D.C. storytelling league Story District’s latest production is called Not Funny, but it promises to be exactly the opposite. Local storytellers join comedians from around the nation to share “true tales of the hilariously tragic” as part of Brightest Young Things’ annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival. Take this chance to laugh guilt-free at stories that seamlessly blend comedy and sadness from a myriad performers including Story District regulars Allison Steinberg, Vijai Nathan, and Adam Ruben, as well as actress Jacqueline Novak and comedy writer Phoebe Robinson (pictured). Expect stories involving nakedness, awkward romantic encounters, and other uncomfortable scenes that performers and audience members can chuckle about in retrospect. Story District, formerly known as Speakeasy D.C., is largely credited with driving the rise of storytelling as a form of comedy. Friday’s event includes all the laughs of stand-up comedy plus the intimate qualities of sharing stories, making it the perfect comedy show for those who say they don’t like stand-up’s crasser aspects. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20. (202) 803-2899. storydistrict.org.