Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: “Lock the Gates!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDjEsrBjwSw

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

Friday, December 2: Marc Maron at Arlington Drafthouse
To the newer fan, Marc Maron is that neurotic talk-show-about-comedy host that’s always asking other comics, "Are we cool?" While he is that guy, he’s also a very influential alternative comedian. He’s been at this well over 20 years with mixed degrees of success. A few years ago he couldn’t sell out the Improv, but was still influencing a generation of stand-ups to be themselves and push the art forward. He was the Pixies of stand-up comedy. Now, he’s doing two nights at a space larger than the Improv to a new crop of adoring fans. The angry young man is now a slightly less angry middle-aged man with a somewhat more hopeful outlook. 7:30 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. tonight and Saturday (most shows sold out). $22.

Saturday, December 3: Top Shelf 11: Best Stories of the Year at Atlas
D.C.’s finest group of storytellers, SpeakeasyDC, brings its second annual best-of showcase to H Street this Saturday. The evening consists of eight stories from the more than 100 performed in the last calender year. Joseph Price, Nancy LeRoy, Mike Kane, Adam Ruben, Erin Myers, Topher Bellavia, John Kevin Boggs, and Dan Sullivan take the stage for their Moth-like event. 7 p.m and 9 p.m. All ages. $25.

Sunday, December 4: Steve-O at DC Improv
Stand-up comedy and writing aren’t Steve-O’s specialties, at least not yet. One of the only likable fellows in the Jackass crew has recently published a book, Professional Idiot: A Memoir. Tellingly, he’s also scaled back on the self-inflicted violence in his stage act. But Steve-O—born Stephen Gilchrist Glover—was always a little different from the other members of the Jackass family. For one, he rarely operated out of cruelty. Unlike his cohort Bam Margera, who made a career out of punishing his parents for God knows what, Glover mostly tortured himself. And now the former human rag doll, sober since 2008, has grown into yet another relatively humorous celebrity trying his hand in a new field—though he’s still willing to do almost anything in the name of entertainment. (Take his recent performance at the Comedy Central Charlie Sheen roast, where he broke his nose on Mike Tyson’s fist.) Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $25-$27.

Thursday, December 8: e-Geaux at Artisphere
This is the type of programming that makes Artisphere an interesting space for the arts. This interactive show asks audience members to let e-Geaux access their Facebook profile via their iPhone and Android. Over the course of the show, your profile data will be used as show fodder. Does that make sense? I’m not sure exactly what it is, either, but it does sound ambitious and fun. The artists and tech folks that make up PepysInc, the group behind the show, have something interest going on, the type of thing that could be the future of comedy theater. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. All ages. $15.

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