Laugh off the harsh February air at these five upcoming live comedy events happening in D.C. this month.
Pun DMV at DC Improv
Fans of wordplay, rejoice! Pun DMV is here, a one-of-a-kind pun competition at DC Improv that pits up to 20 contestants in a battle of wits. Be amazed as comedians and your fellow audience members alike attempt to best each other through a variety of pun-filled speeches and rapid-fire quip-offs. You’ll either laugh yourself to death or roll your eyes so hard they fall out. Either way, you won’t forget it! $7. 7:30 p.m. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC; dcimprov.com // @dcimprov
Capital Comedy Festival at DAR Constitution Hall
Spend your Valentine’s Day with a jam-packed roster of stand-up comics at the Capital Comedy Festival at the always fancy DAR Constitution Hall. Comedy legends like Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Don DC Curry will perform, who are currently touring the country as a part of the star-studded Royal Comedy 2023 package stand-up tour. $59+. 8 p.m. 1776 D St. NW, DC; dar.org // @eventsdar
Don’t Tell Washington at multiple secret locations
A live comedy show concept that’s swept the nation over the last few years, Don’t Tell Comedy is successful because it’s a simple idea executed well: pop-up comedy shows with surprise lineups in secret locations. With outposts in dozens of cities around the world, Don’t Tell is something of a phenomenon in the comedy world, full of surprise guests doing comedy in even more surprising locations, from auto shops to bookstores to random backyards. We think it’s worth catching one of the four Don’t Tell shows in D.C. this month: in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Capitol Hill and K Street. $25. Various times. donttellcomedy.com // @donttellcomedy
Finesse Mitchell at DC Improv
Both a very funny stand-up comic and a pretty underrated “Saturday Night Live” cast member, Finesse Mitchell has had a stellar career popping up as a funny person all over the place. Perhaps you’ve seen him on B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” “The Wendy Williams Show” or Netflix’s “Is It Cake,” or maybe you’ve enjoyed an episode or two of his podcast “Understand This.” Either way, Mitchell’s live shows are always a good time; his easy charm and relatable material makes him an engaging and entertaining live performer. $20+. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC; dcimprov.com // @dcimprov
Annie Lederman at The Comedy Loft
Standup, podcaster, writer, actor and more, Annie Lederman has gotten a lot of attention and gained plenty of fans through her appearances on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “WTF with Marc Maron,” as well as her own show, “Trash Tuesday.” You may have seen her on Comedy Central, E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” MTV’s “Girl Code” or laughed at one of the jokes she wrote for huge stars like the Impractical Jokers and Sacha Baron Cohen. Whether you’re already a fan or not, we recommend catching her doing stand-up at The Comedy Loft. $25+. Various time. 1523 22nd St. NW, DC; dccomedyloft.com // @dccomedyloft
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