The Other Side: Headliner News
Here's the deal: Jerrod Carmichael took a role in the new "Transformers" movie, which films this summer. So we have magically transformed our headliner for the last week in July (7/28 to 7/31) to Tony Roberts. Tony was one of our favorite surprises last year, making his DC Improv headlining debut in the fall. He puts on a great, crowd-pleasing show. Check him out:
We love a good celebration, so we're happy to announce that Doug Benson (the closest thing to a marijuana Santa) will be honoring the holiday by performing stand-up at the DC Improv. It's a special 4:20 p.m. show time. We know this city is packed with Doug fans, cuz a few weeks back we hosted two sold-out events with Doug. Let's make a third, shall we?
The good times are upon us ... Bert "The Machine" Kreischer is back this week, for five more intoxicating shows. You're gonna get some great storytelling, and you're gonna see some skin. We'll leave it at that. We're sold out for Saturday, and the other three shows (Thursday and two Friday) are well over half full, so get to steppin' ...
Loni Love (originally scheduled for June 10-12) done gone and canceled on us. Something came up with one of her TV gigs.
Don't despair, though, because we've got JB Smoove on the way as the new headliner June 10-11. People have gotten to know JB a LOT of different ways. He has been on traditional sitcoms (The Millers), premium cable darling shows (Curb Your Enthusiasm), competition shows (he hosted Last Comic Standing) and in movies (like Top Five). He's got a really magnetic personality ... cool to have him back on our stage for the first time since 2013. Check out some videos:
Starting tomorrow, we've got Big Jay Oakerson making his second headlining appearance at the club. It's a lot of "adult" humor -- stories of Jay's rock and roll lifestyle mixed in with top-notch audience interaction. Online videos don't do him justice (you gotta experience crowd work in the flesh), but here's a preview:
If you're a fan of "Last Comic Standing," it has been a very good year for you at the Improv. We already had the winners from 2015 and 2014 (Clayton English and Rod Man) on our stage, as well as another finalist from 2015 (Dominique).
The good times continue to roll this week when Ian Bagg comes to town. He's a great conversational comedian -- a few questions with the audience can launch a unique and amazing performance. And he's ALSO got some top-notch material. Have a look, then check him out. He's here Thursday-Sunday.
The "Hey Frase" podcast started recording in our club a few months ago, and so far they've done three really fun live shows in our lounge showroom. On June 1, they are going to take over our main showroom for the first time! Sarah Fraser and Samy K are REALLY good at what they do -- this should be an excellent night on the town. And hey, if you don't believe me, trust your own eyes - here are some pictures from the April live shows, when DJ Kool and one of the Real Housewives of Potomac were the special surprise guests.
We got our first up-close look at Nikki in October 2015 -- she puts on a show that features fearlessly honest talk about sex and relationships. In fact, she's so good at it that Comedy Central gave her a new show called "Not Safe" in early 2016, then extended the first season when it proved to be such a big hit.
So basically, it's very cool that we're able to have her back. We've got four shows with Nikki this weekend, and they are all getting very close to sold out. If you like the clips below, don't sit on this too long.
Two additions to our September 2016 schedule: First up, we've got Red Grant making his DC Improv headlining debut 9/9 to 9/11. You might recall that Red was briefly penciled into our March calendar, but then he had to "tour nationally" with "Katt Williams" because he's "extremely popular." Actually, no sarcastiquotes needed. Red's really good. He's also a DC native, so come support a hometown hero! These clips are NSFW, but pop in your earbuds and have a listen:
The week after Red, we have the return of Dave Attell, one of the all-time great club comics. We've been pretty fortunate to get a weekend with Dave just about once a year, and these always sell out.
Cool news in the comedy world: BET has picked up a reality show about Gary Owen and his mixed-race family. Gary's story is pretty amazing; he is often described as black America's favorite white comic (he won a contest looking for the funniest black comic in San Diego). He puts on a great live show, and we're very glad to hear about his new show!
Assuming that the production scheduled doesn't interfere with his shows here July 21-24, of course.