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The Bentzen Ball (10/27 – 10/30)

The Bentzen Ball Opening Night: The Very Most Specialist Evening w/ Tig Notaro & Friends @ Lincoln Theatre


The Bentzen Ball Presents John Dore @ Drafthouse DC


The Bentzen Ball Presents Bridget Everett w/ Michael Ian Black & Jason Weems @ Lincoln Theatre


The Bentzen Ball Presents Picture This! @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Free!)


The Bentzen Ball + The Kennedy Center Presents Baron Vaughn @ Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery


The Bentzen Ball Presents Stuff You Should Know @ Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT!)


The Bentzen Ball Presents: Last Podcast on the Left @ DC Improv


The Bentzen Ball & Nando’s PERI-PERI Invite You on a Spiritual Journey to Your Spicy Place


The Bentzen Ball Presents: John F. O’Donnell’s One Hour Special Taping @ DC Improv Lounge


The Bentzen Ball Presents: Mock the Vote @ Sixth and I


A UHF Live Commentary featuring Weird Al, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Hill & More @ Lincoln Theatre


The Bentzen Ball & Story District Presents: Horror Show @ Lincoln Theatre


October 5th

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

The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, are proud to announce their latest presentation. EVERY Wednesday night, the Showcase will be presenting Fun Fun at 121: A Variety Open Mic at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights, located at 1400 Irving St NW, Washington DC 20010. 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

October 6th

Judah Friedlander @ DC Improv (6-8) 

Treat yourself to a championship-caliber night. The World Champion has been seen on “30 Rock,” in “Wet Hot American Summer,” and doing all kinds of videos for Major League Soccer. He’s a strong contender for president in 2016, and this October he’s bringing his campaign back to his hometown. (He’s a Montgomery County native!). – DC Improv

October 7th

Romane & Lettuce @ DC Improv Lounge

Romane & Lettuce is an avant-garde musical comedy band and variety show from DC. They officially hold the title of DC’s second best Musical Comedy group! The brainchild of Romane Walters and Jamel “Lettuce” Johnson, Romane & Lettuce contains elements all audiences can enjoy. The group’s stand-up comedian frontman Jamel, keyboardist Romane, bassist Jono “Jon the Bassist” Allen, and drummer Devin Campbell perform jokes with excellent soul groove music and invite a host of the funniest minds in the area from comedian to local celebrities to join them on stage. Also featured are MCs Fleetwood ElDorado Deville, Terrance “Blak King” Boseman, and Ivann Parker, some of the best vocalists in all DC. – DC Improv

Ronny Chieng @ Arlington Drafthouse (7 – 8)

Ronny Chieng is Chinese stand-up comedian and actor born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, raised in Manchester, NH, USA and Singapore, who graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce. Ronny started performing comedy in Melbourne in 2009. Since then he has had 4 sold out global stand up comedy theater tours in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and London. Ronny has been invited to the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He made his US television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2015. He has sold out his stand up comedy tours at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the SOHO Theatre in London, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, the Esplanade concert hall in Singapore and PJ Live Arts in Malaysia, and was also invited to open for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr on their national stand up comedy tours of Australia. In Australia Ronny has written and acted in multiple television comedy shows such as Problems (2012), Legally Brown (2014), It’s a Date (2013-2014), Kinne (2015) and more. In 2016 also co-created and starred in his own TV comedy pilot “International Student” on the ABC (Australia). – Drafthouse

Flula Borg from Pitch Perfect 2 @ Drafthouse DC (7 – 8)

Recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Flula is a German DJ with over 80 million YouTube views, a devout online following, and sponsorships from a number of popular online culture outlets.  Flula has become one of the best multi-talented entertainers in the online world.  Starting as a chart topping DJ in Germany before moving to Los Angeles, California, Flula boasts a diverse spectrum of talent as a musician, actor, comedian, host, DJ, and hype-man. Mixing absurdist humor with a spontaneous charm, Flula’s comedy is out to cause brilliant confusion with a charming sensibility. This year, Flula starred as the lead role, Cuckoo, in the NBC pilot of the same name.  He has also appeared in shows such as AUCTION HUNTERS on SPIKE, LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY, and has hosted segments and pilots for AT&T U-VERSE, GIBSON MUSIC, SCREEN JUNKIES, METACAFE, SXSW, and YOUTUBE.   Flula recently starred in PITCH PERFECT 2 opposite Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Adam Devine for Universal. – Drafthouse

