Saturday, August 30th

10:00 PM at The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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Cast:
Michael Jastroch, Arthur Simone

Art & Jazz (aka ColdTowne)

Improv – Austin, TX

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Coldtowne formed in March of 2005 from members of two Comedy Conservatory student teams in New Orleans, Louisiana. For several months, they performed weekly at one of the Crescent City’s premier theater venues, Le Chat Noir, becoming key players in the city’s budding comedy improvisation scene.

After Hurricane Katrina, a handful of ColdTowne’s original eight members fled to Austin, Texas, living together, begging for food together, and building a group mind that borders on codependence. Performing at Austin’s Out of Bounds Improv Festival, Coldtowne established a new existence as relentless and adaptable performers come hell or high water. Since then, Coldtowne has performed long-form improv regularly at Austin’s Hideout Theater, won “Best Improv Group” in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, and opened its own theater and training center.

Art and Jazz are a two person improv troupe made up of Arthur Simone (Art) and Michael Jastroch (Jazz) -- cofounders and owners of Austin's ColdTowne Theater. The two play off their yin and yang personalities to create rapid fire, tumultuous, character driven absurd comedy pieces.

Arthur Simone is an award wining painter and actor (Austin Chronicle "Best of Austin Award"), most recently appearing in the film Parkland and is perhaps best known for being the first man to improvise with a dog. Michael is an accomplished improv teacher and performer, known far and wide for his ability to disappear quietly from a party.


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Cast:
Curtis Luciani, Kaci Beeler

The Amazon & The Milksop

Improv – Austin, TX

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Kaci Beeler and Curtis Luciani are two Austin improvisers who like to make the people laugh, squirm, think, cry and experience other wonderful and/or troubling things. They frequently explore gender and relationships in their improvisation while delighting, surprising, and disgusting each other as much as they possibly can.

TA&TM have been performing regularly in Austin since 2009, including two month-long residences and a premier Stargazer Series production at The Hideout Theatre. Their Fitzgeralds For Hire show won them a “Best of Fest” accolade at the 2011 FronteraFest Fringe Festival. They have directed and starred in various shows together throughout the years including Who Is T. Henry Baudecliffe?, Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, Charles Dickens Unleashed, Improvised Shakespeare, and Holy 1960s Batman, Batman! Kaci and Curtis both performed in the core cast of the notorious 40 and 41 hour improv marathons at The Hideout Theatre.


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Cast:
Stephen C. James, Chris Compton

Nerdvana

Improv – Los Angeles, CA

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With just two dudes and a dictionary, NERDVANA creates a two person improv set akin to sitting down with Neil deGrasse Tyson to play Mike Tyson's Punch Out. It's a fully improvised sandwich of memory and The Minutemen, Daffy Duck and deep insights, with a dash of southern charm and whatever comes from marinating in Los Angeles.

Over nearly a decade after meeting at Second City Los Angeles, Nerdvana (Chris Compton and Stephen C. James) has performed all over the country, written for television shows that featured former Star Wars cast members, and been a part of projects from feature films and Korean internet commercials. They're anchored to a steadfast belief in playing to the top of your intelligence, both emotional and intellectual.


Tickets

Coldtowne Theater shows are Marathon-style, each group with 30 minutes of stage time. end to end, nonstop. Audience Members can sit in their chair as long as they like. from 6pm- 12mid with no reservations needed. First come first serve.

Tickets are $10

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Online bookings are closed for this event. Tickets may still be available at the box office.