On Friday February 28th and March 1st, improv teams from Austin, Dallas, and Phoenix will compete for a cash prize and the title of Best in the Southwest in the first annual ColdTowne ShowDowne. Click here for the full details.

The Academy AUSThe Academy
Competing Fri Feb 28th at 11:00 pm vs. CTRL+ALT+DLT (BUY TICKETS)

The Academy is one of Austin TX’s premiere improv performance teams and is best known for their unique execution of The Movie improv format. This band of brothers performs every week in their acclaimed improv showcase, Movie Riot, every Friday at ColdTowne Theater.

The Academy features Lance Gilstrap, Kirk Johnson, Joshua Krilov, Carlos LaRotta, and Kyle Sweeney.

Competing Fri Feb 28th at 11:00 pm vs. The Academy (BUY TICKETS)

Ctrl-Alt-Delete is a 3 person improv troupe from Austin, TX. Their innovative and audience acclaimed format puts the opening lines of dialogue into the hands of the audience. Once each performer has an opening line of dialogue suggestion, that becomes their opening line for every scene of the show. The performers then use organic, movement, and relationship work to give new life to familiar lines throughout the night. When finished, they Ctrl-Alt-Delete their scenes into oblivion!

CTRL+ALT+DLT features Naomi Perryman, Chrissy Shackelford, and Jessica Marpe.

Competing Friday Feb. 28th at 8:00 pm vs. Joey Fatone (BUY TICKETS)

Nice Astronaut are graduates of Austin’s ColdTowne Conservatory, trained in long form improv with an emphasis on the signature improv format The Harold. They have performed in the Chicago Improv Festival, the UCBT’s Del Close Marathon in NYC, and in Austin’s Out of Bounds Improv Festival. They created the Small Universe format which starts in grounded relationship scenes and transitions into fast paced game play.

Nice Astronaut features Joseph Dailey, Chaz Formichella, Tim Honker, Calan Lambert, Nicole McCracken, Nathan Sowell, and Drew Wesely

Skutch AUSSkutch
Competing Friday Feb. 28th at 9:00 pm vs. You, Me, & Michael (BUY TICKETS)

Skutch is a fiercely funny group from Austin, TX comprised of veteran performers. They perform Chicago style long form improv with a self-proclaimed “garage comedy” appeal.

Skutch features Cody Dearing, Carlos LaRotta, and Nathan Sowell.