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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, July 15: Dave Foley at Arlington Draft House Dave Foley, member of the best sketch comedy group from the early ’90s, The Kids in the Hall, and cast member of an equally good sitcom, News Radio, does not want to be doing stand-up. In a recent episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the Canadian comic talked about his ongoing tribulations with his most recent ex-wife. (And Arts Desk blogged about it earlier today.) The man has become a stand-up wanderer, staying on the road because alimony has drained him and he can no longer enter Canada without being arrested. Really. It’s become a running joke on another podcast, Doug Loves Movies, that Dave Foley’s wife is a shithead. Well, thanks to that shithead we get to see a once mild-mannered comic go super dark. If you’re in the mood for sketch, the Drafthouse is also bringing in “The Second City Live!” at the Synetic Theater. Also on Saturday, July 16. Shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $30, 21+.
Saturday, July 16: Capital City Showcase at The DC Arts Center Christian Hunt’s showcase returns with an excellent smorgasbord of comedy and a dash of music. Stand-ups Chipp Jones, Brad Ryan, Tyler Sonnichsen, and Alex Ward will be there along with an exciting new voice Simone. Rachel Levitin will be providing the music. For a little over a ten spot, spend a night laughing at actual comedy before heading out and laughing at the chaos that is Adams Morgan on a Saturday night. 10 p.m., $12, $10 for DCAC members, all ages.
Wednesday, July 20: Tune Inn Benefit at Capitol Lounge The Tune Inn is important to D.C. if only because it’s one of the last semblances of a decent bar on Capitol Hill. Without it, the powerful, awful pull of the Senate and House would have almost complete control of this pocket of Southeast. This fundraiser features Just for Laughs vet Jason Weems, funny lady Emily Ruskowski, and funny young man Brandon Wardell. Read more about this benefit at Chris Shott’s Young & Hungry post from yesterday. 8 p.m., 21+.
Thursday, July 21: Kyle Grooms at GALA Hispanic Theatre Known for his Comedy Central special and appearances on VH1 and Chapelle’s Show, Kyle Grooms is a classic club comic. He’s able to appeal to both the mainstream Leno audience and the cynical Letterman bunch. His material is general enough to get a laugh from an 18 or 80-year-old. This appearance at the GALA is a great excuse to see a comedian that would usually appear at the Improv in a beautiful theater. Ed Blaze features and D.C. comic Vince Barnett hosts. $15, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., all ages.