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Excused Absence Comedy

Excused Absence Comedy for Youth, formerly known as Move Your Tale, brings live comedy for kids to Central Austin. Our shows, classes and camps are rooted in the "Yes, And" principle of Improv and empower kids to collaborate, communicate and create. Excused Absence is the youth branch of ColdTowne Theater.

There are a million ways to tell a story... Improv invites you to discover as many of those ways as possible.

Excused Absence's Improv and Sketch Classes, Camps, and Shows are all about listening, saying yes, and then building something totally new from whatever was already there. The result is supportive, hilarious story building 

Founded in 2007, Excused Absence Comedy at ColdTowne Theater provides kids, teens, and families with access to comedy education and performance in Austin and throughout Texas. Our partnership with ColdTowne Theater provides access to trained performers and a direct connection to some of the country's most prestigious creators. 

Our approach to teaching is guided by the "Yes, and" principle of Improv, and our interaction with students is grounded in a dedication to student-led process. The creation of a flexible mindset and building a community of young collaborators gives participants the chance to grow as individuals and as artists. We are proud to host the only youth centered comedy festival in Texas, Excused Absence Fest, and have created a program that allows youth comedy troupes to train with coaches and enjoy an unusual amount of direct performance experience.

Our weekly and touring shows feature some of Austin's funniest adult performers and allow kids and families to participate in live performance first hand. Camps and classes are available for all levels, ranging from those working toward a professional career in performance to those simply interested in making some new friends and having some laughs.

The main thing though? It's fun. Come see us!


Excused Absence offers Improv & Sketch classes to kids and teens at ColdTowne Theater.