LABOR DAY WEEKEND August 29th to September 4th

About the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

 

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (OoB) is a live performance festival that showcases some of the best acts in improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy. What began as a small festival to showcase Austin’s burgeoning comedy scene has now exploded into a seven-day festival with over 500 performers (from all across the globe!), 130 shows, and 10 venues. Today, OoB is Austin’s longest running comedy festival and the largest multi-disciplinary comedy festival in the south.

Past headliners include comedians Greg Proops (Whose Line is it Anyway?), Maria Bamford, Scott Adsit & John Lutz (30 Rock), Uncle’s Brother feat. Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), and The Doubtful Guests featuring Todd Stashwick (The Riches, Heroes).

 

Mission

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival endeavors to enrich the communities of Central Texas through the education, performance, and promotion of the live comedic arts.

 

History

2002

The Out of Bounds Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament was founded in 2002 by Well Hung Jury’s Jeremy Sweetlamb as a way to get performers from Texas and beyond to come and enjoy the Austin comedy scene.

2004-2005

Mike D’Alonzo and Shannon McCormick take over as producers of the festival, adding a second venue and doubling the total number of shows.

2006-2008

Jeremy Sweetlamb returns to produce the festival with Shannon McCormick.

2009

Shannon McCormick leaves day-to-day production of the festival and joins the newly formed Board of Directors, which came with the festival’s minty new 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Stand-up comedy is added to the slate of shows, and the festival itself is rebranded as the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.

Dave Buckman, Roy Janik, and Kareem Badr join the festival’s list of veteran producers.

2013

Jon Bolden joins as a fifth producer to the festival. The festival continues to grow with impressive numbers of attendees, performers, and venues.

2015

Ruby Willman replaces Kareem Badr as producer.

2016

Founder Jeremy Sweetlamb returns as executive producer and names Ruby Willman his successor.