Washington Audiences, Critics Agree: DC Comedy is a Force

Washington Audiences, Critics Agree: DC Comedy is a Force

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Washington, D.C. –The Washington Post, Bitches Who Brunch, We Love DC, D.C. residents, visitors and more are walking out of LYGO DC-produced shows raving on the regular. Lavanya Ramanathan of the Post writes, “[comedy fans are] providing the laugh track for a scene that has exploded in the past year.” On social media and in the reviews: “probably too much fun for a Wednesday”, “It was pretty damn awesome,” “My review would be a 7/7. The show was awesome and probably the most fun I had while in DC. I definitely plan on coming again next time I’m in town.”

LYGO DC is proud to continue driving the independent DC comedy scene forward with over 5 shows a week and an unprecedented community-inclusive approach.

“You could say LYGO DC is providing the stage for comics to write their own success stories,” said LYGO DC co-founder Rich Bennett. “But seeing it from up close, it’s clear that so many of these successes were a foregone conclusion and I’m just thrilled to see it in person.”

Rallo Boykins is one of those comics. He attended Howard University and started comedy in 2008 on a dare. Since then he’s performed with such acts as Bill Bellamy, Nick Cannon, and Sheryl Underwood. “We were outside Desperados after his last show—three different guests thanked Rallo like he just handed them a promotion,” Bennett said. On Nov. 9, Boykins will headline LYGO DC’s Wake & Bacon brunch comedy show at Shaw’s Tavern.

Jeff Maurer is another one of those comics who used his experience doing comedy in DC as a spring board to New York and a slew of comedy festivals across the country and even internationally. And now, when Jeff returns to the area, he pays it forward by doing local shows, often on a LYGO DC stage. Maurer headlines Stand Up at Bier Baron on Nov. 7. The show is located at 1523 22nd Street NW and is 8:30 door / 9 p.m. showtime.

Due to efforts by comedians like Rallo, Jeff, and fellow LYGO DC co-producer David Tveite, who was quoted in the recent Washington Post article as describing the scene as reaching a “critical mass,” hometown comedians who have recently have gone to New York and Los Angeles notice this dynamic shift in the scene. Aparna Nancherla, now a writer for FX’s Totally Biased, was also quoted in the Post as saying the scene has become a lot more community oriented and cohesive since she left in 2010.

The full calendar is posted on the LYGO DC website. Here are some highlights for November:


Wednesdays at Codmother

1334 U Street NW | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursdays at ODB Live!

1219 9th St. NW | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Nov. 6, 2013 Stacey Carver headlines, with feature Pat Coffey
  • Nov. 13, 2013Taysha Tummings features for headliner Brian Kerns
  • Nov. 20, 2013 – Emily Dickson headlines, featuring Matt Mero
  • Nov. 27, 2013No show, we’ll be back December 4
  • Nov. 7, 2013 – Jeff Maurer headlines
  • Nov. 14, 2013 – Rob Maher headlines
  • Nov. 21 , 2013 – Emily Dickson headlines
  • Nov. 28, 2013 – Featuring turkey, potatoes & gravy. We’ll be back December 5


We cordially invite members of the press to attend and discover why LYGO DC continues to produce some of the most entertaining shows DC has to offer. Video preview available here and on the website.