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August 6th

Tammy Pescatelli @ The DC Improv (Aug 6 – 9)

Tammy is a lot of things: an Italian-American, a working mom, a TV star, a UFC enthusiast. And best of all, she can find the funny in anything. Tammy got to showcase her straight-up, tell-it-like-it-is comedy in the second season of “Last Comic Standing.” She followed that up with her own reality show (“A Stand Up Mother”) and some top-notch comedy specials. (DC Improv)

Mondo Baltimore: Voyage of the Rock Aliens @ The Windup Space

FREE! w/Karaoke after the show

7PM – Symphony of Atrocities!
Music videos from HELL!

8PM – Voyage of the Rock Aliens
(1984, James Fargo)

This intergalactic rock musical stars Pia Zadora (from just about every flick in the 80s) and features everyone’s favorite Jackson… Jermaine, of course.

Aliens land their guitar-shaped ship in the town of “Speelburgh” searching for the source of rock and roll. What they find, for legal reasons, IS still technically classified as music. (FB)


August 7th

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live! @ Wonderland Ballroom

Co-host Allison Lane

Guests include
Kevin T Phillips (dude is moving to Denver next month)
Haywood Turnipseed Jr
Baby Bry Bry (solo)

Warm up from Norm Quarrinton and Christine Ferrera

21+, $5 suggested donation (FB)

Andrew Bouqet’s Show Business Revue @ Gibson Guitar Showroom

Celebrating 30 years in show business, 31 year old Andrew Bouquet helms the piano & hosts a revue of comedy & music with the business’ brightest talents, and even sits in for special songs with his guests!

Comedy by- Brittany Carney, Paris Sashay, and Isaac Hirsch

Music by- Margot MacDonald

And a special appearance by-
Kathy Piechota and Stevedore Maybelline Bidet of the acclaimed Church Night

doors, seating and cocktails- 8pm
showtime- 830pm
cash bar
no cover

Joe List @ The Big Hunt & Bier Baron Tavern (Aug 6 & 7)

Joe tells jokes for a living. (comedianjoelist.com)

August 8th

Joel McHale @ The Warner

Community! Soup-related things! Green screens! And, no bullshit, this is the BEST awards show opening monologue we’ve ever seen. (BYT)


The Kitchen Sink Party Show! @ Electric Maid

Welcome to the Kitchen Sink Party Show! A show thingy that will have comedy of any sort!

Swing on by! We’ll have offbeat performances by…
Brittany Carney
Alyssa Cowan
Nate Johnson
Perth O’Duibhdiorma
Donnie Sengstack
Stefano Stratakis
Haywood Turnipseed Jr
Scott Kim

It’s Freeeeee!

It’s BYOSB: Bring Your Own Secret Booze, so challenge yourself! Hide it in a watermelon, bring a flask with a mustache and those glasses things, hide it and drink it from your shoe. We’ll also have some Rolling Rocks if you want to take part.

It’s going to be a great and wacky time.

*Lineup subject to get bananas and stuff! **Also it’s subject to change. ***Also, the subjects of the comedy are subject to change. (FB)

Bad Words 3: Baltimore Drift @ Zissimos

Bad Words is a stand-up comedy show with a twist: every comedian has a word they aren’t allowed to say in their set. If they do say it, the audience gets to yell and berate them and their foolishness. The real kicker is that the comedians don’t know what their “bad word” is! So come down to Zissimos and watch them try to figure it out, live and in front of your very eyeballs! FREE!

August 9th

T.J. Miller @ The Lincoln Theatre

Will this be the year T.J. finally makes it to The Bentzen Ball? We hope so! In the meantime you can wet your funny bone whistle at The Lincoln. (BYT)

August 13th

Joey CoCo Diaz @ The DC Improv (Aug 13 – 15)

Some people take a subtle approach to comedy, while other people go for the gusto. Joey is from the second camp. He was born in Cuba, raised in North Jersey and started doing standup during a brief stint in prison. His comedy features raw storytelling and blunt observations. Basically, it’s straight-up fun. Joey is a regular guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He hosts his own podcast, “The Church of What’s Happening Now.” And he has also appeared on the big screen — you might recognize his mug from “Spider Man 2” or “Grudge Match.” (DC Improv)


Throwing Shade Live @ The Black Cat

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi bring their popular podcast “Throwing Shade” to Washington, D.C. for an evening of well, everything. Ready yourself for an evening of shade throwing, bad impressions, frank sexual talk and most importantly, Erin and Bryan talkin’ all the issues important to ladies and gays, and treating them with much less respect than they deserve. Come spend an evening with Erin and Bryan and other superficial people who care about stuff. (BC)

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August 14th

Comedy Kumite II @ The DC Improv

Thousands of years ago in a time of great crisis, the comedy elders needed a champion. They assembled comedians from across the realm, then had them fight to the death. When a champion was crowned, he was sent off into the mists to confront the great danger. He was promptly killed. Jokes aren’t that helpful against guys with axes rolling 12 deep.

But a one-night comedy tournament sounds fun, right? Here’s how it works: Comedy Kumite brings eight DC-area comedians together so that they can beat each other’s brains out. Each “match” features two comics doing five-minute sets, with the audience cheering one performer on to victory. We mow through the bracket in about 100 minutes, producing a comedy champion. Mayweather-Pacquiao was a joke — this show is the REAL fight of the century. (DC Improv)

Church Night @ The Black Cat

Blessings and Light! Some Souls Church welcomes all sinners (even minorities) to get the pews sticky at Church Night!

