DC Arts Center SKETCH

Sketch Comedy Spooktacular

with A.J. Schraeder , Rails Comedy and The Character Show

Sketch Comedy Night is a sketch comedy show that features characters, musicals, biting satire, and parody sketches. Featuring 3 sketch teams from DC and across the east coast.

A.J. Schraeder

A.J. Schraeder has been performing and writing sketch comedy for nearly two decades. During that time, he has toured sketch comedy shows at colleges across the country, been invited to comedy festivals across North America, and sold commercial ideas and content to brands around the world. A.J. is a previous winner of one of North Carolina’s largest solo comedy competitions, “The Ultimate Comic Challenge” and his shows have been awarded the title of Best in Fest at the Columbus Brew HaHa and Atlanta Sketchfest. His performance at SF Sketchfest was reviewed by Julie Lawless of rhum.org as “ridiculously hilarious”. He is also a 2-time winner of Charlotte’s 48 Hour Film Project and his videos have amassed over a million views on the short-form video platform Rizzle. In the commercial world, he has worked with major brands such as Doritos, Legos, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. His list of festival credits includes SF Sketchfest, Toronto Sketchfest, The North Carolina Comedy Festival, Flyover Comedy Festival, Rise Comedy Festival, New York Sketchfest, and many more.

Rails Comedy

Rails Comedy is a comedy troupe based in Washington, DC, that packs live sketches, characters, music, digital shorts, and more into one fun-filled show! They have performed in the Austin Sketch Fest, Montréal Sketchfest, North Carolina Comedy Festival, and Sketchfest Seattle’s Fall Stream where they won the Audience Choice Award. Rails Comedy’s sketch team performs regularly at the DC Arts Center and recently at the DC Improv. Rails Comedy produces Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, and Drag shows every week in DC, so follow them @railscomedy to keep up with the excitement!

The Character Show

The Character Show is a hilarious and dynamic segment of Sketch Comedy Night, featuring a talented cast of performers who bring a variety of quirky and memorable characters to life on stage. With their sharp wit and impeccable timing, The Character Show never fails to leave audiences in stitches. Whether playing exaggerated versions of themselves or diving into completely fictional personas, The Character Show is a must-see for anyone who loves comedy.

10/21/2023 8:00 PM

Door Time: 7:40 PM

Other Showtimes

Sketch Comedy Spooktacular is going to be a night to remember at the DC Arts Center! This night will feature 3 of the best comedy sketch teams on the East coast. Join us on Saturday as we bring you some of the most hilarious sketches, music, and stand-up from best comedians in the business!


⚡️ Thunderstood - Thunderstood is a multimedia one-man sketch show (with occasional special guests) that has been performed at comedy festivals across the country. Armed with a projector and a truly odd point of view, A.J. Schraeder takes you through a stream-of-conscious presentation chock full of absurdity, weird characters, technical wizardry, and a level of earnestness seldom found at most comedy shows. His rapid-fire style and bizarre takes on existence will probably make you laugh but you’ll definitely leave the show being happy you aren’t as weird as him.

🎭 The Character Show – Step into the world of The Character Show, where a colorful cast of comedians comes to life!

🚂 Rails Comedy – Choo-choo! Hop aboard the laughter express as Rails Comedy takes you on a wild and witty journey through a world of clever sketches and unforgettable characters.

So don't wait! Get your tickets online for $15 or purchase them at the door for $20!

Doors open: 7:40pm, show starts at 8:00pm.

Location: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The DC Art Center’s Sketch Comedy Spooktacular is produced by Rails Comedy.

Late Seating Policy

  • Late seating is permitted. However, after 10 minutes after the show's start time (8:10pm), if you are not here, your seat will be released to an audience member waiting in the standby line. 

Audience Seating 

  • This show is likely to sell out! If we sell out, additional guests (who don't have a ticket) may wait in STANDBY line for a no-show seat. Standby line seating is NOT GUARANTEED. Additional guests should get their tickets now!

Parking & Public Transportation

  • If you're driving, we recommend budget 30 MINUTES to drive and park because of heavy traffic in the area.
  • The nearest metro is the Columbia Heights Metro Station. The walk to the venue is approximately 15 minutes.

Refund Policy

  • All sales are final – refunds are not permitted for this show.

Sketch Comedy Night is a sketch comedy show that features characters, musicals, biting satire, and parody sketches. Featuring 3 sketch teams from DC and across the east coast.

A.J. Schraeder

Rails Comedy

The Character Show