Excused Absence Comedy | Kids Out and About Austin

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.

Founded in 2007, Move Your Tale and Excused Absence Comedy provides kids and adults 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 and Sketch Comedy classes to kids and teens at ColdTowne Theater.

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Improv Outside for Pre Schoolers

ColdTowne Theater's ExAb Comedy brings you this outdoor, early improv class for kids ages 3.5 to 5. High energy, creative and low pressure. Six weeks of class and a 7th week of performance. Held outside at 1410 Larkwood, 78723. Read more about ExAb at www.excusedabsence.com