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Perhaps best known for his role as a slovenly, tactless comedy writer on NBC’s 30 Rock, Judah Friedlander leverages his image as the trucker-hat-wearing, stoner-nerd archetype by declaring himself the “world’s greatest” at a number of sports, including street basketball (“I can dunk with my foot”), hockey (“I skated too fast, the rink melted, and the team drowned”), and martial arts (“I’m an extra-dark black belt”). These may be dubious claims, but Friedlander actually did help to set a world record last June when he participated in the longest comedy show in history—a 50-hour marathon at the Comedy Strip Live club in New York City. And despite the self-effacing irony that fuels his “World’s Greatest” shtick, Friedlander’s ability to turn being a shlub into a lucrative exercise is an impressive feat by itself.
FRIEDLANDER PERFORMS AT 8:30 P.M. AT THE DC IMPROV, 1140 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. $17. (202) 296-7008.