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Desperados Burgers and Bar (Former)
Desperados Burgers and Bar (Former)

Desperados Burgers and Bar provides a cozy ‘dive’ atmosphere with truly delicious burgers. Seriously. Because it was about a dozen visits before we actually got around to eating there for some dumb reason and then we did and… we’re hooked. Performing comedy in “Desperados Burgers and Bar” doesn’t sound glamorous and let’s be honest, it isn’t. […]

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Codmother (Former)
Codmother (Former)

Located in the heart of the vaunted U Street corridor, Codmother is a relative newcomer to the scene. Previously Cafe Nema, 1334 U St. NW is a location long known for hosting fantastic performances. Whereas jazz music once ruled the day, now stand-up comics improvise crowd interaction and deliver sets both refined and vulgar to […]

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Flava (Former)
Flava (Former)

Flava, a long-standing neighborhood bar, is located next door to the newly renovated Howard Theater. Stopping through feels like visiting home–family-run and the birthplace of LYGO DC (back when we were only a brunch show and going by the name Laugh Your Grits Off). Flava hosted six of our shows and allowed us to grow […]

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Bohemian Caverns (Former)
Bohemian Caverns (Former)

The inimitable Bohemian Caverns. Known as the preeminent jazz club in one of the nation’s most vaunted jazz corridors, LYGO DC was honored to call it home for one Sunday afternoon. In its initial incarnation, the Caverns quickly became a hot spot for the vibrant African- American arts scene of the times and showcased the […]

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Try Comedy
Try Comedy

It was late April 2009, and I had just made the decision to leave DC for a couple of years in the pursuit of life-defining adventure. I would be gone in a month, so earlier in the day I quit my job, hit the gym, and made plans to do up U Street with my […]

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Thankfulness and the Future of LYGO DC.

As our last show for the year has come and gone and 2012 draws to a close, this reflection is a heart-felt thank you and a very brief preview of what will be new in 2013. ¬†Or, maybe the world will end and it’ll only be a thank you! Laugh Your Grits Off was never […]

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Back in the Day… Bop, Bawp, Bap

Well before my comedy career and before the comedy revival on U Street was born, U Street was a nationally-recognized, premier place for jazz music. ¬†A personal favorite was Cafe Nema, formerly located where Comedy at Codmother now resides each Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm starting in November 2012. Below is a piece written […]