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DC Shorts presents their favorite comedy films from 2016 — and live performances by the area’s top stand-up comics!

Each 90-minute show combines film and live performance for a spectacular and lighthearted evening. Check below to see what films will be playing and what comedians will be performing. 

Arrive early and enjoy the LAUGHS BAR in the Heritage Center lobby. And make sure to grab an extra drink for the show.

This is the perfect opportunity to catch films you might have missed from this year’s festival and watch the best of DC’s comedy circuit.

Schedule of Events

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Show A - Fri, January 8 at 7:30pm or Sat, January 9 at 9:30pm Buy Tickets

Hazel + Louis: Animal Agents

9 Minutes, United States

In Hollywood, its all about who you know. That’s why all of the A-List animals know Hazel and Louis.

Her First Black Guy

9 Minutes, United States

A handsome professional is concerned his blind date will be shallow.

Myrna the Monster

15 Minutes, United States

A woman from the moon slowly adapts to life on Earth.

Driving

4 Minutes, United States

A supercharged look into the constant frustration that is driving in traffic.

The Bench Project: Lost And Found

7 Minutes, United States

Two widows discover their husbands’ secrets in a locked box of mementos.

De Smet

15 Minutes, Belgium

Three brothers’ relationship is tested when one falls in love with the new neighbor across the street.

Show B - Friday, Jan 9 @ 9:30pm and Saturday, Jan 10 @ 7:30pm Buy Tickets

Timmy II

9 Minutes, United States

A robot with an identity crisis undergoes plastic surgery, only to discover that it makes his life even worse.

Moving On

11 Minutes, United States

What happens when you wake up to the news you need to move on — and move out at the same time?

Traction

5 Minutes, United States

Racism is on the menu during this first date.

Big Boy

5 Minutes, United States

Dustin finally gets the chance to prove himself a big boy by using the rest stop on his own.

The Fly

7 Minutes, United Kingdom

While waiting for his accomplices, a getaway driver is tormented by a persistent fly.

Work Mate

19 Minutes, Australia

A blind man teaches his cubiclemate to ride a bike — and live life to the fullest.

The Comedians

Katherine Jessup

A former cubicle jockey and high school coach, Katherine now co-hosts a podcast (Advice! with Dave & Kat) and is a regular at comedy clubs in the DC/Baltimore area. She's headlined at the inaugural Charm City Comedy Festival and performed at Capital Fringe, the Bentzen Ball, and the She-Devil Comedy Festival.

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Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson is a DC-based standup comic and event producer. She started performing in college and later in Philly where she brought the house down. Literally. Some of those clubs doesn’t exist anymore. Since then she has performed standup all over the East Coast. She also produces Funniest Fed®, a standup comedy competition for federal employees. The show was produced to sold-out crowds in 2007-2012 and garnered press in the National Journal, Politico, Washington Post, Huffington Post and NPR.

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Matty Litwack

Matty is a weird young comic from Washington, DC. He was once a physics PhD student, but dropped out when he realized it was super boring. Matty’s writing has been featured in the Washington Post, New Zealand Herald, and Scientific American. He has also performed at comedy festivals, such as the Limestone Festival, Bentzen Ball, and SF Sketchfest. Matty was also a finalist in the 2015 Boston Comedy Festival.

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Tok Moffat

Hailing from South Africa – Tok is not your stereotypical African. Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, attending Catholic schools and working with extremely anti-social engineers, he was driven to pursue his passion of making people laugh. Beginning his comedy career in 2012, Tok uses his comedic style of being witty, introspective and relatable to his experiences growing up as the “weird” foreign kid, and sounding like Carlton Banks among other challenges with fitting in to stand-up. Tok performs regularly at the DC Improv Comedy Club, Magooby’s Joke House, and runs a weekly comedy showcase featuring local and touring acts.

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Isaac Hirsch

Isaac Hirsch is a 23 year old comedian with weird-looking wrists. His upbeat attitude and sharp writing have made him a favorite in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and beyond. He won the Washington DC edition of Funny or Die’s Road 2 Oddball stand-up competition in 2014, and was an MVP nominee of Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition in 2012. He performs regularly at theaters, bars, and weird art festivals throughout DC and Baltimore, including the DC Improv, and the 2015 Boston Comedy Festival. In his spare time, he regularly showers.

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Mike Finazzo

Whether it's a two thousand seat theater or a cozy, comedy-club, Mike Finazzo uses his unique brand of storytelling to make audiences laugh. A Baltimore native, he's performed as far north as Canada and as far west as California, opening for the likes of Dennis Miller, Drew Carey, Brian Posehn, Nick Dipaolo, Godfrey, Judah Friedlander, and Carlos Mencia.

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Directions/Map

GALA Hispanic Theater

3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

GALA’s performance venue is located at 3333 14th Street, NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC 20010. The entrance is on 14th Street in the middle of the block between Park Road and Monroe Street. The box office and theater entrance is located on the second floor by stairs or mezzanine level (M) through the elevator.

Parking
There is a parking garage available for GALA patrons behind the theater in the Giant Food garage on Park Road, NW (heading south on 14th, take a left onto Park Road).  Parking is available behind the theater at the Giant Grocery Store on Park Road. You will be issued a parking ticket that can be validated in the GALA box office for a $4 flat fee instead of the regular hourly rate. Limited street parking is available on 14th Street, Park Road, and Monroe Street.

Metro/Walking
GALA Theatre is on 14th Street, one block north of the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green/Yellow lines.

Driving
From downtown Washington, DC: Go north on 14th Street, NW. After crossing Irving Street (where the Columbia Heights Metro station is located) continue one block north and either turn right on Park Road to access the Giant Parking Garage or continue straight to drop off passengers at the entrance at 3333 14th Street, NW.

From points North, heading South on 295/Route 50/New York Avenue: Take 295 South to Route 50/New York Avenue. From New York Avenue/Route 50 South, turn right on Florida Avenue. Continue straight on Florida which will turn into U Street. Turn right on 14th Street, NW and continue north. After crossing Irving Street (where the Columbia Heights Metro station is located) continue one block north and either turn right on Park Road to access the Giant Parking Garage or continue straight to drop off passengers at the entrance at 3333 14th Street, NW.
From points South, heading North on 395: From 395 cross over the 14th Street Bridge to enter Washington, DC. Continue north on 14th Street for approximately 3.6 miles. After crossing Irving Street (where the Columbia Heights Metro station is located) continue one block north and either turn right on Park Road to access the Giant Parking Garage or continue straight to drop off passengers at the entrance at 3333 14th Street, NW.