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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: If the phrase Church Night brings on that squirmy, uncomfortable feeling, breathe easy. This Linsay Deming-helmed variety show is makes a playful mockery of evangelical church services with enough sly wit for atheists and enough earnestness to keep Christians in their pews. Religion is a subject that’s ripe for comedy but difficult to pull off, which is why this utterly silly but smartly written show has amassed such a following. As such, bringing a church fan might not be the worst idea: This event generally packs enough lost souls into the top floor of Wonderland Ballroom to generate a downright hellish heat. In between calls for praise, there will be music from Go Cozy, burlesque from Bella La Blanc, and stand-up from Stavros Halkias and Hillary Scofield. $4.99-$9.99, 8 p.m. at Wonderland Ballroom.
THURSDAY-SUNDAY: It’s entirely possible that some comedy fans heard about Godfrey for the first time when he brought his animated crowdwork to a recent episode of Louie, but chances are, you’ve seen him before that. Godfrey’s appeared in movies like Zoolander and Soul Plane, and he played a recurring role on 30 Rock. Now he’s bringing his act to DC Improv for four nights, giving audiences the chance to get better acquainted with his constant smile and very physical performances. After seeing his live show, you’ll remember him as much more than just that guy from that thing. $17, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at D.C. Improv.
SATURDAY: Chinese Menu improv shows are a little different than most improv shows in the city: There’s no guarantee that the performers have worked together before. There are some familiar names like Murphy McHugh (of sketch comedy troupe Brick Penguin) and improv instructors Topher Bellavia and Kate Symes, but it’s more an all-star free-for-all than a troupe that knows each other’s quirks, tells, and signals. Other performers on the bill this Saturday include Julia Rocchi, Carla Hayes, Dan Lee, Chris Ulrich, and Michael Bird (subject to change). Free, 10 p.m. at D.C. Arts Center. Call in advance to reserve a seat.