Stand-Up Classes

Ever thought about trying your hand at comedy? Then join our comedy school family! The DC Improv Comedy School launched in May 2003, and  thousands of students have passed through our doors.

Our stand-up classes are designed to help you write, polish and peform a short stand-up come set -- the building block that all stand-ups use at open mics, comedy clubs, and anywhere else they might perform. They also feature a graduation show on the famous DC Improv stage.

All kinds of people can enjoy these classes, whether they're hoping to be a stuperstar or just looking for a fun new hobby. Lots of people secretly wonder if they they could ever do stand-up, and these classes give you the structured environment to finally get you on stage.

PLEASE NOTE: Our stand-up classes are extremely popular and fill up quickly. If you'd like to be placed on the wait list for these classes, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and specify the course in the subject line. Please note all classes are 18 and over and once you make a payment there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations. The waitlist is done via e-mail, and once a class is announced via e-mail, the first people to pay in full get into the course. Payment must be made online, with a credit card. If you miss out on registering and you’d like to continue to stay on the waitlist, you must e-mail that request to the Improv. You are not automatically enrolled into the waitlist for the next announcement unless you request to do so.



"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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    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.

  • Corey Holcomb

    Corey Holcomb 

    Right now, you can see Corey in "The Wedding Ringer." This summer, you can see him on stage at the DC Improv.

    Corey throws down brutally funny commentary on relationships and romance, and we're amped to have him back May 28-31.

  • 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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    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.

  • Todd Glass


    You can't stop Todd Glass, and we're not even sure if you can contain him. Todd was an alt-comedy superstar even before the Internet, and he's still going strong.

    And oh yeah, he's back on our stage April 2-4. That's Easter week, so insert your miracle joke here.