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This Week at the Club ...
Lots going on at the Improv this week. Wednesday night we have our free-admission Open Mic, featuring local talent. (Two-item minimum once you're in the showroom, though, so be aware of that.) Thursday through Sunday, we have Orny Adams headlining the main showroom. He was our New Year's entertainment last year and it's good to have him back on the town. It's a VERY fun show, so if you're looking for good times on short notice, keep Orny in mind.
Over in the lounge, there's a Comedy School Showcase on Friday night, and then ComedySportz improv events on Saturday night. The early show on Saturday is all-ages if you want to bring someone who's under the age of 18.
We have a lineup for our January 14 Comedy Kumite in the lounge. Franqi French, Josh Kuderna, Ross Benoit, Jheisson Nuñez, Eddie Morrison, Pat Riley, Denise Taylor and Jesse Thomas.
Also, this week we'll be adding another show to our Next Wave series, where some of our favorite headliners recommend rising talent to you. John Oliver has given the nod to Jeff Maurer, so Jeff will be headlining the lounge on January 21. Should be on sale at some point Tuesday or Wednesday.
We're also happy to announce the next Beltway Pundits competition. We're back (for the fifth time!) on February 2. You can sign up to compete just by buying a ticket.
New for the Spring
Michael Blackson is coming back to the club, again on Memorial Day Weekend. We had something like nine or ten sold out shows his last visit, so maybe plan ahead. It's a long way off but we are expecting some packed showrooms.
We're thankful for America's greatest comedy fans, who keep coming out to see the shows. Those people are the reason that we need to keep posting these low-ticket warnings. Love 'em. Here are shows that are getting full (or are already full). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:
- Donnell Rawlings (November 25-27): We are sold out for Saturday night, and Friday isn't far behind. Just 48 seats left for Friday 7:30, and 68 left for Friday 9:45.
- Orny Adams (December 1-4): We have 68 tickets left for Saturday 7:30.
- Hypnotist Flip Orley (December 15-18): The Saturday 7:30 show is just about half full.
- Dick Gregory (January 5): This has only been on sale for two weeks, and we are more than half full. About 120 tickets left.
- Sheryl Underwood (January 6-7): The Saturday early show (7 p.m.) is about half full.
- Tom Segura (March 23-26): The Saturday 7:30 show is sold out, and we have 100 tickets left for Saturday 9:45.
The following shows are entirely sold out:
- wellRed Comedy Tour (December 11): Both seatings (7 and 9:15) are full.
This Week at the Club ...
It's Thanksgiving week, and the last few years that has been Donnell Rawlings' spot on the calendar. We're keeping the tradition going this year. Two shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (7:30 and 9:45 each night). Donnell comes from DC and started his comedy career here, so he's home for the holiday. These shows have sold out in past years so maybe plan ahead.
That's all we're running this week ... the next event in the main showroom will be the Open Mic Night on November 30.
Around the web
There's a cool clip from "Project Dad," a new show on celebrity parents that features Donnell. Dave Chappelle stops in to give some advice on fatherhood. Check it out.
Jamie Lee makes her DC Improv debut this February, and she's got a new podcast. Here's the homepage for Best of the Worst.
Big news at the comedy school: We just added a new sketch comedy workshop with Kevin McDonald of "The Kids in the Hall." It's a two-day class that takes place on a Saturday-Sunday near the end of February. He'll help you develop some sketches you prepared, share his thoughts on producing a show ... and then help you actually perform on the Sunday night. Yup, there's a showcase in our lounge that Sunday night.
Lots of people have given John Quincy Adams the title of America's greatest diplomat. But could he negotiate his way to the title of America's funniest president?
Biographer James Traub ("John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit") is our excellent expert this week, and he tells us how Adams developed a personality to suit his work in foreign relations. We're also looking for humor in one of the most remarkable documents ever produced by a president: JQA's 15,000-page journal. Get a glimpse of the personality of one of the most interesting guys to ever serve this country.
You can't deny that Woodrow Wilson was one of the most important presidents. But was he the funniest president?
Andrew Phillips, the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, is our excellent expert. We talk about Woody's famously complex personality, his love of wordplay and some of the unfortunate aspects of his humor. It's an episode a century in the making ...
Bob is hands down one of our favorites, and he's headlining the club November 17-20. On today's podcast, you get 35 FREE minutes of Bob. We talk about his blown opportunity to be the craisin guy, the time he got run over, his advice for people planning to move to Maine, and his family vacations.
Great times with a great comedian. Come see him at the club!
We know Thanksgiving is next week, but we're thankful for people who buy comedy tickets in advance. Here are shows that are getting full (or are already full). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:
- Bob Marley (November 17-20): The Saturday 7:30 show is sold out, and there are only 60 seats left for Saturday 9:45. Also, the Friday 7:30 show is now half full.
