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The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America (now-7/31) @ Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab

What if the history of America was written by comedians? The Second City looks back at the Founding Fathers, the Industrial Revolution, and the individuals and movements that have defined the way America sees itself. And some of it will even be true.

Come celebrate the greatest country in the universe: America™! The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America is a look at how freedom was born and what it’s doing now that it’s all grown up. It’s sure to be revolutionary. Join us for the premiere of a new co-commission between the Kennedy Center and The Second City, Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America. The Second City is the world’s premier club for comedy/theater and school of improvisation, with a unique way of creating and performing comedy. Notably the most influential and prolific comedy theater in the world, The Second City has produced impressive comedic alums including Keegan Michael Key, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jim Belushi, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Joan Rivers, Jane Lynch, and many more. Recommended for age 16 and up. – Kennedy Center

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July 6th

Fun Fun at 121: A Variety Open Mic @ Acre 121

Fun Fun at 121 will feature some of the DMV’s finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists. And the best part is, the show is FREE! And not only that, there is Happy Hour specials ALL NIGHT, from open to close, which include $5 draft beers, rail drinks, and house wines. – FB

Virgin Material @ Rendezvous Lounge

It’s Improv disguised as standup and most comics are still virgins! – BYT

July 7th

Frank Caliendo @ DC Improv (7-9)

Frank’s skills as a comedian and impressionist are legendary. Millions of people know him from his work on “MADtv,” Fox’s football coverage, and now ESPN. He has also entertained fans around the world with a live show that’s fast-paced, family-friendly and hilarious – and this July, he’s bringing it back to the DC Improv. – DC Improv


Mondo Baltimore Presents: Scream Dream & Black Roses @ The Windup Space

Presented by Dr. Acula & Special Guest, Bianca Allaine from “Watch These Films” (or “WTF”) – Check out her “Black Roses” review here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQKBFlJL654

As usual, it’s FREE w/karaoke after the flicks!

7PM: SCREAM DREAM (1989, Donald Farmer)
A satanic singer (Carol Carr) loses her job but keeps up her devil work by possessing her replacement (Melissa Moore).

8:15PM: BLACK ROSES (1988, John Fasano)
A small-town teacher (John Martin) saves teenage souls from a heavy-metal rocker (Sal Viviano) and his band from hell.

July 8th

The Sklar Brothers @ Arlington Drafthouse (8-9)



Sara Schaefer @ Drafthouse Comedy DC (8-9)

Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer, and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She was recently the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live. Sara has appeared on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show,Late Night with Jimmy FallonBest Week Ever, and Inside Amy Schumer. She won two Emmy awards for her work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for BestWeekEver.tv and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Her debut stand up album, Chrysalis, debuted in March 2015. – Drafthouse Comedy

Jared Logan @ The Big Hunt (8-9)

Jared is from West Virginia, where the Mothman is from. – BYT

Tony Deyo @ Bier Baron

Tony Deyo is a comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. – Last Resort Comedy

This Show Will Only Bring You Happiness w/ Jason Weems @ Velvet Lounge

Lousy Humans has a new monthly show at the Velvet Lounge and we’re going BIG for our first show with:
Jason Weems (Appeared on Last Comic Standing and starred in Wit’s End)
Becca Steinhoff (Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival Repeat Offender)
Pete Buchbauer (Popular Outcasts Mastermind)
Dark Mark (Comedy at the Sidebar Host With the Most)

And your Lousy Host:
Valerie Paschall (She Put This Show Together)

$8 at the door. And only at the door. – FB

July 9th

The Filibuster: A Late Night Storytelling Show @ Drafthouse Comedy DC

Come Out to see comedians and the general public tell compelling stories of love, life and absurdity and if you have a story to tell, sign up for a future show! – Drafthouse Comedy

Dave Hill Book Tour @ Black Cat Backstage

Oh this show has ALL KINDS of Bentzen Ball alums. – BYT

July 10th

The Great American Debate @ Drafthouse Comedy DC 

Jack Douglass and Vincent Cyr are coming together for a timeless debate of Good vs Evil…. Red vs Blue… Fire vs Ice. Fans will be interacting with and voting for the ultimate title of who holds the YouTube crown.

