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by Ethan Rothstein — March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am 3,038 0

South African comedian Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, and next week he’s coming to Arlington.

Trevor NoahNoah, 31, is scheduled to perform seven shows at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse starting Thursday, April 9. He’s set to perform two shows apiece on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and one show on Sunday, April 12. As of this morning, all of the shows are sold out, according to the Drafthouse’s website.

Noah has been a Daily Show correspondent for two months on the show, but according to his biography on the Drafthouse’s website, he’s performed sold out shows across the globe, discussing everything from his upbringing in South Africa during Apartheid to the American “sports industrial complex.” It was announced this morning that Noah has been tapped as the Daily Show’s new host.

Noah is currently wrapping up a tour of the Middle East. He performs in Oman — the country bordering Saudi Arabia and Yemen — tomorrow.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1,160 0

Jeff Foxworthy (photo via JeffFoxworthy.com)Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, best known for his “You might be a redneck if…” bit, is coming to Arlington on April 12 for a reflux disease and esophageal cancer awareness fundraiser.

The fundraiser will include stand-up comedy from Foxworthy and an opening act, determined by a nationwide competition, and it’s called “No Laughing Matter.” The event will be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway) at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are on sale for between $79 and $790.

The fundraiser aims to educate people on the link between acid reflux disease and esophageal cancer, and it’s sponsored by the Esophageal Cancer Action Network.

Along with the chance to hear Foxworthy’s routine, attendees will get access to an open bar of beer and wine, “light fare” at their table and the chance to win prizes like a walk-on role on HBO’s “Veep” and a tour of the White House’s west wing.

VIP tickets are available for the chance to take photos and mingle with Foxworthy — plus get an additional 90 minutes of open bar — for $200.

Photo via JeffFoxworthy.com

by Ethan Rothstein — February 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1,709 0

The Comedy Spot in Ballston Common Mall(Updated at 3:45 p.m.The Comedy Spot, the stand-up and improvisational comedy venue on the third floor of Ballston Common Mall, will shut its doors this weekend and move into D.C.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), The Comedy Spot will host its final standup show, a free showcase for comics who have performed over the last 10 years at the venue.

Saturday night will be the final shows for the regular Comedysportz and The Blue Show improv comedy shows, at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. respectively. Each show costs $15 and a large cast of present and past performers will take the stage for the final time.

After this weekend, the shows will move to the D.C. Improv at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, according to The Comedy Spot’s website. The first Comedysportz and Blue Show at the Improv will be March 14.

According to the host of the weekly open mic night, Kenneth Llewellyn, the Comedy Spot decided to let its lease run out, rather than renew before the mall undergoes its planned major renovation.

“The Comedy Spot is one of the longest running comedy mics in the DMV area,” Llewellyn said in an email. He’s hosted the free Thursday night shows, which have been held weekly for six years, since 2013. “After six years. the venue is closing so we’re having one last show featuring some of the all-time greats.”

The Comedy Spot’s owner, Liz Demery, told ARLnow.com in an email that her “rather expensive lease was up.”

I adore the people and audiences at the DC Improv,” she wrote. “Instead of having to maintain a physical space, we get to show up and play at their excellent location.”

by Ethan Rothstein — October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am 1,119 0

Tom Green (photo via FacebookTom Green — the comedian best known for the 1990s MTV program “The Tom Green Show” and “putting his bum” on things — is scheduled to perform stand-up comedy at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) in December.

Green will perform four shows in two nights on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, with performances at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are already on sale online — each show costs $25.

Green gained notoriety in the ’90s for his talk show, which the Drafthouse promo for his performances says “paved the way for shows like ‘Jackass, ‘Punk’d’ and ‘Fear Factor.’ With its guerrilla video tactics and outrageous stunts, it was unlike anything that had been seen before.”

Green also had prominently roles in movies like “Road Trip,” “Stealing Harvard” and “Freddy Got Fingered.”

Green now hosts “Tom Green Live,” a talk show on AXS TV.

Photo via Facebook

by Ethan Rothstein — September 3, 2014 at 10:30 am 472 0

Laughs logoThe new FOX comedy TV show, “Laughs,” is taping an episode at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) next week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Drafthouse will host 10 D.C.-area comics who will perform brief acts to be featured on the late night show, which airs locally Mondays and Fridays on My20 at midnight.

The show, hosted and produced by comic Steve Hofstetter, goes from city to city, featuring local comics. Its shows are also available on YouTube. After the 10 comics perform, Hofstetter performs a set and answers questions from the crowd.

Tickets for the show are $10 online.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am 610 0

CollegeHumor's Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz and Streeter SeidellComedians from the comedy website CollegeHumor are coming to the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse next month.

The comedy duo Jake and Amir — Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld — and CollegeHumor Executive Editor Streeter Seidell will perform Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and only ages 18 and up will be admitted.

Arlington is the first stop of the trio’s nationwide tour, for which they’ve shot a brief comedic promotional video. Jake and Amir’s online comedy series has won several “Webbies,” while Seidell is also the co-host and writer of the MTV show “Pranked,” along with Blumenfeld.

Image courtesy of CollegeHumor

by ARLnow.com — April 9, 2013 at 10:20 am 0

Dave CoulierComedian and impressionist Dave Coulier will be returning to Arlington for three comedy shows next week.

Coulier is perhaps best known for playing “Uncle” Joey Gladstone on the ABC series Full House in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Other entertainment credits include hosting the show America’s Funniest People, and providing voiceovers for the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. Coulier is also widely believed to the the subject of the Alanis Morissette Song “You Oughta Know.”

