D.C.-based comedian Sean Joyce doesn’t just host and produce some of the city’s most reliable stand-up showcases. When he brings an out-of-town comic in for his new weekly Underground Comedy Presents series, he’ll pick them up from the airport or train station and let them crash at his house. “I try to make it easy,” Joyce says. In 2013, the 34-year-old started Underground Comedy, which produces 10 weekly stand-up shows in the District. “These [Presents] shows give me an opportunity to show the people in D.C. the not-quite-as-mainstream comedy stuff,” Joyce says. Here are three comics worth catching.
The New York comic has a laid-back, absurdist bent (think: Mitch Hedberg) that you’ll either find alienating or utterly delightful. He’s been to D.C. several times recently, including shows at the Bentzen Ball last fall. Lately, Kronberg has been broadcasting himself and his stand-up shows using live video app Periscope. “It was really captivating to me,” Joyce says. “He inspired me to Periscope my shows.” Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $5 & Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW; Sat., 6 p.m., $10.
When former “Best Week Ever” panelist Jared Logan performed at the Black Cat last August, Joyce opened the show and let the comedian stay over at his house. “Jared is a big comic fan,” Joyce says. “He took me to a comic book shop for the first time.” For a taste of Logan’s humor, check out his first stand-up album, “My Brave Battle,” which dropped last fall and features bits on Logan’s homeland, West Virginia, badminton and old ladies. Big Hunt; July 10, 8 p.m., $5 & Bier Baron Tavern; July 11, 6 p.m., $10.
New Yorker Joe List has perfect timing. Last month, he made his debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” — one of the last comedians to earn that honor. And just this week, Comedy Central announced that the self-deprecating List is among the next batch of comics to get their own half-hour specials later this year. “He has a great podcast called ‘Tuesdays with Stories,’ ” Joyce says. “I like listening to it, and I think he’s very funny.” Big Hunt; Aug. 7, 8 p.m., $5 & Bier Baron Tavern; Aug. 8, 6 p.m., $10.
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