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The Washington D.C. Comedy Writers Group

Because we live HERE, we laugh.

May 2016 Updates

Hey Kids:
The winter months have passed us by, and we’re quickly approaching the summer. The last few weeks presented us with tons of rain, but that didn’t damper our spirits. Our weekly meetings have been fabulous, and we ran past midnight on a few occasions. That’s what happens when you combine creativity with a touch a madness. Here a few updates for ya:
The Return of Eric Owusu:

Eric stopped in town recently to pay us a visit. He’s one of the founding members of our group who move to NYC to chase his comedy dreams. Currently based in LA, he dropped tons of comedy advice as we discussed his adventures in performing and writing comedy. At that particular meeting, we skipped testing out new material and interviewed Eric that evening.

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If you want to watch some of Eric’s work (including his 4 part mini-documentary on the DMV comedy scene), check out his Youtube page:

https://www.youtube.com/user/EricOwusuComedy/videos

Favorite Writing Exercise of the Month:

One of our writing exercises this month was “The Fake WMATA Town Hall Meeting”!

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is finally ready to address the public about their crappy service. I created “Mr. Horace P. Soultrain” to address angry questions from the audience. Performed this writing exercise in costume, I didn’t realize I would actually answer some of those questions. Dammit…we were rolling on the floor with laughter!
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Just a reminder that we are working with all forms of comedy. You don’t have to be a standup comedian to attend or participate in our meetings. We tackle all types of humorous writing!


Upcoming comedy shows from some of our members:

Ralph Cooper: Awesome Thursdays Comedy Show

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Kandyce August: Funny Mondays:

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Leon Scott: The Power of Positive Drinking:

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Stephen Joseph Campbell: Jokes at Judy’s:

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Reminder: We are *NOT* meeting on Monday, May 30th. We’ll see ya’ on June 6th at 8:30 pm here:
Judy’s Restaurant & Bar

2212 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Keep writing, and keep ‘em laughing!
Wayne & Mandy

March 2016 Updates

Gang:

We hope you’re dusting off your comedy notebooks, and getting back into your comedy writing groove. Thing are moving and shaking in the D.C. comedy community, and we hope you’re going to be a part of the action. Lots of things to cover this month, so we’re going to jump right into it.

First, I’d like to remind everyone to check out the previous episodes of the DC Comedy Writers Group podcast. Last year, we had several special guests including John Vorhaus, Jen Grisanti, Liz Russo, Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz. AND….you can find some of the previous writing exercises with our responses. Check us out on iTunes, PodBean, and Sticher Radio. Your feedback and comments on those websites are greatly appreciated.

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So Long S.M. Shrake!

Scott developed Story League into one of the best places to hear funny stories in the D.C. area. Several members of our group have participated in their events over the years. He has decided to move to New York, and we were not going to let him go without getting a few cheap shots in. And I’m not talking about liquor.

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His farewell comedy roast was held at The Unified Scene Theater. I must admit….It was a hilarious night! It was wonderful to see so many people say goodbye to him with the gift of laughter. My only regret was that no one recorded this madness for YouTube or Vimeo. “Good luck in the Big Apple Scott. We’re gonna miss ya’ buddy!”

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WDCCWG Sketch Comedy

Folks have expressed an interest in writing and producing comedy videos. This year we are working hard to make that a reality. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please send an email to info@dccomedywriters.com. Please specify if you would like participate as actors/actresses, writers, editors, or some other function with the production team.

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BTW – We are also working on a video version of our podcast. Opportunities will be available for people to host future episodes.
Working on HBO’s television show “VEEP”

HBO and the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment offered three local residents a chance to work on as a Production Assistant of the set of the television show “VEEP”.  I was honored to be selected. It was a fast pace environment, and I learned a lot form working with that team of professionals. Special thanks to the Washington Post for writing this article about it!

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That will do it for the March updates. If you have ideas or suggestions for the group, please contact Mandy or myself with your thoughts. I also want to remind everyone that if you want to lead one of our weekly Monday night meetings, we are willing to train you and provide the writing exercises.  Looking forward to seeing you at one of our weekly meetings at Judy’s Bar and Restaurant on Monday nights at 8:30 pm.

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Until the next time!

Wayne & Mandy

Welcome To The Sixth Year!

Hey gang:

It was only a few years ago when we came up with the concept of learning how to write comedy as a group. Not just stand up comedy writing…we focused on various forms of humor. Starting out with just a few members in the back of Duffy’s Irish Pub, we made a commitment to meet on Monday nights.  Our current meeting location is Judy’s Bar & Restaurant, but the mission is the same: Learning how to write humor based material.

Consistency is one of the keys to our success. Our members know that if they’re gone for a day or a thousand days….We’ll be there for them on Monday nights. We emphasize that if your attending a meeting, take advantage of the resources available. It’s a safe environment where its ok to ‘suck out loud’. Just remember that our meetings are uncensored. If you’re the type that is easily offended by bad language, then we’re not the group for you.

Some of the highlights from last year included:

Winning third place as the ‘Best Place to Test Your Stand-Up Act At An Open Mic‘ in the Washington Post.

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Having our ‘FREE DC Comedy Festival‘ mentioned in the Washington Post and On Tap Magazine. Special thanks to the gang at Pelonkey for helping us promote the festival from their blog. Don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ us the festival on Facebook.

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Participating in the ‘Comedy Hack Day‘ event.

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Mandy’s Birthday Party:

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Story District Launch Party:

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We’re looking forward to hosting and attending more events this year. Thanks to all the members for their suggestions and ideas. Mandy and I are always looking for ways to improve your writing experiences. Our group is very active on Twitter ( @dccomedywriters ) and Facebook.

Final note: Vote for us in Washington City Paper!

“The DC Comedy Writers Group will host their 3rd annual ‘Free DC Comedy Festival‘ this year. This festival features stand-up performances, comedy writing, and other activities. The festival is scheduled for the third week of November. We invite you to learn and laugh with some very funny people. Please click here to vote!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the future. Until the next time….Keep Writing!

Wayne & Mandy

 

Welcome to the New Web Page!

Hello. Welcome to our new web page for the Washington DC Comedy Writers Group. It’s shiny and new. Much better than the old one.

If you are looking for information on our “real world” meetings, then you came to the right place.

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The Washington D.C. Comedy Writers Group formed in January of 2011. We needed a free and open meeting for anyone interested in any form of comedy writing. Five years later, we’re still going strong.

Meetings are held every Monday night at 8:30 PM. We meet at Judy’s Restaurant, 2212 14th Street NW Washington DC 20009.  If you take Metro Rail, we are on the Greenline and the closest station is U Street.

We are only closed for four holidays each year: Memorial Day, Labor Day, the Monday before Christmas and the Monday before New Years Day.

 

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