Dave Coulier (promo photo)Coulier will be performing stand-up comedy at Artisphere in Rosslyn (1101 Wilson Blvd) on Saturday, April 20. He will perform two shows, at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets to each are $30.

The Michigan native will also be performing at a comedy, improv and illusion variety show at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. Coulier will share the stage with a master illusionist and the Porkchop Volcano improv troupe at the family-friendly (PG rated) show. Tickets are $25 and will benefit Patrick Henry Elementary School.

We last reported on Coulier when he performed at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse in 2011.

by ARLnow.com — January 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm 713 7 Comments

Capitol Steps logoThe Capitol Steps comedy troupe will perform at Yorktown High School this weekend as part of a fundraiser.

The group — which was formed when a group of Senate staffers set out to satirize their employers — has been poking fun at Washington politics for more than 30 years. They are regularly featured on National Public Radio and have made appearances on network TV.

The Steps will be performing at the Yorktown High School Auditorium (5200 Yorktown Blvd) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13

The group is coming to Yorktown to benefit the student productions and educational workshops of the school’s theater program. Tickets are available online for $40.

by Katie Pyzyk — September 12, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,644 8 Comments

Remember that show “Pop Up Videos” on VH1 that was all the rage in the 1990s? Well, the live version is coming to Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd).

On Saturday, September 22, the art venue will host “Popped-Up Videos Live.” The show will feature 1990s “statement videos” with fun facts and jokes interspersed. The comedic event will show videos from artists like Arrested Development, TLC, Van Halen, Porno for Pyros and Queen Latifah.

Guest comedians and personalities will join host Andrew Bucket, who is touted as a music video historian. During the show, the audience can participate in games and trivia to win prizes.

Admission is $10 for the program, which runs from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in the Dome Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online.

by ARLnow.com — August 31, 2011 at 10:30 am 3,184 17 Comments

Pauly Shore will be performing stand-up comedy at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) next month.

The former MTV host also has writer, producer and director on his resume, but he’s best known for his starring roles in mediocre 1990s comedies like Encino Man, Son in Law, In the Army Now, Jury Duty and Bio-Dome. More recently, Shore has had guest roles on TV series like Entourage and the short-lived “reality” show Sunset Tan.

Shore is scheduled for four performances (an early show and a late show) on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. Tickets are currently on sale for $25.

“Shore’s stand-up is sprinkled with autobiographical tidbits from his wacky life,” according to the Cinema Drafthouse’s web site. “His goal is to make sure the fans leave the show learning something about him.”

by ARLnow.com — May 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm 1,185 1 Comment

Just remember: it’s for a good cause.

Eleven local comedians — men and women — are going shirt and pant-less on stage tonight to help raise money for the Japanese Red Cross and its tsunami relief efforts.

The show, which organizers are calling “The 11th Street Underwear Showcase/Tsunami Relief Show,” is being held at Eleventh Street Lounge in Clarendon (1041 N. Highland Street) from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $5.

See the event’s Facebook page for more info.

by ARLnow.com — April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm 2,016 20 Comments

On back-to-back weekends, the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse will host one of the cleanest acts in comedy and one of the dirtiest acts in comedy.

Dave Coulier, of Full House and America’s Funniest People fame, will be performing a “special family-friendly comedy show” at the Drafthouse on Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets to see “Uncle Joey” — on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 — are $23 apiece.

Just one week after Coulier’s squeaky-clean stand-up act, the only performer ever banned for life from MTV will take the stage.

Andrew Dice Clay, described in promotional materials as the “most controversial and outrageous comic of all time,” was the first comic to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. Now, having just landed a reoccurring role on HBO’s Entourage, he’s coming to Arlington for two nights of comedy.

Dice will be performing at 7:30 and 9:55 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. Tickets are $40.

by ARLnow.com — February 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm 1,561 18 Comments

Two comedy legends will be coming to the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) in the next month.

Jon Lovitz, of Saturday Night Live and The Critic fame, will be performing a total of four stand-up shows at the Drafthouse on Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets are $30.

The next week, on Friday, March 4 and Saturday March 5, the single-name comedian Gallagher will be bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Drafthouse.

Gallagher is best known for his 80s cable TV specials, in which he would smash watermelons and other objects with a huge mallet, to the delight of trash bag-wearing audience members. His stand-up act at the Drafthouse, however, will not include an appearance by the famous “Sledge-O-Matic.”

In the world’s most concise publicity email (total: 19 words), Gallagher’s promotional manager confirmed that the show will not include any fruit smashing.

“This means all comedy without the mess!” wrote Christine Scherrer. “It’ll be a great show.”

Tickets to the show are $25.

by ARLnow.com — December 14, 2010 at 10:02 am 611 1 Comment

If you’re looking to get in the Christmas spirit, good news: there are holiday events aplenty around Arlington. There are so many events, in fact, that one is bound to bring a smile to the face of even the most ardent Grinch.

A few of the entries in our recently-updated Events Calendar:

  • Screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life” to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center (at Arlington Cinema Drafthouse)
  • Holiday Concert by the Potomac Harmony Chorus, Arlington’s award-winning women’s barbership chorus (at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater)
  • Holiday Mayhem at Signature Theater, featuring four nights of holiday merrymaking
  • Rasberry Brothers present “Home Alone” – Everybody’s favorite 90s Christmas movie, mocked Mystery Science Theater 3000-style by comedian Jerm Pollet (at Arlington Cinema Drafthouse)
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