- Timmy Hall Presents (November 18): Only two tickets left for this lounge show.
- Donnell Rawlings (November 25-27): Both of the Saturday shows are well past half full. Around 100 tickets left for 7:30 and 80 left for 9:45.
- Orny Adams (December 1-4): We have 85 tickets left for Saturday 7:30.
- wellRed Comedy Tour (December 11): Excactly 7 tickets left for the 9:15 show. The 7:00 show has been sold out for a while.
- Dick Gregory (January 5): There are still a good number of tickets available, BUT it has been on sale for less than a week, with almost no advertising, and we're already a third full. So it's probably a good idea to plan ahead.
- Tom Segura (March 23-26): Now just 18 seats remaining for Saturday 7:30, and 110 left for Saturday 9:45.
This Week at the Club ...
Bob Marley headlines the main showroom Thursday through Sunday. We never guarantee laughter, but we will say that if you don't enjoy Bob's show, there's something wrong with you. Plus, we promise he dials back the Maine accent when he comes to DC. Seriously, he's one of our favorite people.
Wednesday night we've got a stand-up class graduating, and you can watch for $10. We also have a lounge show on Friday night with Timmy Hall, but that's down to the last 2 tickets already.
Around the web
Lots of people tuned in to "SNL" over the weekend to see Dave Chappelle. We had a double geek-out when Donnell Rawlings made a cameo in the Walking Dead video short. Both Dave and Donnell started their comedy careers here in DC, and per our Thanksgiving custom, Donnell is here to headline nexft weekend.
Also over the weekend, we hosted the finals to Comedy Hack Day DC, a cool event that pairs comedians with coders to build funny apps over the course of a weekend. DCist did a nice write-up of the event.
If you're a "Teen Wolf" fan, then you know the final season started this week, which means Orny Adams is back on the small screen. He's also back on our stage December 1-4, if your a fan of Coach Finstock.
Tons of new shows
We had a new show bonanza in the last few weeks, adding a bunch of things to our 2017 calendar. Here's a quick summary of what's new:
- December 9: Hey Frase anniversary. This is a live podcast in our lounge.
- January 5: Dick Gregory. The political comedy legend, in the main showroom for one night only.
- January 14: Comedy Kumite 8. Our tournament returns for 2017.
- February 17-19: Jamie Lee. A DC Improv debut / book tour for the "Girl Code" star.
- March 9-12: Guy Torry. Longtime friend of the club.
- March 15: Medium Cindy Kaza. Back for a fourth appearance.
- March 30-April 2: Pablo Francisco. Another or our club staples.
- May 17: The Pump and Dump. The ultimate moms' night out.
ESCAPE INTO THE INTERNET. Here are the latest podcast episodes from our upcoming headliners:
- Christina Pazsitzky (December 9-10): "That's Deep Bro" touches on comedy and philosophy. For the November 8 episode, "I Wanna Be (Self) Adored," Christina is fielding some questions from listeners.
- Tom Rhodes (December 29-31): The world's most wordly comedian talks to Ramy Yousef on the lastest "Tom Rhodes Radio."
- Bryan Callen (January 12-14): Dana Gould is the guest on the November 9 episode of "The Fighter and the Kid," with Bryan and a former UFC heavyweight.
- Gilbert Gottfried (February 2-4): Producer/director Steve Binder is talking to Gilbert about variety shows on the November 7 "Amazing Colossal Podcast."
- Brad Williams (March 2-5): Brad and Adam Ray get some top-shelf guests on "About Last Night." The November 7 episode features director Brett Ratner.
- Tom Segura (March 23-26): There is never a shortage of "Your Mom's House." Which also features Christina Pazsitzky, by the way.
Laughter unites, so I guess the DC Improv will have to bring the nation together as one. That said, we only have so much space ... so get your tickets in advance. Here are shows that are getting full (or are already full). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:
- Veterans Showcase (November 11): This is in our lounge on Veterans Day. About half of the 60 seats are gone.
- Brian McDaniel (November 12): He's headlining two shows in our lounge. Only five tickets left for the 7:30 seating
- Bob Marley (November 17-20): We're down to 57 seats left for Bob's 7:30 show on Saturday.
- Orny Adams (December 1-4): This is holiday season. Big groups buy up blocks of tickets, so plan ahead. Just 100 seats left for Saturday 7:30.
- wellRed Comedy Tour (December 11): Excactly 80 tickets left for the 9:15 show. The 7:00 show has been sold out for a while.
- Tom Segura (March 23-26): Down to the final 50 seats for Saturday 7:30, and 130 left for Saturday 9:45.
And the following shows are entirely sold out ...