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December 3rd: Crispin Glover @ The Charles Theater – ???

This will be a goddamn freakshow in the best way possible. Do not mention Back to the Future no matter how much you want to. Trust me. (JT)

December 3rd: SpeakeasyDC’s My So Called Jewish Life @ Sixth & I Street Synagogue – $20

During Chanukah, join Sixth & I and SpeakeasyDC at our fifth annual night of funny, poignant, powerful, and peculiar autobiographical stories about all things Jewish, not-so-Jewish, and wanna-be Jewish.

December 4th: Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughs @ Sixth & I Street Synagogue – $20 – $25

Oh shit it’s a triple threat: Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers, Comedy Central, Adult Swim) with the amazing Kurt Braunohler (John Oliver’s Stand up Show, Comedy Central, Adult Swim) and the wonderful Derrick Brown (Write Bloody Publishing, All Around Good Guy). Don’t let its location intimidate you! Synagogues are the funnest. (JT)


December 4th: Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance @ Black Fox Lounge – FREE

Bare! True Stories of Sex, Desire and Romance brings together storytellers, comedians, sex educators and others to share true tales from their own experiences of sex, desire and romance. With stories as diverse as the people telling them, Bare! opens doors to bedrooms, back seats and dungeons to tell what your mama left out about the birds, bees and in-betweens.

December 5th: Justin Schlegel @ Baltimore Comedy Factory – $17 – $25

This will be a rare goddamn treat. Justin Schlegel is a local comedy favorite and host of the 98Rock morning show: Justin, Scott and Spiegel. He is truly a comedy delight. (JT)

December 5th: Wrecked ‘Em Takes Over Rhodeside Grill! Open Mic! @ Rhodeside Grill – FREE

Signup via Facebook or on site suckas. (JT)

December 7th: Happy Buddha VI: A Toys for Tots Benefit Show! @ The DC Arts Center – $10

The Happy Buddha’s Back! It’s time for our annual Toys for Tots fundraiser, folks, and we’ve got two great shows filled with comedy for you! All proceeds from the show will go to Toys for Tots, and we’ll be collecting toys and additional donations for the show out in the lobby of the DC Arts Center. Come join us at 7:30 and/or 10 pm on Saturday, December 7th!

December 8th: Glo’s Glitter Comedy Showcase @ MOVA Lounge DC – FREE

If you don’t know, you should know. That’s all I’ll say about that! (JT)

December 9th: HavanaHaHa Showcase and Open Mic: Comics Against Humanity @ Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina – DONATIONS PLEASE

Josh Kuderna and Pete Bergen double feature the showcase! Open mic spots available here (preferred) or on site. Free! 8:00. Donations go to Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore

December 14th: The Capital City Showcase Presents: The Christmahanukwanzakah Special @ The DC Arts Center – $15 – $20

Featuring everybody’s faves: Andrew Bucket, Linsay Deming, Jamel Johnson, Matty Litwack, Reggie Melbrough and Romane Walters. Get in the spirit y’all! All the spirits! Alcohol! And jokes. (JT)

December 14th: The Second Saturday S#!T Show Presents: The 1 Year Anniversary Party @ The Ottobar – FREE

Oh s#!t, 1 year is a big deal! That kid should be walking by now I think, or at the very least s#!tting its pants a little less. Either way come on down and join in the open mic hilarity! Hosted by the hysterical, burly Mike Quindlen and the witty lady but not in that offensive lady comic way of saying one is a lady Kim Ambrose. Signup at 7! Show at 7:30! (JT)

December 15th: Glo’s Glitter Comedy Showcase @ MOVA Lounge DC – FREE

With my personal favorites Nik Oldershaw, Tony Cobain and Herbie Gill, hosted by the always effervescent Glo. BOOM. Do it. (JT)

December 19th – 21st: Rory Scovel @ The DC Improv – $17

Rory Scovel is a hometown boy who DONE GOOD. He is everywhere! He is amazing! Please do yourself a service and SEE HIM WHILE HE’S IN TOWN! It’s really something. (JT)


Recurring Stand-up Events and Open Mics

Every First and Third Monday: 8×8 @ The Looking Glass Lounge – Returns in January

This variety show is hosted by Brandon Wetherbee and features 8 performers who are onstage for 8 minutes each.

