A federal worker, a political reporter and a college professor walk into a bar. Sounds like the start of a joke, right?

It’s actually the start of many jokes, as in a night of comedy on Sunday featuring three humorists with special insight into the government.

Comedian and politics reporter Elahe Izadi. (Photo Credit: Jason Novak/A Studio With A View). Comedian and politics reporter Elahe Izadi. (Photo Credit: Jason Novak/A Studio With A View).

The performers include National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi, federal attorney Abe Barth and American University journalism professor Doug Hecox, each of whom moonlight as comedians despite their busy day jobs.

The event, billed as a “comedy show for furloughed federal workers,” is scheduled to take place at the the Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon, Va.

“We believe laughter is the best medicine — even for government shutdowns,” said Justin Trawick, organizer of Friday’s event.

A little more background on the performers: Izadi took second place at D.C. Improv’s annual “Funniest D.C. Celebrity” contest; Barth was a finalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and in that year’s Funniest Federal Employee competition; and Hecox has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

Lots of Beltway businesses are offering specials centered around furloughed workers. The Post’s Going Out Guide provides a list of cheap shutdown eats and happy hours, while In the Loop has tracked a range of deals covering everything from yoga sessions and theater to tire rotations.

See the “Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress” deal

See also “Shutdown strategy: Burgers, booze, cupcakes”

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