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

Classes, camps, shows and abundant performance opportunities are available year round at ColdTowne Theater through their 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 abundant opportunities to perform and attend live comedy.

Classes: Outside, Online or Onsite

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 hybrid options. The results have been far better than we dared to imagine. Learn more here. 

Camps: Thanksgiving and Winter Break

Fast, fun and frequently hilarious, our school break camps are an opportunity to jump into a comedy experience with peers that will leave you with more inside jokes than you can shake a stick at. Learn more here. 

Pod Classes

Pods are small groups of children or teens who meet regularly to learn and socialize together. ExAb Pod Classes are organized in 7 week blocks and take place at a designated outdoor or onsite location. Learn more here.

 Safety Information

Hilarious and safe? Yes! Learn more here.