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Eight comics from the DMV compete in a one-night stand-up tournament. RUMBLE!

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Eight comedians from the DMV square off in a one-night tournament. Each match has two comics doing five-minute sets, and the audience chooses one person to advance. Pick your favorite and cheer them to victory! The Comedy Kumite has become a DC comedy institution, featuring some of the best talent from the local scene and crowning the first ever grand champion in October 2016. We'll be posting our next set of combatants in the near future.


Rahmein Mostafavi 

Kumite Grand Champion: Rahmein Mostafavi. Rahmein (who won both Kumite 4.1 and the October 2016 Tournament of Champions) wins over every crowd with charm, comic timing, and charisma. He has shared the stage with some of the best comics in the nation including Artie Lange, Bert Kreischer, Dave Attell, Kyle Kinane, Finesse Mitchell, and Maz Jobrani. He has also been featured at some of the biggest comedy festivals in the nation, including Laugh Your Asheville Off , The Cleveland Comedy Festival, and the Cape May Comedy Festival. Rahmein has been seen on FOX, heard regularly on Sirius XM, and was featured in “The Truth About Money” on PBS.

Cerrome Russell 

Kumite 9.1 and 9.2 Champ: Cerrome Russell. A born and bred southern man, Cerrome Russell brings his own brand of storytelling to the stage. He has more than a decade of experience making people laugh. Get ready for the monster from Georgia.

Pat Riley 

Kumite 8.1 Champ: Pat Riley. Pat is a standup comedian, voiceover artist, sketch writer performer, and DC native with a knack for pointing out the absurd. In addition to being chosen to perform at the Capital Fringe Festival and Charm City Comedy Festival, Pat has worked with headliners such as Mike Britt, Kevin Downey Jr., Judah Friedlander, Jake Johannsen, Bobby Lee, Loni Love, and John Witherspoon - and he will continue to do so if you let him.

Ross Benoit 

Kumite 8.2 Champ: Ross Benoit. Ross is a Massachusetts native who moved to Northern Virginia at age 6. Eighteen years later, he started doing stand-up comedy. You can see him hosting shows and performing at venues all around the DMV.

Wendy Wroblewski 

Kumite 7.1 Champ: Wendy Wroblewski. Wendy is a math tutor and office temp from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She performs comedy all over the Washington DC metro area. She was recently a guest on the Betches of Comedy show in Washington DC, opening for Liza Treyger.

Tim Miller 

Kumite 7.2 Champ: Tim Miller. Tim's aggressive but endearing comedy style creates a show worth seeing more than once. His life as a sheltered son of Pentecostal ministers from Waco, TX, and working at the White House (during three administrations) has made for an energetic show that combines a dynamic stage presence with an energetic delivery.

Jason Weems 

Kumite 6.1 and 6.2 Champ: Jason Weems. A native of Baltimore City, Jason is striving to become a comedic great. His very engaging & conversational style on stage leaves audiences feeling like they’ve just finished talking to a close friend, and it simultaneously acts as free therapy for him. Jason has been seen at the most prestigious comedy festival in the world, The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and recently added a featured semi-finalist credit to his name on the hit NBC Series Last Comic Standing. Find out more about Jason & where he’ll be telling “ Good Ass Jokes” next at

Russ Green 

Kumite 5.1 Champ: Russ Green. Russ is a writer, comedian, husband and father of four from Washington, DC. The Howard University graduate has opened for Alycia Cooper, Tony Woods, and produces "Laughter Hours with Russ Green" a monthly comedy series. Additionally, he has performed at The Big Hunt (Underground Comedy Presents' Smart, Funny & Black), The Howard Theatre (Brightest Young Things' Super Sampler), and Stand Up NY. His debut comedy sketch earned over 80K views on World Star Hip Hop and his Banana Bread Muffins are renowned.

Jamel Johnson 

Kumite 5.2 Champ: Jamel Johnson. Of Woodbridge, Virginia, Jamel has made a name for himself on the D.C. comedy scene through a hard-to-hate mixture of non-threatening yelling, weird stories and impressively specific but not alienating sports and music references. He lives for the laugh from the one dude in the back of the room who also watches too much SportsCenter and feels kind of OK about it even though really talented people work hard to write shows like The Wire.

Matty Litwack 

Kumite 4.2 Champ: Matty Litwack. Matty is a weird young stand up comedian and writer. He was once a physics PhD student, but dropped out when he realized it was super boring. Matty’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, New Zealand Herald, and Scientific American. He has also performed at many comedy festivals, such as the Limestone Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, Bentzen Ball, and San Francisco Sketchfest. In 2014, Matty was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and was the winner of the Devil Cup in New York City. Matty has also appeared on Fox’s “Laughs” and on National Geographic Channel’s “Crowd Control”.

Sean Savoy 

Kumite 3 Champ: Sean Savoy. Sean is a global force for comedy. Hailing from Columbia, MD, Savoy has toured the planet from Sweden and Norway to Guam and Japan and all over the U.S. of A. with his partner in comedy, the legendary Pablo Francisco. Savoy’s high-impact, rapidfire hilarity belies his mellow mood and laidback attitude. Sean recently appeared on Gotham Comedy Live, in his television debut and electrified the crowd. Combining diverse characters with a wicked wit, Savoy can reach any audience with his timeless material, while meeting his expressed goal – to bring joy with his jokes and heal hearts with humor, all while bringing as much fun to his audiences as he’s having on stage.

Natalie McGill 

Kumite 2 Champ: Natalie McGill. Natalie is a Baltimore-born but DC-living comic who has performed in the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival and has opened for acts such as Al Madrigal and Rob Cantrell. You can follow her on Twitter at @littlenightowl.

Kasuan Wilson 

Kumite 1 Champ: Kasaun Wilson. Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Mr. Kasaun Wilson is making a name for himself as one of the best up-and-coming comedians out today. Known for his clean comedy and quick wit, Kasaun has been featured in some of the greatest venues and some of the greatest acts in the country. From the dc improv to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA to Gotham Comedy Club in NY to The Ohio State University to many other colleges, churches, and theaters around this country. Mr. Wilson is QUICKLY building a reputation as one of the new forces in comedy to be reckoned with. Coming to a mic near you!