If you’re like me, all this dreary weather has you a little down and in need of a pick me up. There’s no better cure for the blues than to laugh your butt off to some world class sketch comedy! The third annual Austin Sketch Fest is happening over Memorial Day weekend, and it will showcase the very best scripted comedy America has to offer. Organized by ColdTowne Theater, the 2010 and 2011 festivals were massively successful sellout events, and this year promises to be bigger, badder, and more hilarious than ever!
Sketch Fest 2012 will feature a dozen world class comedy troupes on stages across the city. Some of this year’s performers include Stag Comedy, an Austin-based collective known for their high-energy live show that brings together a love of dumb people, dumb problems, and smart writing. Stag promises to bring a smile to your face and frowns to the faces of your many enemies. The group performs Friday, May 25 at 8PM at Hyde Park Theater with Chicago-based Astronaut Theater.
Other performers include Paul F. Tompkins, who is regarded as one of the best stand ups working today. His credits include Mr. Show with Bob and David, Community, Comedy Bang Bang and his own podcast, the Pod F. Tompcast. Paul is appearing at the 29th Street Ballroom as part of his Crying & Driving Tour on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at 8PM.
Fantasy Sex Picnic has consistently packed the house of The Second City in Hollywood. Some of their skits include a “hardcore ‘Top Gun’ volleyball game, plenty of robots, and real actual dinosaurs.” The group puts on a high energy show with a lot of physical comedy, while still maintaining a fresh, organic approach with every performance. Fantasy Sex Picnic will be showing off their stuff on Friday, May 25th at 10PM at Hyde Park Theater with Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni Mary Jo Pehl.