Jack Douglass has been making parodies, music videos, sketches and more for 10 years. His popular YouTube channel JacksFilms will surely make his parents proud someday.

Vincent Cyr has always been a fan of dark comedy with a crazy twist. For years, he’s graced YouTube with his sense of humor, in desperate hopes that someone might finally laugh with him. – Drafthouse Comedy

July 12th

Comedy at The Crown w/ Life of a Craphead and Their New Film Bugs! (Baltimore)

This month we have only the best artist duo of all time coming all the way from Toronto: LIFE OF A CRAPHEAD
They will be screening their new film BUGS
Hosted by Wham City Comedy

BUGS is the first feature-length by Canadian artist duo LIFE OF A CRAPHEAD (aka Amy Lam and Jon McCurley).

Bugs is a satirical comedy about making it and chasing success in the Bug World.

July 14th

John Witherspoon @ DC Improv (14-17)

Out of all the Witherspoons…Reese…and John…John is our favorite. – BYT

Aparna Nancherla @ Drafthoues Comedy DC


Monroe Martin @ Drafthouse Comedy DC (14-16)

You’ve seen Monroe in the current season of Last Comic Standing. He can also be seen on the upcoming season of Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. Monroe has also been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live. For on Monroe log onto www.monroemartincomedy.com or follow him on twitter @monroemartinIII – Drafthouse Comedy

Power of Positive Drinking: Going Ga-Ga Over a Gaggle of Goslings @ Port City Brewing Co. 

Hey girl, you like outspoken feminist public figures? How about super-studs with great taste in the acting roles they choose, excluding a few Nicholas Sparks moneymakers? It’s all meme-worthy to us, girl. The DC comedy scene may not have any performers as starkly handsome in addition to be as socially progressive as Canada’s greatest export. But we at the Power of Positive Drinking are not above using his piercing blue gaze and charming off-screen persona to draw you into a free comedy show. And why not help yourself to some of Port City’s delicious craft beer? Have enough and maybe we might start to look even half as appealing as this blonde hipster icon. – FB

July 15th

Legion of Skanks @ DC Improv Lounge

Is this like a ska podcast or nah? – BYT

Aparna Nancherla @ Arlington Drafthouse

Bentzen Ball alum and BYT favorite Aparna Nancherla returns home during her album release tour (courtesy of Bentzen Ball Records!). We cannot say enough wonderful things about her. – BYT

July 16th

ComedySpoprtz Improv @ DC Improv Lounge

ComedySportz is a fast-paced improvisational comedy show. 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. CSz understands that comedy can be enjoyed by people of all ages without having to be offensive — that’s why all shows under the ComedySportz banner are “clean.” And remember that each show is different. We play new games with new audience suggestions every time. You could see a million shows and never see the same show twice. – DC Improv

Late-Night Improv @ DC Improv Lounge

Our Late-Night Improv slot features “The Blue Show,” the cast from the early 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. – DC Improv

Ben Bailey from Cash Cab @ Arlington Drafthouse

Ben Bailey is the host of NBC’s “Who’s Still Standing?” The unique game show is designed to keep contestants and viewers on their toes by pitting contestants against one another for a series of high-stakes trivia battles. Bailey is also host of the highly successful show “Cash Cab” on Discovery Channel. Bailey has won two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Cash Cab,” (for Outstanding Game Show Host), and “Cash Cab” has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. In addition, Bailey’s one-hour special “Road Rage” premiered on Comedy Central on May 21, 2011 – Arlington Drafthouse

Dirty Laundry: DC’s Only Late NightDirty Comedy Show @ Drafthouse Comedy DC 

Come out and see DC’s best comedians do the jokes they can’t do at other venues. Every other Saturday!! – Drafthouse Comedy

