A History of Laughter is my stand-up comedy walking tour of Pennsylvania Avenue. Already sounds amazing, right?
Why are you doing this?
I started performing stand-up in DC several years ago and then got a job as a tour guide to pay the bills. As soon as I got the tour guide job I thought, “Hey, it’d be fun to write a tour that was nothing but jokes.”
Don’t you usually crack some jokes on your normal tour?
Yes, but there are several problems with telling jokes on normal tours, none of which I’ll run into with this show.
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Straight tour guides shouldn’t get into politics.
Comedians can and do.
Tour guides shouldn’t give their personal opinions on many matters so as not to offend.
Comedians can and do.
Tour guides shouldn’t touch topics like sex, drugs and whether or not George W. Bush is responsible for the rise of ISIS.
Is this a partisan show?
No, it’s an anti-show. I’m anti-everyone, although I’m certainly more anti-Trump than anti-everyone-else. I trash politicians from both parties, as well as Trump supporters, so be forewarned. But I also trash myself, and even my kids a little. So there is a balance. And it’s all in good clean-ish fun.
What makes this show stand out?
It’s different. The venue is “America’s Main Street”. The set was designed by the finest architects in American history, and the architect of the FBI Building. You’ll learn little tidbits of truth caked in large amounts of misleading and sometimes irrelevant nonsense meant to entertain and obfuscate, just like at a White House press conference. You’ll hear a man boldly belittle the highest institutions in the land right on their doorsteps. And the weather should be delightful! (Bring your own umbrella.)
Matt Dundas is a stand-up comedian, storyteller, actor, writer, musician and baseball player living in Washington, D.C. He has performed at various comedy clubs and festivals around the country and has produced multiple award-winning video shorts. His music was once called “quite pretty” by journalist Glenn Greenwald. Matt has appeared in several plays in Boston, New York and Washington, as well as on ABC television. His writing, often formal complaints, has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. And he can juggle. Matt is the co-founder of Grassroots Comedy DC and currently co-runs Capital Laughs.