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Performing at the DC Improv

Booking procedures and open mic nights.

Booking Procedure

openmicPlease read all of the instructions below before submitting any materials. And please, NO PHONE CALLS.

Are you interested in being an emcee or feature act at the DC Improv? If you would like to be considered by our bookers, please send us a performance video from the last three months that is no longer than 10 minutes. Older or longer videos will not be considered.

  • If you are submitting a DVD, use this address: The DC Improv Comedy Club, Attn: Booking Office, 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036. (DVD submissions will not be returned.)
  • If you are submitting a web video, please e-mail the link to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Include a short biography, as well as resume of your comedy work.

Please understand that the DC Improv receives hundreds of submissions, and it is not possible for us to respond to all of them. You will be contacted ONLY if you are accepted to perform on an audition showcase for the bookers. DO NOT send any follow-up emails after you submit a web link and/or DVD. And again, absolutely NO PHONE CALLS.

Worked the Improv before?

We still might need a refresher. If you haven't performed in the Improv's main showroom or lounge for more more than nine months, please include a recent video when you send us your booking requests.

Open Mic Night

The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comedy talent in our main showroom. Admission is free to the public, and you can guarantee yourself a seat in the crowd if you RSVP via. Visit our schedule page to find the next open mic.

How to sign up

If you’re interested in performing at the open mic night, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it a link to a performance video that is no more than 10 minutes long. Recent sets are preferred. If possible, show us a performance from the last three months. Also include a short biography, as well as resume of your comedy work. Web submissions only -- do not call the Improv. We appreciate every submission, but due to volume, we cannot respond to every inquiry. You will be contacted ONLY if you are accepted to perform at an upcoming open mic night.

Set times

Most comics on the open mic will receive 5 minutes to perform original material. There will also be three featured comics selected by the Improv to perform 10-minute sets.

Food and drink

We will be offering dinner service and drinks for open mic shows.