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Tickets are on sale all day for each event and range from $ 10 to $ 25.
Following pandemic-related delays, comedians from across the country will take center stage next week at the third annual DC Comedy Festival.
The event, which takes place in several locations throughout the district, features open microphones, dinners and headlines, from Monday to Saturday next week. The festival will host about 50 comedians and will be held at venues including Dupont Underground and Busboys and Poets throughout the week.
Grace Jung, a Los Angeles comedian who performed at the festival, said she was originally accepted to perform at the event last year, but it was canceled and rescheduled due to the pandemic. She said she is still “cautious” about the virus, but looks forward to being back on stage after not being able to perform during the pandemic.
“I’ve been on the go again since the beginning of this year,” Jung said in an email. “I noticed that the audience has missed us just as much as we have missed them.”
Three comedians from the DC metro area got the idea for the festival as a way to present comics at all levels. The event aims to engage the public in the comedy community and offer an educational workshop for comedians to network with each other and help them build their brand. The festival will also raise money for the Dupont Underground — an art organization that exhibits non-conventional works of art from a variety of artists.
Jung said the festival will be her first time performing in DC. She said she is “happy” with the district, which she said is known for being home to great comedians and is eager to get to know the DC audience at her performance Monday in Dupont Underground.
“Every crowd is different, and some of it depends on the city,” she said. DC is an interesting city. It’s just a little south of New York where I grew up. I think we will vote. ”
DC’s comedy scene includes groups such as Underground Comedy in Dupont Circle, Capitol Laughs – which creates weekly performances on the Tonicon campus – and DC Improv, which is scheduled to host a comedy festival at the Kennedy Center later this month.
Dan Kapr, a Pittsburgh comedian scheduled to perform Monday night, said he is looking forward to seeing friends at the festival and returning to the stage now that he is performing less frequently due to the pandemic.
“My stand-up is mostly a combination of absurdist humor and things about dealing with anxiety,” he said in an email. “I make a lot of one-liners. I have been told that I seem nervous on stage, which is such a compliment. ”
Rachel Fogletto, a Philadelphia-based comedian, said she is looking forward to attending the DC Comedy Festival for the first time. Fogletto, who performs Monday, said she began traveling more to her comedy shows a few years before the pandemic began and wanted to attend the festival to network and perform with other comedians from across the country in front of a live audience.
“For the most part, the audience has been really cool and appreciative, I think especially since the luxury of going out was unavailable for a while,” she said.
Tony Woods, a comedian known for his role as mentor to Dave Chapelle, will headline the festival’s final show next Saturday night.
Tickets are on sale all day for each event and range from $ 10 to $ 25. Guests must present proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test, and masks must always be worn.