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Esther's Follies, Austin

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Comedy Club · Performance
Esther's Follies is a modern-day vaudeville theatre located on 6th Street in downtown Austin, Texas. The group is named after actress Esther Williams. Acts incorporate magic, juggling, singing, dancing, and sketches on current events. The show is fast-paced, and most of the acts incorporate a comedic theme.

The show lasts about one and a half hours with a short intermission, and runs every evening from Thursday to Saturday. The original Esther's Follies building burned down in 1982; the group traveled to several different locations before establishing its current home on 6th Street. 2017 marked Esther's Follies' 40th anniversary of performances. The cast has changed significantly since its inception but still includes the founders, Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick, who continue to make appearances during the show. Austin counterculture figure Kerry Awn was a regular performer with Esther's Follies for 30 years until 2011.
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  • I'm filling this out for a pre-Covid visit. They are re-opening soon! YAY! There is nothing but fun to be had here! I have laughed so hard each time that my jaws literally hurt. Smart, funny...  more »
  • Once again we find ourselves in the lovely City of Austin, Texas and always make sure we get to see a show at Esther’s Follies. Please don’t miss out on seeing this fantastic ensemble of...  more »
  • Not sure how it’s taken me three years to finally visit, but I’m glad I made it out. The show is very funny and entertaining. It’s the best cheesy comedy with a Saturday Night Live feel. Expect a lot of jokes around current events on politics.
  • This was one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked the tickets, but I was cracking up the whole show. The cast is incredible. Do yourself a favor and book it while in Austin... you won't regret it!

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