Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, Sept. 9: Rob Cantrell at Riot Act
The D.C. native returns to town for three nights at the city’s newest comedy club. Cantrell’s observational humor comes off as angry and clever. If Jerry Seinfeld used dirty words, if Doug Benson was quicker, and if Jim Gaffigan had more edge, Cantrell is a fine mix of the right influences. If you’re a fan of High Times magazine and don’t mind leaving the safety of your weed fortress, Cantrell is for you. 8 and 10:30 p.m., $20, 18+, also Sept. 10.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Hannibal Buress at Arlington Drafthouse
The Thursday and Friday shows sold out. That doesn’t happen very often. This show will probably sell out, too. Hannibal will have performed for three packed houses during one of the deadest times of year for entertainment. Why? He’s the future of the medium and he’s really, really good. Don’t be shocked if he’s at the Warner Theater in a few years, and don’t be shocked if a development deal lands him a sitcom. See him now. It’ll just cost you more later. 9:30 p.m., $24, 18+, also Sept. 9.
Tuesday, Sept. 13: Till Death Do Us Part: Stories about marriage and divorce
This isn’t the best week for comedy. It’s been raining for what feels like weeks, Labor Day has passed, and it’s the tenth anniversary of a national tragedy. Luckily, people that should not have ever been dating got married, and now we can all get together and bond over their misfortune. The good folks at Speakeasy DC present this evening of story telling. 8 p.m., $15, 21+
Thursday, Sept. 15: Anthony Jeselnik at DC Improv
After recent appearances on WTF and Doug Loves Movies, Jeselnik is obtaining some well-deserved spotlight in the comedy nerd scene. The former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer and a regular on the current crop of Comedy Central roasts, Jeselnik is the smart, mean, pretty guy who makes the entire room feel uncomfortable. He tells pointed, angry jokes at the expense of everyone. Far from PC and far from scared, Jeselnik comes the fine tradition of Greg Giraldo, and the guy that will never be booked for a corporate retreat. 8 p.m., $15, 21+, also Sept. 16, 17, 18