PHOTOS: BYT & National Archives Foundation Present: Spirited Republic After Hours

all photos: Jeff Martin, Franz Mahr and Sarah Gerrity

WELL THAT HAPPENED! The first ever National Archives After Hours was a massive success as the photos below will show. Please check them ALL OUT (and check back in later for photobooth photos AND RECIPES of all the cocktails we had) but before that some serious thank yous are in order:


Now that you’ve gotten a taste for after hours events at the Archives, come back for more by joining the Young Founders!
If you join by Tuesday, Apr 21, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card valid at any one of José Andrés’ many delicious bars and restaurants in DC. And for everyone that joins by Tuesday, we’ll throw in some fun Spirited Republic swag with your welcome letter and membership card. So don’t wait, join today!
YFS memberships are specifically designed for young professionals in the DC area, and include:
  • Up to six totally free private events at the Archives every year
  • Advance notice on tickets for events like the BYT party. Be the first to know about the next one!
  • Discounts on ticketed tasting events
  • And much more!
>>>>>>>>>>>> Here is a Featured Event >>>>>>>>>>>>
Friday 02/17
Sam Jay Johnson from Viceland's 'Flop House' & Comedy Central's Comics to Watch 2015 at Drafthouse Comedy in DC @ Drafthouse Comedy DC
$20 / $20
Sam Jay is an emerging stand up comedian, actress, and speaker who hones her skills on the Boston comedy scene. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sam is considered one of the industry’s hottest up-and-coming talents and she was selected as one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch in 2015. In addition to headlining some of the best comedy festival across the country, Sam is the star of Viceland’s new TV series ‘Flop House.’ As a queer woman of color, Sam is breaking ground in comedy every day. When asked how long she has been doing comedy Samaria Sam Jay Johnson smiles and replies 'For as long as I could speak'. Hailing from Boston MA a city that is no stranger to comedic prowess; a place that can lay claim to the comedic talents of Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Conan O'Brien and many others, Sam Jay is setting her own stage. Some would say the fact that she's female, African American, and a lesbian has allowed her to stand out in a male dominated industry. But it is more so how she can take these experiences and make them not only funny but relatable. Witty, candid, and raw she is bringing about a brand of comedy that has yet to be seen. Provoking audiences by pushing their thinking while still giving her sets the feel of a barroom conversation with one of your funniest friends. Her familiar personality on and off stage has allowed her to build quite the buzz in and around Boston comedy circles. Her 2013 invite to Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and her 2014 acceptance into the Women In Comedy Festival as well as a stellar performance at the auditions for BET Comic View return to TV has got the industry insiders buzzing about this young lady. Opening for power house/veteran acts like Joe Clair BET, Hannibal Burres Comedy Central, and Rob StapletonComedy Central has not only helped this rising star hone her skills but has allowed her to branch out booking shows up and down the east coast. Performing at comedic institutions like Gotham NYC to the Comedy Studio in Cambridge Ma. Sam Johnson is wowing audiences and building her fan base. Her fresh, unique and warm approach makes Sam Jay a comedian worth seeing and one you will be talking about long after you do.
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Recent Comments:
  • Anonymous says:

    Maketto buns were incredible! Music was good and some of the talks were great, but wasn’t too sure about the lobby party that seemed straight out of a 2003 wedding. Also, the drunk “comics” at the final movie-screening session were miserable! Not sure why birthday girl decided it would be funny to go off about 9/11 and tearing up the Constitution for fun, but even the other two failed terribly. Needed more Trevor.