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Funny Town: This Week’s Comedy Events

We keep you tickled with a roundup of comedy events and standup performances.

Fast, loud, and schizophrenic, Robin Williams’s impression-heavy comedy routine is less a standup act than a one-man band, and it’s been making people laugh for 30 years. Now on his “Weapons of Self Destruction” tour, he’ll be appearing at DAR Constitution Hall Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21; both nights the show starts at 8. Tickets ($63.50 to $93.50) can be purchased here.

Kate Clinton uses comedy as a way to critique the world and invoke change—her tours focus on politics, social issues, family, and the economy. (Last year’s tour was called “Hilarity Clinton ’08.”) In addition to two decades of standup, she’s written several humor books, made television and film appearances, and participated in a stage reading of a Tony Kushner play with Olympia Dukakis and Madeline Kahn. She’ll perform at the Birchmere Friday, November 20, at 7:30. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

The first performance of Seasonal Disorder, the holiday show by the Washington Improv Theater troupe Onesixtyone, will be at Source Friday, November 20, starting at 8. Opening-night festivities include a wine-and-cheese reception and backstage tour, both included in the ticket price. After the show, a discussion is scheduled with the cast and director. Your ticket will also get you free admission to iMusical, starting at 9:30 in the same theater. Tickets are $25; buy them here.

Busboys and Poets at 14th and V streets, Northwest, is hosting Riki Wilchins’s Mangina Monologues: A One Trans Show Saturday, November 21, from 11 to midnight in the Langston Room. Wilchins, a transsexual lesbian, is an activist who focuses on gender issues and identity politics; she founded the protest group Transsexual Menace and has authored several books on gender theory. Her sketch and improv humor examines those genres and “leaves no rhinestone unturned and no slip showing.” The event is free with a suggested $5 donation.

He’s not the Marley of dorm-room posters and bong hits, but the standup Bob Marley is probably a better comedy draw. Comedy Central ran a special featuring his routine in 2007, and at the 2008 Montreal Just For Laughs Fest he was voted both the “Best of” and “Talk of” the event. He’s been on Sirius’s Raw Dog Comedy radio channel and broke into film with The Boondock Saints and its sequel. You can see him at DC Improv November 18 through 22. The show starts each night at 8; there are also 10:30 showings on November 20 and 21. Tickets are $17 to $20, and there’s a two-item minimum from the club’s menu.

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