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Politics these days is full of phony outrage. Someone affiliated with the Democratic Party says Ann Romney hasn’t worked a day in her life? Quick, start demanding apologies! The cable news networks, in fact, are so full of artificial umbrage that it’s easy to forget what real raging indignation sounds like. Until you hear Lewis Black, of course. Black’s regular sets on The Daily Show and HBO specials are full of sputtering, arm-waving, laugh-to-keep-from-crying moments, all sparked by the legitimately impudent things that go on in federal Washington every day. A Silver Spring native, Black once told me he dislikes performing at big D.C. galas full of insiders—“It’s like when you go to Los Angeles and you’re in front of all agents.” His three-night stand at the Warner Theatre, though, falls close enough to the next election that maybe all the self-important types who can’t laugh at themselves will be out on the campaign trail.

Lewis Black performs at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $49.50–$75. warnertheatredc.com. (202) 783-4000.