The Cookout: i blame tyler perry + HTH + Kinfolk + Malik & Rasheed + Baggage Claim + House of Whitney + Lena Dunham

The Cookout is a celebration of Black Improv in the DMV!


Saturday July 20, 2024
7:00 PM
ALL COOKOUT PASS (with food): $45; 5 PM show only: $15; 7 PM show only: $20

Grab a plate! Dig in with a special edition of The Cookout that includes dinner!

Get an ALL COOKOUT Pass for $45 that gets you access to both shows as well as a dinner. We’ll be serving:

  • Jerk chicken
  • Mac and cheese
  • Hush puppies
  • Peach cobbler

You can also get tickets for just the 5 PM and 7 PM shows (the 7 PM show is festival-style, so you can come and go as you please).

The Lineup: 5 PM

Not One of Your Little Friends: Ernest Afflu, Monica Hamilton, Richard Johnson, Andrea Mosee, Olu Okusaga, David Spears, Derika Weddington, Porsche Vanderhorst

Earth Wind & Tired: Lee Bennett III, Aaron Harris, Renee Namakau, Ombaba, Lori Pitts, Tandra Turner, Slli’m Williams

What Had Happened Was: Darnell Eaton Kendall Hollimon, Richard Johnson, Al-Hassan Koroma, Simonica Mendes, Jamal Newman, Chizo Nwagwu, Arielle Rich, Tandra Turner, Francesca Washington, Simone Webster, Eddison Wilkinson

The Lineup: 7 PM

I Blame Tyler Perry: Lexcia Carr, Imani Franklin, Chizo Nwagwu, Arielle Rich, Jelicia Ross, Francesca Washington

HTH (Baltimore): Thomas Dotstry, Harold Young IV, Jason Herbert

Kinfolk: Krystal Ali, Samiyyah Ali, Kendall Hollimon. Jamal Newman

Malik & Rasheed: Ti Malik Coleman, Rasheed Green

Baggage Claim: Samiyyah Ali, Kendall Hollimon, Precious Jenkins, Renee Namakau Ombaba, Clyde Thompson, Eddison Wilkinson

House of Whitney: Krystal Ali, Samiyyah Ali, Darnell Eaton, Arielle Rich, David Spears

Lena Dunham: Krystal Ali, Bam Alston, Darnell Eaton, Derek Hayes, Erica Johnson, Eva Lewis, Jamal Newman, Nic Small, Simone Webster

Frequently Asked Questions

Get an ALL COOKOUT Pass for $45 that gets you access to both shows as well as a dinner. Dinner wristband supplies are limited! We’ll be serving:

COVID safety

Masks are recommended, but not required for WIT shows. Learn more on our COVID Safety page.

Accessibility information

This performance will take place in the Milton Theatre on the second floor, reachable by stairs or elevator. Most seats in the Milton require the use of some stairs in the theater. The Milton has wheelchair- and scooter-accessible locations (reached by use of a platform lift) where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to seats. Patrons requiring a wheelchair-accessible seat location should purchase a general admission ticket and then notify us by email at so that box office staff can be ready to assist or direct you. Please do not contact the Studio Theatre box office; they do not handle ticketing or seating for WIT performances. For more info on accessibility at Studio Theatre, see their accessibility page.

Lena Dunham
Meet Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham started as an idea to bring together Black improvisers in DC who were usually the only Black member of their improv team. Read More