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Time Machine Roast

The Time Machine Roast

Great figures from history roast the hell out of each other. With Karl Marx, Truman Capote, Rick James, Rosalind Franklin, Ben Franklin, Helen of Troy and Sigmund Freud.

January 25

SPOTLIGHT

A (totally real and functioning) time machine has gone haywire, and famous people throughout history are being transported through time to the DC Improv. What happens when historical figures share a stage? They burn each other with hilarious jokes, just like the roasts you've seen on TV. Watch some of DC's favorite local comics get into character (and costume) to play the roles of history's most famous figures -- from musicians and scientists to emperors and warlords -- and roast each other right in front of you. The jokes might be mean, but they're never too soon.

January 25 Roasters

  • Karl Marx .... Dylan Meyer
  • Truman Capote .... Landon Letzkus
  • Rick James .... Cerrome Russell
  • Rosalind Franklin .... Kasha Patel
  • Ben Franklin .... Nate Johnson
  • Helen of Troy .... Denise Taylor
  • Sigmund Freud .... Benjy Himmelfarb

About the Producers

Benjy Himmelfarb 

Benjy Himmelfarb is a Washington D.C. based comedian who has performed at the Kennedy Center, comedy clubs across the country & many dive bars that smell like old cheese. The Washington Post has called him "sardonic, Semitic", which is a frighteningly concise way of summing him up. Beyond standup, he can be found misusing his college degree to zing historical figures at the Time Machine Roast or cracking jokes about bug mating habits & space nerds on his YouTube channel.

Dylan Meyer 

Dylan Meyer is one of the fastest-rising talents in the thriving Washington, D.C. comedy scene. His eclectic style is complemented perfectly by his sharp wit and contagious energy. Always in the moment, Dylan is sure to deliver a uniquely hilarious performance every time he steps on stage. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, various comedy clubs across the country, and is a regular at the DC Improv. Dylan co-produces The Time Machine Roast and other events around Washington.