Things to Do

What to Do This Week: November 19 to 22

Count down the days till Thanksgiving with standup comedy and mock game shows.

Test your skills at Penn Social’s Game Show Night Wednesday. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Monday, November 19

COMEDY (PROFESSIONAL): DC Improv takes over Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a night of local standup. You’ll
get jokes from Brian Parise, Courtney Fearrington, and Jimmy Merritt. Best of all,
you won’t pay a dime. Get there around 5 for tickets. If you miss out, the event will
be streamed online. Free. 6 PM.

Tuesday, November 20

COMEDY (AMATEUR): The Blue Banana in Petworth hosts its weekly
open-mike comedy show—if you’ve been practicing your jokes in front of your webcam like I have, maybe it’s
time to pull them out in front of a (mostly) forgiving crowd. Otherwise, you could
be part of that crowd. Come ready to laugh, both out of pity and because some of the
best new standup talent makes its way through the open-mike circuit. Free. 8 PM.

Wednesday, November 21

GAMES: Why stick to standard trivia when you can practice for your inevitable appearance
Family Feud,
Weakest Link, and
$25,000 Pyramid (all of which are still things)? Head to Penn Social’s
Game Show Night for $4 Yuenglings and the chance to verbally spar with whoever has the unfortunate
role of pretending to be that mean British lady. Free pitchers for the winning team.
Free. 7 PM.

Thursday, November 22

DRINK: It’s Thanksgiving! Go eat some turkey then get sloshed with some friends and/or family
you haven’t seen in a year. Most bars are open. Choose one and go to it.

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