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Welcome to Mic Drop, where Arts Desk looks forward to the best comedy offerings D.C. has in store for the week.
TONIGHT: Story League only has their themed competitions once a month, but for diehard storytelling fans who don’t want to wait until next month’s “Terrifying” show to catch an evening of funny (and often embarrassing) tales, there’s an extra performance tonight from previous Story League winners: “Funny 7.” The premise is simple: as usual, seven people will tell funny stories based on an overarching theme, but this time, the crowd has to guess the theme. S.M. Shrake will host tonight’s event and the storytellers will include Natalie Illum, Diane Ivey, Derek Hills, Victoria Rocha, Grant Hollis, Mike Kane, and Jill Wagner. $12, 7:30 p.m. at Bier Baron.
SATURDAY: For many people across America, hitting up DIY comedy shows in dive bars isn’t a viable option, so they depend on programs like NBC’s Last Comic Standing to find out about comedy’s next big thing. The reality program that helped launch the careers of Josh Blue and Amy Schumer will be holding an audition here at the D.C. Improv for the show’s ninth season. Thirty of the best comics from D.C. and Baltimore were contacted by the program and their talents will be divided into two shows, both of which have sold out. Tim Miller will host both of them, so perhaps it’s time to start looking on [ticket reseller of choice] for a chance to see the area’s best. Sold Out. 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. at the D.C. Improv.
SATURDAY: She’s known for her spot-on impression of her manicurist and a famously sassy character named Bon Qui Qui, but Anjelah Johnson can do an accurate vocal impersonation of just about anyone. The former MADtv cast member has no problem slipping into a masculine demeanor when impersonating her husband and faking a Mexican accent when explaining her mother’s unorthodox disciplining methods. And anyone who can make fun of the Australian accent at a show in Australia and still get a room to laugh, as Johnson did, has some major chops. $47, 8:00 p.m. at the Warner Theatre.