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. 

If the class you want is sold out ...

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Shawn Westfall

Beginning Improv

Six weeks, Monday or Sunday classes. Learn the basics of improv with Shawn Westfall, one of the most experienced instructors around. Both sessions sold out.

March-April SOLD OUT
 
Chris Ulrich

Beginning Improv

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!

March-April SOLD OUT
 
Shawn Westfall

Level 2 Short Form

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.

April-May register now
 
Shawn Westfall

Beginning Improv

Six weeks, Monday classes. Learn the basics of improv with Shawn Westfall, one of the most experienced instructors around.

April-May register now
 
Shawn Westfall

Improv Boot Camp

Ten weeks, Thursday classes. Combines all the workshops offered by Shawn Westfall - Character, Advanced Long Form, Genre, Parody and Narrative, and Breaking the Rules - in a 10-week class ideal for those wanting a lengthier improv experience. Prerequisite needed.

February-April SOLD 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 April 8! Prerequisite needed.

March-April SOLD OUT
 
Shawn Westfall

Harold Long Form Improv

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 by Del Close, founder of Second City. Prerequisite needed.

March-April SOLD OUT
 
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 March 25!

February-March 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 15-17 register now