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Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters

Jan 25 - Apr 26, 2019

Reese Waters, comedian, DC native, and host of Get Up DC! on WUSA 9, curates a new comedy series in the KC Jazz Club. On the fourth Friday of every month, Reese will headline and present an evening of stand-up comedy and intimate conversations with his friends from the comedy community. Comedian Yamaneika Saunders joins Reese as his first guest on January 25! 

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Bassem Youssef

Fri, Feb 1

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, makes his Kennedy Center debut.
Note: See details below about VIP Meet & Greet tickets!

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Steven Wright

Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 8:00 PM

Academy Award® winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. One of four children, Wright was raised in Burlington, MA. Upon graduating from Emerson College and holding a bevy of odd jobs, Steven attended an “open mike” audition and became a regular performer at Ding Ho’s Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.

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Jonathan Van Ness and Friends

Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 8:00 PM

Television personality, Emmy® nominee, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness makes his Kennedy Center debut.
Ticket Update as of 9/27: VIP Meet & Greet tickets are no longer available.

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Jared Freid

Sat, Mar 9, 2019, 9:00 PM

Jared Freid is a comedian based out of New York City by way of the Boston suburbs. His comedy is current and reflects the ordinary daily thoughts of everyone you know, especially if everyone you know is a millennial, obsessed with dating apps, trying to be a real adult and worried about their body. (For the record, Jared’s mom thinks his body is “just fine”)

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Brian Regan

Mar 21 - Mar 22, 2019

Critics, fans, and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.”
Update: Second performance added! See details below.

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The Time Machine Roast

Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 9:00 PM

Inspired by the the line-crossing energy of comedy roasts, The Time Machine Roast hurls its hilarious flaming arrows at history. 

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Jay Leno

Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 8:00 PM

One night only! Recipient of the Kennedy Center's 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Jay Leno returns to the Kennedy Center.

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Vir Das

Sat, May 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

Vir Das has cemented himself as one of the biggest Bollywood stars in India, and now is one the fastest rising actor/comedians in America. He is the first Indian comedian to have a stand-up special on Netflix, which resulted in a multi-special deal with the platform. 

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