Headshots of Riot! comedians
Credit: Courtesy of Kennedy Center

Arguably, these three days at the Kennedy Center will be the best days in D.C. comedy this spring. Yes, various outlets consistently host quality stand-up weekly, but RIOT!’s showcase highlights the best current and coming-up women headliners from all around. Each night features a different lineup and a different reason to feel good about the future of comedy. You might recognize March 5 headliner Megan Stalter as the scene-stealer from HBO Max’s excellent Hacks; she recently opened for Jonathan Van Ness at this same venue. Liza Treyger, of the popular That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast, performs March 4. She takes her craft incredibly seriously and it never seems like she’s taking anything seriously. No matter how often you see her, she sounds off-the-cuff. It’s one of the reasons her podcast is so popular. The March 3 opener is local funny lady Jenny Questell, who performs in D.C. most weekends—a nice way of showing the homegrown scene some love. From funny locals and funny former locals (welcome home, Brittany Carney!) to popular podcasters and HBO comedy co-stars, RIOT! is near comedic perfection. March 3 to 5 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, $29.

For more comedy recommendations check out our calendar.