Excused Absence Comedy Festival, held yearly in Austin, Texas, is two days of original Improv, Sketch and Stand Up performed for an all-ages audience. This year, we are excited to partner with Zach Theatre an will hold shows & workshops both there and at ColdTowne. This year's ExAb Fest happens April 22 and 23, 2023 … Continue reading Now Accepting Submissions for ExAb Fest ’23
Winter Break Camps: Fast. Funny. Freezing?
Join us the first week of January for a classic ExAb Holiday Camp experience! Find the funny, fast! Details and Registration Here.
Spring Class Registration is Open!
Weekly classes resume Sunday, January 22 at the new ColdTowne space! Details and registration are here.
A “Why Improv?” Post from NPR’s Life Kit
NPR's Life Kit explores the benefits of Improv.
ColdTowne Theater Memories Video
Not to get all emotional, but I'm definitely crying right now. Yes. We're looking toward the future. But we're also so grateful for what we had. And we miss it. Like, really still miss it. (Ok, me. Kristin Henn. I still miss it.) https://www.youtube.com/embed/qKQqyPndxUQ
Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research
In the summer of 2014, Move Your Tale and Excused Absence first performed and taught Improv at The Lang Stuttering Institute's Camp Dream Speak Live. In the years since, our relationship with this fantastic organization has grown as the institute itself blossomed into The Blank Center, expanding and spreading its work across the country. We're … Continue reading Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research
Scholarships are Happening! Thank you Donors!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the wonderful people who donated to the Excused Absence Scholarship fund! We raised $930 which will go directly into tuition support for students beginning this Fall. We are creating an official scholarship application process, but for now, students in need of funding should email us at email@example.com. In … Continue reading Scholarships are Happening! Thank you Donors!
Excused Absence Nights are Back!
We aren't ready to return to weekly shows, but once a month? Perfect. Excused Absence Nights are live comedy shows featuring original Improv, Sketch and Stand Up. Most shows include adult and youth acts. It's regular comedy, but with a PG sensibility. October 2 November 6 December 11 The Details: When? Sundays at 5 pm. Oct. … Continue reading Excused Absence Nights are Back!
VAPA Night at Pecan Springs Elementary
A very late update, but wanted to acknowledge the super fun time Excused Absence had providing Move Your Tale workshops at Pecan Springs Elementary's VAPA Night last March. We did a series of high speed Improv exercises and games, taking turns making each other laugh within our 15 minute classes as was humanly possible! https://twitter.com/pecanspringsecp/status/1508916832283070469 … Continue reading VAPA Night at Pecan Springs Elementary
ExAb Presents: Improm and Graduation
On May 22, 2022 Excused Absence held our first official graduation and inaugural Improm. After a fantastic and hilarious show, we honored a group of graduating seniors who have spent many years as ExAb students and performers. There were speeches, there were applause, there was genuine pride in their accomplishments and disbelief in the way … Continue reading ExAb Presents: Improm and Graduation