Think You’re Not Funny? Think Again

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By Wayne Manigo After watching your favorite sitcoms, have you thought to yourself “Can I learn how to write comedy? Am I funny enough?” Enter John Vorhaus! As a former writer for hit television shows Married with Children, The Wonder Years, and several others, he travels the world consulting on various television sitcom projects. His… read more »

From Camelot to Spamalot: Monty Python Comes to DC

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“We’re Knights of the Round Table. We dance whene’er we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes With footwork impeccable. We dine well here in Camelot. We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail In 1975, a handful of British men who had comprised the popular sketch… read more »

Mad About Madigan

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Kathleen Madigan – recently listed as one of the “9 Funniest Women on the Planet” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be performing at Alexandria’s Birchmere theatre in March. Read on to find out why On Tap is mad about Madigan! On Tap: I’m going to sound like a total fanboy, but you’ve always… read more »

The Washington DC Comedy Writing Group

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One night, a stand-up comedian spotted a woman in the audience taking notes. She kept turning up at performances, but never responded to his teasing from the stage, never stayed behind to chat – just scribble, scribble, scribble. “Joke thief,” he thought bitterly. But from that inauspicious beginning, comedian Wayne Manigo and scribbler Mandy Dalton… read more »

Eddie Griffin, Occupying Comedy

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Foul-mouthed funnyman/actor Eddie Griffin will be at Riot Act December 16 – 17 with new material from his most recent Comedy Central special “You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It.” Griffin’s in-your-face act has earned him a place in Comedy Central’s Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time. On Tap wanted to get to know… read more »

Meet Will Durst: “The Thinking Man’s Comic” on the Current State of Affairs


Between the protests and the plethora of presidential candidates, it’s hard to be on top of the news these days, let alone step back and have a good laugh at some of the crazier political circus acts. Stop trying to keep up and let comedian Will Durst crack you up with his bipartisan witticisms. Durst,… read more »

Brad Garrett: Tall, Dark and Sardonic

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Brad Garrett will be at the Arlington Cinema ‘N Drafthouse October 18th and 19th. In the meantime, check out our interview with the cynical star best known for his role in the TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” On Tap: You got your start doing standup when you were young, appearing on the Tonight Show in… read more »

Pauly Shore’s Coming to Town


Just in case you haven’t heard—Pauly shore isn’t dead.  In fact, in 2011 he’s back with a few feature length films, a Vegas variety show and a new comedy tour that’s ripping across the nation like a schizophrenic bull in a china shop.  We caught up with him in California last week, and let me… read more »

Allah Made Me Funny at Riot Act Comedy


In the mainstream American media, the face of Islam is often scowling or – at the very least – deadly serious. For a few funny nights in downtown Washington this month, three Muslim comics aim to dispel that image through comedy. “Allah Made Me Funny: the World Domination Tour,” featuring three of America’s leading Muslim… read more »

There’s a New Act in Town and It’s a Riot


Okay…I know, not very funny. What can I say, I tried. But if it’s comedy you are looking for, there’s a new place in town guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Washington’s newest comedy hot spot: The Riot Act Comedy Theatre. Opening mid-August, the theatre is a state-of-the-art, two-level, 13,000 square foot showroom with 330… read more »