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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

Object Work & Interior Design Workshop

A 3-hour class with instructor Stephanie Anderson! Learn the thoughtful use of space and object work to reveal characters, emotions and relationships in improv scenes.

April 6 register now
 
Shawn Westfall

Beginning Improv

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

May-June register now
 
Chris Ulrich

Beginning Improv

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

June-July register now
 
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

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

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 Ulrich

Level 3 Improv: Advancing the Scene

Five weeks, Wednesday 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.

April-May 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 SOLD OUT
 
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 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 May 6!

April-May 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 sold out