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DC has some of the most amazing artists in the world. Discover them and their work in this weekly, live, comedy talk show.
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The Charlie Visonage Show!
Live from the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan Every Thursday at 10PM!

Our Story

We need your support to get this amazing show off the ground.

When Charlie told me “I want to do a talk show,” I gave him some advice. It was only later that it hit me, “This is awesome! I want to do this!” It has been an incredible journey so far; gathering a cast and crew, envisioning the design, and lining up local established artists and up-and-coming talent for interviews and performance.

Providing a stipend for a professional crew, and for the newer artist who need support for their craft, has now become a high priority. Anything you can pledge will go directly to these people.

We're dedicated to entertaining you and having the best time possible doing it. I believe it’s worthy of your support - as do the 100+ people who’ve already joined with us here.

Our Goal

DC Artists of great renown rarely have a chance to share how they got where they are, and those just starting out rarely have the opportunity to share their work with new audiences. There will be interviews with success stories, performances by up-and-comers and always some kick-ass music to end the show.

The cross-pollination that comes with entertaining and learning from each other creates amazing things. “Comedia del Arte, this is jazz; Ibsen, I'd like you to meet poetry slam. We think you have a lot to talk about.”

Our Show

The Charlie Visconage Show" will have all the monologues, comic characters, prizes and audience interaction you'd expect in a late night show. Our host is a talented improviser, storyteller and popular podcast jockey. Executive producer, Topher Bellavia is a national award-winning filmmaker with twenty years of experience producing live theater. We've also got a genius accompanist, a razor-sharp funny side-kick, a team of eager comedy writers and a dedicated staff and crew who've already done the groundwork, we just need your investment to press “Go.”

The Ask

There are sets to build, costumes to hem, theater rent to pay, lights to be hung, websites to program, and marketing materials to design and print. Adding to the costs are a video camera, microphones, a projector, headsets, furniture, and many other things that are needed for long-term success.

Mounting a great live show isn't cheap and we need your help to bring new audiences to experience new artists and to learn from those who've already found success.

Please join us in providing this opportunity for years to come.

Confirmed Guests so Far

  • Mark Ruppert, Filmaker, talk show host; Executive Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project
  • Allison Stockman, Director; Artistic Director of Constellation Theatre
  • Amy Saidman,Storyteller; Artistic Director of SpeakEasyDC
  • Julianne Brienza, Visual Artist; Executive Director Capital Fringe
  • Liz Demery, Comedian, improviser; Owner of “The Comedy Spot”
  • Jon Gann, Filmaker; Festival Director DC Shorts Film Festival
  • Mattias Kreamer, Actor, Musician; Peace & Love Festival Sweden, “Shaiman”
  • Joshua Morgan, Actor; producer; John Aniello Award Winner 2011 “Best New Theater Company,” No Rules Theatre

Thanks for your time and attention!

[Seriously, if you want to get more involved, email bellavia@gmail]

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