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CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

CRASH EVERY PARTY with iScream Sandwich

Crash Every Party: Improv and cocktails with the cool kids.

Pillow fight at the slumber party in the other room, shake your groove thing at the Dance Party down the hall, trade barbs at the Political Party, or go for 7 Minutes in Heaven. iScream Sandwich invites you to attend as many parties as are spread out throughout The Institution Theater in that one night nestled between two energetic sets of improv.

CRASH EVERY PARTY is a chance for you to fill up your entire weekend’s dance card within the first two hours. Every week will feature different celebrations throughout the building hosted by improv mavens, iScream Sandwich and a different special guest troupe, with each showcasing their hilarious audience-inspired comedy to close and open the night, respectively. Attendees will also get a photo booth, the magic of Andrew Johnston and free iScream Sandwich cocktails.

iScream Sandwich performs classic improv format the Harold, in a set that combines fun characters with surprising situations that result in delightfully unexpected, hilarious connections. iSS members have trained with Second City, i.O. West, The Magnet, UCB, and Austin’s own Institution Theater. The group won the 2014 Favorite Improv Show award at The Institution Theater in Austin, Texas.

Guest troupes will include:

September 5: The Knuckleball Now
September 12: No Frills
September 19: BOSS
September 26: Dervish
October 3: Nice Astronaut
October 10: Girls Girls Girls
October 17: Bad Font
October 24: Oh, Science!

$12 (only $5 on September 19) • Oct 31, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr. Reserve Tickets

MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

MISTER MORBID'S MOONLIGHT MOVIE MAYHEM MADNESS MASSACRE

Meet Mortimer Morbid, a quaint small-town mortician by day, a fright flick TV host by night …or so he would hope. Try as he might, he cannot seem to avoid the mishaps that continually block his line-up of B-grade horror schlock. Luckily, he has friends on hand to play out their best rendition of what they think the movie might have looked like. With the help of Austin’s best and most distinct improv troupes, bizarre trailers of substandard gore and terror are unspooled into feature-length ridiculousness every Friday in October at 10pm.

With two awesome troupes every night:
OCTOBER 3rd - GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (improvised musicals) and BAD BOYS
OCTOBER 10th - CONFIDENCE MEN (improvised Mamet) and INDIGO SHIFT
OCTOBER 17th - FLYING THEATER MACHINE and WATERPARK (musical improv)
OCTOBER 24th - THE KNUCKLEBALL NOW and BLACK VAULT (improvised Lovecraft)
OCTOBER 31st - HURLY BURLY (improv and burlesque) and THAT RACKET! (musical improv)

$10 ($5 for Institution Students) • Oct 31, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

RISEN: Improvised Stories in World War Z

The power has gone out. Panic has hit the streets. Throughout the world, humans are being beaten back by a new terror...Zombies.

This is the world of RISEN, inspired by the best-selling novel World War Z by Max Brooks, but improvised far past where it leaves off. Each week will show you the zombie apocalypse from a different geological perspective: the South African slums, the Paris underground, the upscale apartments of Manhattan.

Guest monologists will perform post-apocalyptic stories of survival, decimation, or worse. From there the all-star cast of improvisers will flesh out that part of the world before its too late. Through the panic of the outbreak, to the front lines of the Z War and back again, Risen will give a glimpse into the darkest parts of humanity imaginable.

Directed by Sarah Marie Curry and featuring Kareem Badr, Katie Dahm, Cat Drago, Kierstin Hettler, Clifton Highfield, Ryan Hill, Adam Mengesha, Heidi Penix, Trey Stoker, and Leng Wong, Special Make-Up Effects from Jason Vines and Tech Design from Bryan Curry.

$12 (only $5 on September 20) • Nov 1, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr. Reserve Tickets

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

MOUTHING OFF - Stand-Up or Shut Up

Boring weekend? Not anymore…

Regina Soto returns to The Institution Theater stage as host of this stand-up showdown.

Each week, “Mouthing Off: Stand-Up or Shut Up” will invite comedians from around Austin to bring their unique blend of hilarious and entertaining antics to center stage. Armed only with a microphone and their wit, these comedians will have to Stand-up or Shut up.

Featuring:
Andrea Enriquez
Isaac Garza
Katie Matlack
Asaf Ronen
Jake Sharon
Marv Pratt
Alex Thompson

$5 • Nov 1, 2014 @10:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

THE RUBBER ROOM

Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot?

Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at 8 PM at The Institution Theater.

The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment.

After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. The Faculty Show will showcase and highlights the style of improv taught at the theater. Plus, it gives the faculty the opportunity to play together, which they love to do.

Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. The Institution’s is faculty made up of Tom Booker, Asaf Ronen, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and Jo Chauvin (along with weekly guests) a varied group of improvisers that have made their mark around the country (and even the world for a couple of them). They’ll follow the basic tenet of “make the other people look good” if you’re lucky enough to join them on stage.

The Rubber Room, a safe place to bounce around new ideas every Sunday night at 8 PM at The Institution Theater. You’d be crazy to miss this.

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COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

COMEDY DANCE CAMP: Grinding On Strangers

The members of COMEDY DANCE CAMP don’t play well with others! This sarcastic and irreverent sketch show centers around some hilariously inconsiderate characters that are ready to change the world, for better or for worse!

Meet COMEDY DANCE CAMPers like the gun-toting Armed Fetus who fights for his right to not be aborted, and Idiom Guy, a Russian whose quirky sayings don’t exactly work in America. See Uncle God try and have a heart-to-heart with his estranged son, Jesus, and watch the exciting adventures of Dead Hooker who, you know, is dead.

Written and performed by the disturbed minds of The Institution Theater Improvisors Clint Harris, Scott Hearne, Sydney Huddleston, Kristen Kurtis, Brandon Martin, Ted Meredith, Ron Morelli, Callie Sharon, and Joseph Tran Directed by Ted Meredith.

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ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

ALL THE TIME TRAVELS ALL THE TIME

From DYSTHEATRE comes a mind-bending bonanza exploring time travel though music, art, comedy and theater! The temporal sciences will be presented through true stories and comedic farce, improvised radio shows and theatrical romance. Featuring the best and most daring of Austin's performers.

See musical group NIGHT VIKING manipulate the audio and visual dimensions of time and space, while RED GALACTIC SHIFTS explore the tragedy of lovers torn apart by time.  LATE NIGHT TIME MACHINE will make you laugh as 1960s talk show host Teddy Hancox interviews famous characters from throughout the ages, such as Marlon Brando, Anne Frank and Beethoven, and FLAPPER MOM will have a roaring good time in a 1920s version of Heaven while trying to help her daughter still down on a Future Earth!

Other featured acts include stories from INDIGO RAEL, scenes from PENFOLD THEATER, improvised radio from DOCTOR WHO THEATER, a tribute from LUCKYCHAOS THEATRE, improv from PAST LIFE AGGRESSION, a travelogue from SLAPPY PINCHBOTTOM and many, many more!

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FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

FUCK, IT'S CHRISTMAS!!! - Sketch comedy for the High Holidays

Austin Christmases are the furthest thing from the Norman Rockwell tradition and we wouldn't have it any other way. That's the inspiration behind FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS, an evening of Yuletide sketches with a Bat City twist brought to you by the holly jolly folks of The Institution Theater.

FUCK, IT’S CHRISTMAS will look at the holidays through the lens that only other Austinites will understand: Are the three-hour cattle-like lines for the Trail of Lights worth ruining your relationship over? Do you really need vinyl ashtrays and cat hair art or are we just being caught in the competitive crossfire of The Armadillo Craft Bazaar? Why does The Soup Peddler exist as a thing all year round?

Take a seat on the ACC Santa’s lap, a regretful ride in a Uber cab and a foolish dive with the polar bear swimmers at Barton Springs, and attend the competitive crafting world of the Armadillo Bazaar deep in the heart of Texas.

What the show lacks in treacly sentimentality it more than makes up for in holiday balls. John Aielli, Leslie the Gender-Fluid Christmas Angel and a rousing chorus of "God Rest Ye Hairy Feminists" awaits.

Written by Brently Heilbron. Directed by Tom Booker. Featuring Mike Carreon, Duncan Coe, Bryan Curry, Claudio Fox, Bryan Roberts, Sam Schak, Kim Stacy, Sarah Swofford, and Elena Weinberg.

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SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

SCRIMMAGE – Clash of the Talents

The most recent 401 students at The Institution Theater are bringing a sense of honesty and teamwork to their study of the Chicago-style long form improv known as the harold. With a unique sense of realism and respect for the moment, this group has learned to patiently work together to create realistic characters that discover the funny as they explore and heighten each line of dialogue as it is delivered. This group will challenge themselves and the audience to hold onto the real world as they create a world of their own that you can't help but get lost in.

Featuring Alex Ayala, Blaine Fonnesbeck, Brianne Connor, Dimitri Khosrowpour, Heidi Penix, Kim Stacy, and Nikki Newman.

Headlining the evening will be CONCRETE who will bring their grounded character-based improv from the streets to the theater.

$5 • Nov 13, 2014 @ 8:00pm • The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive Reserve Tickets