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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Local comic still making D.C. sports jokes

By Dan Steinberg

Back in June, I chatted briefly with Alycia Cooper, a Temple Hills comedian who advanced to the semi-finals of NBC's Last Comic Standing, partly on the strength of a joke about D.C. sports teams. Her bit had been taped in March, though, before the McNabb/Strasburg/Wall trio arrived to redeem us, and so she left me with optimism.

"I feel optimistic, yes, but only time will tell," she said then. "I'm looking forward to the day when those jokes don't work. I'm looking forward to the day when those jokes no longer apply, and I have to retire them."

Well, the past six months haven't been a whole lot better than the previous six months were, and Alycia called me back this week to let me know she's still using that old material.

(Actually, I think she technically called me to plug her New Year's Eve show at the Grand Hyatt, but whatever.)

To the question of whether she's still feeling more optimistic...well, no, she's not.

"Maybe everybody knows something I don't, but there's some sort of curse over D.C.," she said. "Everything went south. So now what do we do? What do we do? I'm just floored. Just floored. I cannot believe our luck. I'm just trying to figure out what's going on with D.C. teams."

Rather than retire her D.C. sports bits, she said they're "doing better than ever." She added lines about Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, and when she goes there during D.C.-area shows, the audience members "just shake their heads in disgust."

"Just talking about it, you can see like a gut punch look come across their faces, reliving the horrors of what we have to go through," she said. "It is painful. It is painful. But at some point, humor is rooted in tragedy. And this is tragic."

I still don't know how you can get people to laugh through their pain, but kudos for Alycia for trying. Go see her on New Year's Eve, if you want. Oh, and she does have some advice for D.C. sports fans.

"I'm hanging my hat, all my hopes and dreams, on the Washington Mystics," she said. "Go Mystics."

By Dan Steinberg  | December 23, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Caps, Mystics, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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