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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:04

(almost) SOLD OUT

Pablo FranciscoFor months, we put Tom Segura on these low-ticket warnings. Tom Segura is this week, and all eight shows are sold out. If you didn't listen, we don't want to hear your sob story. But life is full of second chances! Get tickets to one of these shows, so that you can rub it in the face of everyone who misses out on that headliner. (That's what we call "closure.") This list is everything on our schedule that's trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Monday, 20 March 2017 14:03

Wave Power

Novak and LakerFor our 25th anniversary celebration, we wanted to celebrate the past and the future. So we asked amazing headliners to tell us about comedians that you need to see. Their choices then headline one of our showrooms in what we call the Next Wave series. We've already featured comics picked by Dave Attell, Ari Shaffir, John Oliver and Tony Rock.

This week, we expanded the series with shows picked by Mike Birbiglia! Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker will co-headline our lounge this summer. (They were Mike's opening acts when he stopped in for two special shows on March 14.) Here's alll the upcoming Next Wave shows that are currently on sale.

March 29: Rick Gutierrez
recommended by Gabriel Iglesias

April 5: Martin Moreno & Alfred Robles
recommended by Gabriel Iglesias

April 15: Mike Speirs
recommended by Bob Marley

June 2-4: Marshall Brandon
recommended by Donnell Rawlings

August 5: Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker
recommended by Mike Birbiglia

Monday, 20 March 2017 13:19

DCI Update: March 20

This Week at the Club ...

We are already sold out in the main showroom this week -- the exceedingly popular Tom Segura will be performing to eight completely full houses from Thursday through Sunday.

But we have two showrooms! There's a DMV showcase in the lounge on Friday night, and ComedySportz improv is back for its monthly shows on Saturday night. (There's also a kid-friendly improv show on Saturday afternoon, if you're looking for something to do with the family.)

Kumite DOUBLE Champion

cerromerussellOn March 18 (Saturday night) we had the latest edition of our Comedy Kumite stand-up tournament, which always features eight top-shelf local comedians. We ran the tournament twice in one night, and the same guy won both shows ... congrats to Cerrome Russell, who repeated the feat first accomplished by Jason Weems. Comedy Kumite returns on June 17 for the tenth edition!

New Shows

Spring has sprung, so what the hell, we just put a bunch of new shows on sale. The biggest news is that John Witherspoon's annual visit to the club is now in the books: Pops will be here July 13-16. We've also got another murder mystery show from Die Laughing Productions coming on June 21 -- this time they have an '80s theme. The Hey Frase podcast does another live show in our lounge on May 12, and as mentioned above Comedy Kumite X will be on June 17. We also added another Next Wave show, but that'll be covered in another post.

New Class

Instructor Chris Ulrich has set his spring version of Level 2 Improv. It'll begin April 30. And remember, we have three Beginning Improv classes starting in April, one with Anna Bethel and two with Chris.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:35

Comedy Kumite 9: Jared Stern

The DC Improv hosts the world's most deadliest stand-up tournament ... and it returns March 18. Get to know your combatants for Comedy Kumite 9!

 

Jared Stern

Jared Stern

Nickname: Or Current Resident

Also Great At: Exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Me as a child, probably. I've beefed up since then.

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: Aggressive topiary

I Stay Humble By: Realizing I might never reach the expectations I read on my vitamin bottle every morning, "B Complex".

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: The Sound of Music, but on "Mute"

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:40

(almost) SOLD OUT

GodfreyIf the cherry blossoms aren't coming out, I guess you'll have to rely on the DC Improv as your main source of joy in the next few weeks. This list is everything on our schedule that's trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Monday, 13 March 2017 13:31

Comedy Kumite 9: Chris Lawrence

The DC Improv hosts the world's most deadliest stand-up tournament ... and it returns March 18. Get to know your combatants for Comedy Kumite 9!

 

Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence

Nickname: Randle. Apparently I reminded some of my friends during college of Jack Nicholson from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".

Also Great At: Collecting Lego Dimensions figurines "for my kids".

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Roman Emperor Gordian III. He was 13 when he became Emperor. I'd still be the underdog.

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: Playing Dance Dance Revolution at Dave & Buster's to build up cardio.

I Stay Humble By: Trying to help my first grader do her common core math homework.

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: Road Trip, specifically DJ Qualls' character, Kyle.

Monday, 13 March 2017 09:29

DCI Update: March 13

This Week at the Club ...

