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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, October 28: Stand outside the Newseum It’s the Friday before Halloween. The funniest thing you can do is to watch drunk people exit big parties and the biggest party is at the Newseum. It’s sold out, features people in costumes, and the elevators will have bars in them. I can pretty much guarantee “sexy”’ everythings throwing up onto their lack of costumes. Midnight till 1:30 a.m., free, all ages.
Saturday, October 29: John Oliver at Warner Theatre Before he was a fake television newsman he was a fake radio newsman on The Bugle. Oliver knows politics inside and out, mostly the absurd aspects. He’s been using it for comedy fodder for more than 10 years, taking the piss out of whatever is available. Oliver’s stand-up is much more pointed than his Daily Show persona. His first U.S. stand-up special featured large chunks about science, the formation of America, his new love for his adopted country, and other highly complex issues. He made them funny. The veteran belongs in a theater and D.C. may be the best place to do so. 7:30pm, $35, all ages.
Monday, October 31: Give Children Candy
Tuesday, November 1: Childish Gambino at Fillmore Silver Spring Donald Glover from Community is Childish Gambino. He’s great on the show, part of one of the best casts on television, and a gifted actor with superb comedic delivery. Childish Gambino is not funny. It’s not unfunny, but it’s not a joke. The guy is more Tyler, the Creator than Eddie Murphy circa “Party All the Time.” The last time Mr. Glover appeared in D.C. he sold out the Black Cat. This should be no exception. Buy tickets now while they’re still available. 7pm, $33, all ages.
Wednesday Nov 2: And I Am Not Lying Live at Black Cat Yes, it’s another storytelling event and yes, it’s another burlesque event (D.C. is really good at almost getting nude) but this one has good credentials. The Moth and This American Life veterans Jeff Simmermon, Brad Lawrence, and Cyndi Freeman will be telling tales and RunAround Sue will be taking things off. The event has a trailer on the Black Cat site and that is a great sign. 8pm. $12, all ages
Thursday, November 3: Dan Cummins at DC Improv If you wanted your parents to like Mitch Hedberg but your parents don’t like guys that sound high and look like they’re high and are a few days from losing their leg to gangrene/heroin use (that happened), introduce them to Cummins. I wouldn’t be shocked if Cummins got a development deal from his well crafted, well thought out, safe-for-the-family jokes. These are all good things. Also November 2, 8pm, $15, 18+