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April begins with the circus and ends with an alternative White House Correspondents Dinner. Use our April Comedy Guide for a better month. This is not an all encompassing roundup. This is a curated tour of funny. A mixture of standup, storytelling, improv, musicals and specials, there’s something for everyone. Or not. Maybe you only like Billy Crystal.

Saturday, April 1

UC Fest presents: Rory Scovel @ Black Cat

Rory Scovel is one of the most creative, adventurous comedians working today. He’s quick and improvisational, with boundary-pushing late night appearances that often devolve into carefully orchestrated chaos. No two Scovel shows are quite alike and we love him for it. -Matt Byrne

Sunday, April 2

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World @ Verizon Center

The circus is back in town for one last time because we all collectively got our shit together and recognized that forcing animals to travel and perform tricks is kind of messed up! I’m going to miss the weirdness of the circus, but it’s probably for the best that this will be the last tour. Go get a drink somewhere, head to the Verizon Center and get ready to say goodbye. -Kaylee Dugan

also March 31 and April 1


Monday, April 3

Storytelling 101 @ Story District

Learn from the best local storytellers before you take the stage. Please. -Brandon Wetherbee

Tuesday, April 4

Louis C.K.: 2017 on Netflix

Louis CK was the first to really get behind the direct to consumer model for selling and distributing comedy – a strategy which helped him reach increasingly larger audiences just as he was hitting his stride as a comic. The fact that he’s releasing 2017 on Netflix instead shows just how serious the digital studio is about ramping up their exclusive offerings (and how much money they must have thrown his way).

While there’s not much information or details about the special available online, as someone who happened to be there while it was recorded (#blessed), I can absolutely assure you it does not disappoint. Louis is as intelligent, edgy, and funny as ever – and while he pushes the envelope, there won’t be any Chappelle-esque “wtf” moments. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Wednesday, April 5

Rona and Beverly Live! @ 9:30 Club

The popular podcast comes to the very large 9:30 Club. See what you listen to while you’re at work. -Brandon Wetherbee

Thursday, April 6

The Facebook Monologues @ Drafthouse Comedy

BYT fave Dee Ahmed hosts this free show about the horrors of Facebook. Fun fact: Facebook is public and optional. -Brandon Wetherbee

Friday, April 7

Natasha Leggero @ Arlington Drafthouse

While you’ve seen her on everything from the Comedy Central roasts and Inside Amy Schumer to Modern Family and Andrew Dice Clay’s weird single cam Showtime show Dice, Natasha Leggero is at her best live on stage, where her cutting, sardonic material is complemented by a commanding stage presence and dark charm. -Matt Byrne

Saturday, April 8

Lisa Lampanelli @ Lincoln Theatre

The (self-proclaimed?) Queen of Mean and owner of the domain insultcomic.com, Lisa Lampanelli’s POV is well-established by now. If you’re lookin to get roasted or hear some roasty toasty jokes in general, here’s your chance. -Matt Byrne

Tuesday, April 11

Politically Incorrect: Stories about rubbing people the wrong way @ Town

Story District is D.C.’s finest storytelling organization. It’s impossible to go anywhere in D.C. and not talk about what you do and what people with you do and inevitably someone in your group works in politics and it usually gets awkward. Proven company plus a solid topic equals good show. -Brandon Wetherbee

Wednesday, April 12

They say sex sells but I think total and relentless humiliation is a close second. Sometimes you can have both! – Jenn Tisdale

Thursday, April 13

WITDC FIST @ The Source

Washington Improv Theater’s FIST is D.C.’s premiere comedy festival/tournament, where teams of three go head to head to discern who is the funniest improv trio in the District – all decided by audience votes. At this point we are down to the latter stages of the competition, so the cream of the crop is rising quickly. $15 gets you a ticket to a couple hours of laughs and a clever date idea. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Friday, April 14

Off The Rails @ Drafthouse Comedy

Lots of storytelling recommendations this week. This pick is due to host Katherine Jessup’s understated and well thought stand up. She hosts this happy hour/story telling/improv free show. -Brandon Wetherbee

Saturday, April 15

Guys We Fucked @ 9:30 Club

The Sorry About Last Night ladies are bringing their incredibly honest podcast to D.C. What started out as an experiment in interviewing the different people they’ve slept with has evolved into a podcast that talks generally about different aspects of sex and relationships, from consent to polyamory to sex toys. -Kaylee Dugan

Tuesday, April 18

Fun Home @ National Theatre

The Tony winner for Best Musical in 2015 begins a month long run in D.C. You’re probably not getting tickets to the Tony winner for Best Musical in 2016. -Brandon Wetherbee

runs through May 13

Wednesday, April 19

I’d like to Jake Tapper that ass. – Jenn Tisdale

Thursday, April 20

Specific Ignorance @ Drafthouse Comedy

Another free Drafthouse Comedy pick. Part trivia, part standup, a good option if you’re unfamiliar with the local talent. -Brandon Wetherbee

Friday, April 21

Katt Williams @ DAR Constitution Hall

Katt Williams is one of the most popular and successful standups working today, and for good reason: dude is incredibly funny. Legal troubles and unpredictable behavior aside, dude’s a force onstage. -Matt Byrne
also April 22
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Saturday, April 22

Sarah Silverman @ MGM National Harbor

Host of the just-announced Hulu chat show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman has maintained a level of relevance and quality that few of her 90’s alt comedy peers can claim. Her smarmy, scatological persona and outspoken political takes keep folks coming out in droves to her occasional live appearances. -Matt Byrne

Sunday, April 23

Hump! Film Festival @ Black Cat

Dan Savage’s fun and flirty porno film festival is coming back to the Black Cat. Meant to be sex positive and lighthearted, Hump! movies are all less than five minutes long and feature total amateurs, not to mention, the videos highlight a variety of body types, ages, genders and races. It’s weird (in a good way) and silly (also in a good way). -Kaylee Dugan

also April 21 and 22

Monday, April 24

A People’s Choir DC @ DC9

It’s OK to sing out loud at a bar if everyone else is doing it. -Brandon Wetherbee

Wednesday, April 26

Sam Morril @ Kennedy Center

Recent Funny Human of The Week Sam Morril is on the verge of hitting it big time, with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert under his belt and more exciting upcoming projects on the horizon, Morril’s pitch black, immaculately crafted jokes are a sight to behold. -Matt Byrne

Thursday, April 27

The Time Machine Roast @ DC Improv

Roasts are in. People are sensitive. It’s safer to roast the dead. -Brandon Wetherbee

Friday, April 28

Sasheer Zamata @ Black Cat

You already know her as a standout on Saturday Night Live, but Sasheer Zamata’s comedy chops go beyond live sketch comedy: she’s also a very good standup comic, as evidenced on her debut comedy special Pizza Mind, which was recently released on Seeso! -Matt Byrne


Saturday, April 29

White House Correspondents Dinner

Samantha Bee’s Correspondents Dinner is the only one that matters. -Kaylee Dugan

Sunday, April 30

Billy Crystal and Bonnie Hunt @ MGM National Harbor

Billy Crystal is not funny. Bonnie Hunt is underrated. Her 2000 film Return to Me is small and heartbreaking and heartwarming and funny. She was one of Letterman’s best guests. Her own daytime talk show was fun and family friendly with the occasional subversive joke. There’s no reason she shouldn’t be on TV in some capacity. She rarely tours so you have to go to a casino and buy a ticket that mostly goes to Billy to see her. -Brandon Wetherbee

also April 29