This Week in the Voice: D.C.’s second-tier comedy scene
In this week’s Feature, Julia Lloyd-George delves into the local comedy club scene, discussing why comedy is not as prominent in D.C. as it is in other major cities around the US.
Comedy is both a business and an art form. Balancing those two components of the industry is fundamental to succeeding anywhere, yet any effective D.C. comedian must learn how to straddle both before being launched onto the national stage. The District’s inescapable identity as a “stepping stone” for the grander forums of New York and L.A. may be the city’s greatest roadblock. That the most successful comics flood out of the District to seek fame and fortune is a reality of the entertainment business, yet many local comics hope to see the city build a reputation that is truly on par with the amount of talent present here.
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