Despite its devastation, Hurricane Katrina has had positive effects on America. In the greater Austin area, we’ve been given Let’s Big Chipper (a subject of one of my articles on The Austinot) and more pertinent to this website, Chris Trew.
From New Orleans to Austin and Back
The New Orleans native has always had an interest in comedy and dabbled in stand-up. Eventually he joined a sketch comedy group while enrolled at LSU and was featured on the university’s television channel back in 2000. This was when he got serious about comedy.
After the hurricane, he came to Austin and helped found Coldtowne Theater with Tami Nelson and other partners. In 2009, due to creative differences, Trew and Nelson founded The New Movement Theater and
they haven’t looked back. Trew’s frequent trips to and from New Orleans has lead him to help found Dallas Comedy House with New Movement alumni Clay Barton and his partner Amanda Austin. He also founded the Dallas Comedy Festival in 2010 (this is where he met Chris Tellez). Barton and Austin have since taken the reigns of the annual festival. Still not satisfied, Trew founded The New Movement Theater in New Orleans in 2012.
A New Movement in Austin Comedy
The New Movement Theater sits nonchalantly on the corner of 7th and Lavaca in scenic downtown Austin. The BYOB club showcases stand-up, improv and sketch comedy through a variety of shows. Their longest running showcase, and Austin’s longest running long-form improv show, is the Megaphone Show. This event has a local celebrity telling a real life story while The New Movement Theater’s main cast act it out through improv. Like I stated earlier, it’s not all about improv though. Chris Tellez’s showcase, Shit’s Golden, got its start at The New Movement Theater. Rob Gagnon and Lane Krarup both host stand-up showcases there as well.
Aside from their regular shows and events, The New Movement Theater puts on special events like the annual Megaphone Marathon. Starting today, 7/14 and running all the way to the 20th is the Austin leg of the Megaphone Marathon. This marquee event features a variety of interpretations of The New Movement Theater’s long-form improv performed by every group between the Austin and New Orleans theaters. Once they’re done in Austin, the groups join up again in New Orleans to entertain the denizens of one of the America’s oldest cities.
But wait, there’s more! While Trew and the New Movement crew are entertainers, they are also teachers. Improv and comedy classes are available to aspiring yucksters wanting to learn long form improv. As always, events, classes and all other details are available on The New Movement Theater’s website. You can follow Chris Trew’s comedy, Air Sex shenanigans, and work as professional wrestling manager on his website ChrisTrew.com.