Jason Weems @ The Big Hunt

A native of Baltimore City, Jason Weems is striving to become a comedic great. He’s spent many years working with kindergartners, which has left him with severe panic attacks and has shaped his humor in a very unique way. His very engaging & conversational style on stage leaves audiences feeling like they’ve just finished talking to a close friend, and it simultaneously acts as free therapy for him. “That’s what he calls a Win-Win”. Jason has been seen at the most prestigious “By Invitation Only” comedy festival in the world, The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and recently added a featured semi-finalist credit to his name on the hit NBC Series Last Comic Standing. In December 2010, he filmed his first hour comedy special entitled Jason Weems, Vol. 1: Intellectual Property in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland that is being released independently. Keep your eyes open for him performing in your city, because it’s just a matter of time before his “Good Ass Jokes” are worldwide. – Jason Weems

Taping Twenties 3: Drinkin with Dummies @ The Pinch

Come hang for a late night, $5-suggested-donation, real fuckin’ fun comedy show at The Pinch at 10:30pm. There’s beer. There’s love. There’s Saturday night giggles. What more do you need? Join me (Kevin Seefried) and some “funny” “comedians” and IDK fuckin’ enjoy your life for an evening? You favorites will be recording nice long sets to submit all over so come be the laughs that represent whether they will have success in their career of choice!

Brittany Carney (202 Comedy Festival)
Benjy Himmelfarb (Underground Comedy DC)

*Be sure to come by beforehand for Manic Pixie Nightmares Presents: Star Spangled Spectacular. They’ve got a wonderful burlesque show, so come support them, have a few brews, and then settle in for some comedy!* – FB

July 20th

Open Mic @ DC Improv

Your host: Ryan Neser was born in Baltimore, and raised all over Maryland. His comedy comes from his real life experiences, broken home, and his misguided sex life. He has a misdirection style of comedy that keeps crowds guessing and laughing. He’s been to clubs, and colleges all over the United States. Ryan has opened for Tom Green, Aries Spears, Charlie Murphy, Tom Arnold, Godfrey and more.

Ryan will be joined by Michael Arison, Kandyce August, Andrew Bucket, Slick Eastwood, Franqi French, Katherine Jessup, Ivan Martin, Dylan Meyer, Max Rosenblum, Jesse Thomas and Ahmed Vallejo. – DC Improv

July 21st

Gary Owen @ DC Improv (21-24)

Energy and honesty have made Gary into one of the most popular touring comics in America. He’s also a crossover act unlike any you’ve ever seen – this is a guy who once won the title of “Funniest Black Comic in San Diego.” Fresh off a huge appearance at Constitution Hall in March 2016, he’ll be back in DC (where he used to be stationed during his military career) this summer. He sold out ten shows when we had him here in late 2014 …

July 22nd

Terry Williamson from America’s Got Talent @ Arlington Drafthouse (22-23)

Hi I’m Taylor. I’m a comedian. I started performing stand-up comedy while I was a senior in high school in Del Mar, California. I now live in Los Angeles and travel the globe (if you don’t count countries other than America and Canada) telling jokes. I’ve performed at the prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY FESTIVAL in Montreal, Canada and I was the youngest comedian to ever perform on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. I’ve also appeared on MTV’s TRL (It was canceled 2 weeks later), COMEDY CENTRAL’S LIVE AT GOTHAM (canceled) and I was a semi-finalist on final season of NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING (canceled twice so far). I most recently got second place on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and then cried a lot. – Arlington Drafthouse

Sam Morril @ Drafthouse Comedy DC (22-23)

Sam Morril, one of the fastest-rising stand-up comics in New York City, is also one of the best joke writers in the scene today. How do you know that’s true? Because he is writing this bio, and he wouldn’t lie about that to get extra work. In 2011, Sam won The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta and was named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.” More recently, Sam has been seen on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, “Conan” on on TBS twice, and is a regular on Fox News’ “Red Eye.” He’s also been on Last Comic Standing, @Midnight, and Inside Amy Schumer. Sam recorded his debut album on Comedy Central records, which went to #1 on iTunes and made numerous top 10 lists. He also released his very own half-hour Comedy Central special. – Drafthouse Comedy

Amber Nelson @ The Big Hunt (22-23)

Amber Nelson is a New York based comedian whom you may have seen on Comedy Central’s ‘Mash Up’, performing on Oddball Festival, Montreal’s ‘Just For Laughs’, AXS TV, with the sketch group Murderfist, or with her humor/self-help podcast The Brighter Side. – Amber Nelson