VENT! An Interactive Happy Hour and Comedy Show @ Drafthouse DC 

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, comedians Stephen Nicks and Max Rosenblum host “VENT!”, an interactive happy hour and comedy show. The show has local comedians and you, the crowd!Complaints encouraged. – Drafthouse Comedy

Ryan Schutt @ The Big Hunt

When Ryan gets the opportunity to talk at a group of strangers with a microphone, he relates to them by drawing from his pathetically shallow reservoir of life experience. Staying comfortably within the bounds of his limited knowledge and interests, his material focuses on things that bother him, getting bothered by things, and the relationship between him and things that are bothersome. It goes without saying that it is clearly everything else that has a problem, not him. Ryan has performed at a wide range of international comedy festivals, including SF Sketchfest, NXNE, Limestone, Bentzen Ball, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Cape Fear, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He has opened for comics like Dave Attell, Pete Holmes, Wyatt Cenac, Dan Soder, Godfrey, Beth Stelling, Nate Bargatze, Joe List, and Mark Normand at venues across the country. He has also made appearances on WNYC’s “2 Dope Queens,”  the Nerdists’s “Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction,” “Gotham Comedy Live” on AXS TV, “Laughs” on Fox Network, “The Alyona Show” on Russia Today, and “The Stream” on Al Jazeera. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Ryan now lives in New York City where he regularly performs standup, sketch, and improv comedy. – www.ryanschutt.net

October 8th

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

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


Jim Tews @ The Big Hunt

Comedian and writer Jim Tews is the creator of the New York Times Bestseller“Felines of New York.” He made his stand-up television debut on Last Comic Standing and was featured in an episode of Louie. Previously he was one of 2011’s New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, as well as SF Sketchfest. He recently created/ co-wrote and starred in The Undone Sweaters web series about a sociophobic Weezer cover band, which was featured on Funny or Die and Nerdist.com. He also created the HBO Labs’ web series The Opener and recently directed a feature length documentary about Cleveland’s independent comedy scene called Make Fun.

He has yet to completely accept his parents’ divorce. – www.jimtews.com

October 9th

The Donald: How Trump Turned Presidential Politics Into Pro Wrestling @ Black Cat

Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. Donald Trump is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Chris Kelly and Brandon Wetherbee wrote a book about how this happened. – Black Cat


Kumite Tournament of Champions @ DC Improv

Comedy Kumite (koo-mih-tay) is a one-night stand-up comedy tournament — eight comics enter, but only one leaves! Each “match” has two comics doing five minute sets, and the audience picks the winners. It’s a showcase presented with the flair of pro wrestling, but probably less spandex. And this show is a tournament of champions — every competitor has won or reached the finals of a previous kumite event. Help us name the first ever Grand Champion!Past winners of our “kumite” stand-up tournaments fight for the title of Grand Champion! With Natalie McGill, Sean Savoy, Wendy Wroblewski, Rahmein Mostafavi, Matty Litwack, Jamel Johnson, Russ Green and Lafayette Wright. Hosted by Dylan Meyer.

October 12th

The Hodge Twins @ DC Improv (12-13)

Someone find out if they are fraternal or identical twins. – BYT

The Summer Camp Show @ Wonderland Ballroom 

The Summer Camp Show features some of the District’s weirdest comedy. Featuring stand up comedy, camp songs, and various other camp sketches, you’ll love this show! And if you don’t, we provide free adult bug juice (Cranberry & Vodka) and you can drink until you do love it!

