DC Shorts LAUGHS presents live comedy acts from local comedians coupled with funny shorts from festivals past.

Comedians + Comedy = LAUGHS!!!

DC Shorts LAUGHS combines film and live performance for a spectacular and lighthearted evening. Check below to see what films will be playing and what comedians will be performing. 

Arrive early and enjoy the LAUGHS BAR in the Gala Hispanic Theatre lobby. And make sure to grab an extra drink for the show.

This is the perfect opportunity to catch films you might have missed from this year’s festival and watch the best of DC’s comedy circuit.

Schedule of Events

Show A: Friday June 23 @ 7:30 and Sat June 24 @9:30 – Buy Tickets
Show B: Fri. June 23 @ 9:30 and Sat June 24 @ 7:30 – Buy Tickets

Show A - Friday June 23 @ 7:30 and Sat June 24 @9:30 Buy Tickets


Comedy • Fantasy • United Kingdom • 9 minutes

A man wakes up in his dream of becoming the star of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it quickly becomes a nightmare when he finds he can’t control the plot.


Comedy • France • 12 minutes

Jacques has ten minutes to race home and prove to his wife that he did not spend the night in a hotel room with his mistress.


Comedy • Canada • 16 minutes

Frustrated by the Catholic Church’s decline, a priest gets help from a charismatic marketing expert to bring people back to churches.


Documentary • United States • 4 minutes

Tommy sells humorous “penis shorts” modeled after Michelangelo’s David in order to pay tribute to his favorite work of art.


Animation • Singapore • 4 minutes

After returning home from a day of collecting nuts, a gnome finds a caterpillar struggling to reach for leaves outside his house.


Comedy • Drama • United States • 10 minutes

Theo and Frances are an artsy downtown couple driving to a dinner party at their old friend Zoe’s new house in a wealthy suburb of NYC. One overheard cell phone call may jeopardize their friendship forever.

Show B - Fri. June 23 @ 9:30 and Sat June 24 @ 7:30 Buy Tickets


Comedy • Canada • 12 minutes

A 75-year-old widow with Alzheimer’s decides it’s time to have her very first orgasm ever.


Comedy • Drama • Austria • 13 minutes

Three brothers try to recreate a childhood memory through an old family picture in the bathtub.


Comedy • Drama • Fantasy • United Kingdom • 8 minutes

Penny must save the souls of 1000 people before she can get her wings and become an angel.


Comedy • Thriller • France • 9 minutes

A text message turns a depressing laundry night into a mad dash for survival.


Comedy • Canada • 15 minutes

When two low-level employees at an art gallery realize a terrible mistake has been made, they race to fix it before anyone finds out.

The Comedians

Mike Finazzo

Mike Finazzo is a filmmaker and stand up comedian. Created in 1984 by his parents, Neuroses and Earnestness; Finazzo directed his first feature The Life and Times of Andrew Quinn in 2007. Since then, the Baltimore native has performed as far north as Canada and as far west as California as a storyteller and comedian. Mike's comedy can regularly be heard on Sirius XM and his album Stupid Genius is currently available on iTunes.

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Michele Sometimes

Michele Sometimes is a DC-based writer and stand-up comedian. Michele was a semi-finalist in the ABFF Comedy Wings Competition in 2013. She curates and hosts her own comedy show called The Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy and Improv Show; as well as produces and hosts an interactive comedy and storytelling show called SMASH!

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Jared Stern

Jared has been making complete strangers laugh at him for over a decade. He has performed with the likes of Louis C.K., Judah Friedlander, Richard Lewis, Tom Arnold, Mike Birbiglia, Emo Philips, and Caroline Rhea. He was voted 2013 Best Comedian in DC by the readers of the Washington City Paper. He is also the silky smooth voice of the DC Improv's Headliner of State podcast. His album, Strangers Laugh at Me, was recently transcribed in the Library of Congress.

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Katherine Jessup

Katherine's comedy has been called sublime, profoundly relatable, and also available for birthday parties. She's performed around the country, hosts a popular podcast (Advice! with Dave & Kat), and can be found most nights trying to make strangers laugh.

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Nate Johnson

Some would say Nate Johnson is the funniest comedian in Washington, DC (mostly him and his mom).

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Natalie McGill

Natalie McGill is a stand up comic and journalist based out of Washington, D.C. who is an on-air correspondent for Redacted Tonight on RT America.

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GALA Hispanic Theater

3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

GALA’s performance venue is located at 3333 14th Street, NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC 20010. The entrance is on 14th Street in the middle of the block between Park Road and Monroe Street. The box office and theater entrance is located on the second floor by stairs or mezzanine level (M) through the elevator.

There is a parking garage available for GALA patrons behind the theater in the Giant Food garage on Park Road, NW (heading south on 14th, take a left onto Park Road).  Parking is available behind the theater at the Giant Grocery Store on Park Road. You will be issued a parking ticket that can be validated in the GALA box office for a $4 flat fee instead of the regular hourly rate. Limited street parking is available on 14th Street, Park Road, and Monroe Street.

GALA Theatre is on 14th Street, one block north of the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green/Yellow lines.

From downtown Washington, DC: Go north on 14th Street, NW. After crossing Irving Street (where the Columbia Heights Metro station is located) continue one block north and either turn right on Park Road to access the Giant Parking Garage or continue straight to drop off passengers at the entrance at 3333 14th Street, NW.