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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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Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast

Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

Every week Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino sit down with a fantastic guest and record a completely improvised musical in an attempt to combat the notion that musicals should be "carefully crafted" or "thought out at all." This time they are doing it live!


Handmaid's Tale: The Musical

Sat, Oct 27

A comical and cathartic parody of the Margaret Atwood novel and Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in 2028 Brooklyn, the show depicts modern millennials in a dystopian near future and the phone-less perils they must endure. A campy romp that finally gives the Handmaids some power and a voice, starring such characters as "Extremely Hot Nick," "Aunt Betsy DeVos," "Rory Gilmore," "Janine the One Eyed Bitch," and more. 

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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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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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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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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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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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