The Nation’s Capital Gets Another Shock: Louis C.K. Performs Stand-Up at The Big Hunt

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Written by James Lange

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Louis C.K. performed an unannounced show for about 50 fans at the Big Hunt in D.C. on Jan. 12. (Sean Joyce/Underground Comedy)

Washington D.C. is no stranger to surprises and unexpected happenings. But, a small, self-described funky bar in the nation’s capital received an unexpected visit from royalty. Louis C.K. decided to stop by and throw down some humor for a crowd of 50 DC comedy fans.

Louis C.K. Shatters the Audience Noise Records

The Washington Post quoted Sean Joyce, “How loud it was when he went out onstage – that’s twice as loud as I’ve ever heard that room.” The 15-minute stand-up performance was billed as a show featuring Joe List and Mark Normand, with a special guest.

DC comedy fans in the know realize that when their inbox is graced with an email from Underground Comedy promising a “special guest”, they need to hit the buy button before it’s sold out. They were amply rewarded with some fresh bits from Louis C.K.

Jokes included a swipe at homophobia, using a hockey helmet. The set was kept tight, with the addition of a few jokes inspired by his daughter. And, of course, you had a heckler to spice things up. Of course, Louis C.K. know exactly what to do with those, and the audience was thrilled to witness the put downs.

Why was Louis C.K. in D.C.?

Well, he certainly isn’t there to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of an “insane bigot”.  He’s preparing to film an HBO stand-up special on Saturday at DAR Constitutional Hall. The legendary comedian previously performed three stand-up performances at the venue, in preparation for his big night.

The ability for Louis to break away from the engrained routine of his performances at DAR Constitutional Hall, and have a little fun at a Washington DC dive bar, is testament to his capacity for comedic ingenuity. Just as he’s getting into his groove, he jumps to a new venue, with a new set of bits and takes on some DC hecklers. Brave, and potentially a key ingredient to his unique stand-up specials.

After all, keeping the jokes fresh and the atmosphere light is key to a good routine. Getting out among the people (i.e. the people that aren’t paying top-dollar ticket prices) is a great way to reconnect with an additional pillar of comedic support (except for those couple of a-hole hecklers).

The venue for reconnecting makes sense, considering Washington D.C. is Louis C.K.’s birthplace. There’s something natural about his spontaneous performance at the Dupont Circle comedy bar. I’m sure this won’t be the last time he’s spotted appearing as a mystery guest in DC’s comedy scene.

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