Nate Johnson
Natalie McGill
Alyssa Cowan
Brittany Carney

and music from:

Michael Sullivan
Herb Manilla
Michelle Terry – FB

October 13th

W. Kamau Bell @ Sixth and I

Best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series,Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, CA. Kamau is the host of CNN’s new travel show,The United Shades of America, which aired this past April.  He is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice, although he’s pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge along with the title. The comedian sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, andHollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment. Kamau’s special, Semi-Prominent Negro, aired on Showtime this past April. – Sixth and I

October 14th

Lavell Crawford @ DC Improv (14-16)

Perhaps best known for his role on “Breaking Bad,” Lavell next hits the big screen alongside Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Uma Thurman in “American Ultra” for Lionsgate. To those in the know, Lavell is one of the hottest artists breaking out of the urban scene in years. With his original voice and consistent wealth of new material, Lavell has started selling out big time at theaters, major arena tours as headliner and closer; colleges, casinos, and clubs across the world generating seven-figure income in that area. Recent projects include his recurring roles on “The Crazy Ones,” “Super Fun Night,” And “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” as well as his work for several weeks as guest host of “The Steve Harvey Radio Show,” regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately,” recurring voice over roles on Adult Swim’s “Squidbillies,” ongoing series regular role on Swim’s new series, “Sperm Whale,” and roles on “Tosh.0” and “Workaholics.” His one-hour special “Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love” recently premiered on Comedy Central, his second special for the network. Lavell has had a deal for a scripted series at Comedy Central as well. – DC Improv

Felipe Esparza @ Arlington Drafthouse (14 – 15)

Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. With his signature wild hair, and his often- imitated phrase, “what’s up, fool?”, he has been associated with his friend Gabriel Iglesias, who often recounts (and imitates) his experiences with Felipe in his act. After 17 years of stand-up comedy, various television appearances and two movies, Felipe walked away with the title prize on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. In 2012, Felipe produced and released his first one-hour stand-up special, “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You”, for Showtime. It is currently available on DVD and Netflix. In 2014, Felipe launched a podcast entitled, “What’s Up Fool?” podcast on the All Things Comedy network started by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal. In its first week, it entered the top 15 comedy podcasts and the top 70 podcasts in all categories. It quickly became a fan favorite with a strong, loyal following. It is available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud. – Drafthouse

Brody Stevens @ Drafthouse DC (14 – 15)

Brody Stevens is the executive producer and star of the unique Comedy Central TV series “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!”, co-created and produced by Zach Galifianakis. Brody is also the host of two popular podcast series – “The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship” on the Feral Audio Network, and “Brode and Esther” on Deathsquad. In addition, Brody hosted his own live video podcast “Positive Push with Brody Stevens” on Youtube’s Video Podcast Network. Stevens has appeared on Conan, Chelsea Lately, @midnight, Premium Blend, TMZ, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late World with Zach, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Tosh.0, Fox NFL Sunday, Playboy Morning Radio and on podcasts by Jay Mohr, Joe Rogan and WTF with Marc Maron. Brody also appeared in the movies Jesus Is Magic, Due Date, The Hangover and The Hangover Part II. He was, however, cut out of the movie Funny People. Most recently, Brody released his Comedy Central Half-Hour Special in January, 2014. – Drafthouse DC
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. – Lisner
We’re ready to accept Church Night into our hearts as our one true savior. – BYT

Power of Positive Drinking pt. 40: Neeerds! @ Right Proper Brewing Co. Brookland

The leaves change color, the sky grows darker and you can smell ’em in the air. Every year ’round this time they peek their four-eyed pizza faces out of hiding and head to the halls of learning. They think they’re better than us, I tells ya! And they thought they were safe. But what they didn’t count on was the Power of Positive Drinking busting out Indian burns, wet Willies and a whole slew of DC’s finest comedians to unleash all out war on geeks, dorks and losers alike. It’s time to show everyone who ever made you look dumb that the only thing book-learnin ever got anybody was a swift kick to the nuts and maybe a wedgie or two.

