Laughing All the Way in March
It's not all about hoops this month. There are also hee-larious folks—like John Hodgman—serving up fresh, piping-hot comedy.
Every Wednesday in March, the Tonic Lounge will be celebrating the two-year anniversary of its Weekly Recurring Humor Night, with (as usual) a lineup of well-seasoned local pros like Seth Milstein, Shane Torres, Alex Falcone, Gabe Dinger, and Danny Felts, among others, with hosting duties by the divine Whitney Streed. And it's only $3–5 bucks to get in!
The Bagdad Theater will host author, comedian, PC Guy, and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman on March 7. Hodgman will share passages from That Is All, the third and final installment of his trilogy, Complete World Knowledge. He'll be armed with a sackful of ready-made facts, articles, lists, and narratives—and he might even sing a song! Tickets are $25, and include a copy of the book.
Awesome news for fans of the late, great TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000! MST alums Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and J. Elvis Weinstein will be doing some funny bits and live-riffing the Ed Wood classic Plan 9 From Outer Space at Laughter's The Best Medicine on March 8, a fundraiser for the Vital Life Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that supports organizations and programs that provide meaning and vitality to the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long-term care.
"Mom was diagnosed manic depressive and schizophrenic," says comic Christopher Titus. "As a kid, I never really knew who was coming to dinner." Ever wondered how insanity or suicide could be transformed into comic grist? Then Titus is your guy, the man who put the "fun" in "dysfunctional." Pad your ego and ignore your reservations against the airing of painful childhood memories when Titus arrives at Helium Comedy Club, March 14-16.
How do you not know about Mr. Dave Hill, New York comedian, erotic short-story writer, metal guitar hero, and arguably the funniest man on Twitter (@mrdavehill?). Impress your friends by dragging them to the Funhouse Lounge on March 21 for an evening with the irrepresible Hill, a man who recently described himself as "the older white male Beyonce."
You can safely take your folks to see comedian Brian Regan without exposing them to to any raunchy material. Regan has distinguished himself as a SFW funny man who doesn't swear or revel in anecdotes about sex and/or drugs, ever since his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman back in 1995. Regan's dependable domestic observations about food, friends, and family are practically guaranteed to tickle the funnybone of multiple generations.
What with Washington being the newly legalized home of recreational marijuana, one would think that the guy who starred in Super High Me would have something to say about it. Doug Benson will light up Helium Comedy Club March 29–30. Come see the movie-TV-podcast star in his latest round of self-deprecation mixed with acerbic observations on slacker culture.
Veteran New York comedian Hannibal Buress will be at the Aladdin Theater March 30. He's written for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock—a show in which he's played a homeless man five times! Remember, there are no small parts, only small actors. And if you're going through a terrible crisis, (cancer, unemployment, poverty) do not ask him to retweet (@HannibalBuress) on your behalf. "What would you do if this was the '80s," he asks. Darn right.