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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, September 2: Michael Brooks at Riot Act Hometown comic Michael Brooks returns for a couple nights at D.C.’s newest comedy space. Brooks is mainstream enough to please the fair-weather comedy fan, but far from boring. If you haven’t checked out Riot, Brooks is a good introduction. His comedic stylings are large. He can easily make the 100-plus seat room feel full with just his voice. Multiple appearances on B.E.T. are proof his mainstream appeal isn’t a fluke. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., 18+, $17, also Sept. 3.
Saturday, September 3: Jake Johannsen at DC Improv Jake Johannsen has done Letterman 40 times. That’s over four hours of original stand-up on national television. That is impressive. Comics are lucky to get one Letterman appearance, let alone 40 times the average. In other words, Jake Johannsen is a pro. See him. He’s a great joke-teller who is extremely likeable. Go if you’re a fan of Larry Miller, Jim Gaffigan, and Bob Newhart. He’s able to do clean sets about adult topics and maintain a steady stream of laughs. He won’t have you rolling in the aisles, but his consistency ensures quality. 8 p.m., 21+, $15, also Sept. 2 and 4.
Wednesday, September 7: The Sweater Set Sideshow at Sixth & I Synagogue While The Sweater Set is delightful, they may not make you laugh. Leave that to Katie Balloons and Mab, Just Mab. These two, along with Shotgun Party, make up quite an eclectic bill. If The Sweater Set’s delightful two-piece pop songs or Shotgun Party’s Texas swing aren’t your thing, leave it to “America’s Favorite Balloon Girl” and one of D.C.’s best sideshow freaks to entertain. There are also free cupcakes for the first 50 attendees. 7 p.m., $10, all ages.
Thursday, September 8: Hannibal Buress at Arlington Drafthouse Hannibal Buress is Chris Rock’s favorite comedian. Louis C.K. included him as an extra multiple times in Season 1 of Louie. He wrote for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. He has performed stand up on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Lopez Tonight. His first record, My Name is Hannibal, was released to critical acclaim and commercial success. He runs the most talked about Sunday night indie comedy showcase in Brooklyn. There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about Hannibal. He is, hands down, the best working comedian of his generation. 7:30 p.m., $24, also September 9 and 10.