Review: Mark Christopher Lawrence at the DC Comedy Loft

Mark Christopher Lawrence is a comedian of myriad talents. Appearing at the Bier Baron Tavern’s Comedy Loft, Mr. Lawrence commanded the stage with an act that was multi-dimensional – and with many moods. His professional background shone through, and he possessed an intuitive ability to allow for interaction with the audience when it proved to enrich the surge of material. It was obvious that Mr. Lawrence was in complete control of his comedic choices.

Mark Christopher Lawrence
Mark Christopher Lawrence

Lawrence opened with a bit about the South and Missouri that was astutely observational. His gifts of perfecting inflections of dialect and making fluid facial expressions showed his mastery of acting. Mr. Lawrence believes strongly in the “storytelling” style of comedy – and, throughout the evening, he regaled the audience with comedic vignettes and increasingly honest and earthy material. Subject and topics ranged from TSA screenings to awkward medical exams and the trials of family life.

Mr. Lawrence had a very interesting ability to be both at ease and down-to earth, yet also pointedly caustic and quasi-irate in manner – recalling the frankness of Lenny Bruce. There are many different comedians with signature styles – like Carol Burnett with her physical comedy, or Woody Allen with his intellectual style. But what’s fascinating about Mark Christopher Lawrence is that he has the versatility to combine all the assets of the comedy giants – physical agility, verbal creativity, spontaneity, and comic timing – into one unique comedy showcase.

Mark Christopher Lawrence has made appearances on NBC’s hit series Chuck, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Martin, etc., as well as in motion pictures The Pursuit of Happyness and Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Mark Christopher Lawrence performed at 7:30 PM and 9:45 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019 and Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Comedy Loft at the Bier Baron Tavern at 1523 22nd NW, Washington, DC., 20037. For future shows go to www.dcomedyloft.com

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David Friscic
David has always had a passionate interest in the arts from acting in professional dinner theatre and community theatre to reviewing film and local theatre in college to making numerous treks to New York City to indulge his interest in live theatre. An enthusiastic interest in writing has shown itself in a BA in English/Education and an MA in English Literature. Taken together, these two interests have culminated in the logical conclusion of writing for an arts blog. David moved up and down the East Coast due to his father's job at General Electric and this has helped him to perceive the world in a very open way. After his schooling, David taught in Catholic school systems for awhile and, then, spent three years in the seminary with two years at Catholic University studying Theology and one year in a practicuum working at a church in New York State. David currently works at the National Science Foundation as a Technical Information Specialist for the Office of Polar Programs and has had the great opportunity to go to Antarctica twice and Greenland once in support of the research community. He enjoys living in Bethesda and has taken courses at the Writer's Center. David enjoys swimming, traveling, reading, and working on committees at his condo. His major interest, however, is the arts and all it encompasses---from symphony, to film, to museum treks to live theatre. He counts having lunch with Lillian Gish and meeting Lily Tomlin, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton, Liza Minnelli and Sandy Dennis as some of the more exciting encounters of his life.