The Kennedy Center



The Improvised Shakespeare Co.

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 9:30 PM

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company brings you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy by creating a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece before your very eyes.

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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 10:30 PM

Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, People of Earth), Night Train comes to the Kennedy Center from its New York home for a free night of comedy with some of the best comedians of the moment, including Jo Firestone, Judah Friedlander, Violet Gray, Jamel Johnson, and Aparna Nancherla.


The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand

Jul 23 - Aug 13, 2017

The Second City returns for another summer of uproarious irreverence in all-new Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand.

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George Lopez

George Lopez Live: HBO Special

Sat, Aug 5

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. Now Lopez is filming his new HBO Special with all-new material at the Kennedy Center!

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Trevor Noah

Sep 8 - Sep 9, 2017

Following the success of his shows last season at the Kennedy Center, The Daily Show host and world-famous comedian returns to kick off the 2017–2018 comedy season with two nights of stand-up. Patron Note: Please note that for the added 9:30 p.m. show on Sat., September 9, there is a 4-ticket limit per order.

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Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Exhibit: The Art of Robert Risko

Oct 2 - Oct 27, 2017

Explore a showcase of work by today’s most celebrated caricaturist, Robert Risko, who has created the caricatures for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain prize since 2002 


Josh Blue

Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

Possessed with an undeniable likeability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness, the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities—one laugh at a time. 

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Whoopi Goldberg

Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 8:00 PM

The multitalented comedian, author, actress, and activist returns to the Kennedy Center for a night of stand-up comedy presented as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the Mark Twain Prize, which she won in 2001.

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The Second City's When Life Gives You Clemens

Oct 19 - Oct 20, 2017

Join American comedy institution The Second City for a night of laughter that pays tribute to a far greater and more beloved American comedy institution, Mark Twain.

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Robert Post's Comedy Theatre for Kids

Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 2:00 PM

Hilarious, poignant, and physically dazzling, Robert Post's wholesome one-man variety show fills the stage with bumblers, dreamers, and cartoonish heroes of every stripe.

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The 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: David Letterman

Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

At a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, the Kennedy Center presents the 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to David Letterman.

On Sale 8/9/2017


Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

Celebrating 20 years in standup comedy, Gabriel Iglesias brings his FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy tour to the Concert Hall stage.

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Al Madrigal

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Daily Show’s “senior Latino correspondent” who “will make you howl until you spit expensive mineral water from your nose” (New York Post) returns to the Kennedy Center for an evening of comedy.

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The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

On Sale 9/13/2017

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