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The Second City's Generation Gap

Jun 23 - Aug 12, 2018

A new original work created especially for Kennedy Center audiences, The Second City’s Generation Gap...Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? will finally answer one of life’s biggest questions: when exactly were the good old days?

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Jeff Foxworthy

Thu, Jul 12, 2018, 8:00 PM

Jeff Foxworthy, one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country and largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, presents an act that goes beyond his celebrated redneck jokes to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature.

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Neil Hamburger

Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 7:30 PM

America’s funnyman Neil Hamburger will bring his legendary stand-up comedy act to the Family Theater. JP Inc will open the show. 

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Harry Shearer: Up to Eleven

Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center presents a hilarious evening with comedy icon Harry Shearer as the comedian shares behind-the-scenes stories from his legendary career and life following a screening of his groundbreaking movie This is Spinal Tap

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Ophira Eisenberg

Thu, Jul 19, 2018, 8:30 PM

Ophira Eisenburg, host of NPR’s and WNYC’s weekly trivia, puzzle, and game show Ask Me Another, brings her signature stand-up routine to the Kennedy Center for the first time. 

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Baby Wants Candy

Jul 20 - Jul 21, 2018

Entirely based on audience suggestion and accompanied by a full band, Baby Wants Candy creates a completely improvised musical in a roller-coaster ride of jaw-dropping comedy.  

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wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love with Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 7:00 PM

The wellRED Comedy Tour: From Dixie With Love from the minds of stand-up comedians Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and Corey Ryan Forrester celebrates everything great about the South and tells stories from a place of love. 

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On Deck

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

On Deck is a stand-up comedy show hosted by Mike Mulloy, Courtney Karwal, and Jamel Johnson. The show pits two teams of comedians against each other to see who can take home the glory!  


RIOT!: Women in Comedy

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 8:00 PM

RIOT!: A Celebration of Women in Comedy will salute our comedy icons while giving today’s stars a national platform to embrace creative risk and emphasize the female perspective in our rapidly evolving culture.
 

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: That's So Retrograde

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 8:30 PM

Hosted by Steph Simbari and Elizabeth Kott, That’s So Retrograde began as an innocent, personal exploration of the word “wellness.” Through interviewing gurus of all kinds; from shamans to comedians, Steph and Elizabeth deliver conscious conversations with realness and humor, all while providing tips and expert insight to guide their listeners to their most enlightened path.

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Chris Gethard

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 9:30 PM

The host and star of Funny or Die's The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and the host of the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People returns to the Kennedy Center for an evening of his signature comedy.

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Joe's Pub Presents What's Your Safe Word?

Fri, Jul 20, 2018, 10:30 PM

Artist-ambassadors from Joe’s Pub at The Public bring their unconventional and inimitable comedic customs to The Kennedy Center. 


The Second City Training Center: Character Generator

Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2018

Taught by seasoned Second City comedy pros, this high-energy workshop will offer improvisers a variety of tools to quickly generate characters and put them into play. 

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The Second City Training Center: Intro to Improv Fundamentals

Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2018

Taught by seasoned Second City comedy pros, this workshop is for anyone and everyone who has ever watched comedy and thought: "That looks fun; I'd like to try that." 

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

Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2018

Have you always wanted to try stand-up but were too intimidated to try? This workshop will take you from “Wish I could” to “Wow! I did!”

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Patton Oswalt

Sat, Jul 21

Emmy Award®–winning comedian, actor, writer, and Northern Virginia native Patton Oswalt will make his Kennedy Center debut.

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Hari Kondabolu

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 7:00 PM

The director of the critically acclaimed documentary “The Problem with Apu” on truTV will present his stand-up act in the Terrace Theater. Comedian Brandie Posey will open the show. 

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Underground Comedy

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 7:30 PM

Underground Comedy is DC's premier independent comedy production company that brings rising comics from around the country to D.C. to perform. This is a FREE event. No tickets are required.


The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 8:30 PM

Employee of the Month is coming to DC! You're welcome. Join writer, host, and downtown comedy darling Catie Lazarus as she honors and interviews Broadway's own Chris Jackson, SNL star Sasheer Zamata, and a surprise guest. 

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Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 9:30 PM

Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black brings your favorite funny folks to the “Hall of Flava” to compete in a head-to-head battle of wits that tests their knowledge of black history, black culture, and the black experience.

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Picture This!

Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 10:30 PM

Picture This! is a live comedy show with stand-ups, voice actors, and more performing while they are drawn live by some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists in the biz! 


Miranda Sings Live...No Offense with special guest Colleen Ballinger

Sat, Sep 15

Best known for portraying her character, ‘Miranda Sings,' comedian Colleen Ballinger returns to the Kennedy Center. VIP Meet & Greet tickets available. 

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Colin Quinn: One in Every Crowd

Sat, Oct 6

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, Colin Quinn is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show, One In Every Crowd.

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Lily Tomlin

Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video, and social media. 

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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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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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