The Kennedy Center



The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand

Jun 27 - Aug 13, 2017

The Second City returns for another summer of uproarious irreverence in all-new Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand.

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Underground Comedy

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Underground Comedy Stand-Up Showcase

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 6:00 PM

Underground Comedy, D.C.’s premier independent comedy production company, brings rising comics from around the country to perform in Washington, D.C.


Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Award-winning actors and Broadway veterans Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski bring their one-of-a-kind chemistry to the NSO, singing hits from the stage and screen for one unforgettable performance.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

Thu, Jul 20, 2017, 8:30 PM

In this in-depth, long-form interview show, actor and comedian Michael Ian Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

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Brandon Wardell

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Brandon Wardell and Friends

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 6:00 PM

The host of Hot Takes with Brandon Wardell for Comedy Central and Rolling Stone's "Hot Comedian" of 2016 presents a night of stand-up comedy.


Puddles Pity Party

Fri, Jul 21

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” is back with a suitcase full of all-new emotional anthems, plenty of Kleenex, and a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing humor with the awkward, tender moments.

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The Daily Show Correspondents Stand-Up Tour featuring Roy Wood, Jr., Ronny Chieng, and Gina Yashere

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 8:00 PM

The 22 Primetime Emmy Award®–winning late-night talk and news satire television show goes live with stand-up performances from acclaimed correspondents and writers Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, and Gina Yashere.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Reductress presents Mouth Time Live!

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 8:30 PM

With sassy catchphrases, non-threatening debates, huge special guests, silent hot guys, and bold life advice, Reductress editors Quenn and Dikoda give you everything you’ve come to expect from a women’s magazine podcast in 2017.

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Boast Rattle hosted by Kyle Ayers

Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 10:30 PM

Comedians compete to see who can complement one another in this free showdown of sweetness. Playing off the idea of roasts, Boast Rattle has two comedians go head-to-head, delivering alternating blows of the nicest order.


The Improvised Shakespeare Co.

Sat, Jul 22

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company brings you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy by creating a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece before your very eyes.

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Aparna Nancherla

Millennium Stage: District of Comedy Festival: Aparna Nancherla & Friends

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 6:00 PM

Comedian Aparna Nancherla, whose recent credits include roles on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and Netflix's Love, presents an evening of standup that also features Jo Firestone and Chris Duffy.


Louie Anderson

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 7:00 PM

Iconic comedian, best-selling author, and three-time Emmy Award® winner Louie Anderson offers a one-night only stand-up performance.

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The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio: Mortified

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 8:30 PM

Everyday adults share their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics, and locker notes in front of total strangers in this comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids.

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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 10:30 PM

Hosted by Brooklyn-based comedy favorite Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, People of Earth), Night Train comes to the Kennedy Center from its New York home for a free night of comedy with some of the best comedians of the moment.

George Lopez

George Lopez Live: HBO Special

Sat, Aug 5

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. Now Lopez is filming his new HBO Special with all-new material at the Kennedy Center!

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Trevor Noah

Sep 8 - Sep 9, 2017

Following the success of his shows last season at the Kennedy Center, The Daily Show host and world-famous comedian returns to kick off the 2017–2018 comedy season with two nights of stand-up.

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Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Exhibit: The Art of Robert Risko

Oct 2 - Oct 27, 2017

Explore a showcase of work by today’s most celebrated caricaturist, Robert Risko, who has created the caricatures for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain prize since 2002 


Josh Blue

Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

Possessed with an undeniable likeability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness, the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities—one laugh at a time. 

On Sale 7/12/2017


Whoopi Goldberg

Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 8:00 PM

The multitalented comedian, author, actress, and activist returns to the Kennedy Center for a night of stand-up comedy presented as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the Mark Twain Prize, which she won in 2001.

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The Second City's When Life Gives You Clemens

Oct 19 - Oct 20, 2017

Join American comedy institution The Second City for a night of laughter that pays tribute to a far greater and more beloved American comedy institution, Mark Twain.

On Sale 7/12/2017


Robert Post's Comedy Theatre for Kids

Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 2:00 PM

Hilarious, poignant, and physically dazzling, Robert Post's wholesome one-man variety show fills the stage with bumblers, dreamers, and cartoonish heroes of every stripe.

On Sale 7/12/2017


The 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: David Letterman

Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

At a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy, the Kennedy Center presents the 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to David Letterman.


Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

Fri, Nov 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

Celebrating 20 years in standup comedy, Gabriel Iglesias brings his FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy tour to the Concert Hall stage.

On Sale 7/12/2017


Al Madrigal

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Daily Show’s “senior Latino correspondent” who “will make you howl until you spit expensive mineral water from your nose” (New York Post) returns to the Kennedy Center for an evening of comedy.

On Sale 7/12/2017


The Second City's Twist Your Dickens

Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017

Experience Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol like never before—with this holiday favorite from The Second City! The legendary comedy troupe brings its infamous improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

On Sale 9/13/2017

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