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Monday, 06 March 2017 13:19

Comedy Kumite 9: Donnie Sengstack

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!

 

Donnie Sengstack

Donnie Sengstack

Nickname: "The Donald," but like not that The Donald.

Also Great At: I am a cross-country skier in the winter and a big hiker in the summer. I am great at drinking wine and making time for family and friends. INFJ. No hookups.

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Anyone from the first Night at the Museum movie really. I could take Teddy Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Ben Stiller, you name it. Attila the Hun was a tough dude and I've never been in a fight before, but I follow Conor McGregor on Instagram so I should be fine.

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: I have a pretty standard training montage; doing push-ups, punching meats, running stairs, sitting on the bus, buying groceries, putting on sweatpants, watching Netflix until it asks you "Are you still watching 'Americas Funniest Home Videos?" You know the usual stuff.

I Stay Humble By: I read the Buzzfeed article "13 Habits of Humble People" and I have numbers 1 through 7 down pretty good, but I am struggling with number 8 "Don't refer to yourself as 'Twitter's Bad Boy.'"

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: Easy, The King's Speech. As a person who stutters that movie is like the Passion of the Christ for my people.

Monday, 06 March 2017 09:49

DCI Update: March 6

This Week at the Club ...

Guy TorryThis week we're rockin' out Wednesday through Sunday. Our free-admission Open Mic Night kicks things off on Wednesday night. Thursday through Sunday, Guy Torry is here to headline the main showroom. (He'll have feature act Ken Miller along for the ride.)

The Next Wave comedy series resumes in our lounge showroom on Friday and Saturday. Sean Patton, an excellent storytelling comedian, is recommended to you by Ari Shaffir. Sean will have Naomi Karavani as his feature act.

New Shows

If you subscribe to our newsletter, then you already know that we added two big headliners to the spring schedule. Bruce Bruce is returning to the club the first weekend in May, and Frank Caliendo will be here the first weekend in June. Tickets are on sale for both shows, and they have been moving ... plan ahead!

Sign of the Times

Next time you're in the club, go check out the wall by the sound booth in the main showroom. We took our old stage sign and hung it on the wall, so you can get your picture taken in front of it. That sign was hanging from 1996 through the end of 2016, so a LOT of great comedians performed in front of it.

Thanks for voting!

Voting is now finished in Washington City Paper's "Best of DC" poll. We won't know the results for a bit, but a big thank you to everyone who voted for us as best comedy venue!

Friday, 03 March 2017 12:53

Episode 66: Brad Williams thinks big

Brad Williams made his DC Improv headlining debut on March 2. The next day, he stopped by to talk about his path through the stand-up world, his upcoming wedding and more. Check out this conversation, then get your tickets to see Brad March 3 or March 5. (Saturday shows are sold out!)

Thursday, 02 March 2017 00:00

Comedy Kumite 9: Chelsea Shorte

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!

 

Chelsea Shorte

Chelsea Shorte

Nickname: Chelsea 'Taller Than You Average' Shorte

Also Great At: Playing it cool after a fart

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: King Leopold II of Belgium

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: the cutaways to me repeatedly opening an empty fridge

I Stay Humble By: Looking at my calendar

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: Hidden Fences

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:53

(almost) SOLD OUT

Brad WilliamsThe rain today is actually the tears of people who missed out on tickets to 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:

  • Brad Williams (March 2-5): These shows are Brad's DCI headlining debut. Saturday 7:30 has four (4) tickets left, and we're down to the last 30 seats for Saturday 9:45.
  • Jak Knight (March 3-4): He's appearing in our lounge. The Saturday 7:30 show is about half full.
  • Guy Torry (March 9-12): We're past half full for the Saturday 7:30 show.
  • Tom Segura (March 23-26): Now just 60 seats remaining for Tom's Sunday 9:45 show. The other seven shows are sold out.
  • Adele Givens (April 13-15): The Saturday 7:30 show is now half full.
  • Craig Robinson (May 18-21): The Saturday late show (9:30) is sold out, and the Saturday early show (7:00) has 2 seats left. The Friday 9:30 show has 70 seats left.
  • Jo Koy (August 11-12): We just rescheduled these shows from June to August, so there might be some changes ahead. But for now, There are just 100 tickets left for the Saturday 9 p.m. show.