Every Monday Night: Underground Comedy @ Townhouse Tavern

Free show every Monday at 8 p.m. E-mail [email protected] for a spot.

Every Tuesday Night: The Last Resort Comedy Show @ Old Dominion Brewhouse

Max Rosenblum hosts DC’s best comedians every Tuesday beginning at 9 p.m. for a FREE show. For more information email [email protected]

Every Tuesday Night: Comedy on the Corner @ Penn Social

If you like to laugh, and/or cry for that matter, then the Penn Social Sunday comedy open mic show, Comedy on the Corner should become your favorite place to do BOTH. This is your chance to see some of the best young talent DC has to offer for FREE, and maybe even give it a try yourself. If you are interested in performing, go here.

Every Tuesday Night: Attack of the Comics @ Solly’s

See some of DC’s best comics attack you with hilarity. Show starts at 8:30.

Every second and fourth Tuesday Night: Open Mic @ Tangier

Open mic comedy organized by Amanda Foster and Teresa Cagnolatti. Free show at 8 PM. Sign-up is on site and starts at 7:30. Bar extends happy hour (on drinks and hookah) until 10 PM to accommodate comedy attendees. E-mail [email protected] with any questions.

Every Wednesday: Wonderland Wednesdays @ The Wonderland Ballroom, Free

Head to the Wonderland Ballroom every Wednesday night to see some great FREE comedy. Each show has a regular comedian. The first Wednesday features Haywood Turnipseed Jr (Highway Robbery), the second Wednesday is Linsay Deming (Church Night),the third Wednesday is Adam Friedland (Funny Moms), and last, but certainly not least, is Christian Hunt (The Wonderland Circus).

Every Wednesday Night: Underground Comedy @ The Big Hunt

Free show every Wednesday at 8 p.m. E-mail [email protected] for a spot.

Every Wednesday Night: Open Mic @ Touchdown

Every Wednesday, 8 p.m., hosted by Hemu Nair, Blake Premer, and Justin Hefter. Please e-mail [email protected] to sign up. Emailers get priority over walk-ins. 5 minute set for e-mailers. 3-4 minute set for walkins (and only if there’s room). All levels welcome!

Every first and third Thursday: Porkchop Volcano @ Arlington Drafthouse – $5

Get ready for some short form (and hilarious) improv that’s all about audience interactions and suggestions.

Every Thursday Night: After Class at The Science Club: Weekly Educational Comedy @ Science Club – FREE

Every Thursday Night: Cool Cow Comedy Showcase @ Arlington Drafthouse, $5

Join Rahmein Mostafavi and three of the area’s best comics for an hour of comedy, food, and drinks. Plus, it’s only $5.

Every Thursday Night: Open Mic Night @ The Comedy Spot, Free

Comedians of all ages and experience levels are welcome to try their hand at stand-up.

Every Thursday Night: The Laughing Buddha-ha-ha @ Topaz Hotel Bar, Free

10 local stand-up comedians perform, each for 3 to 10 minutes. But it doesn’t end there. Stay for “Everyone’s A Comedian” afterwards where anyone from the audience can tell a joke. The funniest joke gets $25 and a t-shirt.

First Friday Night: You, Me, Them, Everybody @ The Wonderland Ballroom

A comedy talkshow/lovely podcast hosted by BYT’s own Brandon Wetherbee. Regulars include Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., Dana Bell, and Adam Friedland.

Every Friday Night: ThreeGuysOn presents The Final Draft @ Arlington Drafthouse, Free

The guys from the ThreeGuysOn podcast come to the Arlington Drafthouse and perform their best comedy material. It’s a free comedy show!

Every Friday Night: The Good, The Bad, and The Funny @ Heaven and Hell

Hosted by Martin Amini. Performers get 5 minutes. Sign up on site. Email [email protected] for more info

Every Friday and Saturday Night: The Blue Show @ The Comedy Spot, $10

Improv games by local comedians for adults only.

Every Saturday Night: Open Mic @ The Arlington Grill

Sign-up on site at 9:30. Comics get 3 minutes.

Every Saturday Night: Laugh Riot @ The Hyatt, $10

10 local stand-up comedians perform, each for 3 to 10 minutes. But it doesn’t end there. Stay for “Everyone’s A Comedian” afterwards where anyone from the audience can tell a joke. The funniest joke gets $25 and a t-shirt.