The Other Side: Headliner News
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.)
... 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.
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.
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).
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.
Back in April, we saw the DC Improv debut of Chingo Bling -- a social media superstar with a huge following, especially in Latino communities. The club was sold out. We're happy to announce that round two takes place in one month. Chingo is back on October 23 (a Sunday night) with a 7 p.m. show. Tickets on sale now.
Here are a few of Chingo's YouTube sketches. (Some of the sketches are in Spanish, but the stand-up show is in English.)
Heads up if you had tickets to see Ron Funches on Sunday: Ron opted to cancel that show to attend to other business. We just found out about this on Thursday afternoon, and we're doing our best to reach any ticketholders about their options (everyone got an e-mail, and we're also making phone calls). If you had tickets to that show, call the box office (202-296-7008 x0) and we can walk you through your options.
Judah Friedlander (headlining October 6-8) is excellent at comedy. He's also excellent at table tennis. Seriously. A few months ago the New York Times ran this fantastic story about Judah and Yue Wu, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic team. She coaches him to become a better player, he helps her with the mental side of the game.
Then NBC put together a great video on the dynamic duo as part of its Olympics coverage. If you don't like this story, you're dead inside. Check it out ...
Tommy Davidson had to cancel his November shows to film something. (Hopefully Sharknado 5, but we'll have to wait and see.) So we went out and found us another comedy hero. November 11 and 12, we get to enjoy some stand-up from the one and only Arsenio Hall!
Should be cool. We have extended an open invitation to Bill Clinton to come and play the sax before each show. We'll let you know if he gets back to us.
YouTube ain't just for cat videos. That platform is now producing a steady stream of online stars, including these fitness experts.
The Hodgetwins (originally from Virginia) combine health and exercise tips with their own brand of edgy humor. This year, they finally decided to take their show on the road and speak directly to their fans, and the Improv is pumped to be part of the 2016 tour. They might have to turn sideways to fit their biceps through our front door, but they'll be here October 12-13 ...
Schedule change! September 23-25 we've now got Marlon Wayans headlining the club. (We're trying to reschedule Godfrey, who was on those dates, to 2017.) Marlon was last here in November 2015 and sold out eight shows. Tickets sales for this go-round are already off to a brisk start.