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When Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law, the paranoiac-in-chief worried that the new access it promoted would help America’s enemies. But LBJ likely didn’t imagine that the new law would also help the country’s comedians. In FOIA Love, a show built around government documents pried open with FOIA requests, writer Curtis Raye has found an unlikely comedy vein, mining dusty government papers for chuckles. For a sports-themed show, Raye dug up J. Edgar Hoover’s panting fan letter to a favorite pitcher. In my experience, even the most bizarre open records request inspires more smirk than belly laugh. But FOIA culture has always been vaguely ridiculous, considering that its most dedicated practitioners are UFO hunters, self-serious reporters, and monomaniacal cranks. The FOIA listservs, for instance, read like the minutes of a particularly dull meeting of the alchemists guild—here’s the formula to get your grandpa’s FBI file, and don’t forget to include magic acronym. FOIA: Haha? The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. $12 suggested donation. (202) 387-7638. curtisraye.com/foia-love.