Comedy has long been used to subvert the established order, shedding light on modern life’s pervasive absurdities and fomenting distrust of potentially seltzer-filled boutonnieres. Discover some rollicking truths with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $11 for four comedy-show passes, valid for Opposites, Lights Up!, and The Student Union (a $20 value)
- $16 for the above option with two additional passes (a $30 value)
On Wednesday at 8 p.m., Opposites members Patrick and Mark use their conflicting personalities to introduce new improv and sketch acts, along with performing their own. On Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., The Student Union showcases up-and-coming house groups from The New Movement conservatory, and at 8:30 p.m. Lights Up! features a rotating lineup of the venue’s favorite performers. View the calendar of upcoming shows here.
- $104 for an eight-week beginners’ improv-comedy class (a $200 value)
- $104 for a six-week beginners sketch-comedy class (a $225 value)
During level-one improv classes, students learn about getting onstage and other basics of long-form improv, a form that uses common themes to link collections of scenes. Sketch classes explore the nuances of scripted performances. View the schedule of upcoming classes under TNM Austin here. Students receive free admission to shows during the duration of their sessions.
The New Movement
Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.