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Salvage Vanguard Theater

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The Salvage Vanguard Theater is a two-stage venue in East Austin's burgeoning arts district. Offering ample room to stretch your legs, one of Austin's newest venues for theater will host the bulk of the festival's improv and sketch comedy shows.


SVT will host shows and workshops Wednesday through Saturday as well as Monday's closing night show.


The Hideout Theatre

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The Hideout Theatre is a two-stage venue in the heart of downtown Austin. With a downstairs black box seating around 90 audience members and an upstairs stage maxing out at around 50, you can be sure of an intimate theatre experience. Sitting squarely in Austin's theatre district on the city's main drag, Congress Avenue, The Hideout is one block from 6th Street, one of the most famous stretches of bars and live music in the country, and five blocks from the majestic State Capitol.


The Hideout will host shows and workshops Thursday through Saturday.


ColdTowne Theater

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ColdTowne Theater is Austin's home for alternative comedy, currently running improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy shows Thursday through Saturday that feature the brightest, hardest-working comedians in Central Texas.


The ColdTowne Improv Marathon happens at ColdTowne Theater Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

This venue is cash-only


The Velveeta Room

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Opening in March 1988 as stand-up comedy exploded all across the nation as a new and viable live entertainment option, The Velv has reduced many a comic to tears, and is considered one of the tougher rooms in the country. It consistently houses a rousing and cunning audience of comedy fans who give no quarter to the meek and timid.


The Velveeta Room is host to all of the festival's stand-up shows Thursday through Saturday.


La Zona Rosa

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Sitting on the edge of the old warehouse district is Austin's most eclectic venue, hosting a plethora of local and national acts on two stages, both with superior technical equipment and capacity for up to 700 screaming (seated) comedy fans. There are also two full-service bars, and table-tennis tourneys have been known to break out in the venue's "rumpus room."


La Zona Rosa is host to our two BIG Sunday headlining shows.