BettyFest was founded in 2014 by Patio Talk (Chrissy Shackelford, Juliet Prather, Amy Wright, and Kasey Borger), a troupe based out of ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX. After moving to New York, Patio Talk passed the BettyFest torch to other leaders in the Austin improv community who continue the tradition today.

BettyFest celebrates the diverse female voices empowering the Austin comedy community. We aim to provide a safe space for sisters in comedy to perform without limitations. We promote discussion and collaboration among women from all walks of life. By encouraging women to perform for those who lift them up, we hope to help them discover their weird, authentic selves and gain the confidence to grow as inspiring leaders in comedy.

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Contact Information


Coldtowne Theatre
4803 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX, 78751
Spider House Ballroom
2906 Fruth Street
Austin, TX, 78705