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Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters

Feb 22 - 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. Don't miss Josh Gondelman on February 22!

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Road to Beijing - 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

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”). With Jenny Questell & Denise Taylor

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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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James Acaster

Wed, Mar 27

James Acaster reflects on the best year of his life and the worst year of his life and does stand-up comedy about them while throwing a strop.

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The Time Machine Roast

Sat, Apr 13

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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Amanda Seales presents Mo' Betta Wu: Jazz from the 36 Chambers

Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 8:00 PM

Mo’ Betta Wu blends songs by the Wu-Tang Clan with theatrics, jazz elements, humor, and now legendary Wu-isms into an unforgettable presentation.

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Smart Funny & Black: Hip Hop Culture Edition

Fri, Jun 7, 2019, 8:00 PM

Created by comedian/actress/producer Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure), 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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Amanda Seales Presents: An Evening with Amanda Seales

Sat, Jun 8, 2019, 8:00 PM

Comedian, actress, writer, producer, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change in this evening of stand-up!

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

Jun 15 - 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.

On Sale 2/27/2019

Hannah Gadsby - Douglas

Jun 25 - Jun 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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Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!

Sat, Jul 13

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