Although it’s been ostracized by the five traditional senses, the sense of humor is the only thing that enables human beings to detect a rubber chicken creeping up from behind. Stay on guard with this GrouponLive deal to see Esther's Follies. For $22, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $44 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, July 20, at 10 p.m.
- Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, July 27, at 10 p.m.
- Friday, August 3, at 10 p.m.
- Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, August 16, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, August 17, at 10 p.m.
Continuing a tradition of more than 25 years, the Esther's Follies troupe fashions a lively and charismatic variety show out of music, magic, and comedy, wowing visitors and Austin Chronicle critics alike. Vaudevillian in nature, the production busts guts in record speed with satirical quips on current events; relevant parodies; and high-stepping, fast-paced comedy sketches. Resident magician Ray Anderson keeps things light with levitation illusions known to dazzle crowds of hovercrafts and driftwood. As the Follies cast ignites into choral skewerings of front-page newsmakers and the ongoing campaigns of presidential hopefuls, audiences will laugh so hard that giggles come out of their noses.
Although Esther's Follies' variety show of music, magic, and comedy recalls the vaudevillian entertainment of yesteryear (albeit with a more acerbic modern bent), the nostalgia goes beyond just the performances. The longstanding venue and comedy troupe was named after Esther Williams, the Golden Age starlet whose career as a professional swimmer led to numerous iconic MGM films. Posters for several of these pictures are plastered throughout the space, and an undersea mural bustling with brightly-hued coral, kaleidoscopic marine life, and even a Loch Ness monster further contributes to Esther's otherworldly, aquatic theme. The magical environment, along with the shows themselves, have wowed audiences and Austin Chronicle critics alike.
On the production end, Esther's Follies busts guts in record speed with satirical quips on current events; relevant parodies; and high-stepping, fast-paced comedy sketches. Resident magician Ray Anderson keeps things light with levitation illusions known to dazzle crowds. As the Follies cast ignites into choral skewerings of front-page newsmakers, audiences will laugh so hard that giggles come out their noses.
The venue decor is really unique. I like it because it feels like a local place. It's the kind of place comedy is suppose to be performed in.Cindy K., Yelp, 3/12/12
We all laughed, hard and were very amused the entire time. Really enjoyed the audience interaction.Jessie H., Yelp, 2/28/12
525 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78701