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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 11:52

DCI Update: November 9

This Week at the Club ...

We're already sold out for both Nick Cannon (11/10) and Arsenio Hall (11/11 - 12), but never fear. You've got options. The "Five for $5" showcase returns tonight (Wednesday). On Veterans Day (Friday) we have a showcase of stand-up comics in our lounge, and everyone in the lineup is a veteran. On Saturday, Brian McDaniel headlines the lounge for two shows. On Sunday, the finals of Comedy Hack Day DC are in the main showroom.

Whether you're feeling celebratory or depressed after the election, you can can have a laugh with us ... 


Next Wave series

The Improv turns 25 in 2017, and we're thinking up cool ways to celebrate. One of those is the Next Wave series. Instead of just remembering the past, we want to look to the future. So we have been asking some of our favorite headliners to recommend up-and-coming comics with a bright future. The first shows in the series will be in February, in our lounge showroom. Jordan Rock (via Tony Rock) headlines four shows February 3-4, and Sean Patton (via Ari Shaffir) headlines four shows February 24-25. The tickets are just $17. We hope you'll join us for the year-long party!

New Beginning Improv 

January is a big month for improv classes, as people get signed up as a holiday gift, or try something new as a new year's resolution. We have three different sections of Beginning Improv on sale now for early January, so if you've thought about it, now's the time ...

Adam Ferrara joins us once again on the podcast! We're talking about the architecture of jokes, getting some travel tips and more. He's here November 4-6, so have a listen, then get your tickets ...

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:00

(almost) SOLD OUT

Adam FerraraWe hear that people might need to laugh, what with the election and all. Here are shows that are sold out or headed that way. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

And the following shows are entirely sold out ...

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 13:28

DCI Update: November 2

This Week at the Club ...

Lots of stuff going on! Adam Ferrara headlines six shows in the main room, Thursday through Sunday. (We also have a podcast taping of The Mike O'Meara Show on Saturday afternoon, but that has been sold out for months.)

In the lounge, ComedySportz improv does its montly shows on Saturday night. The early show is family-friendly, with all ages welcome. The late show (9:45) is ages 18 and over. (We also have a Thursday pun competition and a  Friday showcase of former comedy school students, but those are already sold out.)


New Headliners

The 2017 schedule continues to expand. We have added Christian Finnegan (February 9-12) and Brandon T. Jackson (February 23-26) to the mix. Both guys were here in the winter of 2016, so it's many happy returns ...

Election Party

If you need something to do on Election Night besides yell at your TV, we've got an Election Party with the Hey Frase gang. It sounds like a LOT of fun ...

On the TV ...

Tuesday night saw the debut of "Project Dad" on one of the Discovery channels. The show follows a few celeb dads, including one of our favorite comics, Donnell Rawlings. Go check out the show ... and see Donnell here Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 09:27

Episode 61: Comedy Hack Day

Comedy Hack Day matches comedians with coders. Together, they figure out funny ideas for apps and websites. Then they build 'em, quickly. And then they present 'em. It's pretty damn cool.

This year, the grand finale for Comedy Hack Day DC is at the Improv on November 13. We're talking to Ross Nover, who helps organize the event, and Kasha Patel, who was on the winning team for 2015. They explain how the event started -- and what it takes to be a champion. Have a listen, then come party at the presentations on 11/13.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:40

(almost) SOLD OUT

Deon ColeThis Halloween, remember there is nothing scarier than telling your significant other that you waited too long to get the comedy tickets they wanted. Here are shows that are sold out or headed that way. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

And the following shows are entirely sold out ...

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 13:36

DCI Update: October 25

This Week at the Club ...

Deon Cole is our headliner in the main showroom. Six shows are sold out, so your only shot to see him at this point is Sunday 9:45. We're also sold out for our shows in conjunction with the Bentzen Ball comedy festival (Last Podcast on the Left and John F. O'Donnell, all on Saturday).

If you're looking for some low-cost fun on Thursday, we still have a few spots left for our trivia night. You can reserve seats for your team (and we recommend that you do). 


Veterans Day show

We just added a lounge show for Veterans Day, which is Friday, November 11. It's a showcase of five comedians with DMV ties, and each of them is a veteran (two Air Force, two Marines, one Army). You can scout out the lineup right here.

Halloween Donations for Children's National Medical Center

Tuesday to Thursday, the Improv will be collecting donations of costumes and decorations to help kids at Children's National Medical Center have a great Halloween. (No edible items, and donations must be new and in their original packaging for infection control purposes.) If you're near the club during the day, stop in with your donation, as late as 1 p.m. on Thursday. And on Thursday, watch the Hey Frase podcast do a free pop-up show starting at 11 a.m.

RIP Kevin Meaney  

So sad to hear about the passing of Kevin Meaney over the weekend. One of our favorite comics, Tom Rhodes, interviewed Kevin a while back for his podcast. Here's the link if you want listen.

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:26

Headliner of State: John Kennedy

John F. Kennedy charmed voters, reporters and just about everyone he met with his quick wit and self-effacing jokes. Why was humor so important to JFK, who might be our most charismatic president?

Author Thomas Maier ("When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys," "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," "Masters of Sex") joins us to talk about the "Irish" nature of Kennedy's humor. For all his privileged upbringing, JFK knew how to use the humor of an outsider. And blessed by the flourishing medium of television, he managed to leverage laughter more effectively than almost every public political figure who came before him.

Thomas Maier's website

Kennedy humor on video (via the Kennedy School)

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Boston Bounce" by Dan Belloc's Orchestra, "Gambling Jack" by Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers

Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:04

Headliner of State: Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland must have been fun -- the guy won the popular vote three times. But was he funny?

Sharon Farrell, the caretaker of the Cleveland Birthplace in New Jersey, is our special guest. She gives us a tour of both sides of Grover: The hard-working politician and lawyer, and the fun-loving guy who enjoyed drinking, fishing and hunting with friends. Was Grover a cut-up in private? Did his upright reputation prevent him from joking in public? And what exactly is "rotund jocularity"?

Cleveland Birthplace website

Sharon on C-SPAN

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Jersey Bounce" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, "Jersey Sweet" by James P. Johnson

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:40

(almost) SOLD OUT

EarthquakeWe don't believe in October surprises ... so we're telling you right now which shows are in danger of selling out. Plan ahead! Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

  • Earthquake (October 21-22): Four shows are sold out. All that's left is the Saturday 11 p.m. show, which at the time of this posting is a little under half full.
  • Chingo Bling (October 23): The VIP tickets are now officially gone ... so get your $20 general admission seats!
  • Deon Cole (October 27-30): Here's what's available: 90 seats for Thursday 7:30, 60 seats for Friday 7:30, and 150 seats for Sunday 7:30. The other three scheduled shows are already sold out.
  • Beltway Pundits (November 3): Our pun competition (held in the lounge) is already more than half full. This has sold out every time, so do NOT expect to get tickets at the door.
  • Nick Cannon (November 10): We're down to the last 55 tickets for this Thursday show. 
  • Arsenio Hall (November 11-12): The Saturday 7:30 show is sold out.  Only 28 seats left for Friday 7:30, about 120 for Friday 9:45, and 73 for Saturday 9:45.
  • wellRed Comedy Tour (December 11): The 7 p.m. show is sold out. The 9:15 seating is also now a little under half full.

And the following shows are entirely sold out ...

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