We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Esther's Follies

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Review Highlights
Non-Stop Laughter

This is so current with its political humor that you will not believe it. And to have it committed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ricki M
,
Georgetown, Texas
Life long fans

My family has been enjoying Esther’s Follies since the late 1970’s. Shannon Sedgwick has sparked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
884kathleenc
via mobile
Read all 1,000 reviews
All photos (69)
All photos (69)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Recommended experiences in and around Austin
from $54.13
More Info
from $37.90
More Info
from $64.90
More Info
from $54.13
More Info
Reviews (1,000)
Filter reviews
997 results
Traveler rating
862
104
18
8
5
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
862
104
18
8
5
Show reviews that mention
All reviews current events political satire saturday night live reserved seats laughed so hard second city comedy show adult humor equal opportunity audience participation great magician entire show front row rick perry general admission tickets comedy club fun evening
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 997 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is so current with its political humor that you will not believe it. And to have it committed to song is amazing. Treat yourself and your guests to an Austin tradition. Reserved seats are not necessary. Be aware if you are on the front...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ricki M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family has been enjoying Esther’s Follies since the late 1970’s. Shannon Sedgwick has sparked the show for years with her spot on impersonations of famous female personalities. Not only is Ray Anderson’s magic totally amazing, he is one of the best comedians in the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 884kathleenc
Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

What a fun show!! If you are ready for some adult humor that makes you laugh - you need to do this. Small venue right in the middle of all the downtown Austin nightlife. Very well assembled high energy cast that really keeps the show...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank kevinv877
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

This really was worth the $25 ticket price. The small intimate theatre had a great atmosphere, it was packed and everyone seemed to be laughing out loud. This is a great bunch of people with real talent. They get the balance right of satire and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Loving_Holidays
Reviewed May 8, 2019

High energy, fast moving, funny, entertaining show. I would recommend it. The magic was especially impressive. Extending the show to the sidewalk outside was a fun idea. The theater is small so the view from most seats, if not all, should be fine.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Diane W
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

Not knowing what to expect, this place is tiny, seats packed in and in many ways just simple fun entertainment. There’s magic, jokes, politics (more on the liberal side) and more. Performing in front of a window that faces the street, they even include passerby’s...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank SunshineF7
Reviewed April 20, 2019

we thoroughly enjoyed our evening at esther's follies. the variety show was fast paced, clever, funny, and engaging- all set to music. the actors were all extremely talented and kept us entertained the entire time. the magician was amazing, and yes he was performing "tricks",...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank shlomo123
Reviewed April 13, 2019

Esther's is an Austin Iconic place to forget your troubles and laugh your butt off! From political humor to magical escapades you will never forget your evening with Shannon's troupe. Whatever you do do not sit in the front row! There is no telling what...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank LauriTurner
Reviewed April 5, 2019

Have seen this show more than 15 times of the past ~20 years. I have taken many friends and family visiting Austin as this was great entertainment, unique to Austin, and poked fun at all sides. Unfortunately, over the past couple of years, the show...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Thomas J
Reviewed April 4, 2019

Esther's Follies is a must for any visitor to Austin. Very fun, constant, unexpected entertainment. All skits are two-three minutes long so its action packed. The magician is also great. The shows were all sold out during our visit but we contacted the venue and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank cdk95
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 211 nearby hotels
Hilton Austin
2,218 reviews
.09 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center
1,481 reviews
.14 miles away
The Westin Austin Downtown
929 reviews
.16 miles away
Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown - University
159 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4,381 nearby restaurants
Chez Nous
308 reviews
.05 miles away
Casino El Camino
402 reviews
.01 miles away
Pete's Piano Bar
65 reviews
.06 miles away
The Jackalope
227 reviews
.10 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 995 nearby attractions
Museum of The Weird
240 reviews
.08 miles away
East Sixth Street
73 reviews
.09 miles away
Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum
18 reviews
.08 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
schaffermommy
June 3, 2019|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from shlomo123 | Reviewed this property |
I think it would be fine to bring a 14 - 15 yr old. if they're politically aware, they would certainly understand the jokes. I do not feel it was overly raunchy, just clever political satire. all that being said, it is... More
1
Vote
Lisa M
January 9, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from RoundRockFoodie | Reviewed this property |
The shows on a weekend are the same. However, the script is modified every week to cover different current events. Where I see the most consistency is with the magic act. But, these are always good and always enjoyed... More
0
Votes
Donnakcalderon1
January 2, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from tsdouglas48 | Reviewed this property |
Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, that's a great question! Austin, much to the disappointment of indigenous Austinites, has become Silicon Valley liberal, and some Trump bashing is to be expected. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a... More
0
Votes