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We're very happy to have Jake Johannsen back in town this week, Thursday to Sunday. He's been coming to the Improv for years, and it's always a great show ... Jake is always turning over his act, so there's something new every year. Check out a few of these clips from years gone by ...

Sunday, 29 May 2016 15:49

Headliner of State: Benjamin Harrison

The search for the funniest president continues! Some of Benjamin Harrison's contemporaries ridiculed him as a "human iceberg," and the nickname stuck. This episode, we're thawing him out to see if there's a great sense of humor buried under that reputation.

Charlie Hyde, the head honcho at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, helps us understand why Harrison could be so formal at times -- and he shares the things that loosened Harrison up. Plus, we talk about Harrison's special place in the history of presidential humor, as the first sitting president to address a Gridiron Club dinner.

We've got stories about a goat cart, Harrison fighting crime with his bare hands, and more ... It's a fun look at a lesser-known president.

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site online Part of the "Baby McKee" craze

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Benny Rides Again" and "Benjie's Bubble" by the Benny Goodman Orchestra

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:38

(almost) SOLD OUT

jakejohannsenThis week, Michael Blackson sold out NINE shows before even setting foot in the city. The point is, sometimes you gotta plan ahead. Before you check out (mentally or physically) for the three-day weekend, think about snagging tickets for one of these shows. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:


Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:21

Classing Up the Joint

Wanna add some intrigue to your summer? We have some improv comedy classes starting in the next two months that get you out of the house, meeting people and enjoying a few laughs. Here's what we currently have available.

For beginners: These classes might be the best starting point for people looking to get on stage for the first time.

We also have advanced classes for people who have some knowledge of improv and want to go a little deeper. 


Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

Headliner of State: George Washington

We're searching for the funniest president -- but focusing on laughs can obscure the less-pleasant parts of a president's legacy. For example, lots of the early presidents had slaves. And no one had more than George Washington.

So let's get into it! Our guest is Azie Dungey. Currently a writer for "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Azie is also the creator and star of the "Ask a Slave" web series from 2013. She worked as a costumed interpreter at Mount Vernon, and the series puts a comedic (and thought-provoking) spin on her experiences. Can you use comedy to teach people about slavery? Does the stain of slavery ruin Washington's image? And, oh yeah, was Washington funny?

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Shorty George" by Count Basie and His Orchestra, "Washington Squabble" by Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:40

(almost) SOLD OUT

bertkreischerSometimes you gotta plan ahead. I mean, if you WANT to stay home alone watching Netlfix on a weekend, that's on you. But we recommend getting tickets in advance for these shows. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:33

Just added: Tony Roberts

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:

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:11

Comedy Kumite 6: Eddie Morrison

Saturday night's alright for fighting ... specifically, May 21. That's when our one-night stand-up tournament returns for a SIXTH edition!

There are eight fine competitors lined up for May 21 and we're using this space to help you GET TO KNOW THEM! 

Eddie Morrison


Eddie MorrisonNICKNAME: Edward Hipster Hands



TRAINING FOR THIS TOURNAMENT BY: Sending people death threats with save-the-date! formatting


WANNA GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO: Deforestation documentaries available on Amazon Fire

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:03

Just added: Legion of Skanks

Big Jay Oakerson just came through town on a headlining gig. Lots of his fans know him from the "Legion of Skanks" podcast -- and now we've got the other two hosts from that show on our calendar. Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith will play the lounge showroom on July 15 (Friday), and they're bringing special guest Rob Mailloux.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 11:53

Just added: Doug Benson

dougbensonChristmas only comes once a year, but stoners don't play by those rules. Instead of waiting around 12 months for the next 4/20, a few years ago they decreed that 7/10 was now Dab Day.

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?

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