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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 15:54

(almost) SOLD OUT

Tony WoodsUPDATED 12/30. It's your last low-ticket warning of 2016. Take a moment and reflect on all the comedy shows you should be getting tickets for this very instant. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:12

DCI Update: December 28

This Week at the Club ...

Want to end 2016 on a high note? We've got an open mic on Wednesday (tonight) that is free admission. Two-item minimum once you're in the showroom, but no cost to get in.

Tom Rhodes then takes over the main showroom for the rest of the year! He'll do some shows Thursday and Friday before starring in our New Year's Eve extravaganza. Both the NYE seatings are filling up, so if you want to party with us (and trust me, you do) maybe buy in advance.

Tom Rhodes

Back to School

It's last call for Beginning Improv, as we we have one spot left in the class starting January 7. The other two Beginning Improv sections are already sold out.

If you already have some improv comedy experience and want to get a little more, we do have some "level two" courses in January, as well as one-day workshops with Stephanie Anderson.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:48

(almost) SOLD OUT

Tony WoodsThe greatest gift is peace of mind. Meaning, you bought comedy tickets in advance and didn't miss out on a show. GET ON IT. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

  • Tony Woods (December 22-23): The Friday late show is sold out. Just 65 tickets left for Tuesday, and 79 left for Friday 7:30.
  • Ryan Conner (December 23): The early seating (7:30) is sold out. We added a 9:45 show for all you slackers.
  • New Year's Eve with Tom Rhodes: We're half full for the early show  ... and remember, this is about the time that people start locking in NYE plans. So it's going to fill up quickly.
  • Sheryl Underwood (January 6-7): The Saturday early show (7 p.m.) is sold out, and the Saturday 9:30 has 90 tickets remaining.
  • Tom Segura (March 23-26): The Saturday shows are entirely sold out. Friday will be next to go. There are 80 seats left for Friday 7:30, and 39 for Friday 9:45.

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:06

DCI Update: December 20

This Week at the Club ...

We're going local! Tony Woods, who started his comedy career in DC, headlines the main showroom on Thursday and Friday. The Friday shows will be taped for his new special. Every show with Tony is  at least two-thirds full already, as a heads up.

In the lounge on Friday, we're celebrating Festivus with Ryan Conner. He used to work in the club's office, before going on to fame and fortune as a stand-up comedian. (He was a top 10 finisher on the most recent "Last Comic Standing.") The early seating is sold out, but we did add a 9:45 show.

The other show on our calendar, the Merry Murder Mystery on Wednesday, is already sold out. 

Tom Rhodes

New Year's plans

If you need to make some New Year's Plans, you can still get in on the action here at the club. Tom Rhodes headlines, plus everyone in attendance gets a souvenir t-shirt for the club's 25th anniversary AND a pass to a future show.

Beginning Improv

We're now down to ONE available section for January 2017 ... the Saturday edition that starts on 1/7. If you're looking for a New Year's Resolution that you might actually enjoy keeping, this is a good way to go ... 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:14

Comedy Kumite 8: Josh Kuderna

The world's most deadliest stand-up tournament returns on January 14, which means you need to start meeting the combatants ... GET TO KNOW THEM!

 

Jheisson Nunez

Josh Kuderna

Nickname: Bosh Budernas

Unspeakable Rage Triggered By: 295

Title of Inspirational Biopic About My Life: "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man" by Steve Harvey

Preferred Job in the Zombie Apocalypse: Laser Tag Instructor

Other Than Comedy, Most Competitive At: Handshakes

My Only Weakness Is My Love Of: WINNING COMEDY COMPETITIONS

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:00

Headliner of State: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter punched his ticket to Washington by running as an outsider. Could he make people laugh in the ultimate insider town?

Our excellent expert is James Fallows, who worked as Carter's lead speechwriter for two years. (These days, he's an astounding journalist working at The Atlantic.) We talk about Carter's voice, his appeal in the post-Watergate era, and whether he adapted to the rapidly changing "rules" of the modern media era.

