City Paper is not for tourists
If you’re angling to get people to support your cause, the best way to get their attention is to make them laugh. The Ally Coalition, which aims to raise money for gay rights causes and awareness of LGBTQ issues by partnering with entertainers and their fans, should draw plenty of eyeballs with its latest D.C. comedy show. As part of the Capital Pride celebrations, the Ally Coalition welcomes Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alumna Rachel Dratch to the Howard Theatre, where she’ll emcee a night of comedy, songs, and stories from comedians like Bridget Everett, a dildo-wielding cabaret performer from New York, and Chelsea Shorte, a local queer comic known for her dead-on impression of Muriel Bowser. The night’s big draw is political comedian W. Kamau Bell, who’ll rush to the Howard after an earlier free show at the Kennedy Center. Don’t bother waiting in line for free tickets at that show. See him in Shaw and donate your laughs and dollars to a good cause. W. Kamau Bell performs with Rachel Dratch, Bridget Everett, and Chelsea Shorte at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $34. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.