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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.
FRIDAY: Shawn Westfall is one of the area’s most decorated and well-loved performers, both in the realm of improv comedy and in the storytelling world. He’s been all over the city’s large and small stages and has traveled to festivals nationwide to show off his skills. However, improv is his biggest strength (he teaches classes at the D.C. Improv) and his duo ShawnMikael(s) with Mikael Johnson isn’t even the biggest highlight on this bill. This edition of the pair’s monthly showcase in CoHi features three-person troupe Rozay from New York. All three members are affiliated with Upright Citizens Brigade and one, Will Stephens, is a staff writer for College Humor. Local troupe Season Six is also on the bill and strong up-and-coming Baltimore comedian Josh Kuderna hosts. $15 (buy in advance), 8:30 p.m. at Studio 1469.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Many successful comedians take their foibles and exaggerate them to comedic effect, but Denver-based comedian Josh Blue is perhaps the most well-known comic who riffs about physical disability. Blue has cerebral palsy and delights in telling stories of pranking people who approach him with ignorant preconceptions. He also played soccer in the Paralympic Games and has joked about how he and fellow teammates played games like “who can hold their hand open the longest” with each other. That witty self-deprecation and affability led him to win Last Comic Standing in 2006 and has landed him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. $25, 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY: The D.C. Improv has helped launch the careers of comics with worldwide notoriety (like Wanda Sykes and Dave Chappelle) and regularly hosts recognizable touring comedians, but the venue also regularly offer showcases of local talent. This weekend, it’ll host two such showcases: Friday will highlight people who’ve taken D.C. Improv stand-up comedy classes, like the affable and oft-used host Simone and talented impressionist Alexx Starr; Saturday’s show will feature more seasoned performers like Rob Maher, Mike Finazzo, and Elahe Izadi. $10 Friday night, $17 Saturday night, both at 8:00 p.m. at the D.C. Improv.