- $13 for two tickets to the Family Comedy & Magic Show (a $26 value)
- When: select Saturdays at 2 p.m. through January 18
- Where: Houston Improv
- General admission
- Door time: 1 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Family Comedy & Magic Show
Ted Schwank and Carter Blackburn entertain onlookers of all ages with their energetic shows. During the performance, the duo might juggle bowling pins, conjure up bunnies and birds, balance chairs and tables on their chins, and even levitate audience volunteers.
The first Improv comedy club had virtually nothing to do with comedy. Broadway producer Budd Friedman founded the now legendary franchise in 1963 as an intimate spot for performers to eat, drink coffee, and sing along to piano ditties after their shows. Soon after, the club’s first comedian, Dave Astor, performed on a whim to try out new material. The stand-up set was a hit and led to the venue’s eventual transformation into a full-blown comedy club. New York’s hottest comedians would do nearly anything to be featured on the Improv stage; for instance, it's rumored that Lily Tomlin hijacked a parked limousine in order to make a stunning entrance when first meeting Budd.
As part of the respected chain of Improv comedy clubs—where comedic heavyweights such as Andy Kaufman, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld first started working the stand-up circuit—Houston Improv lives up to the reputation set by its preceding locations by hosting a full calendar of well-known comics and promising up-and-comers. Audience members can fuel laughter with pub grub such as potato skins and fried pickle chips, all while sipping a cocktail to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.