sketch fest 2012
Stag Comedy, Your Terrific Neighbors and more ring in the weekend at AustinSketch Fest [Video Preview]
The third annual Austin Sketch Fest is taking over Austin this week.
Friday, you have two chances to catch a Sketch Fest show at the Hyde Park Theater, with performances from local, New York, Chicago and LA-based teams. At 8 p.m. catch Stag Comedy with Astronaut Theater; at 10 p.m., catch Ghetto Sketch Warlock and Fantasy Sex Picnic.
We could list a million reasons why you shouldn’t miss these Friday night shows, but why not let two of the best sketch groups in town convince you instead?
Though they’re appearing at Sketch Fest fresh off their spot on the SXSW Comedy lineup (where they were the only sketch group on the roster), you don’t have to wait til a festival rolls around to see Stag. They regularly stage full-length sketch shows at the Alamo that blend video and staged scenes; you can check out some of their shorts online.
Courtney Hopkin, Joel Osborne and Curtis Luciani have been performing as a trio for years, and their closeness comes across in their scenes, which are smart and fast paced without ever missing a pitch-perfect beat. Former champions of ColdTowne’s Sketch Brawl and regular performers at The Encyclopedia Show, Your Terrific Neighbors are always a highlight of Sketch Fest (and the upcoming Out of Bounds, too).
Austin Sketch Fest runs all weekend, with headlining shows from Paul F. Tompkins on Saturday and Sunday nights. Tickets to shows and workshops are available online. Check the Sketch Fest blog for exclusive performer videos and interviews, and follow @ATXSketchFest for more updates.