Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: Be Brandon Wardell’s Friend

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

Friday, September 16: Brandon Wardell and Friends at Velvet Lounge
The funniest man under 20 in D.C. is Brandon Wardell. D.C.’s best stand-up is Michael Foody. The show is at a venue that usually doesn’t host comedy shows. The cover charge is $5. All of these factors make this show a no-brainer, an excellent intro to the D.C. comedy scene that should even be pleasing to the most weathered vets. You’ll see odder performers like Foody and Adam Friedland, excellent joke writers like Wardell and Tim Messenger, and Andy Haynes and Alice Wetterlund visiting for New York. Shows like this pop up every once in a while and they’re great shocks to the scene. They’re fun, accessible to non-comedy nerds, and definitely worth the $5. Attend and maybe more will happen. 7 p.m., $5, 21+

Saturday, September 17: Overexposed: The Good, The Bad & The Naked at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room
This monthly variety show returns to Adams Morgan for another Saturday night of comedy-based acts. The very funny Vijai Nathan curated and hosts this event. It begins with a musical performance from Perfect Square and includes stand-ups, storytellers, and poets. 7 p.m., $15, 21+

Sunday, September 18: DC Shorts Funny Shorts at Atlas Arts Center
The final day of the DC Shorts Festival includes family shorts, best of the fests, and comedic shorts. The fest, reviewed program by program on this here blog, is yet another reason why D.C. is a pretty good place to be a cinephile.  2 p.m., $12, all ages

Tuesday, September 20: “Glee” viewing party at The Heights
The best show on television set in Ohio about high school kids that sing and dance and have no acne and are able to speak without stuttering and are mostly in shape and seem to have an endless supply of slushies and are able to choreography fantastical dance numbers with no practice and didn’t one of the cheerleaders have a kid in the first season returns for season 3! Come out and enjoy drinks inspired by the show, such as The Rachel Berry, The Tracksuit, and The Warbler. I’m assuming all of these contain enough high fructose corn syrup to make you a diabetic. Should be fun! 8pm, no cover, all ages

Thursday, September 22: Steve Byrne at DC Improv
Byrne is an extremely hard-working, motivated individual who doesn’t use his race (he’s Irish and Korean) as an excuse for success or failure. I know this because I listened to his episode of “WTF.” It was fascinating. I initially dismissed Byrne as an unfunny opportunist due to his appearances on Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, quite possibly the worst comedy tour of all time. Turns out I was half-right. He is an opportunist but that’s not a bad thing. He’s not pushing the art form forward, but he’s also not holding it back. Byrne is a pitcher that can give you 200 innings a season and won’t kill your salary cap. Consistency is his key and it’s paying off. 8 p.m., $15, 21+, also September 23-25

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