Posts Tagged ‘standup comedy’

Laugh Track: Two Local Comedians Get a Very Early Start

“For me, stand-up comedy is a lot like sex,” says the freckled comic behind the microphone at Dupont Circle’s Townhouse. He pauses while a few people chuckle at the crowded bar. “It’s super awkward for everyone involved, you’re going to laugh at me the whole time, and it’s only going to last about three minutes.”
This has [...]

Rejected From Bentzen Ball, Local Comics Book Their Own Comedy Show

Back after a four-year hiatus, Brightest Young Things' Bentzen Ball comedy festival is named after a Danish man named Ole Bentzen who laughed himself to death while watching A Fish Called Wanda. But when the event kicks off tonight at the Lincoln Theatre, featuring curator Tig Notaro along with Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Heather Lawless, and others, [...]

Joke’s On You: To Curb Allegations of Joke Stealing, D.C. Comics Get Creative

It’s a chilly evening in October, and a band of stand-up comics, clowns, improvisers, and freelance writers has crowded into 14th Street NW eatery Restaurant Judy for a meeting of the D.C. Comedy Writers group. They’ve come here to write, riff, and workshop ideas for material. But mostly, they’re here to suck.
The group offers something [...]

“And I Am Not Lying” to Break Your Heart

I met Jeff Simmermon in 1986. We went to different schools in the Northern Virginia suburbs but attended the same theater camp the summer between fourth and fifth grade, where we appeared together in a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. My recollection is that Jeff was one of a few kids who [...]

Hypnotist Flip Orley Returns to DC Improv

Stand-up comedian and hypnotist Flip Orley first learned about his craft at age 12 when he bought the book How to Pick Up Girls Through Hypnotism. “Most of the girls in school liked me as a buddy,” he says. “When I would ask them to a dance, they’d say, ‘Oh, but we’re too good of [...]

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 [...]

The Arts Desk Interview: David Cross

In which the author discusses issues of great and small import with comedian David Cross.
Washington City Paper: Where are you? [The author often begins interviews with this ubiquitous question. He is aware the question is not interesting, but must make small talk with his subjects in order to put them and himself at ease. Unfortunately, [...]