with with vegan cat-friendly coffeehouses?

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It's OoBver!

Thank you so much to all our guests and staff for making this the most successful OoB ever!

What is OoB?

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a seven-day live performance festival that showcases some of the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, and a variety of comedy performances from all over the country and across the globe. Now in its 15th year, the festival averages over 500 performers over the 7 days leading up to Labor Day.








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Meet Cute by Volunteering at OoB!

Megan Mowry and Cagney Ortiz are alums of ColdTowne Theater and The Hideout Theater, 2015 OOB volunteers, improv duo partners, and real life partners. This piece was composed at home on their computer exactly as you see it. One person would write and the other would respond, essentially like an improvised written “conversation.” The content was not pre-planned. They only decided to talk about how they met volunteering at OOB in 2015. They wrote it on August 16th 2016.

Announcing DSI Comedy Theater

OoB 2016 welcomes Zach Ward and Emily Holland of DSI Comedy from Chapel Hill, NC

DSI Comedy Theater features an energizing and critically acclaimed mixture of improv, sketch, and standup comedy. Zach and Emily are killing it as performers, teachers, producers, and everything in between. We are SO excited to have them as headliners for OoB 2016!

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