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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, Jan. 27: “Don’t Block the Box” at the Wonderland Ballroom This somewhat regular show returns to the Wonderland Ballroom for an early-evening stand-up showcase. Tonight’s lineup—-Doug Powell, Tim Miller, Johno Cain, and MoReese Licorish—-is a well-rounded sample of local comedy. High-energy performers in a loose setting with no drink minimum. Not a bad way to start the weekend. 7:30 p.m., 21-plus, $3.
Saturday, Jan. 28: K-Von at Arlington Drafthouse K-Von is a mainstream comic who cracks jokes about his mixed Persian heritage. Some of his material is smart and interesting; the rest is stereotypical and boring. But he’s charming. It’s difficult not to root for the guy. He will probably fill the Drafthouse and win over strangers and fans alike. 9:55 p.m., 21-plus, $20. Also Jan. 27.
Sunday, Jan. 29: The Religion Thing at Theater J This City Paper-recommended, world-premiere play closes with two shows today. A work about the uncomfortable nature of religion and family, The Religion Thing is part of Theater J’s Locally Grown Festival. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 17-plus, $35-$45.
Wednesday, Feb. 1: Bert Kreischer at DC Improv A good fit for the Improv, Kreischer appeals to the club crowd but also Joe Rogan devotees. Most folks probably know him from his well-received Comedy Central special Comfortably Dumb. 8 p.m., 21-plus, $20. Through Feb. 4.
Thursday, Feb. 2: “Comics Anonymous” at Riot Act Though the name isn’t great, the lineup is. To any comedy bookers out there, please make an “Anonymous” tour happen—-maybe Jamie Kilstein, Allison Kilkenny, and Lee Camp could headline. But tonight, Will Hessler headlines this all-local bill; quiet, smart, and heady jokewriter Abe Barth is my pick of the evening. 8:30 p.m., 18-plus, $10.