This weekend, laugh it up at comedy shows and thank George Washington for a long weekend by attending a parade in his honor.
Sam Jay Johnson at Drafthouse Comedy
Head out to Drafthouse Comedy to enjoy a comedy show by an up-and-coming talent. You may recognize the comedian Sam Jay Johnson as the actress from Viceland’s TV series “Flop House” or from one of several comedy festivals she has headlined across the U.S. As a queer woman of color, Johnson brings a fresh voice to the stand-up comedy scene and relates her experiences to audiences in witty ways.
Drafthouse Comedy DC. 1100 13th St. NW. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20.
Late Night Improv
If you’re searching for a night of unpredictable comedy, check out the “The Blue Show,” where performers from ComedySportz, an improv group that has troupes around the world, unwind and turn up the humor without any rules. Earlier in the night, the cast of ComedySportz will perform a kid-friendly show but later on, all bets are off. Bring a good sense of humor and suggestions to help out these imrpov preformers.
DC Improv Lounge, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 9:45 p.m. Ages 18+. $15.
Willy Wonka and the Burlesque Factory – Bucket v. Wonka
Bier Baron, a beer bar west of Dupont Circle, is hosting a show that fits a need you never knew you had for a play that puts a racy twist on the childhood favorite movie and book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the play, Charlie is faced with a massive mid-life crisis and enlists the help of Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and a near-extinct Oompa Loompa in suing Willy Wonka for all the trouble he caused them. With appearances by familiar characters like beloved Grandpa Joe and now-skinny Augustus Gloop, this show is sure to be a trip down memory lane.
Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 2 p.m. Ages 21+. $12 in advance, $15 at door.
George Washington Birthday Parade
Celebrate our University’s namesake by hopping out of D.C. and heading over to historic Old Town Alexandria for the nation’s largest parade celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The parade, which is approaching its 100th anniversary, features bands, floats, horses, wagons, historic reenactment groups and additional performances to celebrate the spirit of President’s Day. The parade route runs from the intersection of Gibbon and South Fairfax streets through the town, ending at Wilkes and South Royal streets.
Old Town Alexandria. 1 to 3 p.m. Free.