Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

ToDo ToDay: Bill T. Jones, Speedy Stand-Up Comedy

Watching a dance performance from the lawn at Wolf Trap can be like looking at a painting from a mile away: Details of lines and phrasing disappear in the gulf between stage and grass. But once in a while a company comes along with a show that transcends the less-than-ideal conditions. “Story/Time” by the Bill [...]

Killing Joke: How the Curtain Fell on Riot Act Comedy Theater

What do you get when a businessman, a lawyer, and a self-described “Greek guy with a big nose” try to open a comedy club together?
A lawsuit.
When Riot Act Comedy Theater opened last August, it was supposed to shake up the established rhythms of D.C.’s comedy circuit: It boasted bookings like Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, suggesting [...]

Don’t Be Bored: C.L.I.T. Fest, Made In Hong Kong Film Festival

In 2004, a group of Minneapolis punks combined their passion for feminism and aptitude for brilliant acronyms to organize the inaugural C.L.I.T. Fest (“Combatting Latent Inequality Together”). Through live performances and hands-on workshops, the festival aimed to celebrate women’s contributions to punk and DIY culture and to start conversations about [...]

The Sleigher: Red State Update’s “I Don’t Feel Like Fuckin’ This Christmas”

HO HO WHO: Red State Update, the Tennessee-based duo of Jonathan "Dunlap" Shockley and Travis "Jackie Broyles" Harmon. The Sleigher swears to Jesus Himself that he hadn't heard of these guys until a few weeks ago. They do ironic political comedy. They have a new and really long album called Santa Is Real. There is [...]

Reviewed: The Essential Collection by Bill Hicks

"I loved when Bush came out and said, 'We are losing the war against drugs.' You know what that implies? There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it."
"We live in a world where John Lennon was murdered, yet Barry Manilow continues to put out fucking albums. Goddamnit! If you're gonna [...]

Better Onstage: Patton Oswalt

A comedian with the good taste to work with Pixar, tour with Zach Galifianakis, and star in the ultra-dark Big Fan ought to make a hilarious interviewee. Patton Oswalt's stand-up material braves nerdy topics like comic books alongside heavier ones like atheism, and he pulls it off swimmingly. He won was nominated for a Grammy [...]

Tonight in Comedy: Donnell Rawlings at the DC Improv

While waiting for Dave Chappelle's next unpublicized stand-up, let’s do ourselves a favor and learn to like Chappelle’s co-host and fellow D.C. native Donnell Rawlings, who’s not only unafraid of tweaking black stereotypes but can’t seem to get enough of doing so. As the least violent member of the Time Haters, a group of pimps [...]