Frustrated by the lack of opportunities in Washington, comedians have begun creating their own stand-up events across the city. Budget-conscious young professionals and venues eager to win new business have helped bolster the do-it-yourself laugh factory, turning it into a fledging young empire in the District.
Aug. 16, 2013 Tyler Richardson performs during the Identity Crisis Comedy Showcase at the Black Cat in Washington. When Richardson, 30, started performing seven years ago, there were few comedy venues and few comics who could bend the ear of producers to land even the standard five-minute slot. “The people running the rooms were like, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, you start a mike,’ ” Richardson says. “And so everyone went out and started a mike.” Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post Buy Photo