Hunk of the Day: Billy Brooks

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Ohhhhh. Yahhhh. Our Friday hunk of the day…drum rollllll….Billy Brooks.

What makes you such a hunk?
“I read occasionally, I like to work out and my mother thinks I’m funny.”

What’s a dream date?
“Eddie V’s and then Four Seasons.”

What’s the hunkiest thing you’ve ever done for a girl?
“Not hit on their room mate.”

Alright! Billy tells us to it straight! See more on our Facebook and have a hunk-filled weekend!

Love from the Follies!

Hunk of the Day: Billy Brooks

Hunk of the day: Shaun Branigan

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Hellloooo Shaun Branigan!

Next up in our series of sexy men is Esther’s hunky 17 year veteran Shaun Branigan. Ohhhh yahhh!

What makes you a hunk?
“I can cook, I’m smart and I’m nerdy.”

What’s a hunky first date?
“Start with scallops at my place and then a late night dip in Barton Springs pool.”

What’s the hunkiest thing you’ve ever done?
“I took my super sweet lady to Paris, France!”

Nice! I’d be swept off to Paris please!!!

Hunk of the day: Shaun Branigan

Hunk of the day: Hey Michael Reyna!

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Hello Follies lovers!

Happy hump day (Wednesday) or as we like to say Happy hunk day!!! Up today is our newest man in the cast; the dreamy, divine Michael Reyna. Three questions for Michael below, and check out his swoon-worthy serenade on the instagram!

What makes you hunky?
“My great ass.”

What makes for a hunky first day?
“We’d start off at the gym, then go eat a bunch of bacon and see where it goes from there.”

What’s the hunkiest thing you’ve ever done for someone you were interested in?
“I picked them up with one hand and tossed them across the room!”

Awesome! You can toss me across the room anytime Michael! =) We love you!

Hunk of the day: Hey Michael Reyna!

Hunk of the Day: Ted Meredith

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Hello happy Follies fans, and special howdy to our female friends! This week as we head into Valentines Day craziness we are going to feature each of our male cast members and showcase just how hunky they are. First up is almost ten year cast member Ted Meredith. Here’s a couple of questions for Ted. Head over to our facebook or instagram for more of Ted.

What makes you a hunk?
“I am incredibly intelligent, very sensitive and I’m a lover not a fighter.”

What’s the hunkiest thing you’ve ever done?
“Carried a large amount of heavy luggage through an airport for a lady. But mostly I’m all about the small daily romantic little things.”

What makes for a hunky first date?
“A week at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica.”

Whoa Ted, that’s pretty dreamy.

P.S. Ted just recently returned from a week at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica….

Stay tuned this week for more hunky men, and have a great day!

Hunk of the Day: Ted Meredith

Thinking of Popping The Question?!

1184792_576160819109408_1152711774_nHere at the Follies we know all about romance. We enjoy watching audiences that come to see the show, often attending as couples and sometimes, some of them obviously on a first date! Esther’s is really the perfect first date. It gives the opportunity to have an activity to do together (seeing the performance!) while sharing laughs and drinks. Esther’s is an ideal date night no matter your relationship status, it’s always fun to spend special time enjoying comedy with your special someone.

We’ve had the honor of many marriage proposals to happen here at the theatre also! It is always a unique moment. Usually Ray, our handsome magician handles helping the couple out. He goes out into the audience, and approaches the usually unknowing lady and says “Are you married? (she shakes her head no…) “Do you want to be?!” And then the lucky fellow proposing is handed the microphone and does his thing. Cast members peek out to get a glimpse of such a momentous exchange happening. It’s truly a joy to witness.

This year Esther’s Follies is partnered with the folks over at Pop The Question a marriage proposal planning team. Do you have someone special in your life that you are looking to take the next step with? Consider coming to Esther’s to share that moment! Here is more about Veronica at Pop The Question:

Pop the Question is a full service proposal planning business where we specialize in helping you plan and carry out the perfect proposal for your loved one. With full time advisers, planners, and a team of very talented singers, dancers, and actors, we make sure every detail is set just right for that special moment when you ask your sweetheart for their hand in marriage. Also, ¬†all of our consultations and expert advice are 100% free and do not require a purchase, so if you just have a few questions but got the rest figured out we’d be glad to help!¬†Pop the Question operates in the state of Texas in the cities of; Round rock, Austin, Dripping Springs, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, and San Antonio. We know firsthand how nerve racking a proposal can be and we want to take that pressure off your hands so you can focus on this very special moment with your loved one.

Check out their website and give Veronica a call for a free consultation. But most of all–we hope to see you over at the Follies to enjoy our Valentines themed sketches. Cheers love bugs!

Thinking of Popping The Question?!

Grape-fruit Size Success!

