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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, August 5: Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse The guys that brought you Super Troopers (the film that all your dorm-dwelling, weed-loving college friends enjoyed), Club Dread (the film that got passed over because it wasn’t as weed-friendly), and Beerfest (the film that doesn’t care what the kid in the dorm thinks) are hitting the stage. The night promises a mixture of stand-up, sketch, and improv. From anyone else, that sounds not good, but from these two, it sounds promising. Their brand of humor is slightly askew of the mainstream but not too weird to to scare away the not-comedy nerds. Also August 6. 10 p.m., 18+, $25.
Saturday, August 6: Tyler Sonnichsen CD recording at Electric Maid Tyler is leaving town and he will be missed. A stand-up and stand-up supporter, he’s one of the kind folks in D.C. bringing comedy to the not-comedy club room. This will be a farewell show and a CD recording at the not-typical comedy room Electric Maid. Hosted by Evan Valentine, the night also features Jake Young, Keith Irvin, and Anupama Pillalamarri. If you’re not familiar with D.C. stand-up, this is an excellent chance to see some up-and-comers and bid farewell to Tyler. 9 p.m., all ages, free.
Sunday, August 7: John Mulaney at DC Improv I proclaimed my love for Mulaney in last week’s post. Nothing has changed my opinion in the last seven days, but there is something special about the last night of a run. After doing three nights of two shows, the Sunday show should be something of a catharsis. The jokes, crowd, and atmosphere will be a little bit looser. If you’re going out on a Sunday night, you’re more likely to indulge in a few more drinks and laugh a little bit louder. Though it sounds odd, the Sunday crowd is usually the best crowd. Also August 5 and 6. 8 p.m., $15, 21+.
Monday, August 8: The 40-Year-Old Virgin at Crystal Screen It’s the one where Steve Carell gets his chest waxed, not the one where he loves lamp. This is the cuter one your girlfriend likes. It’s a cheap (free) date and you’ll both enjoy it. It shouldn’t be nearly as crowded as Gentleman Prefer Blondes at Screen on the Green. Sundown, free, all ages.
Thursday, August 11: “The Politics of Science” at Artisphere Though politics talk sounds pretty unfunny, anything presented by D.C.’s Story League is promising. This event, also produced by New York’s The Story Collider, features stand-up Adam Ruben, storyteller Ben Lillie, improviser Caitlin Brodnick, journalist Susanna Speier, and science writer Guy Schaffer. If you’re a fan of The Moth but tend to enjoy the comedic pieces instead of the well-told but heartbreaking stories of atrocities in Third World countries, this might be more your speed. 8 p.m., $10, all ages.