The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC: Community

Published Date Author: , October 29th, 2011

Washington DC Gay Community“When people think comedy club, they think: dark, cramped, confined and fried food. We’re none of those things,” says Riot Act Comedy Theater’s comic liaison and brand ambassador Mike Farfel.

“We offer a comedy experience that’s like no other.” Located in trendy Penn Quarter, Riot Act boasts two bar areas and a spacious, modern theater with cabaret seating for 300 patrons. Since opening in August, the club has booked big name comedians like Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, but equally important, Farfel says, the club’s owner John Xereas has reached out to sometimes-underserved comedy audiences with theme nights like “Allah Made Me Funny” (Muslim comics), and “Gaylarious,” a night of comedy tailored specifically for LGBT audiences.

Conceived and hosted by gay comics Zach Toczynski and Chris Doucette, “Gaylarious” happens on the first Wednesday of every month and features gay and gay-friendly headliners from all over the world.

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