Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: The Successful Alcoholic Edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NVUu4YzbVo

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

Friday, August 12: T.J. Miller at Arlington Draft House
Mr. Miller is that guy that’s in every other big studio comedy movie and sitcom playing the role of best friend or wacky neighbor or dumb stoner. He’s also a great stand-up, with a lovable/confrontational mix of loud  drunken guy and too-smart-for-his-own-good nice guy. Miller has been the next big face in comedy since his role in the not comedy Cloverfield in 2008, but the right vehicle hasn’t come along. Still, he’s been hard to miss, even if the roles haven't been great. If you’ve dismissed him, just watch the beautifully sad and quite funny short film he wrote with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Successful Alcoholics. He’s about to release his first stand-up album' his shows at the Drafthouse will be sort of a greatest-hits set. 10 p.m., $20, 18+

Saturday, August 13: Capital City Showcase at The District of Columbia Arts Center
Host Christian Hunt did an excellent job programming this edition of his regular variety show. D.C.’s most original stand-up voice, Michael Foody, headlines and blues troubador Johnny Grave will play a short set. These two folks will make you happy to pay the price of Adams Morgan on a Saturday night. You’ll remember Foody for his completely unique take on the minutiae of wolves; and Grave knows how to keep it light between songs of heartbreak. Comedians Lamont King, Brad Ryan, Paul Simpson, and hip-hop group Universe City Press are also on the bill. 10 p.m., $12, all ages

Sunday, August 14: Comedy Barbeque at Gibson
Brooke Van Popplen and Lucas Molandes headline this evening of comedy and food that makes you fat. If you haven’t heard of either of them, well, there’s a reason: They’re both poised for bigger stages and are on their way. Brooke Van Poppelen is the type of comic you want to see on Chelsea Lately's panel so she gets some television love and so you don't feel sad about watching Chelsea Lately. Lucas Molandes should be touring the country with Seaton Smith, showing the WTF listeners what the future of stand-up looks like. 8 p.m., $22, 21+

Tuesday, August 16: Open Mic at Riot Act Comedy Theater
Riot Act is billing itself as “the only comedy club in the area that offers Open Mic Night.” To Riot Act, the Arlington Drafthouse’s Saturday night open mic that has no cover doesn’t count. Also, the nightly opportunities to perform in a non-traditional venue, excellently catalogued on D.C. Standup, don’t count either. This is it. Thanks to Riot, we finally have a place to pay $10 to witness comics figure it out on stage. Don’t worry folks, it will be amazing. If you’ve never been to an open mic, something most comics tell their friends not to attend because they don’t want to make actual friends witness the creative process, why not start with Riot Act! Go against all logic and reason and head on downtown to something most people avoid, like naming a club Riot Act during a period of social unrest in the U.K. 8:30 p.m., $10, 18+

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