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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, November 11: Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company at Sidney Harman Hall If everyone behaves and laughs loudly and packs the room, maybe, just maybe, the UCB will take a shining to D.C. and set up a school in a city that could desperately use one. The funniest (yes, better than Second City and Groundlings) comedy school/sketch and stand-up and improv theater takes a group of their own and throws them on the road. Some of the best performers from the L.A. and NYC-based homes will perform highlights from sketch shows and original improv. If you’re a comedy nerd, go both nights to see completely differentmaterial. For the casual fan looking for something to do, this is an excellent chance to see some future SNL cast members. 7:30 and 9:30pm, $20, all ages, also November 12
Saturday, November 12: Finesse Mitchell at Arlington Drafthouse Following in the footsteps of Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock, Finesse Mitchell is a good stand-up who was underutilized on Saturday Night Live. His stand-up is slower and quieter than his character work, built on personal stories heavily tinged with political and social commentary. 9:30, $20, 18+, also November 11
Tuesday, November 15: David Javerbaum at Sixth and I God and politics. You’re not supposed to talk about God and politics because it’s polarizing. David Javerbaum has carved out quite a career talking about God and politics. A former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show and author of the new book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, Javerbaum might be my ideal holiday guest. This event features a reading and a signing to follow. 7 p.m., $10 or two free tickets with the book purchase from Sixth and I, all ages
Wednesday, November 16: Story League Story Contest at Busboys and Poets S.M. Shrake, one of the masterminds behind the D.C. storytelling scene (which is getting crazy popular), hosts this storytelling contest at Busboys & Poets. Potential storytellers will pitch their story idea to a panel of three judges. After that the judges will pick the 10 they want to hear, giving each contestant seven minutes to tell a story involving the theme of “unsolved mysteries.” I can’t promise that the stories will be hilarious, but Shrake will keep things light, funny, and consistently moving forward. 9 p.m., $10, all ages
Thursday, November 17: Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious at Arlington Drafthouse The guy from The Office. That one. He used to work in the factory and now he’s in the office. Yes, the dude from Hot Tub Time Machine. He also hosted the last season of Last Comic Standing. That guy. He also performs live. A mixture of stand-up and song. Really. That guy. He’s not bad. This evening will feature Robinson fronting his funk band The Nasty Delicious. If you’re a fan of classic funk and weed, Robinson is your man. 7:30 and 10 p.m., $30, 18+