In the November issue of On Tap Magazine, writer Lauren Wright’s piece DC’s Comedy Collective: Community, Talent and Laughs captures the eccentric spirit of the emerging LYGO DC comedy collective with one simple phrase: high-energy weirdness. We’re almost shocked we didn’t think of it first!
Wright’s piece outlines LYGO DC’s emergence from a quirky brunch comedy show into a cornerstone of the growing DC stand-up comedy scene that is “helping to build community and grow talent in a city that has needed a ‘middle ground’ for burgeoning comedians.”
Now, that against-the-grain mentality, combined with hard work from talented comedians such the featured Chelsea Shorte and Tyler Richardson, has paved the way toward the significant growth in the scene over the past year. Additionally, teaming up and coordinating with area businesses, charities and venues facilitated this rapid growth, has allowed LYGO DC bring comedy to audiences across the District nearly every night of the week.
As a result of this booming local growth, LYGO DC is gaining regional acknowledgement as well, as evidenced by increasing interest from talented comedians in New York. With comedians who have appeared on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report coming to perform at LYGO DC shows, comedy in the District is really starting to make a name for itself as a legitimate and attractive place for comedy.
This may be best demonstrated by LYGO DC’s Stand Up at Bier Baron on December 5 when Jared Logan comes to town. This year, Logan will perform his own half hour special on Comedy Central. He has also been seen weekly as a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever. He has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show and TJ Miller’s Mash-up. He was a delegate for Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 and works as a warm-up comedian for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
A big thank you to On Tap Magazine for recognizing the hard work of LYGO DC to create a more robust comedy scene and provide additional opportunities in the District.
LYGO DC produces 5 weekly shows across the District. Its weekly brunch comedy show called Wake & Bacon is from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. every Saturday at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave. NW). In addition to Wake & Bacon, LYGO produces comedy shows at Desperados (1342 U Street NW Washington, DC 20009) every Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and ODB Live! on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Locations are accessible from the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (Green/Yellow), the Shaw-Howard U Metro (Green/Yellow) for Shaw’s Tavern, or the Mount Vernon Square Metro (Green/Yellow) for ODB Live! LYGO DC will re-launch its Wednesday show at Bier Baron on Jan. 15 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. and begin weekly at Bier Baron on Thursdays in the New Year. Bier Baron is accessible by the DuPont Circle Metro (Red). Tickets range from $10-15.