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Dearest Follies family and friends!!! We are thrilled to tell you what a success Nathalie’s benefit show was. It just makes our heart burst to have such support from our community. Nathalie achieved her goal and will be able to fund the surgery and care post-operation for the tumor that needs to be removed. Here is a special note from our girl:

I just want to thank everyone who came to my Grapefruit Sized Benefit last night! It was a HUGE success! I had an amazing time, and I hope you did to!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. Much love.

And that about says it all. We will keep you updated on Nathalie, and all of our cast and show news either here on the blog, or check out the Esther’s facebook. Hope you feel the love that you have given is sent right back and even passed on forward because of your gift!

Grape-fruit Size Success!

2015 Havin’ A Ball!

current castHello friends!¬† Join us as we bid farewell to 2014 and usher in 2015! Our New Year’s Eve bash is not to be missed. Shows at 8:00 and 10:30pm with hors d’ourvres, party favors, champagne toast and special performances. Esther’s is the best event downtown to celebrate the New Year! Call 512-320-0553 for prices and availability. See you there!

2015 Havin’ A Ball!

Nathalie’s Grapefruit

_MG_4074(1)Hello Follies family! We wanted to share some news from our cast member, the delightful and talented Nathalie Holmes. Read her information below and we’d love to see you as we show her our full support. Thank you!

Hi! My name is Nathalie. ¬†All I’ve ever wanted to do is entertain people and help them laugh away their troubles. I am a cast member¬†and magician’s assistant at Esther’s Follies. I’m also a teaching artist for Creative Action. Over the past six years, I have taught bully prevention to over 20,000 elementary students. I also¬†toured the state as frontwoman of¬†The Boogies, a 70’s funk/hip hop cover band. I’m a hard worker, and I like to keep busy.

I’ve had to slow down quite a bit after doctor’s discovered a grapefruit sized fibroid tumor. The tumor (I’ve affectionately named it “Grapefruit”) is benign, but growing rapidly (currently 8.5cm) and is causing me a lot of pain and discomfort.Tumor is a scary word, especially for me. My mother has been living with stage IV¬†cancer for years. I’ve seen her struggles with her health and outrageous medical expenses. Unfortunately, now it’s my turn.

Here’s the worst news: My health insurance won’t cover the doctor’s bills, hospital bills, or the surgery itself. ¬†The estimated cost was $22,000, which is just stupid. I’ve managed to fill out enough paperwork to get the cost down to $10,000. Still, that’s so much more than I ever expected. It’s time that I admit to myself that I can’t do it alone and will need the help of friends and family. After I have the surgery there is an estimated six weeks recovery time where I’ll be unable to work and there will also be additional bills from the doctors and hospitals that I need to cover.

This is the part where I humbly take off my hat and hold out my little “Anything helps” cup.¬†It would mean the world to me if you could donate any spare pennies you may have to these enormous pain in the….grapefruit sized bills I’ll be paying. I will write thank you cards, sing songs, and make bed ridden comedy videos to show my appreciation.¬†Donations to can made at http://www.gofundme.com/nathalieverafter.

I’m also throwing a benefit at Esther’s Follies on January 11th. $25 a ticket will get you Best of Esther’s sketches, magic, musical performances, special guest Texas Live Band Karaoke, an interactive photobooth, and a silent auction of items from my wonderful & talented friends. There may be a few celebrity pieces as well. Mama knows some people. ūüôā Call 512-320-0553 to get on the list for the show that Sunday! Doors will open at 5:00 pm with the show starting at 6:00 pm. This is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait to see you.

Well, that’s about all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Happy Holidays!
-Nathalie

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Nathalie’s Grapefruit

Our Favorite French Food!

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One thing you may not know about our family at Esther’s is how much we enjoy eating. Seriously if food is involved we are first in line and ready to devour anything in front of us. Maybe it’s the fast pace of our show that makes us so hungry, and luckily our exposure to fantastic delicacies near by to help us obtain our foodie status. Fortunately our friends at Chez Nous just down the road up the ante with their first class authentic french food. Especially during the holiday times, nothing is cozier than a delicious, quaint dinner at Chez Nous. The vibe is warm and inviting and meals never disappoint. They have been nominated for just about every “best of” in Austin when it comes to state of the art French cuisine. They are one of our favorite places to dine downtown and we hope you will stop by and try them out! See our complete list of “where to go/where to eat” here on the website: http://www.esthersfollies.com/favorites/¬†¬† Thanks and happy eating!

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Our Favorite French Food!

Dancing Grandmas at Esther’s!

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It’s that time of year again- the long-awaited arrival and performance of the tap-dancing Grannies!

If you have seen them before you know you’ll want to plan to attend either of the shows on December 20- they will do a pre-show performance for the 8:00pm and 10:00pm shows! If you haven’t yet seen them…be sure to come check them out! It will get you rockin’ and rollin’ in your seats and they always bring a big smile.

We love our ladies and hope you will join us to see them on the stage December 20th. Call 512-320-0553 for availability and tickets.

Dancing Grandmas at Esther’s!