Magic Men @ The Warner

This is real. – BYT

July 27th

Five for Five Showcase @ DC Improv 

Five great comedians for just $5! With Jason Weems, Andy Kline, John Conroy, Benjy Himmelfarb and Kasaun Wilson. Hosted by Denise Taylor. – DC Improv

July 28th

Tony Roberts @ DC Improv (28-31)

Originally from Detroit, comedian, actor, writer and (sometimes) director Tony T. Roberts has been blessed with the coveted honor of being the “comedians’ comedian,” the guy other performers love to watch work. His hilarious and refreshing energetic comedy style has granted him respect and created a huge demand for him on the comedy circuit, here in the states and abroad. – DC Improv

In School Suspension: Summer Lovin’ – Stories About Silly Crushes, Failed Romances, & Everything in Between @ Songbyrd 

Join us as top storytellers and stand-up comics from the DC-area and beyond reminisce about all the silly, embarrassing, wild, and sometimes tough times we had in middle and high school. To help get the creative juices flowing (because let’s be honest, it’s been awhile) each edition of In-School Suspension will have a different theme.

The theme for the night: Summer Lovin: Stories about silly crushes, failed romances, and everything in between

Russ Green (DC Improv)
Valerie Graham (Story League)
Max Rosenblum (Last Resort Comedy)
Mike Brown (He Said, She Said Radio)
Diane Ivey (Story League)
Reggie Melbrough (Kennedy Center)
And More… – FB

July 29th

Jon Rudnitsky @ Drafthouse Comedy DC (29-30)

Born and raised in the suburbs of Jersey, Jon spent most of his childhood/teenage years performing in musicals (not getting laid) and doing open mics at The Comic Strip in NYC. He studied in USC’s BFA Acting Conservatory program where he was given the John Ritter Memorial Award for Outstanding Comic Performance and was chosen to be the BFA Commencement speaker. Jon won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Competition. And has made several viral YouTube parodies including House Of Cards Junkie (featured on Variety and The Sundance Channel’s The Writers Room), True Detective Oscars Parody (featured on Huffington Post and Buzzfeed), #Selfie Parody #Dickpic (featured on Elite Daily) and The Jewish Hunger Games (featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Time, CBS News, and NY Magazine). Jon has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player. He was also recently selected as one of the New Faces at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. – Drafthouse Comedy

Phil Hanley @ The Big Hunt (29-30)

After touring Canada exclusively, Phil relocated to the States where he has appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson twice, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, The Pete Holmes Show, @midnight, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. He has performed at most of the major festivals in North America including a return to Just for Laughs in Montreal and has appeared in a Microsoft commercial alongside Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, both formerly of The Daily Show. Most recently, Phil’s been on the road with Aziz Ansari and, when at home in New York, on stage at the Comedy Cellar. Phil’s Comedy Central stand-up special “The 1/2 Hour” will air in the Fall of 2015. – Underground Comedy DC

Barenaked Comedy @ Bier Baron Tavern

Proudly, DC’s original Stand-up Comedy and Burlesque hybrid show; Barenaked Comedy has been bringing Laughter and Nudity to the stages of DC for 2 years. After a successful run at the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival, we are excited to be moving our riotously sexy show to the Bier Baron to entice and delight on a stage where you can also experience the greatest beer selection DC has to offer.

The comedians are hilarious. The dancers are sexy (and also hilarious!). The food is sinfully delicious. It’s the end of the month and you need to unwind. Come party with us and we can guarantee that you will leave feeling sparkly and fabulous. (If nothing else, you will see lots of boobies!)

Doors Open: 8pm
Show Starts: 9pm

Early bird tickets until 7/13!

July 30th

Tracy Morgan @ Arlington Drafthouse 

I mean…Tracy Morgan. – BYT

DMV Comedy Showcase @ DC Improv Lounge

Great local comics in our 60-seat showroom. Hosted by Pat Riley, featuring Elahe Izadi, Jared Stern, Sean Gabbert and Tim Miller. – DC Improv