It’s like spring inspires DC’s local comics to tell more jokes. I don’t know why, because the bitterness brought about by winter is better for comedy. But this weekend is kind of crammed full of comedy events. If properly motivated, you can catch four shows between Thursday and Saturday and still have Sunday to let your muscles recover from all the laughing. Screw cherry blossoms and nice weather- go sit in some of DC’s finest basement venues to get your laughter on.
Thursday night: Comedy Showcase at the Eleventh Street Lounge in Clarendon. This will feature some of the higher-quality regulars from Eleventh’s Monday night open mic. Chris Barylick tells me that it’s all-male in response to the Girls Night Out comedy showcase at Eleventh last month, but sausagefests are not at all out of the ordinary in DC comedy, so… whatever. It will feature Hampton Yount, Mike Eltringham, Tim Miller, Tyler Sonnichsen, Courtney Fearrington, Eli Sairs, and Chris Barylick and will be hosted by Lou Giglio. It’s also free. Awesome.
Friday night: Two shows to choose from… but really, why choose? You can hit both.
3 Chord Comedy is happening at the Velvet Lounge at 7PM. It’s $4, and will feature Seaton Smith, Andy Kline, Tyler Richardson, and Eli Sairs. Fewer comics means longer sets, and generally is where comics start distinguishing themselves. Highly recommended.
Saturday night: Matt Kazam will be headlining the State Theater in Falls Church. Also appearing will be Mike Way and Marc Sterne, who you may know as Nigel from the Tony Kornheiser Show. $15 in advance, $18 day of. Matt will be recording a DVD that night, so look for him to be bringing the A-material. No experimental jokes he’s still working out for that crowd.
And all that is just what’s happening this weekend. Other upcoming shows:
Tuesday, April 13th: Metro Comedy at the Crystal City Sports Pub, featuring Rob Rolling, Turk the Comedian, Ol Mike Brown, Adam Belcher, Chris & Clayton Wilcox, Mariya Alexander, Jessica Brodkin, Erin Ryan and Mike Way.
Wednesday, April 28th: Jimmy Meritt is recording a CD at the University of Maryland.