Shana Merlin in the History of Austin Improv Comedy

The Austin-American Statesman ran a great piece this weekend on the history of the Austin improv comedy scene, leading up to the new Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival opening this week. It covers a lot of ground including the defunct Big Stinkin’ and the development of the AIC. Features quotes from Jeremy Sweetlamb, Shana Merlin, Andy Crouch and more.

“You can look at the history of comedy in Austin and it tracks pretty closely to the Austin economy,” notes Shana Merlin, an improviser with the musical troupe Girls, Girls, Girls. “There have been boom-bust cycles within the comedy scene that have tracked very closely with the boom-bust of the tech scene.”

There’s even a slide show with photos from Austin Comedy in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Including the gem above.
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About Shana Merlin

Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.
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  1. Michael Joplin said:

    Great article Shana. Brought back a lot of memories.

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