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

Comedy Kumite 9: Cerrome Russell

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!

 

Cerrome Russell

Cerrome Russell

Nickname: Monster King

Also Great At: Giraffe grooming

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Anybody in a powdered wig

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: Holding a grimace until I pass out

I Stay Humble By: Letting ugly people speak to me

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: Gundam Wing

Monday, 27 February 2017 14:48

DCI Update: February 27

This Week at the Club ...

bradwilliamsWe have a DC Improv headlining debut for you, no matter which showroom you choose. In the big room, we've got Brad Williams appearing Thursday through Sunday. Brad's approach to joke writing? "Step one: Be a dwarf. Step two: wait." Brad is going to be joined by emcee Lafayette Wright and feature act Drew Morgan.

In the lounge, Jak Knight is doing shows on Friday and Saturday, as part of his tune-up for an upcoming comedy special. He'll be joined by feature act Chris Alan.

Beltway Pundits returns

The spring edition of our pun competition has been announced. Beltway Pundits will be in our lounge showroom on May 2 (a Tuesday night). If you want to play, it's $5 to register. If you get a "pun battle" ticket, that means you'll be presenting a two-minute pun speech. The other kind of ticket is for general admission, or to compete in the pun tournament that closes the show.

New Beginning Improv ...

We ended up selling out all the beginning improv classes for the winter. So it's on to the spring ... our class with Anna Bethel, starting on April 5, is now on sale at the comedy school section of dcimprov.com.

Best of DC poll

Washington City Paper's "Best of DC" poll closes at the end of this week. If you think we're the best comedy venue, we'd love to have your vote. It only takes a second! Here's the ballot.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:44

Comedy Kumite 9: Chris Milner

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 Milner

Chris Milner

Nickname: The Pussywillow

Also Great At: Light but tasty salads

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Anyone who is already dead

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: When I make chocolate chip & banana pancakes for all my haters and those homeless children

I Stay Humble By: Having no mirrors

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: My personal journey contains no mirrors

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:27

(almost) SOLD OUT

Brandon JacksonThe warm weather is actually from all the heat these shows are generating ... 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:

  • Brandon T. Jackson (February 23-26): Right now we have about 70 seats left for the Saturday 7:30, and 100 seats left for Saturday 9:45. Both of the Friday shows are also around half full.
  • Hey Frase podcast (February 24): Just 14 tickets left for this podcast taping in our lounge, with Sarah and Paul Wharton.
  • DMV Showcase (February 25): Only 25 seats left for this lounge show.
  • Brad Williams (March 2-5): Less than 90 tickets availalbe for Saturday 7:30. Also, Saturday 9:45 is more than half sold.
  • Tom Segura (March 23-26): The only show with seats available right now is Sunday 9:45, and it's half full already. The other seven shows are sold out.
  • Craig Robinson (May 18-21): The Saturday late show (9:30) is sold out, and the Saturday early show (7:00) has 60 seats left. The Friday 9:30 show has 120 seats left.
  • Jo Koy (June 2-3): There are just 110 tickets left for the Saturday 9 p.m. show, and the Saturday 7 p.m. show is also about half full.

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:49

Comedy Kumite 9: Martin Amini

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!

 

Martin Amini

Martin Amini

Nickname: Young Jeezy of Comedy

Also Great At: Getting kicked out of nightclubs

Historical Figure I Could Take in a Fight: Benjamin Franklin

Strangest Thing in My "Rocky"-style Training Montage: Yelling at kids while driving an Ice Cream truck

I Stay Humble By: Staring at my bank account balance

Movie That Closest Mirrors My Personal Journey: Encino Man

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