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.

Summer Break Camps

 Excused Absence Comedy Camps are a concentrated dose of funny for young comics of all levels. Taught by some of Austin’s most experienced and respected performers, our camps are a positive, creative way to hone your comedy chops while making friends and having fun.

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!

During the Fall & Spring, ExAb offers weekly Improv classes at ColdTowne Theater for Kids and Teens. Fall classes begin in late September.

Touring Events & Field Trips to ColdTowne


Bring Improv workshops and performances directly to your school, library or organization with our Move Your Tale touring company or bring your group to ColdTowne for a unique field trip. Learn More Here.