Let me start this off by saying, buy tickets in advance! When I first checked out Cap City Comedy Club’s events online, I decided the Tuesday night PUNCH! show with Matt Bearden (the Club’s most popular show), sounded like something to check out. Well, apparently so did everyone else in Austin. I regretfully had not purchased tickets in advance, and the show was sold out the morning of. I learned my lesson and quickly purchased tickets online for the next night’s show, featuring New York based comedian Sean Patton.
The Capitol City Comedy Club has been around for 27 years here in Austin. The Club features weekly shows with regular comedians, such as PUNCH! as well as touring comedians. They also offer Defensive Driving classes . . . taught by comedians! How great is that? If you have to sit through a Defensive Driving class, I think having a trained comedian for an instructor is probably the best case scenario. Cap City also has a full food and drink menu available during the shows, with classics such as fried pickles and Dudley and Bob nachos. Not quite the venue for those of us who are watching our weight, but tasty none the less.
I have to admit, I was not familiar with Sean Patton prior to the show though he has been seen on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Live at Gotham,” and most recently on “Conan.” Mr. Patton quickly made me forget that this wasn’t the original show I had planned on attending. With more focus on personal stories and perspectives rather than traditional punch line stand up, he kept me in stitches through his whole set. Not the “I feel bad because no one else is laughing” sympathy laugh, but the tears rolling down your face, cramp in your side, unconsciously slapping your leg kind of laugh. Sean, a Louisiana native told hysterical stories of growing up as a privileged white kid in the suburbs; out-drinking college frat boys and navigating through the confusions of puberty pre sex-education and YouTube. Along with Sean, the audience also got to enjoy the comedic flairs of the host Mac Blake and special guest Josh Gondelman. Mac kept the show rolling with digs on the “un-ultimateness” of ultimate Frisbee. And Josh’s impersonations of a German tourist, Jersey gangster, and Latino preschool student left little room for predictability.
There are still two more nights to check out Sean Patton at Cap City; tonight Friday July 20th, and tomorrow, Saturday July 21st! Don’t forget the PUNCH! show coming up this Tuesday. Also, check out the next featured comedians at Cap City Comedy Club:
Sunday night Open Mic July 22nd and every Sunday
J.R. Brown with Matt Sadler July 25th-28th
Tommy Johnagin with Ramin Nazer August 1st-4th
Tom Simmons August 8th-11th
* Learn from my mistake and buy tickets online or over the phone at least a day before the show!
See the Cap City Calendar full a full listing of events
Blog by Katie