The Other Side: Headliner News
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.
Sometimes it's the simple things. Ron Funches, who headlines the club August 25-28, is also a voice actor in the "Trolls" movie coming out November 4. That's why he's appearing in the video for "Can't Stop the Feeling," the Justin Timberlake song that's on the "Trolls" soundtrack. The video has lots of celebs in it from that movie, but there's also a clip of just Ron's dancing. Enjoy.
You have your Thanksgiving traditions, and we're guessing you can't invite the entire comedy club to join you. But we have ours too, and you are more than welcome to hang out. Donnell Rawlings has been headlining the club on Thanksgiving weekend for five or six years in a row, and he'll be back once again in 2016. Donnell is a DC area native who went to school at TC Williams in Alexandria. He started out doing comedy in DC before hitting it big on Chappelle's Show and other projects. Check him out:
Last night we had the DC Improv debut of the wellRED Comedy Tour, three stand-ups who proudly describe themselves as "liberal rednecks." The place was packed - sold out on a Wednesday!
Their tour is taking them around the country, but they will be back in December. They'll be here at the club again on December 11, about a month after the election. So you know there will be some new stuff to talk about. If you missed out last night, here are a few pics ... and tickets are on sale now for the December date.