Host to a variety of professional comedians and local acts, Riot Act's stage induces fits of laughter with the wit and tomfoolery of the club's evening comedy lineups. Guffaw-loving guests can plop down to view acts such as Jeff Caldwell, a three time performer on The Late Show with David Letterman, or fill their weekly giggle quotas with Comedy Central veteran Josh Blue. Open-mic nights give local comedians a chance to hone their acts without the threat of harsh critiques written on rotting tomatoes. In between laughs, duos can sip pours of their favorite drink from the venue's nightly menu, which features a slew of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Close to both public transportation and parking lots, the new club offers a convenient way to enjoy live comedy without the hassle of carpooling in a clown car.
Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, the modern iteration of the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant, movie theater, and performance space. Besides screening blockbusters, the venue also hosts regular comedy shows featuring standups who have shared their skills on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien. Between laughs, audience members can take bites from a complete menu or sips of selections from a full-service bar.
From the great heights of the Windows over Washington restaurant, a rotation of comedians float nationally toured and tested routines toward dinner and late-night audiences. The Comedy Zone DC keeps punch lines rolling with its regularly stuffed calendar of established and up-and-coming jokesters. Windows over Washington backdrops the onstage uproar with the clinking of wineglasses, aromas wafting from steak and seafood dishes, and stunning views of the cityscape and the Potomac River.
When the Old Town Theater was remodeled in 2012, the owners discovered an architectural gem that waited 98 years to be uncovered. Throughout the theater, they found pressed tin dating back to the venue’s inception as a vaudeville and silent-film house in 1914. The most amazing discovery, however, was a grand staircase that had been left out of the building plans since the 1930s. Now the theater pays homage to its roots, even while offering modern amenities such as spacious seating, a professional light-and-sound system, and a television that shows stuff in color.
Baltimore Comedy Factory has nonviolently busted guts with nationally sourced joke-slingers for nearly three decades. Several nights a week, the club schedules sets by stars pulled onto the stage fresh from appearances in blockbuster comedies and hit TV shows. Tucked within the Power Plant Live complex, the expansive new location finds room for comfy table seating, a beach-themed bar pouring sodas and cocktails, and an ample supply of super-size prop sunglasses.
Baltimore Improv Group's troupe of off-the-cuff comedians busts guts with seven renditions of its Unscripted play, continuing its mission to promote the art of improvisational theater. During each two-act production, quipsters harvest audience suggestions as joke fertilizer, nurturing randomly plucked ideas into fully developed scenes, characters, and wedding vows for brides-to-be. To ensure that no two shows are ever the same, Baltimore Improv's laugh magnets encourage attendees to bring unusual objects from home for use as props, which join forces with the cast's costumes, soundtrack, and lighting system to forge a uniquely humorous experience. Additionally, select dates will feature guest stars, including burlesque performers, spoken-word artists, and expert storytellers, whose riveting styles and penchant for shooting s'mores from T-shirt cannons add to the play's lively atmosphere.