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District of Comedy Festival


The Second City

The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand

Jun 22 - Aug 13, 2017

The Second City returns for another summer of uproarious irreverence in all-new Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand.

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Underground Comedy

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Underground Comedy Stand-Up Showcase

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 6:00 PM

Underground Comedy, D.C.’s premier independent comedy production company, brings rising comics from around the country to perform in Washington, D.C.


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Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Award-winning actors and Broadway veterans Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski bring their one-of-a-kind chemistry to the NSO, singing hits from the stage and screen for one unforgettable performance.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 8:30 PM

In this in-depth, long-form interview show, actor and comedian Michael Ian Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

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Brandon Wardell

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Brandon Wardell and Friends

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 6:00 PM

The host of Hot Takes with Brandon Wardell for Comedy Central and Rolling Stone's "Hot Comedian" of 2016 presents a night of stand-up comedy.


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Puddles Pity Party

Fri, Jul 21

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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The Daily Show Correspondents Stand-Up Tour featuring Roy Wood, Jr., Ronny Chieng, and Gina Yashere

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 8:00 PM

The 22 Primetime Emmy Award®–winning late-night talk and news satire television show goes live with stand-up performances from acclaimed correspondents and writers Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, and Gina Yashere.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Reductress presents Mouth Time Live!

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 8:30 PM

With sassy catchphrases, non-threatening debates, huge special guests, silent hot guys, and bold life advice, Reductress editors Quenn and Dikoda give you everything you’ve come to expect from a women’s magazine podcast in 2017.

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Boast Rattle hosted by Kyle Ayers

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 10:30 PM

Comedians compete to see who can complement one another in this free showdown of sweetness. Playing off the idea of roasts, Boast Rattle has two comedians go head-to-head, delivering alternating blows of the nicest order.


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The Improvised Shakespeare Co.

Sat, Jul 22

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company brings you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy by creating a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece before your very eyes.

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Aparna Nancherla

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Aparna Nancherla & Friends

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 6:00 PM

Comedian Aparna Nancherla, whose recent credits include roles on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and Netflix's Love, presents an evening of standup that also features Jo Firestone and Chris Duffy.


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Louie Anderson

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

Iconic comedian, best-selling author, and three-time Emmy Award® winner Louie Anderson offers a one-night only stand-up performance.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Mortified

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 8:30 PM

Everyday adults share their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics, and locker notes in front of total strangers in this comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.

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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 10:30 PM

Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, People of Earth), Night Train comes to the Kennedy Center from its New York home for a free night of comedy with some of the best comedians of the moment.

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