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The Second City's America; It's Complicated!

Jun 19 – Aug 11, 2019

Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laughs.

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Hannah Gadsby - Douglas

Jun 25 – 27, 2019

Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby, who has come to the world’s attention through her multi-award winning stand up show Nanette on Netflix, makes her Kennedy Center debut with her new show Douglas.

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Kanan Gill

Sat, Jun 29, 2019

Kanan Gill’s latest special Teetar is a personal, observational and deeply stupid follow up to 2017’s Keep It Real. In this hilarious one-hour show, he juggles ideas from Julius Caesar’s death to marching to bands and his building societies. The show also explains what “Teetar” means.

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The Second City Training Center: So, You Want to Try Stand-Up

Sat, Jul 13, 2019

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, you will experiment outside your comfort zone and experiment until discovering your own unique style.

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The Second City Training Center: Intro to Improv Fundamentals

Sat, Jul 13, 2019

Get an introduction to the fundamentals of improvisation. You will learn how to create environments on stage and how to develop characters and interact with your scene partner. You will learn the tenets of “Yes, and” as well as some well-established improv games used by performers in the Chicago improv scene.

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Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!

Sat, Jul 13, 2019

In this hysterical concert variety show, favorite performers from TV, movies, and stand-up present Mo Willems's books as sketch comedy. Age 5+

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Freestyle Love Supreme

Jul 16 – 21, 2019

The improv brainchild of Anthony Veneziale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Thomas Kail, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. MCs, musicians, and beatboxers take the audience on a completely improvised musical ride all based off audience suggestions.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: "Weird Al" Yankovic - The Strings Attached Tour

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammy Awards®. The legendary musical satirist is back with his biggest show ever!
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only. 

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Oct 1 – 6, 2019

In an evening of off-the-cuff comedy, this critically acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, based on a single audience member's suggestion for the title of a show that's never been written before... until now.  

On Sale 7/16/2019


Sat, Oct 5, 2019

Nemr is a Lebanese/American stand-up comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East.  “Smart…Sophisticated…Powerful…and Hilarious”–Rolling Stone Middle East

On Sale 7/16/2019

Marc Maron

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

For over thirty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing comedy for print, stage, radio, online, and television. Best known for his hit landmark podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, he has interviewed iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lorne Michaels, and former US President Barack Obama.

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David Sedaris

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Award-winning humor writer and master of satire David Sedaris returns to the Kennedy Center. “Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.”—Chicago Tribune

On Sale 7/16/2019

22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebrating Dave Chappelle

Sun, Oct 27, 2019

An outstanding lineup of entertainers will gather in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. 

Nick Offerman

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

All Rise is an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed.

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No Such Thing as a Fish

Sun, Nov 10, 2019

Now in its fifth year, No Such Thing As A Fish is at the forefront of the British podcast scene. For anyone with a thirst for knowledge, a taste for puns, and a need for some belly-laughs, this is an unmissable show.

On Sale 7/16/2019

Janeane Garofalo

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo makes her Kennedy Center debut.

On Sale 7/16/2019

The Second City's Love, Factually

Dec 3 – 29, 2019

Back by popular demand! From the twisted minds at The Second City comes this fast-paced romp that mingles the classic movie’s most beloved (and despised) characters and moments in an original take sure to warm your icy heart.

On Sale 9/12/2019

Maz Jobrani

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Iranian American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani returns to the Kennedy Center.

On Sale 7/16/2019


Sun, Mar 8, 2020

After a sold out performance in 2018, RIOT! is back with another special evening of stand-up comedy and music.

On Sale 7/16/2019

Made in Puerto Rico

Apr 2 – 3, 2020

Made in Puerto Rico is a show about family, music, and cultural identity starring former attorney-turned-comedian Elizardi ("Eli") Castro.  

On Sale 9/12/2019