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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, Nov. 4: Jim Breuer at DC Improv
This is not an ironic pick. This one is based on the taste/bank accounts of three of the best comics working today, Dave Attell, Bill Burr and Jim Norton. They joined Breuer earlier this years for the Anti-Social Network tour. Attell is a former drunk, weathered road comic that everyone loves. Burr is on par with Louis CK for the title of best working stand up today. Norton embraced the degrading aspects of his sexuality to mine comedy gold. Breuer was Goat Boy. That was a while ago. He’s now a dedicated family man and has a lot of years of perspective about the entertainment industry. If you’re into hearing tales about Saturday Night Live and Half Baked, Breuer is up your alley. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $27, 18+, also Nov. 5 and 6
Saturday, Nov. 5: Things You Won’t Say Volume 2 at RAS Restaurant
Royce Wynn headlines this evening of local stand up along with Randy Syphax, Todd Fleming, Vince Barnett, and Keith The Comedian. Wynn is one of the up and coming highlights of the D.C. comedy scene. His progress in the last six months has helped him stand out. He’s developing a likeable, original voice without much growing pains. For the low ticket price and laughably bad show name, it’s hard not to recommend this event. 10 p.m., $5, 21+
Tuesday, Nov. 8: Found Footage Festival vs. Found Magazine at Arlington Drafthouse
Hipsters unite! The super cool dudes behind Found Magazine, the best bathroom reading material that has ever existed, and the Found Footage Festival, the stuff that makes YouTube seem boring, has teamed up for an evening of laughing at unintentional comedy/tradgedy. Everything presented was not meant to be comedy. Everything presented will be laughed at. If you know what “Winnebago Man” is, go to this show. 6:30 p.m., $13, all ages
Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 10: Laughter Against the Machine at DC Arts Center
This is the type of show that will be fondly remembered once all of the performers fill larger venues. W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, and Janine Brito are all very fine standups in their own right, and this tour is a great opportunity to showcase their differences. Each of these guys would get their own recommendation if they were playing the Improv. These shows aren’t about them, they’re about the same reasons the Occupy movements are happening. Yes, this is a political show, and yes, if you’re not a Democrat, you probably won’t enjoy it, but so what? There needs to be a hell of a lot more of shows like this. Political humor during non-election years doesn’t get much love. Hopefully this one, part of an eight-city tour, can start something big. 7:30 p.m., $20, all ages