As most of you know by now, I’m a D.C. area native.
One of my favorite things to do growing up was head to the Kennedy Center for a variety of performances. I’ve seen so many amazing kinds of acts over the years at the Kennedy Center, including a few ballets, musicals, and even a few concerts.
However: did you know that you can also catch some of the best stand-up comedians in the country at the Kennedy Center? Yeah, me neither — until a couple of years ago.
DISTRICT OF COMEDY FESTIVAL — FUN FOR ALL
During summer 2016, the kind folks at Capital One invited me to the first annual District of Comedy Festival ft. Joel McHale. I had an absolute blast — the venue was intimate, Joel was hilarious, and it was the perfect date night out. A lot of performances at the Kennedy Center are more on the formal side. However, the District of Comedy Festival was laid back and approachable.
The District of Comedy Festival is an expansion of Capital One’s Comedy at the Kennedy Center sponsorship, and this year, they’re bringing acclaimed stars and rising acts for an incredible three-day comedy series. As a Capital One customer (I’m a proud owner of their Platinum card!), I’m a huge fan of their commitment to Comedy at the Kennedy Center, a signature program at the Center focused on elevating comedy as an art form and uniting the local community together through laughter.
Capital One’s District of Comedy Festival: The Schedule
Want to join in on the fun? Here’s the scoop on a few of the amazing performances you can see this year. For the full schedule, head here! You can purchase tickets for each event, and if you’re a Capital One cardholder, you can save 50% off the standard ticket price for RIOT! Women in Comedy when you buy tickets with your Capital One card.
- Friday, July 20
- 6:00 PM: Jo Firestone and Friends
- 8:00 PM: RIOT! Women in Comedy
- 9:30 PM: Joe’s Pub Presents What’s Your Safe Word?
- Saturday, July 21
- 6:00 PM: The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle
- 8:00 PM: Patton Oswalt
- 10:30 PM: Picture This!
With three days of stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, podcasts, and more, there is something for everyone. I hope I spot you at one of the shows at the District of Comedy Festival this year — trust me, you’re gonna have an absolute blast!