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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:19

This week in podcasting

Jessimae PelusoHey, you seem like the kind of person who does all their work way in advance and can listen to podcasts at your desk. Here are the latest episodes from our upcoming headliners:

  • Christina Pazsitzky (December 9-10): "That's Deep Bro" touches on comedy and philosophy. In her October 18 episode, Christina talks to Kevin Christy (who plays Lester on "Masters of Sex") about grief and recovery.
  • 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): If you like combat sports, definitely check out "The Fighter and the Kid" with Bryan and a former UFC heavyweight. The October 17 episode: "Brendan and Bryan get back in the studio to discuss Georges St-Pierre's departure from the UFC, the new show Brendan is working on and much more." 
  • Gilbert Gottfried (February 2-4): Admit it, you'd pay to hear Gilbert read the phone book. But you can also hear him for free, talking to actor Joe Pantoliano on the October 17 "Amazing Colossal Podcast."
  • Brad Williams (March 2-5): The October 17 episode of "About Last Night" (hosted by Brad and fellow comedian Adam Ray) features Carlie Craig from the new "MADtv."
  • Tom Segura (March 23-26): There is never a shortage of "Your Mom's House." Which also features Christina Pazsitzky, by the way.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:06

DCI Update: October 19

Free Admission Wednesday/Thursday

If you're not in the mood to have your spirit broken by the third presidential debate, we've got an improv class graduating tonight. These shows don't show up on our schedule because they aren't ticketed ... you can just show up starting at 7:30, and the performance begins at 8. The kitchen is closed, but you can buy drinks at the bar if you want 'em.

On Thursday we've got our free-admission open mic night. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30. We are full-service for that show (and the two-item minimum will apply). 


Pun Contest update

We have ONE slot left for our November 3 "pun battle" in the lounge showroom. You just have to buy a "pun battle" ticket to sign up. If you just want to watch the pun contest, or if you'd rather compete in the pun tournament event, all you have to do is buy a general admission ticket. (Either way, it's just $5.)

Congratulations ...

... to Doug Benson, who just had a series picked up by Comedy Central. We usually get a visit or two from Doug each year. In 2016 we had him here for a "Doug Loves Movies" taping, and two different stand-up shows. You can read about "The High Court" at the Deadline website.

Around the Web  

We just added Bryan Callen to our January calendar, and right away he's a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience. Magic, I tells ya.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:09

DCI Update: October 18

This Week at the Club

Should be lively. Thursday night we have our monthly open mic. (Free admission, but remember there is a two-item minimum once you're in the showroom.) Friday and Saturday we have Earthquake headlining the main showroom, and every show except Saturday 11 p.m. is already sold out. On Sunday Chingo Bling makes his return to headline for one night. 

Bryan Callen

New Shows: Bryan Callen

Our January schedule has now been filled out, as Bryan Callen will be headlining January 12-14. Bryan is one of those guys that has been in everything -- he had memorable roles in "The Hangover," "Old School," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Goldbergs" ... not to mention his run on "MadTV." He's also tearing things up as a podcaster. His show "The Fighter and the Kid" features him and a former UFC heavyweight. Cool to have him back.


The latest Christopher Guest mockumentary, "Mascots," started streaming on Netflix over the weekend. You should watch it because it's funny, AND because it features Brad Williams ... who makes his DC Improv headlining debut in March. 

This Is, In Fact, Happening  

Storytelling has seen a spike in popularity in recent years, and Comedy Central has been a part of that -- with help from DC native Ari Shaffir. "This Is Not Happening" features stand-ups telling real-life stories, from the stage of a Los Angeles gentleman's club. (It was created by Ari and it's hosted by him.) The third season debuted last week, and at the same time the show was renewed for a fourth season. If you're bored (and you have headphones on your work computer) go listen to some of the show's stories on line. Maybe start with Christina Pazsitzky (who headlines the Improv December 9-10) and Tom Segura (who will be here in March 2017).

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:33

(almost) SOLD OUT

EarthquakeWe have nine shows in our main showroom this week and they are all sold out. Plan ahead, peoples. Here are the shows that are filling up or already full. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

And the following shows are entirely sold out ...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:17

DCI Update: October 12


New Shows: Brent Morin, Gilbert Gottfried and Godfrey

There's lots of good times left in 2016, but we like to plan ahead ... Brent Morin is back to headline the club a second time, January 26-29. One of the most recognizable voices in comedy will be here February 2-4 -- Gilbert Gottfried takes center stage the week of the Super Bowl. And we finally rescheduled our shows with Godfrey. He's here March 16-19.

Hey, We Warned You

This week, everything in our main showroom is sold out. EVERYTHING. Two shows with the Hodgetwins and seven shows with Lavell Crawford. We like to plan ahead, you should too ... 

Nick Cannon  

Neat article in the Washington Post about one of Nick Cannon's classes at Howard University. He's here November 10 doing stand-up ...

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:36

Meet your Grand Champion

On Sunday night the Improv held its first ever Comedy Kumite Tournament of Champions. Past winners of our signature stand-up tournament returned to compete again, and at the end of the evening, Rahmein Mostafavi was chosen by the crowd as the big winner. On his birthday, no less. Congratulations to Rahmein ... and our thanks to all the other comics involved. It was a great night celebrating local talent.

Monday, 10 October 2016 14:32

Headliner of State: Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was called the "Great Communicator," and a big part of that was humor. Whether he was explaining his philosophy, deflating an opponent or firing up a crowd, Reagan knew that a well-placed joke could make all the difference.

Journalist and Reagan biographer Lou Cannon joins us to explain how Reagan's use of humor was both natural and practiced -- and why Reagan was so great at connecting with people both in person and through mass media.

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Hollywood Jump" by Count Basie and His Orchestra, "Hollywood Hop" by Earl "Fatha" Hines

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:19

(almost) SOLD OUT

Judah FriedlanderIt's almost Columbus Day! Fun fact about Columbus: He always bought his comedy tickets in advance. Here are the shows that are filling up or already full. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

And the following shows are entirely sold out ...

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:41

DCI Update: October 5

Nick Cannon

New Shows: Nick Cannon and Brad Williams

A few new (but well-known) faces are now on our schedule. You might have heard that Nick Cannon is now a student at Howard University. That means he'll be in the District a bunch ... and a guy like Nick Cannon likes to entertain. He'll be headlining our main showroom on November 10 (a Thursday night). Looking to 2017, Brad Williams makes his DC Improv debut March 2-5. For years Brad (who happens to be a dwarf) was the opening act for Carlos Mencia. He's now a touring headliner in his own right.

Champions Week: October 6-9

We've got "The World Champion" Judah Friedlander headlining Thursday through Saturday, all shows $20. Then the Comedy Kumite Tournament of Champions is on Sunday, for $17. (Kumite showtime is 7 p.m., the show will be over around 8:40.) 

We Got the Big Mick 

Arsenio Hall is here November 11-12. We honor that special event by sharing this link with you. Behold the Yelp page for McDowell's.

Monday, 03 October 2016 23:06

Headliner of State: John Tyler

John Tyler is the answer to a few trivia questions: The first vice president promoted to the big job, the president with the most kids, and the only president who joined the Confederacy. But what about this distinction: Was Tyler the funniest president?

Professor Edward P. Crapol (retired from the College of William and Mary) is our guest. His 2006 biography, "John Tyler: The Accidental President," is one of the most significant studies of the 10th president in the last 50 years. Ed helps us understand Tyler's "aristocratic" bearing and shares some choice examples of the Virginian's wit.

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