People We Love: Interview with Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie has been a friend of Esther’s Follies for 25 years. Spike performs custom-created wedding ceremonies and writes a tattoo-shop-inspired blog called “Man College.” I recently sat down with her at Jo’s Coffee to talk tattoos, rattlesnakes, and her various involvement with Esther’s over the years. This is a small excerpt from our conversation.…

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Interview with Esther’s Leroy the Canine Cannonball

What’s it like to be a celebrity/show biz/magic dog in Austin at Esther’s Follies? If you’ve seen the show in the last decade, you’ve witnessed the captivating magic of Ray Anderson and his canine assistants Matilda, Gilbert, and Leroy. I sat down with Ray to talk about the star of the show these days, a…

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New Esther’s Comedy Workshop Open for Registration

Can you dance? Can you sing? Can you act? No? It doesn’t matter! As long as you love to, Esther’s Follies wants you to be on stage! Put yourself in the shoes of the Esther’s performers at the Esther’s Comedy Workshop. This workshop offers you the exclusive opportunity to perform in a professional theatre environment without the crippling debt…

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The Biggest News Stories: Comparing 2006 to 2016

Today we look back at the biggest news stories from ten years ago. This journey provides a fascinating look at our changing world, while we notice what has remained unchanged. Esther’s Follies has been the leader of news satire for the last 40 years. Using parody, sketch comedy, and satirical musical numbers, they have covered…

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People We Love: Interview with Long-Time Cast Member Cindy Wood

Two Cast Members Swap Secrets and Stories When you work at Esther’s Follies for 25 years, you have plenty of stories to tell. I sat down with Cindy Wood, long time Esther’s performer and cherished cast member. We chatted as fellow past cast members about magic tricks gone wrong, her fondest memories, and her advice…

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