The DC Improv Comedy School

Ever thought about trying your hand at comedy? Then join our comedy school family!

The DC Improv Comedy School launched in May 2003, and since then, thousands of students have passed through our doors. Our classes (and the numerous DC Improv shows they've generated) have been featured in the pages of The Washington Post, The Washington Post Express, Washingtonian magazine and The Georgetowner, as well on Washington Post Radio, DC 101, and WTOP Radio.

Classes are available for all skill levels, and topics include stand-up comedy, improv comedy and comedy writing. We have our regular expert instructors, and from time to time special guest instructors from New York and Los Angeles come our way.

The school offers a creative outlet for those who enjoy laughing in addition to learning. Our comedy school family has spawned new friendships, new relationships and even one marriage with three children. So get ready and take the plunge into the world of comedy at The DC Improv. 

If the class you want is sold out ...

Get on our waiting list. Send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  indicating which class you're interested in. The next time we put a new session of that class on our calendar, you'll be notified for the chance to sign up.

 

 


 

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Beginning Improv, March-April 2015

NEW SUNDAY SESSION ADDED. Six weeks, Sunday classes. Learn the basics of improv with Shawn Westfall, one of the most experienced instructors around. Improv comedy helps people with teamwork and creative thinking. And best of all, it's fun!

 
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Beginning Improv, March-April 2015

Six weeks, Saturday classes. Learn the basics of improv with our newest instructor, Chris Ulrich. Improv comedy helps people with teamwork and creative thinking. And best of all, it's fun!

 
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Level 2 Improv, March-April 2015

Five weeks, Wednesday classes. Instructor Chris Ulrich helps you explore in-depth scene work and character creation using both short-form and long-form improv techniques. Graduation show at the DC Improv on April 8! Prerequisite needed.

 
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Level 2 Short Form, April-May 2015

Five weeks, Tuesday classes. Instructor Shawn Westfall leads you in an in-depth exploration of "cabaret style" improv games. Followed by a graduation show at the DC Improv! Prerequisite needed.

 
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Beginning Improv, April-May 2015

Six weeks, Monday classes. Learn the basics of improv with Shawn Westfall, one of the most experienced instructors around. Improv comedy helps people with teamwork and creative thinking. And best of all, it's fun!

 
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Harold Long Form Improv, March-April 2015

Five weeks, Tuesday classes. Followed by a showcase performance at the DC Improv! Shawn Westfall will lead you in an exploration of more-advanced, abstract improv structures -- specifically the Harold, a game technique created and popularized by Del Close, founder of Second City. Prerequisite needed.

 
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Improv Boot Camp, February-April 2015

Ten weeks, Thursday classes. Improv Boot Camp combines all the workshops offered by Shawn Westfall -- Character, Advanced Long Form, Genre, Parody and Narrative, and Breaking the Rules -- into a ten-week class ideal for those wanting a lengthier improv experience. Prerequisite needed.

 
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"Five Minutes to Funny," February-March 2015

Four weeks, Sunday classes. Our signature stand-up comedy class, with instructor Chris Coccia. Learn the art of stand-up, polish a five-minute comedy set, and perform on the DC Improv stage on March 25!

 
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    Tom Rhodes

    February 12-15

    Planning your Valentine's weekend, and not looking to pop any questions? We've got you covered. Tom Rhodes is perfect for a fun, affordable and memorable night on the town.

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    ComedySportz for Kidz!

    February 7 @ 2 p.m.

    An improv show for kids as young as first grade! The famous ComedySportz troupe offers good clean fun -- and your kid might even become part of the show.

  • Gilbert Gottfried

    You're Hired! 

    JUST ADDED! The entire nation sank into a deep depression when Gilbert Gottfried was fired from this season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

    But hope springs eternal! You can see Gilbert doing the job he was made for, May 15-17 at the Improv.

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  • Loni Love

    All Aboard!

    JUST ADDED! The Love Train is coming back to the DC Improv. Loni Love is returning to our stage as a co-host of "The Real," Fox's daytime talk show. That's also her dishing out relationship advice on "Ellen." And while she's awesome on daytime TV, you really gotta see her live at night. Loni performs May 7-9.