Laughing uproariously in public is sometimes inappropriate, which is why people feel most comfortable laughing in comedy clubs or into a jar in the bathroom. Let it all out with this GrouponLive deal to see Esther's Follies. For $22, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $44 value). Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Choose from the following shows:
- Thursday, January 17, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, January 18, at 10 p.m.
- Thursday, January 24, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, January 25, at 10 p.m.
- Thursday, January 31, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, February 1, at 10 p.m.
To kick off its 36th season, Esther’s Follies turns politics on its head once again with the comedy sketches, song-and-dance routines, and mind-bending magic of its Lucky 13 January Show. The production aims its comedic cross hairs at modern political inanities, Obama-Boehner bickering, and the infamous fiscal cliff, and also draws applause with a showstopping number by Hillary Clinton in the segment “DC – The Musical.” The “News Medley” portion of the show lays down a rib-tickling soundtrack behind current events, and the audience-beloved skit “Sam I Am” returns with its Seussian spin on spats between couples.
Esther’s Follies – Promotional Montage 2012
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