Doors 5:00pm
Jokes 7:30pm – FB

This Show Will Only Bring You Happiness @ The Velvet Lounge

What brings you happiness? Puppies? Sunshine? Pizza? Good sex? Schadenfreude? COMEDY!!??

Clearly for us, it’s comedy (sorry, sex!) — specifically, this monthly stand-up comedy show. And this October, we will be SO happy. Here is why.

Sara Armour (Last Comic Standing, The Betches of Comedy, The Moonual)
Tok Moffat (Wrecked ‘Em Comedy, Comedy Kumite)
Davine Ker (BloomBars Featured Artist, Can We Get An Angkor?)
Allan Sidley (Eat. Drink. Laugh. Get Mellow)
And your Lousy Host:
Valerie Paschall (She produces this show) – FB

7pm. $8. Happiness.

Rahmein Mostafavi @ The Big Hunt

Rahmein Mostafavi charms crowds with comic timing and charisma developed during a decade of live performance. He addresses social and political topics with a combination of satirical and and observational comedy leaving audiences with a greater sense of purpose, sex appeal and the occasional leg cramp. – www.coolcowcomedy.com

October 15th

Maria Bamford @ The Warner Theater

Maria Bamford, California’s sensational multi-talented comedian, is bringing her surreal comedy to Warner Theater!

Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford was born in Port Hueneme in 1970 and is a stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She grew up in Duluth (Minnesota) and attended the University of Minnesota where she got a degree in creative writing. She began her journey in comedy when she was 19 by doing stand-up at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret in Minneapolis and then joined an improve comedy show (The Improverts). She had a breakthrough in 1999 when she performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and then went on to join Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, and Brian Posehn on 2004’s nationwide tour, the Comedians of Comedy. She’s had a stellar career with 5 comedy albums, 4 compilation albums, and a web series (The Maria Bamford Show) featuring numerous characters, all played by herself. In 2009 she was featured on Target’s advertising campaign playing a bargain crazed shopper who absolutely must be first in line and in 2012 she released a show performed with her mom and dad as the only audience members. She’s also appeared in a number of TV shows, films, and she won the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic in 2014. This year she’ll star in Lady Dynamite; a Netflix mockumentary based on her own life. – The Warner

Story League DC Finale @ Black Cat

For our 15th big DC storytelling show at the Black Cat, 2 lineups (NEW concept) of comedians and storytellers will compete for a special prize for the funniest story. All these funny stories are NEW to the Story League stage! Audience picks the winning lineup! Though this is our final DC show as Story League, our mission of discovering and showcasing the people who will make you laugh continues under a new name (and in some new locales) starting in early 2017. Details TBA at this event!

ABOUT STORY LEAGUE Started in 2010, Story League is the original Nation’s Capital of Funny Stories. We have presented the country’s first and only funny-story contests at numerous top performance venues in Washington DC, plus put on huge curated DC comedy shows at the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. Check out our photos on Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter, and let us make you laugh on YouTube and SoundCloud.

Tim Miller @ The Big Hunt

Oh, so you want to know more about me huh? Well hang onto your butts ladies and gentlemen. I’m a Stand-up comedian from Texas, born and raised. I joined the Army which, some how led me to Washington D.C. where I currently reside. I’ve had a passion for comedy all of my life. It was my mother who said, if you can’t laugh through life then the hell with ya! – www.timmillercomedy.com

October 16th

Jackie Kashian’s Dork Forest Podcast LIVE @ Drafthouse DC

Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of “All Things Considered.” Her new hour
standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux” is available on CD, DVD and digital download on
Comedy Film Nerds. She’s appeared twice on the Conan O’Brien show, Comedy Central’s @midnight and
has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. Her critically acclaimed podcast, The Dork Forest is in its 10th year. She interviews all and sundry about the things they love. Their “dorkdoms.” It’s the safest space in podcasting. Tune into The Dork Forest on iTunes or at her website: www.dorkforest.com. – Drafthouse DC

October 19th

Comedy Potluck @ Wonderland Ballroom

Yeah yeah yeah the Comedy Potluck is just like what it sounds like it would be, you know? This is a chance for us to see DC funny folks to try out innovative new material, sketches, characters, music, and more.