It's going to busy at the club this week ... hopefully VERY busy. On Tuesday night, Mike Birbiglia performs two shows at the club where he once worked as a door guy, way back in the day. Those of you concerned about the weather: We fully expect these shows to happen. If there are any changes to club operations due to the weather, we post those on the front page of dcimprov.com and social media well in advance. So if you're worried, you can always check the website before you head out the door to the club.

Wednesday night we have some spirited discussions as Medium Cindy Kaza returns to the club.

godfreyThursday through Sunday,Godfrey headlines the main showroom, with feature act Rob Maher. That's two unbelievably solid pros on one show ...

And in the lounge, we've got a showcase of DC Improv stand-up class graduates Friday night, followed by Comedy Kumite 9 on Saturday night. Excellent local comedy.

New Shows

You might have noticed that last week we added a new show for our Next Wave series. Marshall Brandon will be in our lounge June 2-3, on the recommendation of Donnell Rawlings. Our April open mic night has also been scheduled for 4/26.

Spring improv classes

The new spring sections for Beginning Improv are now online. We have classes starting April 5, April 24 and April 29. All the specifics are available at the comedy school portion of the website.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:23

More Next Wave? Sure!

Marshall BrandonThe Next Wave comedy series is part of our 25th anniversary celebration, and it's based on a simple concept: We ask great headliners to tell us about comedians that you need to see. Then we have the people they chose headline one of our showrooms. So far, hundreds of people have enjoyed the first three installments (Dave Attell picked Mike Vecchione, John Oliver picked Jeff Maurer, and Tony Rock picked Jordan Rock).

The series resumes this weekend, and we also added another set of shows for the spring. Donnell Rawlings told us to go get Marshall Brandon ... so Marshall will be taking over our lounge showroom June 2-3.

Here's our current upcoming Next Wave lineup.

March 10-11: Sean Patton
recommended by Ari Shaffir

March 29: Rick Gutierrez
recommended by Gabriel Iglesias

April 5: Martin Moreno & Alfred Robles
recommended by Gabriel Iglesias

April 15: Mike Speirs
recommended by Bob Marley

June 2-4: Marshall Brandon
recommended by Donnell Rawlings

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:24

Comedy Kumite 9: Kasha Patel

The DC Improv hosts the world's most deadliest stand-up tournament ... and it returns March 18. Get to know your combatants for Comedy Kumite 9!

 

Kasha Patel

Kasha Patel

Nickname: Kashi. It’s not a technically nickname, just a common mispronunciation so it feels like nickname.

Also Great At: Microsoft Excel

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Anyone who is lactose intolerant. My weapon of choice would be milk.

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: An intense game of Ultimate Frisbee

I Stay Humble By: Peering through the window of a CrossFit gym

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: 21 Jump Street because, like Jonah Hill, I’m secretly in love with Channing Tatum.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:44

(almost) SOLD OUT

Guy TorryHere's our weekly peak blossom estimate for hot-ticket comedy shows. This list is everything on our schedule that's trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

  • Open Mic Night (March 8): Can we "sell out" a free-admission event? Sure! We've already taken so many reservations for seats that there are only 60 left. Gonna be a fun show tonight ...
  • Guy Torry (March 9-12): We have 30 tickets left for Saturday 7:30, and about 100 left for Saturday 9:45.
  • Next Wave: Sean Patton (March 10-11): These shows are in our lounge. Right now the Saturday 7:30 show has 17 itickets left.
  • Godfrey (March 16-19): Looking ahead to next weekend? The Saturday 7:30 show is now past half sold.
  • Adele Givens (April 13-15): The Saturday 7:30 show has 120 seats remaining.
  • Tom Papa (May 11-13): Some people must be bringing their mama to Papa to get the jump on Mothers Day. The Saturday 7:30 show is now past half sold.
  • The Pump and Dump (May 17): This is billed as the ultimate moms' night out ... and people are lining up babysitters. Half the tickets are gone.
  • Craig Robinson (May 18-21): Both Saturday shows are sold out. The Friday 9:30 show has 30 seats left. The Thursday 7:30 show is half sold, and so is the Friday 7:00 show. These will all sell out. Plan ahead.
  • Frank Caliendo (June 2-4): Frank's shows went on sale last week, and the Saturday 7:30 show is already down to the last 70 tickets. 
  • Jo Koy (August 11-12): The Saturday 9 p.m. show is half full. (Please note these were rescheduled from June.)

The following shows are entirely sold out:

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