Arts Desk

This Could Be Funny: Bill Burr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLHjvQJ9y_w

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

Friday, March 2: John Oliver at DC Improv
Thanks to his well-curated stand up series on Comedy Central, most people know Oliver for more than just his role as a Daily Show correspondent. The quick-witted British comedian is truly a British comedian: His material is cerebral, well-informed, and charming. Oliver's stand-up is slightly more confrontational than his Daily Show work, skewering folks on both sides without as much editing. His weekly radio show/podcast "The Bugle," a show he's been on longer than the one that made him famous in America, is more in line with his live appearances. For fans of BBC America, The Daily Show, and Eddie Izard. 8 and 10:30 p.m., 18+, $25. Also March 3. (All shows sold out.)

And the very funny Bobcat Goldthwait is still at Riot Act.

Saturday, March 3: Bill Burr at Lincoln Theater
Mr. Burr is at the top of his game. Besides Louis C.K., he's the most well-respected working comic today. Whether you're a comedy nerd, casual stand-up fan, or could care less about joy, Burr is able to find the thing that makes things funny. Yes, he's blunt and yes, he's from Boston, but that doesn't make him a dumb brute. He understands how his accent and look pigeonhole him and he uses it to his advantage. Burr would not enjoy this write-up—intellectualizing what makes him funny isn't helping his cause—but it'll hopefully get the word out to the few that don't know why he's peaking at the art form. These shows will be taped for Burr's new special, which is a very, very good thing for D.C.-based Burr fans. For fans of George Carlin, Louis C.K., Lewis Black. 7 and 10 p.m., all ages, $35. (More tickets have been released for the previously sold out shows.)

Thursday, March 8: Todd Glass at DC Improv

Most people who knew about Todd Glass before he appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast in January are comedy nerds, pure and simple. Glass’ cerebral style of observational, pot-friendly humor made him a comic’s comic, beloved by indie queen Sarah Silverman and casino headliner David Spade alike. He happily fills any space with bombastic rants about nothing; even his tangents have tangents. But “WTF” was a game-changer because Glass came out as gay on the show, after more than 25 years in the business without a peep. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. He appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in February as a guest—not just a performer—something hard to imagine a few months ago. At his shows at D.C. Improv this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see what the already extremely open comic says about sexuality; he’s already said he came out to take a stand against gay teen suicide. But even if he doesn’t go there, the ticket price is worth it: Glass always delivers a unique show, a boon for both new and longtime fans—the ones who can keep up with him, at least. For fans of Marc Maron, Jimmy Dore, Sarah Silverman. 8pm, 18+, $15, Also March 9-11

Brandon Wetherbee hosts the podcast "You, Me, Them, Everybody," which records at the Wonderland Ballroom; the 8x8 variety show at Looking Glass Lounge; and The Quick and the Damned open mic at Solly's.

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