Wonderland Ballroom
Wednesday 10/19

Sign up in advance the week of the show. Message me or email [email protected]

Want to bring your script on stage? Cool, yeah do that! How about stand-up comedy or traditional improv? Sorry, not at this open mic, but there are plenty of other opportunities in DC for you to explore those genres! Whatever you do, please make sure it isn’t hateful or racist or sexist or ableist or any of that nonsense.

We can do audio but not video. – FB

October 20th

Open Mic Night @ DC Improv

The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comics in our main showroom. Admission is free, but you can guarantee yourself a seat if you RSVP (click on the ticket icon). Walk-ups are also welcome on the day of the show if seating is available. – DC Improv

October 21st

Earthquake @ DC Improv (21-22)

When he was born right here in Washington, he was called Nathaniel Stroman. Now, the world knows him as Earthquake. True to that name, he knows how to shake things up. Dressed to the nines, Quake has taken command of stages all over the country. He’s been a headliner on major stand-up tours (Laffapalooza, Shaq’s All-Stars, the Royal Tour) and a television star – he was Uncle Mike on “Everybody Hates Chris.” And more than two decades into the game, he still takes care of his fans by touring comedy clubs. We’ve got him back in his hometown this October. – DC Improv

Robert Powell @ Arlington Drafthouse (21-22)

Robert Powell III is a stand-up comedian and political satirist. Born in Monroe, Louisiana Robert attended University of Louisiana at Monroe before getting his Masters’ degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. After graduating, Robert worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor James E. Mayo. Upon moving to the State Capital, Robert became a Special Assistant under Governor Bobby Jindal. Even as a rising star on the Louisiana political scene, Robert’s desire to become a stand-up comedian put him at a crossroads, and his superiors in the Governor’s office gave him an ultimatum – either comedy or politics. Thankfully, Robert chose comedy. After a few years of paying his dues (which included sleeping in his car and $11 a night motels), Robert was named Louisiana’s Comedian of The Year three years in a row. In 2012, Robert joined the Shaquille O’Neal All-Star Comedy Jam Tour in addition to opening for comedy stars such as Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Ron White, as well as musicians such as Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton, and Lil’ Wayne. In 2013, Robert made his television debut on Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam Live from Atlanta for Showtime. Robert currently lives in Dallas, Texas.  – Drafthouse

Beth Stelling @ Drafthouse DC (21 – 22)

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She is a product of the Chicago stand-up scene and studied improv at The Annoyance Theater under Susan Messing and Mick Napier. Beth’s background is in theatre; she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and interned at The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Stelling became a member of Chicago Underground Comedy and hosted a Sunday night variety show in Boystown with her best friends, The Puterbaugh Sisters, for many years called Entertaining Julia (Julia was the bartender). Beth was named “Best Stand-up Comedian in Chicago” by The Chicago Reader in 2010. Soon after she was chosen to be a New Face of Comedy in Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and re-located to Los Angeles in 2011. Within her first year in L.A., Beth made her late night television debut on Conan. She released her debut album “Sweet Beth” in 2012 on Rooftop Comedy Records. It was New & Noteworthy in iTunes’ Comedy section. In 2014 Beth appeared on @midnight on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately and The Pete Holmes Show. Beth recently performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, after Jimmy saw her perform at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) and approached her personally. Beth tours extensively performing at festivals (SXSW, Bumbershoot, Moontower, Maui Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest) and clubs across the country. She’s opened for Sarah Silverman, Kristen Schaal, Rob Delaney, Kyle Kinane and Anthony Jeselnik. Beth embarked on her first international headline tour to Ireland, Australia and New Zealand this summer, in addition to headlining clubs and colleges year round. She has a weekly stand-up show (9p Sundays) at UCB Sunset called CHURCH with Julian McCullough, Sean O’Connor and Brent Sullivan that LA Weekly deemed one of their new favorite shows of 2015. Beth has written for Comedy Central Digital, MTV’s Ridiculousness and was a contributor to the play Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which saw an off-Broadway run and is published by Samuel French. You can listen to Beth on The Adam Carolla Show, Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” #134 and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction at Nerdist.com, or on Bob & Tom Radio when she’s in the Midwest! Beth also taped her Comedy Central Half Hour special this June in Boston that aired October 10th, following the release of her new album with Comedy Dynamics: “Simply the Beth” which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Her appearances on Showtime’s Comedy of SXSW, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail all aired this summer. – Drafthouse DC

