Sign up for our free newsletter
Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.
Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, August 19: Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald at Arlington Drafthouse Hooray for The Kids in the Hall! After changing sketch comedy (there’s no The State without the Kids and there’s no Upright Citizens Brigade without The State and there’s no Human Giant without Upright Citizens Brigade), two of the five kids have decided to attempt stand up comedy. The duo will perform separately, doing something they’ve never done on stage: tell jokes in their own voices. 10 p.m., 18+, $25, Also August 20
Saturday, August 20: Richard Lewis at Synetic Theater America’s favorite neurotic stand-up (sorry, Marc Maron, you’re still very good) is bringing his observational musings about everything wrong in the world to the D.C. area. The comedic man in black is doing two shows each night this weekend. It’s almost a definite that no set will be alike. Lewis is known for going off the cuff and there’s no reason he should stop anytime soon. 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., 18+; also August 19
Sunday, August 21: Dov Davidoff at DC Improv Handling heavy topics with ease and despair, Davidoff is the comic’s comic. He is extremely comfortable on stage, riffing on things that would not endear him to a politically correct crowd. His style of stand up is a little disarming. He’ll pace the stage and sometimes the first few rows, address the crowd and disagree with the popular culture. A mix of Louis C.K. and Doug Stanhope, Davidoff is an excellent ticket, slightly cheaper than his peers but worth every cent. 8 p.m., 21+, $15; also August 19 and 20
Tuesday, August 23: Reggie Watts at Woolly Mammoth Conan’s favorite comic is bringing his not-exactly-comedy, not-exactly-music one -man show to the D.C. theater’s stage. If you haven’t heard of Watts, think equal parts Andy Kaufman, Michael Winslow (but not annoying), and Eddie Izzard. He’s just as likely to do 10 minutes in a British accent about etiquette as he is to use his pedals and looping machine to create on-the-spot songs about excrement. A man who could only come from a place like Montana, Watts is a performer that Hollywood doesn’t know how to ultilize. Lucky for you, he’s meant to be seen on stage. 8 p.m., all ages, $35-$45; also August 24-26
Wednesday, August 24: Improvapalooza at Source Washington’s favorite improv folks are staging their annual four-day fest. If you’ve thought about taking an improv class or just haven’t been to a WIT show, this is a great chance to check out the best improvisors this city has to offer. Each night offers an entirely original show of laughs made on the spot. 8 p.m., all ages, $15-$25; also August 25-27