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LYGO DC Brunch at Shaw’s Tavern

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Last Saturday I spent my afternoon sipping mimosas and sobbing my eyes out. No, dear reader, not because of anything tragic. But rather, I was dying from laughter.

When LYGO DC invited the Bitches to try their comedy brunch, Wake and Bacon, I was all over it. The group is combining two of my favorite things—brunch AND laughter. How could I resist?


I grabbed two of my best Bitches, hopped in my car, and traveled over to Shaw’s Tavern, the new-found home of the comedy brunch. The ambiance of Shaw’s Tavern is gorgeous. As you walk into the eatery, you’re greeted by dark hard wood floors, dark wood paneled walls, and tasteful leather furniture.

It has a masculine, chic energy while also remaining low key and cool. We were tempted to take root on the immense patio and bask in the sunshine, but there were mimosas and jokes inside calling our name.


We saddled up to our high top, which was tucked into a corner next to the mic and the soap box that acted as a stage. We then quickly realized there was only one server for the entire floor. This became increasingly apparent as the time we sat there without menus ticked away and our thirst for mimosas grew. Once we were finally waited on, we were told that during the hours of three and five, the restaurant only serves pizza and burgers.

Wait, what? I thought this was a comedy brunch? I pulled Rich Bennett, one of the founders of LYGO, aside to ask him to clarify if this was true. Lucky for us, it was a miscommunication and the entire brunch menu was in fact available.

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We quickly decided on red velvet pancakes, the chicken salad sandwich, and chicken and waffles. That was, until the manager reported back that, in fact, they were actually out of red velvet pancakes. UGH. We searched the menu for another item to replace them and decided on the cornbread waffle. Not what we had our hearts set on, but it would do.

At about 3:45 p.m., Rich took the stage to introduce himself and the first comedian, Sara Armour, who immediately had us in stitches. Her bit on Disney Princesses had me slapping the table and wiping tears from my eyes. Tashya Tummings took the stage next and kept the female comedian representation going strong. Her take on being a single lady in this economy was not only hilarious, but absolutely accurate.

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Ryan Schutt was the next comedian to make us teary eyed and aching from laughter. He was absolutely hilarious and earned bonus points by making a cat joke (I like cats, okay?). Brian Parise and Danny Rouhier wrapped up the show one right after the other and played off the audience like experts.

There was no doubt that the comedy was perfection: The lineup was excellent, and it was easy to see that they knew exactly what they were doing.

The food and the organization of the event, on the other hand, could use some work. The consensus from all three of us was that our dishes were simply mediocre, which was disappointing, but that the $12 bottomless mimosas was a steal.

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My chicken salad sandwich was made up mostly of mayo, and the French fries that accompanied it were lukewarm at best. The chicken and waffles came sans syrup and were merely alright. The cornbread waffle was spongy and dense, but was overall decent. Cori Sue had a similarly mediocre experience at Shaw’s Tavern.

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I would absolutely recommend checking out a LYGO DC show, but I might suggest another one of their stand up shows, or grabbing brunch before catching a Wake and Bacon show until they get the kinks worked out between the restaurant and the event.

If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, they have shows nearly every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Shaw’s Tavern. You can check out the schedule of other upcoming comedy shows here.

The Bitches say: A for the comedy, and C- for the food and service, averaging about a C+ for overall experience.

Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Ave N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 518-4092

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  1. I want so badly to like Shaw’s, but our recent experience was similar. Food items running out, general miscommunication, being charged improperly. They’re a neighborhood eatery for us, but we probably won’t go for brunch after the 2 Bitches’ reviews.

  2. LYGO DC selected Shaw’s Tavern as the home of its comedy + brunch show for several reasons, not the least of which is its great food and service. In the first two months, there have been some hiccups as both sides have adjusted to growing crowds in the new upstairs lounge/performance area. To address this and ensure the best possible brunch + comedy, the full brunch menu will be available until 3:00 p.m. and a focused menu of the Red Velvet Pancakes, Cornbread Waffle, sandwiches, salads, and sides available from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thanks for hanging in with us and hanging out with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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