Excused Absence is Austin’s go-to youth program for improv, comedy training, all ages shows and performance opportunities.

Classes, camps, shows and performance opportunities are available year round through ColdTowne Theater’s youth program, Excused Absence Comedy. With a faculty that includes some of Austin’s most beloved improvisers and Teaching Artists, ExAb provides an advanced level of training and opportunities to perform and attend live comedy.

Support our Scholarship Fundraiser

With the help of Austin Creative Alliance, we have launched our first fundraising campaign! Help us build a scholarship fund to allow students who might not otherwise be able to take part in Improv classes & camps. Click here to learn more.

Classes: Outside, Onsite or Online

There’s never been a more important time to safely connect, collaborate and create. With that in mind, we have transitioned to online, outdoor and onsite options. The results have been far better than we dared to imagine. Learn more here. 

All Ages Comedy Shows

Fast, fun and frequently hilarious, ExAb’s show line up is varied and original, including all ages shows with both adult & youth acts, family friendly shows performed by adult casts adept at playing to both parents & kids, and more! Details here

ExAb Fest ’23 Dates Announced

The best Youth Comedy Festival in the Universe is back! That’s right, the next Excused Absence Comedy Festival will take place April 1 and 2, 2023. This year, the festival will feature tons of local and visiting stand up, sketch and Improv acts, workshops, social events and more. Learn more here. 

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