Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: Fringe Is Humorous!

Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.

Friday, July 22: Fringe: An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein at Studio Theatre

The well-reviewed, not-for-children Fringe offering “An Adult Evening With Shel Silverstein” has one more performance. Don’t miss out on altering childhood memories by going blue. Any show that recommends not bringing children is something I admire. Unless it’s just nudity. That usually gets boring. 6 p.m., $17.

Saturday, July 23: Lizz Winstead at Arlington Draft House
The Daily Show and Air America co-founder is heading to the Arlington Draft House. Lizz Winstead, an extremely funny lady who's more than willing to be very loose with her words (follow her on Twitter), is currently touring the nation for Planned Parenthood. As a comedy fan and not insane person, I can’t think of a better reason to see one of her two shows. 7:30 p.m., $23, 21+. Also July 22.

Sunday, July 24: Fringe: Match Game at Studio Theater
The final night of the Capital Fringe Festival gives us a night out watching a game show come to life. The highlighly unpredictable, highly intoxicated Match Game is raised from the dead and features all local talent. This panel includes raconteur John Dimes, former Bozo Dick Dyszel and culture critic Joe Barber. 6:30 p.m., $17, all ages. Also Saturday at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26: The Breakfast Club at Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle
If it’s not a billion degrees on Tuesday, shoot on over to Bethesda to view the teen dramedy whose every scene has been parodied. It’s been skewered as much as Casablanca. If you can, find a teenager who hasn’t seen the film, sit him down, and try to explain just how important this piece of film was to a few generations. They’ll be texting. The teens in this classic didn’t have cell phones. If they did, they’d be texting, making this film super boring, like today’s teenagers. 9 p.m., free, all ages.

Thursday, July 28: Family Hemerlein at Gibson Guitar Showroom
Matthew Hemerlein and Seaton Smith host this sort-of-regular event. A nice variety of stand-up and song, this edition features Fallon vet Andy Haynes and music from Terrence Cunningham and 16-year-old Cecelia Jeffrey. It’s definitely the best show on Thursday night and maybe the most well-rounded event of the week. 7:30 p.m., $15, all ages.

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