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Knock knock.

Who’s there?

D.C. comedians, of course! (And that, right there, is why I’m not one of the brave souls on stage doing standup.)

Turns out, not only is Washington a fun place to make fun of; it’s fertile soil for humor, too. Check out four up and coming Washington comics who may just be the next thing.

They aren’t the first funny people to call Washington home, either. We’ve also got a timeline illustrating the history of D.C. comics, from Dave Chappelle to Whitney Cummings. Take in the scene for yourself with our list of the area’s best comedy nights for under $10.