*This event is 21+* (BC)

Shane Torres @ The Big Hunt & Bier Baron Tavern (Aug 14 & 15)

Shane Torres is a stand up comedian and writer. You may have seen him in the background on Last Comic Standing or acting on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang. He has also been part of Montreal Just For Laugh’s New Faces in 2013 that same year. Shane was also one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch in 2012. Shane has performed at many festivals all over the country including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and many more.

He is the creator of the podcast radio show Help Wanted . Shane has also contributed writing to Laughspin, The Portland Mercury, and Nailed Magazine. He also hates writing bios. (shaneisacomedian.com)


August 15th

Michelle Wolf @ Bier Baron Tavern

Michelle is an amazing stand up comic who currently writes for Late Night with Seth Meyers and is often the only reason I watch that show. (BYT)

ComedySportz Improv (all-ages) @ DC Improv

PLEASE NOTE: Showtime is 7:30. Doors open at 6:30 and a full dinner menu is available. ComedySportzDC offers clean improv comedy. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes and songs on the spot. The audience shouts out all the suggestions and votes for the winners, while the referee calls the fouls. It’s not a comedy show ABOUT sports, it’s the comedy show that IS a sport – similar to what you’ve seen on “Whose Line.” (DC Improv)

Late-Night Improv (18 and up) @ DC Improv

Our Late-Night Improv slot features “The Blue Show,” the cast from the 8 p.m. ComedySportz show making up comedy on the spot for your amusement. It’s the late show, so no kids at this show. We never know how “blue” this Late Night Improv show will be. It all depends on how dysFUNctional the crowd is. Ages 18 and up welcome.

August 19th

Ringside with Jim Ross @ DC Improv

Wrestling fans, get ready to mark out. This August, we’re getting a visit from one of the true legends of the industry, the great Jim Ross. J.R. has been one of wrestling’s most influential figures, both as an executive and as the most recognizable announcer in the business. He has traveled the world and had a ringside seat for countless amazing moments, and he continues to entertain fans with The Ross Report podcast. Now you can get a ringside seat as he shares some of his best stories and gives you an inside look at the world of sports entertainment. And that’s followed up with a no-holds-barred Q&A session.

VIP TICKETS: A limited number of VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP ticketholders can attend a meet-and-greet with J.R. (including photo opportunities) from 6 – 7:30 p.m., and they will have reserved seating in the main showroom.

GENERAL ADMISSION: Doors open for general admission ticketholders at 7 p.m., and showtime is at 8. The Improv’s full menu and bar service will be available. (DC Improv)

August 21st

Huggy Lowdown & Chris Paul @ DC Improv (Aug 21 – 23)

Usually we get the dynamic duo in the winter, but this year you’re also getting some special summer shows. Huggy hosts the No. 1 segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and Chris is the host of “The Man Cave” on ESPN 980 – one of the latest additions to DC’s sports radio lineup. Their personalities are big enough to come through on radio, and they’re even better live. (DC Improv)

Mark Riccadonna @ The Big Hunt

Mark Riccadonna grew up an artsy jock outside of Youngstown, Ohio. At age 17 (like a bad independent movie), Mark moved to NYC in search of himself and happiness. He pursued Theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, joining “The Company” after graduation. Soon after, Mark stumbled upon Stand-Up Comedy and found success as a storyteller, performing throughout New York City, and ‘on the road’. Mark currently also performs for Armed Forces Entertainment, and has entertained U.S. and U.N. Troops worldwide, performing in six continents while working with his childhood heroes.

Whether he is working with The Amoralists Theatre Company (In the acclaimed hit “Happy in the Poor House”), Angry Shih Tzu Productions or on tour with Stand-Up, Mark continues to climb the ranks. He is a gifted storyteller, with a charisma that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever, unique delivery, signature voice (that has landed him several commercials) and likability; you will see why he is a favorite at clubs and theatres everywhere. (markriccadonna.com)

Stand-Up Showcase @ DC Improv Lounge

A great lineup of comics, some of whom started their careers right here in Washington, is coming to our lounge showroom on August 21! This is a showcase, with several comedians performing for a total of around 90 minutes. Featuring Kandace Saunders, Tok Moffat, Herbie Gill, and Lucas Bohn.

August 22nd

Wendy Williams @ The Lyric (Baltimore)

This is the Wendy Williams’ Sit Down Tour…Too Real For Stand Up and if that’s not reason enough to go then I don’t know what is. (BYT)

Gilmore Guys Live @ Sixth and I (rescheduled from Aug 29)

Dudes talking about the Gilmore Girls! WHAT COULD BE BETTER!!! (BYT)

Carmen Lynch @ The Big Hunt

Very funny and has a heart murmer, so bonus. (BYT)


August 27th

Ron Funches @ DC Improv (Aug 27 – 30)

An almost Bentzen Ball alumni, you’ll finally get to see him at the DC Improv. Also, if you aren’t following Funches on Instagram (@ronfunch) you’re missing out. Sure, he’s funny, but the real joy comes in the photos with his son Malcolm. It’s really wonderful. (BYT)

August 28th

Post Cards from the Vag: A Frank and Funny Storytelling Show About Abortion @ The Black Cat

If you think abortion is no laughing matter, think again. Join Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, and the fun, fearless women of Lady Parts Justice, for an evening of seriously funny abortion storytelling. Enjoy drink specials and real, unique and irreverent perspectives on what it means to be pro-choice. Lady Parts Justice is the first NSFW, rapid response reproductive justice messaging hub that uses comedy, culture and digital media to sound an alarm about the terrifying erosion of reproductive access so people will get off their asses and reclaim their rights. We hope you’ll join us to laugh, think, [drink] and learn! (BC)

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