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Summer Classic Film Series Celebrates Comedies

The Paramount Theatre’s 37th Annual Summer Classic Film Series lovingly screens all genres from indie art house to Golden Age epics and this week features a collection of bona fide comedy classics: the ensemble satires of Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, the screwballs Bringing Up Baby and My Man Godfrey, the witty romantic comedies The Philadelphia Story and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the slapstick farce of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man plus their second picture, Buck Privates, which launched them into the stratosphere.

Perhaps even more so than other film genres, comedies should optimally (hell, compulsorily) be watched with the communal experience of an audience. And of course, cinema is inherently sublime when seen in celluloid on the BIG screen of a movie palace listed in the National Register of Historic Places, where the house projectionist, John Stewart, has over four decades of craftsmanship, and a ticket is admittance for a double feature. But beating the heat here this week isn’t just grand entertainment— it’s practically doctor’s orders! Or so says the Mayo Clinic about the short and long-term health benefits of laughter (preposterously, the Paramount is still out-of-network for many insurance carriers). And cinephile-wise, The Huffington Post, The Criterion Collection, and USA Today have recently touted the Paramount’s summer motion picture tradition.   Continue reading

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Tonight’s Surprise Dave Chappelle Show is now Sold Out

UPDATE: The show has sold out.

Wow! The great Dave Chappelle has announced a show for this evening, Tuesday, June 19th, at the Paramount Theatre. Amazing! Good luck! Thank you!


Tuesday, June 19th
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
The Paramount Theatre

Purchase Tickets Online
Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

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View from Moontower: Nick Offerman

Megan Mullally at the historic Paramount Theatre. April 26, 2012 [photo by Marc Brown].

Stephanie Hunt [photo by Marc Brown]

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View from Moontower: Wanda Sykes

Keith Robinson featuring at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. 4/28/12.

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Appearing March 30th: KEVIN JAMES

Live Nation presents KEVIN JAMES

“Kevin James might be best known now as the star of The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Zookeeper, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, James made the jump to television, starring in the hit series The King of Queens.  His work on the show garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The King of Queens ran for nine seasons on CBS and continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. Don’t miss this rare chance to see Kevin James’ stand-up comedy live at the Paramount!

James starred in, produced, and co-wrote the box office hits Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper.  He starred in Grown Ups along with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider; previously James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Last year, he starred opposite Vince Vaughn in The Dilemma.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005 Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.

Aside from his on-camera work, James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies and Columbia Pictures’ Monster House (2006).”

Friday, March 30th
Doors @ 6:00pm | Show @ 7:00pm
The Paramount Theatre

Purchase Tickets Online
Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

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Martin Short at the Paramount March 23rd

In show biz parlance, comedy quasar Martin Short [massively energetic, not “distant”] is the total package. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, writer, and neoclassic song & dance man has created some of the most enduring characters and impersonations. From his sketch work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, his film and TV roles, his theatrical performances, and to his bravura appearances on programs like Late Show with David Letterman, Martin Short is a master of physical comedy. But Short’s gift for “going big” involves a special talent for nuance and endearing truly twisted characters like manic man-child Ed Grimley and albino pansexual entertainer Jackie Rogers Jr., (and I must admit to cribbing power-pop dance moves from both characters). At SNL, Short was integral to some of the show’s all-time classic skits. Men’s Olympic Synchronized Swimming (excerpt) (with Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest) was an instant blockbuster and lives on as swimming pool goofing and is perhaps second only to the game of “Marco Polo.” And Jackie Roger’s Jr’s $100,000 Jackpot Wad is one of finest ever TV game show parodies.  Then there is Jiminy Glick. For more than a decade, Short has cracked up interview subjects, production crews, and audiences as the tubby, effeminate, and ill-informed celebrity journalist (who, intentionally or not, bares a substantial likeness to L.A. public access mainstay Skip E. Lowe). The Glick character perfectly showcases Martin Short’s satire and improv chops and his panache for penetrating hilarity’s marrow. The Paramount Theatre is honored to present an evening with the legendary Martin Short.

Purchase Tickets Online or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone. Show at 8:00 pm.

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Appearing Soon at the Paramount and Stateside: Jeanne Robertson + The Second City’s LOL Tour


Sunday, February 26th
Doors @ 6:00pm | Show @ 7:00pm
The Paramount Theatre 

Purchase Tickets Online or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

Reaching her 6’2” stature at age thirteen was bound to give Jeanne Robertson a unique perspective and her path to becoming such a popular humorist is certainly atypical. As Miss North Carolina 1963, Jeanne found herself speaking to the public on a near-daily basis and (in a blow to beauty contestant stereotypes) it became evident that Jeanne could really “work a room” with her warm sense of humor. Hence, she was named Miss Congeniality when she competed in the Miss America Pageant. Over the years, Jeanne has been the recipient of umpteen prestigious awards, authored three books (Humor: The Magic of Genie, Mayberry Humor Across the USA, and Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away), produced seven DVD/CD titles, and she can be heard regularly on Sirius XM’s “Laugh USA” comedy channel. Her “Looking for Humor” Tour presents a clean, family-friendly evening of laughs from her down-home, life experience-based yarns. As Jeanne puts it, she speaks “two languages fluently: English… and Southern.”


The Second City's Laugh Out Loud Touring Cast (L-R) Rachel Miller, Tawny Newsome, Tim Ryder, Michael Kosinski, Eileen Montelione

Stateside at the Paramount presents

Friday, March 2nd
Shows @ 7:00pm & 9:30pm
Stateside at the Paramount

Purchase Tickets Online or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

The Second City is such a revered American institution and brand that it’s my understanding Good Housekeeping refers to itself as having “The Second City Seal.” Sure, GH is a smidge snooty but they’re not that narcissistic as to pull an eponym. And with all due love for other comedy troupes like The Groundlings, there’s just no topping the Second City’s storied, over half-century history of sketch comedy and improv. This is the company that put Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Amy Sedaris, David Steinberg and so many more into orbit. These two “Laugh Out Loud” performances by the newest generation of cast members are primed to produce epic live comedy and to be the very definition of “You should’ve been there!”

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