Also, there's a story about an exploding gas station. What's not to love?

James Fallows in The Atlantic

"The Passionless Presidency"

"Ask President Carter" on SNL

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Georgia Cake Walk" by Art Hodes and his Orchestra, "Salt Peanuts" by the Miles Davis Quintet

Friday, 16 December 2016 12:31

DCI Update: December 16

Schedule changes! YAAAAAY!

In a perfect world, the comedians who perform at the DC Improv would only perform at the DC Improv. Also, they'd all live in a group house, maybe somewhere in Adams Morgan, and they'd have zany adventures all around town. Unfortunately, many of the comedians who perform here are extremely talented and sometimes have jobs in other cities that require them to cancel or move their shows at the DC Improv. It happens.

Last week, we were very pumped that Mike Birbiglia sold out two shows in about 18 hours. And then two days later, we found out he has to move those shows. The February 12 shows have been moved to February 8. We already sent messages to everyone who purchased tickets, so if you're just finding out about this for the first time, check your spam filter for your options.

Schedule changes always come in bunches, so this week we also found out that Bryan Callen had to cancel his January 2017 shows so he could tape some TV shows. (All ticket purchasers have been e-mailed.) That's a bummer, but it does open the door for ...

Mike Vecchione

Next Wave: Mike Vecchione

We are now kicking off our "Next Wave" series in the main showroom on January 13 and 14. We ask amazing comedians about the rising stars that they love to watch. Their recommendations then headline an Improv showroom as part of our 25th anniversary celebration.

Dave Attell is an all-time great club comic, and he recommended Mike Vecchione to us (and to you). Mike has been on "Conan," "The Tonight Show" and a bunch of programs on Comedy Central. Should be a really good time. Tickets are just $17, so it's a very affordable way to get on the Mike Vecchione band wagon. 

January Beginning Improv classes

The start of a new year usually means people trying new things. An improv comedy class ain't a bad option. We had three sections of Beginning Improv scheduled, but one of them just sold out. You can still get into the classes that start on January 7 or on January 11. (But there are only two slots left in the 1/11 class.)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:14

(almost) SOLD OUT

Flip Orley"A Christmas Carol" would have been way better if Scrooge got everyone Tom Segura tickets at the end. Here are shows that are getting full (or are already full). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are entirely sold out:

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:48

DCI Update: December 14

This Week at the Club ...

Happy Hour Trivia is in our lounge on Thursday ... free admission (with a two-item minimum). Doors at 6:30, game starts around 7:05.

The main showroom is once again home to Hypnotist Flip Orley, from Thursday through Sunday. He has the record for shows headlined at the DC Improv. For good reason.

Adele Givens

New for 2017

Got another big name for you in 2017. We haven't had Adele Givens here for a while, but she'll be on our stage Easter weekend. Should be awesome to have her back. Between Adele, Sheryl Underwood and Sommore, we've had most of the Queens of Comedy in the last calendar year.

XM on X-mas

If you love comedy, hate holiday music and have satellite radio, listen up. The Improv comedy clubs are partnering with the SiriusXM comedy channels in a big way over the next year. On Christmas Day, the Improvs are taking over the classic comedy channel with some deep cuts from famous headliners. Here's the promo.

Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

Comedy Kumite 8: Jheisson Nuñez

The world's most deadliest stand-up tournament returns on January 14, which means you need to start meeting the combatants ... GET TO KNOW THEM!

 

Jheisson Nunez

Jheisson Nuñez

Nickname: Jason Nunez

Unspeakable Rage Triggered By: Yoko Ono screaming

Title of Inspirational Biopic About My Life: Can I Use That?

Preferred Job in the Zombie Apocalypse: Death Insurance Agent

Other Than Comedy, Most Competitive At: Tragedy

My Only Weakness Is My Love Of: Jheisson Nuñez

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