Comedy & Spoken Word

We have the honor of hosting some of Houston’s finest Comedy and Spoken Word events Below are (in alphabetical order) some of the more regular events we host Check our calendar for upcoming shows and details


Grown-up Storytime: a late-night event where you send us stories, we pick the best ones, and assign them to a rotating crack-squad of expert story readers who show up the night of and wow our socks and/or pants off. It’s on a Tuesday – what else are you going to do?

Interested in submitting a story or reading someone else’s story?!? Email us at

Grown-Up Story Time Performances: 8pm and 10pm

“…BooTown’s totally amazing, super original and completely hilarious show, Grown-Up Storytime.” ~ Lydia O’Neil of

“BooTown’s a party!” ~Salvador Chevez

“When ‘Karen’ was experimenting with prostitution, BooTown’s Emily Hynds told all about it. When humans-cum-rowdy-kitties unleashed their inner macho ghetto, BooTown listened. And when “John” saw a red-haired vagina for the first time, it was BooTown that captured his testimony. How has Houston survived without BooTown’s monthly “Grown-up Storytime” comedy bash?” – Joel Luks, Houston Culture Map


Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts Presents
The Gulf Coast Reading Series

Gulf Coast is proud to present its 2012-2013 Reading Series, featuring twenty-one readers from the University of Houston’s nationally-acclaimed graduate program in creative writing.  All readings are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the upstairs room at Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr., Houston, Texas, 77006.



The Level Up

A monthly series, the Level Up is a curation of stand up talent from both Houston, and the rest of the country. The Level Up is the third Sunday of every month at Rudyard’s Pub, and promises an affordable show (5$) with quality entertainment. Doors 7:30pm, Show starts at 8:00pm



OpheliasRope2Ophelia’s Rope

Two girls waiting for you to pick a number Brace yourself! Ophelia’s Rope comes backed with extensive experience in theatre, improv, dancing, singing, TV and film, and athleticism, so you know this has got to be good. Members Autumn Clack and Ruth Shauberger McCleskey both boast extremely intensive training in theatre and the performing arts. Take Clack, for instance. She majored in Acting at Adelphi University in New York, and coupled it with a minor in Dance, emphasis on ballet and modern styles. After, she attended London Dramatic Academy where she dove deep within the world of Shakespeare. Additionally, Clack has acquired skills in stage combat, pointe dance, aerial, dialect detection, and choreography, making her a multi-threat onstage- especially while next to McCleskey, a very suitable improv partner, indeed. McCleskey graduated magna cum laude at the University of Houston, where she scored her BA in Theatre, emphasis on Acting and Directing. Since, she has continued learning in the fields of acting, improv, stage combat, TV and film production, and dancing in the forms of two-step, swing, tango, waltz, plus several more. So she’s no stranger to partner performances. In fact, this duo seems to thrive in improv, and it all started in 2005 when they joined Massive Improv. There they participated on multiple teams, taking them to Austin, Chicago, San Francisco. Eventually, though, both Clack and McCleskey drifted from Massive Improv and it wasn’t until some time later that both heard the stage beckoning them to return to improv. And thus, Ophelia’s Rope was born! The team has participated in the Houston Improv Festival, the Austin Out of Bounds Festival, ComedySportz, and is now ready to conquer more. These two actresses know the improv scene well, and that is precisely why Ophelia’s Rope is able to deliver a fresh thought provoking laughter-filled performances that are guaranteed to lasso your attention.
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30

OpenMicMondaysRudyard’s Open Mic Comedy

Houston Press Best of 2013 Winner: Best Open-Mike Comedy Night Houston 2013

With a decent amount of local talent, Houston deserves more stages to feature homegrown comics. Thankfully, Rudz has stepped forward to devote one night a week to nurturing newcomers and showcasing seasoned vets…you can check out a rotating cast of characters, for free — you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a more fun way to spend a Monday night. Especially if your next Monday night involves going to a funeral. Trust us, this’ll be waaaay funnier.” – Houston Press
Our Free Comedy Open Mic Show happens every Monday Night (unless otherwise noted). Door Open At 7:30. Show starts at 8:00
Did we mention that it’s FREE?!!!