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Maz Jobrani

Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

Iranian American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani is back at the Kennedy Center after a sold-out show in 2017 where he filmed his first original Netflix special.

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The Second City's Love, Factually

Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2018

Love, Factually is a holiday satire from the twisted minds at The Second City, which gets to the truth of December life, love, and romance. Whether you love or hate the movie Love, Actually, you're going to fall in love with this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv, and audience participation. 

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Puddles Pity Party

Fri, Dec 14, 2018, 8:00 PM

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” is back with a suitcase full of all-new emotional anthems, plenty of Kleenex, and a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing humor with the awkward, tender moments.

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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.

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Bassem Youssef

Fri, Feb 1

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, makes his Kennedy Center debut.

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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.”

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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 the biggest English-speaking comedian in India, as well as one of the country’s top actors, writers, musicians, and festival producers. Thanks to his Netflix comedy special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding, Das is poised to break into the American entertainment world with his unique brand of humor.

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