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by Ethan Rothstein — October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am 806 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 1,496 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 2,938 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 1,067 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 1,816 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 1,289 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 503 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)

by ARLnow.com — November 4, 2010 at 11:34 am 1,138 7 Comments

How do you deal with a homophobe like Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. How do you cope with the raw hatred of someone whose minions hold signs that say “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”?

For one 25-year-old New Yorker, the solution is comedy.

Brent Sullivan will be bringing his unique one-man comedy show, Brent Sullivan’s Fag Life: A Conversation with Fred Phelps, to Artisphere this weekend.

The show is described as an “innovative approach to revealing bigotry and hatred in America by having a discussion with a fanatic.”

“The show is a celebration of gay culture, while very critical of certain aspects of the LGBT community that are outdated, stereotypical and offensive,” a press release says. Sullivan’s comedy is “a straight friendly approach to being gay… without the stereotypical attitude that plagues most gay comedians.”

Though Sullivan is alone on stage, he’s joined in spirit by Phelps, whose whose zany sound bites are played intermittently for comedic effect and as a way to introduce new topics of conversation for Sullivan. (See a video clip here)

The show will be performed at the Dome theater at Artisphere at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20.

by Scott Brodbeck — August 24, 2010 at 9:20 am 1,527 4 Comments

To be honest, I thought Eric Patrick (@ericisfunny on Twitter) was not going to be very funny.

With the past music, photography and acting aspirations of Real World cast members in mind, I was preparing myself for pity laughter and polite applause when Eric took the mic as the last act of the night on Friday.

The stand-up comedians who preceded him on stage at the sold-out Arlington Drafthouse were actually quite funny — but it was Patrick’s name on the marquee out front. Would the former State Department employee live up to the billing?

In fact… he did.

His confident, energetic and engaging performance was surprising given that nothing on The Real World: New Orleans up to this point has really shown his funny or outgoing side. In an interview after the show, Eric readily admitted that his sole contribution to last week’s episode was carrying a drunk cast member from the sidewalk to her bedroom.

But that’s about to change. Eric says the last three episodes of the season will feature him and his comedy more prominently. And even though he’s “the normal one,” Eric says he wasn’t able to avoid drama with cast member Ryan in some upcoming episodes.

Despite the lack of screen time, Eric says he often gets recognized on the streets of Arlington. He was hoping that basic cable stardom would be a one-way ticket to getting more girls, but says it has instead been a magnet for older men and unattractive women.

“Here’s what I’ve noticed: the bigger the excitement to see me, the bigger the woman,” Eric quipped during his edgy 30-minute act.

In the end, Eric says he loved living in New Orleans, but the Real World experience wasn’t without its low points.

“The pros outweighed the cons, and it was mainly the city,” he said. “It was one of the best cities I’ve been to.”

Eric, 25, returned to Arlington after taping the show and is currently living in his grandparents’ house near Virginia Hospital Center. The grandparents, Roy and Peggy Jones, now live in Georgia and let Eric keep watch over the home, which has been in the family for at least four generations.

The Jonses were at the show Friday night. Mrs. Jones said they’re supportive of Eric — who they described as “quiet” — even when he’s making jokes about receiving oral sex in Roy’s rocking chair.

“That’s fine, it’s life,” Mrs. Jones said. “That’s the way we are, we always support our children… whatever they want to do we tell them to do it 150 percent.”

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by ARLnow.com — August 16, 2010 at 9:19 am 2,015 1 Comment

Arlington resident, Real World cast member and aspiring comedian Eric Patrick will headline a night of comedy at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) this Friday.

Patrick will take the stage with three friends: comedians Lafayette Wright, Mike Eltringham and Courtney Fearrington.

Eric promises to have some fun at the expense of his fellow Real World cast members. Even occasional viewers of the MTV show can attest that Jemmye, Knight and Ryan seem like ripe subjects for comedy.

The show starts at 9:45 p.m. this coming Friday (August 20). Tickets are $10.

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