Tonight, the fourth annual Dallas Comedy Festival begins at the Dallas Comedy House (coincidence or conspiracy?), and it's looking good, y'all. While many of Friday and Saturday's workshops have sold out, there are still tickets available for the performances. We've picked out some of the most interesting ones below; feel free to use this guide as your laughter divining rod.
Black Out Diaries - $10, 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 We chose this one in part because it's billed as "interactive comedy" that involves drinking stories, and because booze is stranger than fiction. Winner of the Onion A.V. Club's "Best civilian guest set" at Just for Laughs 2012 for the drinking stories of an actual rocket scientist.
On the Spot - $10, 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 The idea is potentially brilliant. Give seven different comics 15 seconds to go over a list of topics and come up with a routine on the spot. Proof that improv and sweaty competition make nice wrestling pals.
Thursday and Friday - You tell us. The schedule is packed with improv groups from Texas and around the country. All the slots feature Dallas-based groups, so you'll be supporting the locals no matter which you choose, but if you've got tips for us, stick 'em in the comments.
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Horrible Women with Maribeth Monroe - $15, 10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30th We have to admit, we're really excited for Maribeth Monroe. On Comedy Central's Workaholics she's the foil to the show's immature and foul-mouthed dudes by playing their imperious and foul-mouthed boss. So it'll be interesting to see her show "Horrible Women," which focuses on "the dark, destructive and deplorable side of all things female." Monroe is also in the last show of the festival, immediately after "Horrible Women," along with David Razowsky and Dallas's APB.