Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: Matt Braunger

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

Friday, February 3: Demetri Martin at Warner Theater
Mr. Martin has outlasted the hipster backlash. Kind of like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (just stay with me on this), the comic moved relatively quickly, in the public's view, from indie-comedy darling to guy with a big-selling record on a major label. That led to two seasons of a television show that was lambasted by former fans because it wasn't Mr. Show. But it was funny. He kept going. He recently released a book full of those neat drawings he uses in his stand-up act. It was pretty well-received. The backlash was receding. Recent appearances on "W.T.F." and "The Adam Carolla Podcast" shined a light on the pretty normal guy and, like the YYYs, he's back to an elevated level that suits what he does. 8 p.m., all ages, $35.

Saturday, February 4: Matt Braunger at Arlington Drafthouse
Braunger is that funny guy from the show. That guy. Plays the neighbor. There's a kid or something. He's funny. He is. Started in dive bars and is now playing larger alternative rooms and theaters. His style works well in clubs, too. He's funny. Really. Everybody likes him and soon people will love him. He's that guy at the party that makes everyone laugh but doesn't break anything or steal from coats so he's not as memorable as that addict in the corner. But he's funny. 10 p.m., 21+, $20, also February 3.

Monday, February 6: Drag Race viewing party at Duplex Diner
Drag Race is the best reality show on television. RuPaul is an excellent host. Her brand of bitchiness, motherly instinct, and comedy chops make the most boring challenges interesting. The contestants aren't too shabby either. By the third episode, personal favorites are developed and followed on Twitter. This season, I'm already rooting for Sharon Needles. The show is a great replacement for weekly football viewing. Just like the N.F.L., you pick your team based on arbitrary reasons, root for your team to win and wish for the other team to sustain career ending injuries. This is not an ironic pick. If you don't believe me, check out last week's season 4 premiere. It streams on Logo for free. 9 p.m., 21+, Free.

Tuesday, February 7: The Anecdote: Stories About Not Love at Room and Board
Storytelling in a furniture store. Why not? This series returns with a Valentine's Day installment. Tales of sex, not sex, weird almost sex, weird never having sex with that person again and more ensure an entertaining evening in a non-traditional venue. 7 p.m., all ages, $10.

Thursday, February 9: DCVariety Open Mic at Red Palace
Open mics aren't supposed to be good or interesting. It's band practice for people without bands. They're needed and can be fun, but not for the right reasons. This one might be good for the right reasons. It's not exclusively comedy, music, storytelling. or poetry. It's all of those things with performances from sideshow acts, as well. That is what will make this unique. It'll be hard for a not-quite-ready performer to follow a knife juggler or contortionist. Hilarious? Probably not. Funny? Probably. 9 p.m., 21+, Free.

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