While many of the people out in Adams Morgan at 10 p.m. on a Thursday are heading into bars, a small crowd is choosing to catch a little live theater.
A new production that launched this winter reprises the idea of old-school late-night talk shows -- think Jack Paar on “The Tonight Show.” Staged weekly at the intimate D.C. Arts Center, “The Charlie Visconage Show” stars a handful of quick-on-their feet area improv actors — including the Conan-esque host for whom the show is named. There’s an opening monologue, a quirky musician and even a comedian to warm up the crowd. It’s just like a TV show, until it veers hilariously off track.
The guests are artsy locally plugged-in guests, including Mark Ruppert, who founded the 48 Hour Film Project and once hosted a similar late-night live show; S.M. Shrake, head of the Story League; and Julianne Brienza. Musical acts have included Vox Pop and Paperhaus.
Where the show’s guests are real, however, most everything else is simply zany fun — so much so that it’s hard to tell whether “The Charlie Visconage Show” is an homage to the Jay Lenos and David Lettermans of the world or a sendup.
Interested? Go see tonight’s episode, featuing James Alefantis, the restaurater behind Comet Ping Pong, rapper Born Infinite, and comedy from Akilah Green.
Check out some photos from a recent show.