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Ray Anderson's Big Award!

Ray Anderson's Big Award!

Extra Extra Read All About It! We are thrilled for our beloved magician and star of the show Ray Anderson who was recently awarded a prestigious Performing Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts. This is the equivalent of an Oscar or Emmy in the magic world. Ray was in Los Angeles last week to receive his big award among the greats- David Copperfield, Larry Wilmore and Dick Van Dyke.  Here is the official release from The Academy of Magical Arts: The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) is hosting its 50th annual AMA Awards Show, Sunday, April 22, at the historic...

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April Fools Are We!

April Fools Are We!

On April 1st Esther’s Follies turned 41 years young! There is much to celebrate this time of year, what with Easter and Passover, but also our co-founder Shannon Sedwick’s birthday coming up and springtime weather here in Austin, Texas. Let’s be honest though- we are mostly excited about springtime temperatures…the one time of the year we love to soak up sunny, breezy 75 degree days but can’t breathe outside because of the pollen. We are also pretty excited about new material in the show and all the happenings around the theater. There is no end in sight to our Trumpster Saga musical...

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South By Southpocylpse and all your March Comedy!

South By Southpocylpse and all your March Comedy!

Esther’s Follies’ comedy marches on! Unlike a Trump military parade, a trip to the Follies show is a bombastic spectacle that everyone can enjoy and is definitely well-earned. Come see our Big Little White House Lies continuing saga as Donald finds himself at the mercy of the Trump Ex-Wives Club and a disgruntled and domineering Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by hilarious new cast member Kim Stacy bringing all the laughs in the new Trumpstacular musical!   The House and Senate may be at war, but Esther’s takes a look at how to meet your mate across the party lines in...

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Book Review: Esther’s Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas’ Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe

Book Review: Esther’s Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas’ Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe

In his history of Esther’s, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity Book Review: Esther’s Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas’ Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe In his history of Esther’s, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity REVIEWED BY ROBERT FAIRES, FRI., DEC. 1, 2017 To give you an idea of just how long Esther’s Follies has been peddling its singular blend of satire, music, and magic to delighted Austinites, one of its first signature characters, the one who opened every show in the storied early years, was Ruth Carter...

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40 years of Follies: New exhibit, book celebrate storied troupe

40 years of Follies: New exhibit, book celebrate storied troupe

Esther’s Follies has been poking fun at politics of all kinds on Sixth Street for 40 years. Contributed by Esther’s Follies Posted: 12:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 Austin-American Statesman Personal politics aside, Shannon Sedwick had plenty of reasons to feel distraught on election night 2016. As the owner and producer of the Esther’s Follies comedy stage show, much of her waking life is spent planning and performing political and issue-focused material at the troupe’s home on East Sixth Street. With a large production in the nightly 90-minute show dedicated to an expected Hillary Clinton presidential win, Sedwick and her...

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