Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, December 9: Holiday Buffet at DCAC
One of the District of Columbia Arts Center’s strengths is its eclecticism: The lineup on its small stage ranges from plays to sketch comedy to improv to stand-up. This holiday=themed show is also pretty diverse.The sketch group Orbit Chef—-made up of Washington Improv Theater alums Matt Fogarty, Derek Hills, Kate Schuler, Stephanie Svec, and Amelia Vogel—-have masterminded a smorgasbord of comedic talent, bringing in stand ups and storytellers to round out the evening. 10 p.m. All ages. $10. Also Dec. 10 and 16.
Saturday, December 10: Alonzo Bodden at DC Improv
If you’re a fan of game shows and tote bags, get to know Alonzo Bodden. The Last Comic Standing winner is the host of the upcoming television version of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Good casting. Unlike most stand-ups, Bodden didn’t begin taking the stage at a young age. Bodden had something of a more normal existence, working in the aerospace field for nearly a decade before standing on stage alone. That time led to a more well-rounded worldview than you usually get from comics. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 18-plus. $20. Also December 9 and 11.
Sunday, December 11: The Channel Guide with Channel 38 at Riot Act
Supposedly, hosts Jesse Sommer, Randy Seriguchi, and Josiah Young are lawyers who aren’t too happy in their current profession. Rather than accept their fate, they’ve decided to start a variety show. This evening doubles as the filming of the group’s pilot. With appearances from Ward 8 councilmember and future biopic subject Marion Barry, adult film star Nina Hartley, and performances from comedian Kevin Barnett, spoken-word artist Lalibella, rapper Phil Ade, and sketch comedian Ben Weinberg. 8 p.m. 18-plus. $15.
Wednesday, December 14: Toys for Tots Comedy Show at Riot Act
Comedian Kevin Anthony is behind this annual toy drive for kids that need toys. Mr. Anthony has brought together Bill King, Chris Thomas, Mike Washington, Mike Brooks, Danny Williams, Kevin Lee, Big Al Goodwin, Sylvia Traymore, Robin Montague, Joe Recca, Andy Evans, Queen Aisha, Tommy Davidson, and Roger Mursick to grace the stage. That’s a hell of a lot of talent in one night. 7:30 p.m. 18-plus. $15.
Thursday, December 15: Comedy in Clarendon at Eleventh Street Lounge
Yet another show with yet another good cause. Comedy in Clarendon returns to the Eleventh Street Lounge with a slew of D.C. talent. Tyler Richardson, Jessica Brodkin, Philippe Schaefer and more will be collecting canned goods to donate to the Arlington Food Bank. 9:30 p.m. 21-plus. Free.