October 23rd

Chingo Bling @ DC Improv

Rapper, actor, comedian and social media phenom – Chingo Bling is all these things. Millions of fans already know him from his music parody albums and YouTube videos, which celebrate and have fun with Mexican-American culture and identity. Now he’s hitting the road as a stand-up, bringing live comedy to sold out showrooms around the country. VIP TICKETS: There are limited VIP tickets for this event, which include preferred seating, a souvenir 8×10 and CD, and a meet-and-greet. – DC Improv


October 27th

Deon Cole @ DC Improv (27 – 30)

Deon has established himself as one of the funniest and most irreverent voices on the comedy scene. Through his stand-out segments on “Conan,” his guest roles on “Black-ish” and his fantastic live shows, he makes one hell of an impression. Come check out his return to the DC Improv stage this Halloween weekend! – DC Improv

Shane Mauss @ The Big Hunt 

Hi! I’m Shane Mauss. Most comedians write biographies in the third person, but it’s kind of silly. Before I tell you about this show, it’s standard for comedians to gloat about their accomplishments: I’ve been a comedian for twelve years. Nine years ago I won an award for Best Stand-Up at the HBO US Comedy Festival and became a fulltime national (and sometimes international) headliner. Since then I’ve appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, five times on Conan, and have specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. – www.undergroundcomedydc.com

October 28th

Ryan Hamilton @ Arlington Drafthouse (28 – 29)

Ryan is endearing comedy lovers, and his future is bright. Named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with standout appearances on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Inside Amy Schumer, Nick Mom Night Out, and Showtime special Caroline Rhea and Friends, he’s establishing himself as one of the nation’s favorite stand-ups. He’s impressed industry insiders by racking up a remarkable number of national competition wins and festival appearances, including winning The Great American Comedy Festival and Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. He’s also a regular performer at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals with several international television performances including The Muppets Gala in Montreal and the Sydney Opera House International Comedy Gala. He’s often lauded for being a clean comedian, although his audiences span a broad spectrum. Wrote one reviewer, “His stories and delivery are so funny, it doesn’t even cross your mind that he works completely clean. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. When he talks about his experience skydiving or taking a hot-air-balloon ride, you’re too busy laughing to notice he’s not like the others.” (from Vancouver Georgia Straight “For Comic Ryan Hamilton Getting Clean Laughs Just Comes Naturally”) . Growing up in Idaho and making his home in New York City he’s far from his small-town roots, but the contrast suits him. He’s currently headlining top comedy clubs across the country building a following of enthusiastic fans. – Drafthouse

Brian Parise @ The Big Hunt

Brian Parise started out comedy in Washington DC and then moved to New York City after being selected to perform as one of the New Faces for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.  He’s performed at the Boston Comedy Festival. Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, and Laughing Devil Comedy Festival. Brian has also been recognized as a sharp political comic, winning Pardon the Pundit’s Political Comedy Competition and then roasting Washington’s political elites at DC’s Funniest Celebrity. He’s performed with great comedians like Dave Attell, Patton Oswalt, Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, and he brings smart, fresh humor whenever he gets on stage. Brian mostly performs in NYC and hosts a monthly show called It’s All Happening at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn.  Co-hosted by the hilarious Janelle James, it showcases some of the best comics in the city and presents original sketch videos. – www.brianparise.com