You won’t want to miss this

Tonight, some of the best DC area comedians will perform at the Velvet Lounge.  They include:

Emily Ruskowski – will also host
Valerie Paschall
Mariya Alexander
Tyler Richardson
Alyson Chadwick
Pete Bergen

You won’t get to see this much talent for $10 any other time.  Seriously.

The Velvet Lounge is at 915 U Street, NW — across from the U Street Metro.  This starts early (at 7) but probably won’t start on time so if you can come but will be late, no worries.

The money is going to a good cause, you can read about that here:

For Dariana

Dariana Verdi

In February 2011, four year old Dariana Verdi was diagnosed with a very agressive brain cancer.  On February 16, she lost her battle with the disease.

To honor her, a great line-up of Washington, DC area comedians will perform on Friday, March 2nd at the Velvet Lounge at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 but if you are inclined to give more, we won’t say no.  All proceeds will go to Dariana’s family and the Live for Today fund that helps other children and their families going through this.



The entertainment:

  • Emily Ruskowski
  • Tyler Richardson
  • Valerie Paschall
  • Mariya Alexander
  • And, of course, Alyson Chadwick (Should I start talking about myself in the 3rd person? No?  Didn’t think so.)

So what are we talking about?

Fundraiser for Dariana
Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm
The Velvet Lounge, 915 U Street, NW, WDC

Please note:  Dariana was my college roommate’s (Alison Koslow) daughter.  Ali and her wife Sue are two of the kindest people on the planet.  This is a very personal event for me so I am going to ask you all to spread the word so we can really celebrate Dariana’s life and the type of kindness these two wonderful people inspire through example.

Wanna see my stand-up?

There’s good news! You can! I just got back from NYC and am all about stand-up. You can check out my new YouTube channel (, channel name — Hobbes’ House of Soap) or… you can come out and check me out live.

Thursday 29 September @ 7:30, The Comedy Spot in Ballston, VA. 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA.

Tuesday 4 October: Still TBD but I will either be at Tonic near Foggy Botton or Solly’s on U Street.

Wednesday 5 October @ 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30): Pardon the Pundit live comedy contest at the Arlington Cinema Draft House. If you can only make one of my shows this year, PLEASE make it this one. I need your help getting to the next round!

Thursday 6 October @ 8:00 (doors open at 6:30): Red Lounge on U Street, 2013 14th Street NW.

Friday 14 October @ TBD: I will be somewhere.

(Note: I plan to go to NYC to do some stand-up near Halloween and will be at Bar 82 but the details have yet to be worked out.)

Sunday 6 November @ 8:00 (doors open at 6:30): Makin’ Whoopie benefit for “Suited for Change” at the DC Improv Comedy Lounge (1140 CT Avenue, NW).

Friday 2 December @ 8:00: DC Improv Grad Showcase at the DC Improv Comedy Lounge (1140 CT Avenue, NW).