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Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, April 22: Electric Mayhem Comedy Hour at Electric Maid Hosted by Tyler Sonnichsen and featuring Mike Finazzo, Peter Bladel, Anupama Pillalamarri, Mariya Alexander, and more, this night of localy bred talent is a good intro to the D.C. stand-up scene. The Electric Maid is a dry venue so you’ll know who is funny and who fails with extreme clarity. 9 p.m. $5. All ages.
Saturday, April 23: Dr. Strangelove at American City Diner I was going to recommend Atlas Shrugged at E Street Cinema, but very long jokes usually fall flat. The safe bet is watching more than a few of the best comedic roles of the 1960s, all played by Peter Sellers. 8 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, April 26: Trivia at Looking Glass Lounge Jonathan Fischer’s favorite spot for trivia in D.C., the Looking Glass is usually a good time. Add in trivia and it’s a guarantee. If you win, you’ll have fun and laugh. If you don’t care about the outcome and play to have fun, you can’t not. If you’re the guy with anger issues and loses, you’re the comedy hero of the night. 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday April 27: Demetri Martin at Sixth and I Synagogue Ignore the hipster backlash, Demetri Martin is funny. His stand-up is funny and his show was funny. He’ll be in town promoting his new book, This Is a Book. This might be the best forum for the dry and witty comic. 7 p.m. $27, includes a copy of the book.
Thursday, April 28: BYT Presents Family Hemerlein April Hot Showers Edition at Gibson Guitar Showroom Everyone’s favorite NYC/D.C. comic Seaton Smith MCs this semi-regular variety show with very hip violinist Matthew Hemerlein. The series has been wildly successful, excellently curated, and always in a great space. It’s not gut-busting funny, but in a few years when Twitter pics are rediscovered, you’ll laugh a lot at what most people wore at the event. 7 p.m. $15.