Oct. 30--Nov. 8 is a momentous day, not only historically -- although JFK defeated Nixon, the X-ray was discovered and Montana became the 41st U.S. state on the date -- but comedically, as well. Some sort of weird comic convergence has led to the casts of "Archer" and "The Daily Show" joining Sarah Silverman, Fortune Feimster and Sinbad on Austin stages that night. The rest of the month's not too shabby either. Let's check it out:
The agents of ISIS bring their hilarious backstabbing to Austin when the cast of the animated FX show arrives to discuss the Emmy-nominated series, perform live script readings and participate in a Q and A session. The performers can change from city to city, but frequent participants include H. Jon Benjamin; Aisha Tyler; Amber Nash; Lucky Yates; and my personal favorite, Judy Greer. 8 p.m., Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. $39.50; 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.
Daily Show and Friends
Correspondent Al Madrigal, who was recently in Austin with Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, returns to town with John Hodgman and writer/producer Rory Albanese for an evening of relatively high-brow stand-up. Maybe we'll finally get some dirt on Jon Stewart. 8 p.m., Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Avenue. $32-$77; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
What the heck has stand-up comic Sinbad been up to? Arsenio Hall is back with a new talk show, so it makes sense that we catch up on the "Jingle All the Way" star next. 7 and 9:30 p.m., One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. $35-$75. 888-616-0522, www.oneworldtheatre.org.
Groundlings grad and "Chelsea Lately" writer Feimster was a big hit at this year's Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and also appeared (though not in Austin) on the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity tour. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Boulevard. $17-$21; 512-467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com.
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Sarah Silverman, Tenacious D and Patton Oswalt highlight a roster of more than 35 comedians, comedy troupes and events on the Fest's yellow stage. Live action battle rap, air sex, a veggie hotdog-eating contest -- if you can think it up, you'll probably see it in some form or fashion. Oh, and there's music, too. Various times, Auditorium Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive (Silverman also performs for free with a Friday or weekend wristband at 10 p.m. Nov. 8, Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave.). One-day passes, $79; Three-day passes, $179; Ultimate Smooth pass, $325. www.funfunfunfest.com.
Is There Life After Lubbock?
Why Lubbock? "Greater Tuna's" Jaston Williams and his guests Joe Ely and Jo Carol Pierce attempt to answer that question through an evening of stories, poetry, laughter and songs. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue. $32-$47; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
What can one say about social observer Vowell? Well, she's an author for starters. And a public radio legend who also voiced the character of Violet in Pixar's "The Incredibles." Above all, she's eclectic and sophisticated. Intelligence and wit? You're soaking in it! 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $37-$62; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
Upright Citizens Brigade
OK, it's a cliche, but this really is your chance to see tomorrow's stars today. UCB is a regular feeder of talent to "Saturday Night Live." The performers will improvise two acts of comedy for your chuckling pleasure. Various times, Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. $29-$54; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
"You got your comedy in my waffles!" "You got your waffles in my comedy!" More than 25 Austin improv troupes including Parallelogramophonograph and the Frank Mills want you to stuff yourself on humor as well as delicious waffles, butter, whipped cream, strawberries, syrup, chocolate sauce and Nutella. Various times, the Hideout, 617 Congress Avenue. $8-$12; 512-443-3688, www.hideouttheatre.com.
You might not expect the name Kathy Griffin to go with the phrase "mature audiences," but the star of Bravo's infamous reality show "My Life on the D-List" dishes out material that is clearly not for younger or more sensitive viewers. Her biting barbs will likely skewer celebrity culture and politics alike. 8 p.m., the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $49-$79; 512-474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org.
Can we call Cummings a mogul yet? Her sitcom ran on NBC for two years and "2 Broke Girls," which she co-created, is a bonafide hit on CBS. She's all over E! and Comedy Central, yet she's bringing it back to the fans with this live stand-up appearance. 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $42-$52; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
Tom Rhodes' Titans of Austin Comedy
Rhodes welcomes local heroes Lucas Molandes, Chris Cubas, Mike MacRae, Ramin Nazer, Kat Ramzinski, Brian Gaar and Charlie Hodge to the stage for live stand-up and a podcast taping (Gaar also is business writer for the Statesman). 8 p.m., Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. $24-$34; 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.
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