- March 1, 2015

Giveaway: Family-Friendly Improv at Friday Night Live


When my now-big kids were little, they loved Flying Theater Machine, the improv comedy troupe that performs silly shows each week at The Hideout Theatre. We used to head downtown on Sunday afternoons to watch wildly imaginative fairy tales spin out of control, thanks to the (mis)direction of the young audience. My kids would yell out crazy suggestions and dissolve into giggles watching their ideas come to life onstage.

But, those littles have grown and the last time we attended a Flying Theater Machine show my middle schooler felt a bit out of place as the oldest in a mostly elementary-age crowd.  I was bummed to think my older kids may have aged out of the family-friendly improv scene. 

Enter Friday Night Live, a brand new comedy show at Austin’s Park ‘n’ Pizza.  Billed as a friendly comedic competition similar to Whose Line is it Anyway? the fast-paced, interactive show is put on by the Comedy Spartans, an improv troupe that now calls Austin’s Park home. 

I wanted to give this new show a whirl, but wondered:

  • Would my kids be disappointed if I took them to Austin’s Park for a show and didn’t let them play laser tag while there?
  • Who were these Comedy Spartans? Would their show actually be funny?
  • Would the content really be appropriate for kids or would I regret taking my 8-year-old?

I decided to set my reservations aside (when I read that a Friday Night Live ticket includes dinner), braved the cold, and took my three oldest kids to the show on Friday. Fast forward to later that evening. My 12-year-old said, “I’d give that show a three-word review: It was awesome.”

And it was. Even the 14-year-old said so (which is big!). We laughed, we shouted suggestions, we got volunteered by our children to go up onstage (ahem), and we laughed some more. It felt like we were all playing a big, rowdy game in somebody’s living room. Except, you know, it was Austin’s Park’s living room.

Here’s how my concerns panned out: 

  • I told my kids before we left that we weren’t going to Austin’s Park for the rides and they were okay with it. If you want to arrive earlier than 7 p.m., when the doors open for Friday Night Live (and dinner), you can choose to pay extra for the attractions.
  • It turns out Comedy Spartans are not just a bunch of amateur yahoos. (They are professional yahoos!) Members of the troupe used to be part of a ComedySportz team and have recently rebranded. You can find Comedy Spartans on Facebook here
  • The show was appropriate for my 8-year-old. In fact, in commitment to keeping Friday Night Live suitable for all ages, the show’s referee will call a “brown bag” foul if one of the comedians steps out of bounds, and the offender will be forced to apologize to the audience. The audience gets to decide if they accept the apology or not. (There’s also a groaner foul that can be called, if a joke is just too too bad.) 

Friday Night Live with the Comedy Spartans happens every Friday night (excluding March 20, 2015) at Austin’s Park. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.95 per person and include Austin’s Park’s all-you-can-eat dinner buffet and drinks (until 8 p.m.). Beer and wine are available for sale.

My kids enjoyed Friday Night Live so much, I asked the folks at Austin’s Park if I could give away some tickets!  So here you go, a chance to win 5 tickets to the show on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (a $50 value). To enter, simply fill out the form below. One winner will be selected at random on Sunday, March 8, 2015 and notified by email. Sweepstakes Official Rules.

If you can’t see the entry form, please visit the original post to enter.  


For more information, visit the Austin’s Park ‘n’ Pizza website.

Austin’s Park
16231 IH-35 

Pflugerville, Texas
(512) 670-9600