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Funny Town: This Week’s Comedy Events

We round up events around town that are sure to tickle your funny bone.

Developed in the Sundance Institute’s Jordan-based Middle East Screenwriters Lab last year, Maysoon Zayid’s Little American Whore: A One Woman Show is a funny, irreverent, unexpectedly dirty comedic performance about her complicated identity as a Palestinian Muslim woman with cerebral palsy from New Jersey. (She says she’s the “first shaking comic without a drug problem.”) Zayid is cofounder and co-executive producer of the acclaimed New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, currently in its sixth year. The show debuted in 2006 at Comedy Central Space in Los Angeles, but this is the first time Little American Whore has come to Washington. See it Saturday, October 17, in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets. $20; 7 PM.

If you’ve ever shuffled into the office and affected an imitation of Milton from Office Space (“I could . . . I could burn this place down”) at the water cooler—or royally annoyed a coworker with “Sounds like someone’s got a case of the Mondays!”—then don’t miss this. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Mike Judge’s cult-classic comedy about a mind-numbing office setting, the AFI Silver Theatre is screening the film Saturday, October 17, at 7:45. As if that weren’t enough, two of the movie’s stars will be there: Stephen Root (Milton) and Gary Cole (who plays the smug, pinheaded supervisor Lumburgh). The screening also includes a raffle of office paraphernalia—including, naturally, a red Swingline stapler. The film is part of the theater’s weeklong DC Labor Filmfest; click here for the full schedule. Tickets for Office Space are $9 for AFI members, $12 for nonmembers; buy them at the box office or reserve them online here.

Remember The Stinky Cheese Man, that deliciously illustrated children’s book that delighted you as a kid and embarrassed your mother at the library? Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon when the Library of Congress hosts its discussion of children’s funny literature on Tuesday, October 20, at noon. The speaker is Leonard S. Marcus, author of Funny Business: Conversations With Writers of Comedy, and the guest of honor is Jon Scieszka, author of Stinky Cheese and other books as well as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Marcus will be discussing his book, which includes interviews with 13 children’s authors such as Judy Blume and Daniel “Lemony Snicket” Handler. The event is free, no tickets are required, and the book will be available for purchase and signing after the event. It’s being held in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building (101 Independence Ave., SE); call 202-707-5221 for more information.

You might know David Cross in a number of incarnations: as Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development, as Allen Ginsberg in the Dylan biopic I’m Not There, as Stephen Colbert’s ultra-liberal “enemy” Russ Lieber, and as the real, very public enemy of Larry the Cable Guy, whom he notoriously ridiculed in a Rolling Stone article. But beneath all these personae, Cross is a standup comedian, and he’s performing at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday, October 21, at 8. Todd Glass, who’s appeared in a slew of TV comedy shows and has competed in two seasons of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, will perform as well; expect lots of obscenity-laced comedy with a political charge. Tickets are $35, get them by calling 877-598-8696 or clicking here.

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