Words By Jenn Tisdale, Photos By Clarissa Villondo
There is a comedy boom happening in DC. It’s a boom because it kind of snuck up on us then exploded. You can see multiple shows every night of the week, ranging from an open mic at your favorite bar to a nationally touring comic. And now Greg Godbout and the folks of Arlington Drafthouse have gifted us with another venue to discover great comedy. That’s precisely what Greg plans to do with this smaller theater located in the District. He hopes to showcase up-and-coming, talented comics who are not quite ready for The Drafthouse, but will definitely get there someday.
I caught a show Saturday night, opening weekend, while the venue is still settling in. They are waiting on their liquor license (I stifled brief, dysfunctional panic at hearing that) but it won’t be long. The space is laid out very specifically. You can’t design a comedy club the same way you would design a music venue. It seems obvious but sometimes a venue doesn’t hit that mark. Greg’s intention was to have a black box theater so you could keep the intimacy that comes with telling jokes because telling jokes is very intimate. The theater is small but doesn’t feel cramped and I can’t say enough about the seating options. I took off my shoes and crossed my legs, essentially making myself at home. And honestly, these chairs are perfect for a show that involves more sitting than standing. In fact while I was enjoying Bentzen Ball Alum Liza Treyger’s set, and more specifically her string of jokes about small dicks, the couple in front of me were aggressively making out. Perhaps they were irrationally turned on by a tiny penis? Regardless, the make out session lasted for the duration of Liza’s set and went well into Matteo Lane’s. So, come for the great comedy you might not catch anywhere else, stay to treat it like your parents’ basement in high school.