News Column

September brings Brand, Smirnoff, 'Menopause' and more to Austin stages

August 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 29--What is it about September that brings out the crazy? Each year, it seems, Austin's comedy stages shake off the hot dust of summer (or enjoy the last of it) by bringing an eclectic lineup of performers to the city. Here are some of September's live comedy highlights:

Madonnalogues

Sept. 4

Los Angeles comic Nadya Ginsburg channels Cher, Winona Ryder and the Material Girl in a one-shot performance benefitting Austin PRIDE. Her Lady Gaga parody, "Al Roker Face" netted her a "Today Show" appearance and she's also appeared on television's "Partners" and "Ru Paul's Drag Race." How weird can Ginsburg get? On the Web series, "The Worm," she portrayed Madonna, Cher, Britney Spears, Winona Ryder, Gloria Steinem, a Bensonhurst housewife and, get this: a giant worm. 8 p.m., Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. $15. 480-9562, www.spiderhousecafe.com

Yakov Smirnoff

Sept. 11

In Russia, this comedian comes to see you! Sorry, had to get that out of the way. Smirnoff's star burnt white hot in the '80s in the throes of the Cold War -- he appeared in films with Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Richard Pryor, and was all over television -- but began to cool in the '90s, leaving him to headline at his own theater in Branson, Mo. Perhaps because relations between the U.S. and Russia are heating up again, so is Smirnoff. What a country! 9:30 p.m., Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100. $17-$21. 467-2333, www.capcitycomedy.com

Jen Kirkman

Sept. 14

Writer, actress and comedian Kirkman is a regular on the E! Network's "Chelsea Lately" as well as a veteran of "Conan," "The Late, Late Show" and Paul Tompkins' popular "Pod F. Tompkast." Are you a "Phineas and Ferb" fan? Kirkman writes for that show, too. Her easygoing but neurotic delivery is the perfect vehicle for deeply personal and intimate observations on topics that have included marriage and divorce, childhood and feminism. 8:30 p.m., North Door, 502 Brushy St. $14 in advance; $16 at the door. 485-3001, www.ndvenue.com

Stephen Lynch

Sept. 20

This "musician trapped in the body of a comedian" keeps good company, having toured with Lewis Black and the late, legendary Mitch Hedberg. A recording artist and Broadway star with Comedy Central specials to his credit, Lynch sells out shows wherever he goes (but usually just his own). 8 p.m., Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. $34.50. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org

"Menopause The Musical"

Sept. 21-22

Four women meet by chance at a department store lingerie sale in this rollicking musical. Have you experienced hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges? Then this production is for you. And I've experienced more than half of those things, so I guess it's for me, too. 8 p.m. Sep. 21 and 3 p.m. Sep. 22, Dell Hall at Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $39-$49. 474-5664, www.thelongcenter.org

Russell Brand

Sept. 26

The film star, author (he calls his New York Time bestsellers "booky wooks") and comic brings his notoriously adult standup to Austin in a one-man show called "Messiah Complex." The work features a surprisingly deep comparisons of world ("our world, Earth" he says) religions and a study of religious figures. Brand, basically, examines hero worship in an age of waning theism (and he talks about sex, too). He also promises he will be "causing bother and excitement and offering opinions that have not been either solicited or thought through." 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $43. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org

Anjelah Johnson

Sept. 28

Did you know that the adorable "Taco Cabana Girl" is also an accomplished standup comedian? Surely you haven't forgotten Bon Qui Qui, the rude "King Burger" counter girl from "Mad TV?" You're likely to meet that character (don't heckle or she'll call for "sacurrity!") and others in her latest Austin gig, which expanded from one performance to three when tickets started flying out of the box office. 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. $40.50. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org

___

(c)2013 Austin American-Statesman, Texas

Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services

A service of YellowBrix, Inc.


For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters