Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, February 10: John Hodgman at Birchmere
This former-book-editor-cum-humor-columnist-cum-humor-author-cum-Daily Show correspondent has aged remarkably well. He recently released the final book in his trilogy of “Complete World Knowledge,” That Is All, which covers wine, sports, and the end of the world. It’s full of wonderful, hilarious lies. Hodgman is the smart friend at the party that makes everyone smile but isn’t smarmy. He straddles the boundary between quippy and annoying and rarely, if ever, wholly crosses the line. For fans of Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, The Daily Show, and Mike Birbiglia. 7:30 p.m., all ages, $25.
Saturday, February 11: Jim Jefferies at DC Improv
In the fine tradition of Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison, and Mitch Hedberg, Jefferies likes to imbibe on stage. He’s open with his vices. It’s what colors his style of stand-up: loosely told true stories of debauchery from a funny and well-meaning Australian who now lives in L.A. and can finally afford all the coke he wants. Though not family-friendly, his appeal is wide-reaching. He’s able to sell out theaters in most countries; you wouldn’t want to leave him alone with your significant other, but you’d probably take a shot with the guy. For fans of Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, and the films of Bobcat Goldthwait. 8 and 10:30 p.m., 21+, $20, also February 10 and 12.
Sunday, February 12: The Whitest Kids U’ Know at State Theater
The five guys that make up Whitest Kids are in an interesting place. Their IFC show, which before that was on FUSE, recently wrapped. Now what? A tour. Maybe a special. Maybe a film. It’s similar to what happened to The Kids in the Hall. It’ll be interesting to see if the five members stay together or separate into factions and start wearing suits…like another sketch group. For now, it seems like they’re going to stay together, happy to be performing without television’s restrictions. For fans of Miss March, ASSSCAT, and Mike Birbiglia. 8 p.m., 21+, $18.
Monday, February 13: Mothertongue: Anti-Valentine’s Day Slam at Black Cat
Whether you’re single or in love or somewhere in between, you’re probably destined to have a not-great Valentine’s Day. You’ll either be alone, disappoint yourself, disappoint someone else, or all three. The best you can really hope for is to break even. The annual Mothertongue event at the Black Cat is an excellent way to cleanse the V-Day palate. Hearing open and honest tales preaching anti-love is good for everyone. For fans of Story League, SpeakeasyDC, and The Moth. 8 p.m., all ages, $8.
Thursday, February 16: Norm MacDonald at DC Improv
Norm MacDonald is the smartest stand-up performing who isn’t considered smart. Most folks still think of him as the guy that got fired from SNL because he wouldn’t stop making OJ jokes. Or from sitcoms that were not good vehicles for his style of humor. MacDonald never aspired to be a stand-up-turned-actor. He just did it because it was offered to him. And they paid well, so why not? Back to stand up, Norm MacDonald is thriving. His first special, Me Doing Standup came out last year to comedy nerds’ delight. A 10-minute bit on how he’d get away with murder may be the funniest, cleanest, inappropriate piece of comedy of the last calender year. Watch it on Netflix. For fans of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and anything good. 8 p.m., 21+, $25, also February 17-19.
Brandon Wetherbee hosts the podcast “You, Me, Them, Everybody,” which records at the Wonderland Ballroom; the 8×8 variety show at Looking Glass Lounge; and The Quick and the Damned open mic at Solly’s.