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Lincoln Cottage

Comedy at
Lincoln's Cottage

October 21 / $5

Comedy in one of DC's coolest historic homes! October features a special pun contest -- sign up to compete! All ticketing is through Lincoln's Cottage.


For a fourth year in a row, President Lincoln's Cottage is teaming up with the DC Improv for the "Two Faces" Comedy Series. Enjoy comedy shows in President Lincoln's favorite DC retreat, for just $5! Each show is meant to be inspired by some aspect, silly or serious, of Lincoln's legacy or the history of the cottage.

In October 2019 we're indulging Lincoln's love of wordplay by bringing a pun competition to the cottage. Orpheus C. Kerr -- the punny pseudonym (office seeker) of Robert H. Newell -- was one of Lincoln's favorite humorists. He even read the pun-filled "Orpheus C. Kerr Papers" while relaxing at the cottage. "Anyone who has not read them," Lincoln once said, "is a heathen."

So we think Abe would approve of Pun DMV! This event has become a DC favorite, featuring one event with prepared routines, and an on-the-spot tournament where anyone in attendance can sign up. The winners of either event get a prize! If you're interested in competing, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

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  • Price: $5 general admission (all ticketing through Lincoln's Cottage)
  • Showtimes: Monday 7:30
  • Featuring: Pun DMV

About the Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

Pun DMV: The Lincoln Invitational

Contestants prepare a short (2-3 minute) pun routine, where all the puns have the same theme. (Meaning, they're all puns on bird names, or beverages, or cities, or whatever. The theme is up to you.) You can do a monologue, sing a song, act out a sketch or use props. You can do it from memory or read off notes if you like. After everyone performs, the event organizers will select a few finalists, and the audience will cheer to decide the winner of the big prize. All contestants for this event will be confirmed in advance -- please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in performing.

The Tournament

An on-the-spot punning tournament featuring up to 20 people. At the start of each match, contestants are given a theme. They then take turns making up puns on the spot. People are eliminated when they're stumped. The last person standing moves on to the next round (or victory)! Anyone in attendance can compete, and you can sign up on site when you arrive.