The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a seven-day live performance festival that showcases some of the best in improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy from all over the country and across the globe. Now in its 15th year, the festival will host over 500 performers in 120 shows over the 7 days leading up to Labor Day.
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. We are excited to showcase the Austin comedy community to communities abroad, while giving Austin the opportunity to learn from and see talent from around the world.
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. Since then the festival has expanded from a handful of improv and sketch groups, mostly from Texas, performing on one stage for a couple of days, to a seven-day festival at multiple venues featuring performers from across the country and around the world.
In 2003, after the second festival, Sweetlamb left Austin for Chicago, entrusting the festival to the gentle hands of Mike D’Alonzo and Shannon McCormick, two longtime veterans of the Austin comedy scene. 2004 and 2005 saw the first significant expansions of OOB, as D’Alonzo and McCormick added a second stage and doubled the total number of shows. D’Alonzo headed for the West Coast in 2006 and founder/co-producer Jeremy Sweetlamb returned to produce the 2006, 2007, and 2008 festivals with McCormick.
In 2009, McCormick left day-to-day production and joined the newly formed Board of Directors, which came with the festival’s minty new 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. Sweetlamb added stand-up to the slate of shows and rebranded the festival as the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, adding veteran producers Dave Buckman, Roy Janik, and Kareem Badr to the mix. Jon Bolden was added as producer in 2013. Ruby Willmann was added as a producer in 2015.
Now in its 15th year, Out of Bounds finds itself saying good-bye to its founder, Jeremy Sweetlamb. This festival’s existence and prosperity has only been possible due to Jeremy’s unbelievable guidance and creativity. Even as Jeremy departs from festival-hood and dives into fatherhood, he will always be a large part of Out of Bound’s heart, mission and message. Stepping into the Executive Producer role is Ruby Willmann, who is proud to take the reigns of the largest multi-disciplinary comedy festival in the south.