Avoid reruns and comedy specials and instead opt for a night on the town to catch your favorite comedy shows live.
By Léanne Stahulak
After the year has passed, we all definitely need a good laugh. If your favorite shows haven’t cut it, grab a ticket to a live standing show. From Tom Papa to The daily show‘s Trevor Noah these are the acts to hit this season.
9 / 10-9 / 12
After over a year, we all deserve to have fun. That’s what Jim Gaffigan says, anyway, and that’s what he’s promoting in his latest stand-up concert series, The Fun Tour. Gaffigan hits the Daughters of the American Revolution at Constitution Hall to share some hilarious new content.
Award-winning comedian (and NoVA native — see last page) Patton Oswalt is ready to spread the joy in his latest live show, Who’s Ready to Laugh? He is known for making jokes on TV series like Parks and recreation and bring home the Emmys and Grammys for her stand-up specials and comedy albums. frenzy Speak to applaud, Annihilation, and I like everything on Netflix (they’re all worth it), so see this one in the flesh.
Comedy King Trevor Noah takes his new stand-up routine around the world, starting with the United States The daily show the host is not only the most successful actor in Africa, but also a New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award winner.
Part comedian, magician and 100% entertainer, Justin Willman will soon be an incredible audience at the Kennedy Center. Best known for his Netflix series Magic for humans, Willman excels at mixing stunning magic with heart-wrenching comedy guaranteed to shock and delight.
11/19 to 11/21
One of stand-up comedy’s most iconic artists will take the stage at Birchmere this fall. Paula Poundstone has done stand-up, TV and radio shows, but whatever she tries it’s probably going to be hilarious.
He’s shirtless, he’s tattooed and, yes, he has a big red beard. South Carolina native Ginger Billy is back with his Backwoods comedy tour, turning his hilarious YouTube videos into a heartbreaking stand-up routine at Jammin Java.
Jane Lynch (known for her roles in Joy and The wonderful Mrs. Maisel) teams up with comedian Kate Flannery (Meredith on The Office) for a musical performance. The two will give a holiday touch to their classic cabaret show Two lost souls, guaranteeing lots of laughs and tears.
Tom Papa has left his comedy mark on the performing, television, radio, podcast and publishing industries. Now he presents his latest show, the Family reunion visit, on the road with a stop at The Birchmere. Papa’s show is sure to be as relevant as it is tumultuous.
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