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

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With a staff comprised of Austin’s finest performers and teaching artists, ExAb offers the best comedy training for youth in Central Texas. Our commitment to providing access to performance and production opportunities sets us apart from other performing arts organizations and provides a “See it. Learn it.” Do it.” approach.

WinterBreak Teen Intensive

Fast. Furious. Funny.

This two day improv intensive dives into finding the funny and creating collaborative comedy right away. Supportive, hilarious and way better than watching Netflix in your room.

Single day comedy camps, taught by some of Austin’s most experienced and talented comics. Extended care available upon request.

Register for Spring Classes 


Aspiring comics, comedy fans, and those simply interested in trying something new, will find a variety of ways to learn, perform, and collaborate with Excused Absence Comedy’s weekly classes.

Audition for an Improv Troupe

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Excused Absence Comedy casts multiple house troupes each fall and spring who practice weekly under a coach and perform regularly throughout the year. Auditions are Sunday, September 16 at 5 pm!

Weekly All Ages Shows


ExAb produces two weekly shows year round at ColdTowne Theater. What’s the Story Steve, our interactive, improvised show for young audiences, is at 10 am on Saturday mornings. Excused Absence Nights, Sundays at 5 pm, features different youth and adult troupes each week and ends in an improv jam that invites audience members to take part!