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November, 2012

Secrets from Nov. 24, 2012

The show from November 24th will go down in the books as one of the most intense Austin Secrets yet. Time after time, the scenes went to some raw places. There were definitely comic moments as well, but tears were shed.

Here are the secrets that inspired the scenes.

That wraps up November, but Austin Secrets is still going the entire month of December (2012).

Join us.

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Secrets from Nov. 17, 2012

Here are the secrets we used in the Nov. 17th Austin Secrets show.

Join us for the next show. Austin Secrets runs through December.

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Austin Secrets Season 3: The Secrets from WaffleFest

Here are the secrets from the WaffleFest 2012 Austin Secrets show.

This was a particularly interesting show because over half the audience was a group of teenage girls, who had included the show as part of their evening’s activities.large inflatable ball

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Announcing tonight’s Super Secret WaffleFest Show

Okay, it took some wrangling, but we’re finally proud to announce what Thursday’s (tonight’s) super secret WaffleFest show at 10pm actually is.

Tonight you’ll be treated to an unprecedented superstar improv show… a gathering of some of Austin’s most amazing lady improvisers in one show.


I almost can’t believe it. So let’s break it down. Here are just a few of these fabulous ladies’ accomplishments.

Emma Holder: She is a founding member of Big, Beautiful Warlock, a survivor of the 43 Hour Improv Marathon, and an improv teacher to children.

Erika McNichol: An amazing teacher, coach, and performer at ColdTowne. She’s a founding member of The Frank Mills and Tight, and one of the  best improvisers in the world (in my humble opinion).

Kaci Beeler: Today she was voted “Best Actor/Actress” in Austin by Austin Chronicle readers. She’s also part of Parallelogramophonograph, The Amazon & The Milksop, and is the Hideout’s Director of Visual Design.

Lauren Buck: One of the most generous and consistently charming improvisers I know. She’s an old-school Hero of Comedy, a teacher with Merlinworks, a yoga instructor, and currently super pregnant.

Shana Merlin: The FOUNDER of The Merlinworks School of Improvisation, the director of Dusk: Improvised Tween Erotica, part of Get Up, the founder of Girls Girls Girls: Improvised Musicals, and an amazing teacher. She also just recently announced That Merlinworks will be moving to the Zach Scott Theater!

Aden Kirschner:  I most recently saw Aden at The Drafthouse Ritz, hosting their election night coverage. She always lights up the stage. She teaches at Merlinworks, is a company member of Girls Girls Girls, and plays in countless other shows.

Courtney Hopkin: Part of the astoundingly funny sketch group Your Terrific Neighbors. She’s also performed in a lot of Hideout mainstage shows, including Austin Secrets, the upcoming Fandom, Process, and Charles Dickens Unleashed!

Halyn Lee Erickson: Halyn is a go-to Hideout performer. She’s been in loads of Hideout mainstage shows, including Process, Charles Dickens Unleashed, and Austin Secrets.

Kayla Freeman: A company member of Local Genius Society, a cast member of Austin Secrets, and the Sunday night house manager. She’s known for being fearlessly playful on stage.

Amy Averett: A member of Girls Girls Girls, and a big-wig hotshot over at The Alamo Drafthouse. Amy’s a helluva a singer and performer.


This show is an unofficial “Best of The Fringe” show. And one of the craziest, most ludicrous things we’ve done in the Fringe is called The Floor is Lava.

Everyone improvises as normal… except the floor is LAVA!

Improvisers have to perform on top of chairs, benches, blocks, etc… whatever they can do to keep off the floor.

If they touch the floor, they die, and have to leave the scene.


I know it sounds insane. And it is. But when this format debut, it was absolutely hilarious. So we’re super happy to bring it back.

Here’s the cast for The Floor is Lava:

Taylor Overstreet, Sarah Swofford, Sam Schak, Jessie Pascarelli, David Lampe, Jason Vines, Alex Hillary, Justin Davis, Asaf Ronen, and Lindsey Reeves.

FINALLY (but going first in the set) is another Fringe staple, The New Game People. Jon Bolden, Lauren Buck, Alex Dobrenko, and Roy Janik will create brand new improv games based off audience suggestions. The twist? They will be waffle themed in honor of this important festival.

Seriously, though, that lineup of ladies is reason enough to see this show. I’m unbelievably excited that this is happening at The Hideout.

This all goes down tonight, Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 10pm.

Get your tickets on the WaffleFest page:


See you there!


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The Secrets from the Season 3 Debut of Austin Secrets

Opening night of season 3 of Austin Secrets was magical.

We had a sold-out house of mostly people new to the show. We had some really silly moments. Kareem’s sarcastic whistling made me laugh so hard that I had trouble continuing the show.

And of course, we had more serious scenes, as well… scenes about dealing with loss, and seeking the approval of our parents.

I always feel a little sheepish for choosing to direct the same show every year. But then the show launches, and I remember why. The theater transforms… becomes more intimate, more connected. The air feels different. And on a great night, the audience and the performers feel like they’ve been through something special together.

Here are the slides we used for opening night.

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Happy Unification Day

When The Hideout was founded by Sean Hill in 1999, it consisted not only of the upstairs theater, but the downstairs theater and the coffee house as well.

But over the years, that changed. The coffee house was leased out to a 3rd party early in 2003. Then when we took over the improv business in 2009, we only signed a lease for the upstairs theatre.

So for many years now, improv has been mostly contained to the upstairs theater space, and the coffee house has been an entirely separate business.

But we’re thrilled to announce that as of today, the entire space is ours.

BOTH theaters AND the coffee house.

We are beyond excited, and also awed by the work that lies before us.

So what’s gonna change?

At first, not too much. We’re taking small steps here, and we’ve got time. We’ll obviously be using the downstairs theater for more classes. We’ll be upgrading the tech in the downstairs theater as well.

In general, you’ll be seeing stuff slowly becoming more integrated and spruced up. You’ll notice already that the coffee house has moved to using Square (on an iPad) for the payment system… the same setup we use for ticketing in the box office.

Hours will be extended so performers and audience members can hang out in the coffee house after shows and classes.

It will begin to feel more like a home for all of us.

For now, the show lineup will remain exactly the same. We’re hoping to expand the audiences to the point where Maestro is running every week in the larger and more epic downstairs theater.


There’s no way we could have taken this leap without the support and general awesomeness of our perfomers and audience. You people are magical, and together we’re gonna do even more amazing things together.

We owe all of this to you. Thank you.

The Hideout Management Team

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