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Aparna Nancherla is an excellent stand-up and sadly, no longer a D.C. resident. Shahryar Rizvi is a very good stand-up and is an ideal opener for Nancherla. Both are smart comics that are able to adapt to the room. They work with universal material that fans of Louis C.K. and Carrot Top should enjoy. Though I usually wouldn’t recommend spending $20 on comics you could see in D.C. on a semi-regular basis, this event is a fundraiser for Upakar Foundation’s scholarship fund and DC Desi Summer travel scholarships and meals for participants, so, write it off or something. 7:30 p.m., $20, 16-plus.
Saturday, June 11: Chelsea Handler at DAR Constitution Hall With a few days left for Capital Pride, it makes sense that a super-successful, gay-friendly comic is in town. Handler, the host of Chelsea Lately and author of four memoirs, will be at DAR to tell her very original, very thought-provoking jokes—-I’m sorry, I can’t do this. I just don’t get it. My mom likes Handler and that’s the only person I know that will admit to it. She’s not horrendous, but I’m not sure all the vodka in the world can make me come around. It just sounds like drinking joke, shopping joke, skinny bitch joke, fat bitch joke, gay joke, racist joke, drinking joke, abortion joke, over and over again. If you’re a drunk who has credit card debt with a stapled stomach, questioning your sexuality and have an irrational fear of other races and practices unprotected sex, this show is for you. 8 p.m., $63.50 to $73.50, all-ages.
Sunday, June 12: 8: The Mormon Proposition at Busboys and Poets This isn’t so much laugh-at-all-the-good-things-that-make-life-better funny but more of the holy-shit-if-we-don’t-laugh-at-this-insanity-we’re-all-going-to-die-from-horrible-and-justified-depression kind. This documentary tells the story of how and why the Mormon Church spent enough money and time to make sure California continued to not treat gays and lesbians with the same respect as any other group. Ha! 8 p.m., free, all-ages.
Wednesday, June 15: Bootycandy at Wooly Mammoth The series of plays in one play has already been highly recommended by the City Paper. It’s self-aware, racy, and anything but straightforward. It tries. I like things that try. 8 p.m., $45 to $55, 16-plus, runs through June 26.
Thursday, June 16: The Lampshades at Arlington Draft House This lounge/comedy duo features Kate Flannery, aka Meredith from The Office, and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. If you ever watched Viva Variety and thought, “Hey, I get it, it’s like those weird shows from the ’50s where the entire cast and crew was tipsy and I like tipsy things,” this is for you. It knows it’s bad, it knows it’s camp and it’s tipsy. Fun for the whole family, as long as the whole family is of age. 7:30 and 10 p.m., $20 to $25, 21-plus.