Another local festival of laughs is on the horizon, promising a wild week of comedy hijinks.
On Tuesday morning, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival announced the lineup for its 13th annual festival, taking place August 26 – September 1. The festival will feature more than 500 performers — including some of the best talent in improv, sketch and stand-up comedy from across the globe — in 130 shows across Austin.
Among this year’s headliners are the team of writers behind the critically acclaimed Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, including writers Rich Talarico, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn and Charles Sanders performing sketch comedy.
Also on tap are more comedians with extensive television experience, such as Mo Collins of MADtv and Parks and Recreation, Paul Brittain of Saturday Night Live, Lauren Lapkus of Orange is the New Black, Matt Jones of Breaking Bad and The Office, and Maribeth Monroe of Workaholics.
And when we say talent from across the globe, we mean it. This year’s international talent includes comedian Jon Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, and comedy troupe Parisian Gentlemen of Paris.
The breadth of performers is what Out of Bounds founder and executive producer Jeremy Sweetlamb says sets this festival apart. “From the gender-bending stand-up comedian mayor of a foreign capital city to our own award-winning Key & Peele writing staff, we’ll be bringing some awesome comedy from all disciplines and corners of the globe, as well as presenting the best performers Austin has to offer, too,” Sweetlamb says.
Guests can catch comedic performances in 10 different venues across Central Austin, including Stateside at the Paramount, The Long Center, Spider House Ballroom, The Hideout Theater, Velveeta Room, ColdTowne Theater, The Institution Theater and The New Movement.
Festival badges ($109) go on sale Tuesday, July 1 at 10 am and will be available online. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale later this summer.