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The DC Improv Comedy School

Since the DC Improv Comedy School opened in 2003, thousands of students have passed through our doors. Classes are available for all skill levels, and topics include stand-up comedy, improv comedy and comedy writing.

The school offers a creative outlet for those who enjoy laughing and learning. Our 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. 

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Stephanie Anderson

Workshop: Old Dog New Tricks

Saturday workshop. A diagnostic for seasoned improvisers! Instructor Stephanie Anderson (Second City Training Center) helps you identify old habits, learn new techniques and take your performance to the next level. Prerequisite needed.

May 7 register now
 
Stephanie Anderson

Workshop: Bold Characters = Strong Relationships

Sunday workshop. Instructor Stephanie Anderson (Second City Training Center) teaches you to create distinct characters and explores how to reveal character relationships.

May 8 register now
 
Stephanie Anderson

Workshop: Reboot and Troubleshoot

Monday workshop. Instructor Stephanie Anderson (Second City Training Center) re-frames the "rules of improvisation" to help you find your way when you're lost in a scene. Prerequisite needed.

May 9 register now
 
Stephanie Anderson

Workshop: Three's Company

Tuesday workshop. Instructor Stephanie Anderson (Second City Training Center) shares strategies to help improvisers navigate three-person scenes. Prerequisite needed.

May 10 register now
 
Anna Bethel

Beginning Improv

Six weeks, Monday classes. "Improv for Fun!" Instructor Anna Bethel teaches basic improv skills and short form games, with an emphasis on the most important part of comedy: having a good time.

starts 6/13 register now
 
Anna Bethel

Level 2 Short Form

Five weeks, Tuesday classes. "Characters and Emotions" are the focus as Anna Bethel teaches short-form improv games and exercises that allow students to create dynamic characters in their scene work. Graduation show at the Improv on August 2!

starts 6/21 register now
 
Chris Ulrich

Beginning Improv

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

starts 6/30register now
 
Chris Ulrich

Beginning Improv

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

starts 7/10register now
 
Chris Ulrich

Level 2 Improv

Five weeks, Monday 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 August 17! Prerequisite needed.

starts 7/11 register now
 
Chris Ulrich

Level 4 Improv: Intro to the Harold

Five weeks, Wednesday classes. Instructor Chris Ulrich teaches you the famed long-form improv style developed by Del Close. Graduation show at the Improv on April 6.

starts 3/2 SOLD OUT
 
Chris Ulrich

Beginning Improv

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

starts 4/2SOLD OUT
 
Chris Ulrich

Level 2 Improv

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 May 18! Prerequisite needed.

starts 4/13 SOLD OUT
 
Anna Bethel

Beginning Improv

Five weeks, Monday classes. "Improv for Fun!" Instructor Anna Bethel teaches basic improv skills and short form games, with an emphasis on the most important part of comedy: having a good time.

starts 4/25 SOLD OUT
 
Anna Bethel

Level 2 Short Form

Five weeks, Tuesday classes. "Characters and Emotions" are the focus as Anna Bethel teaches short-form improv games and exercises that allow students to create dynamic characters in their scene work. Graduation show at the Improv on May 31!

starts 4/26 class closed
 
Chris Ulrich

Level 3 Improv: Advancing the Scene

Five weeks, Thursday classes. This workshop with Chris Ulrich helps you refine your approach to any improv experience, helping you sharpen the characters and choices that can make for a great performance.

starts 4/28 SOLD OUT
 
Anna Bethel

Level 3 Short Form

Four weeks, Saturday classes. "Relationships and Story" take center stage. Instructor Anna Bethel builds on the lessons and short-form improv games from earlier classes, teaching students the value of intriguing relationships and compelling narratives in their scene work.

starts 4/30 class closed
 
Chris Coccia

Five Minutes to Funny

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 June 22.

starts 5/15 SOLD OUT
 
The PIT

SNL Sketch Writing

Two-day weekend workshop with two 3-hour sessions. Learn how to write and submit great sketch comedy with Ali Farahnakian, a former SNL writer and founder of the Peoples Improv Theater!

May 13-15register now