This week, for the second time, the club has DeRay Davis in to headline. It is a high-energy show, and the reviews were GREAT in 2015. We're definitely looking at a bunch of sold out shows. Have a look.
Big news from the comedy school today, as we added a bunch of improv classes starting in September. Plus, we still have a few spots left in our summer sessions. Here's a rundown of everything that's currently available.
For beginners: These classes might be the best starting point for people looking to get on stage for the first time.
- Starting June 30: Beginning Improv with Chris Ulrich. Exactly one spot left in this class. Six weeks, Thursday classes.
- Starting July 23: Beginning Improv with Anna Bethel. Five weeks, Saturday classes.
- Starting September 10: Beginning Improv with Chris Ulrich. Six weeks, Saturday classes.
- Starting September 22: Beginning Improv with Anna Bethel. Five weeks, Thursday classes.
We also have advanced classes for people who have some knowledge of improv and want to go a little deeper.
- Starting July 11: Level 2 Improv with Chris Ulrich. Only two spots left in this class. Five weeks, Monday classes, plus graduation show.
- Starting September 12: Level 3 Improv with Chris Ulrich. Five weeks, Monday classes.
- Starting September 14: Level 2 Short Form with Anna Bethel. Five weeks, Thursday classes.
- Starting September 22: Level 2 Improv with Chris Ulrich. Five weeks, Sunday classes.
Some people think of summer as the lazy season. Those people will wait to buy their comedy tickets, the shows will sell out, and they will spend their summer nights alone, sweating into a pleather couch. Here are shows headed towards a sellout. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:
- Aries Spears (June 23-26): We are quickly running out of Aries tickets. Thursday is sold out. Friday, all we have is two (2) tickets for 7:30. All that's left on Saturday is 27 seats for the 11 p.m. show. And the Sunday 7:30 has about 100 tickets left.
- wellRED Comedy (June 29): Only 45 tickets left for the DC Improv debut of the liberal rednecks, Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester.
- DeRay Davis (June 30-July 3): Friday 9 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. are both down to the last 85 seats. There are 40 tix left for Saturday 9 p.m. And the Sunday show is down to about 120 tickets.
- Frank Caliendo (July 7-9): About 60 seats left for Thursday. 45 seats left for Friday 7:30. The Friday 9:45 is half sold. Saturday 7:30 is sold out, and Saturday 9:45 has 100 tickets left.
- Doug Benson (July 10): There are now less than 100 seats remaining for this special afternoon show with Doug. (Dab Day!)
- John Witherspoon (July 14-17): Now only about 100 seats left for the Saturday 7:30 show with Pops.
- Gary Owen (July 21-24): Friday 9 p.m. has about 100 tickets left. The Saturday 7 p.m. has 13 seats left, and the Saturday 9 p.m. has 100 seats left.
- Dave Attell (September 16-18): The Saturday 7:30 show has 120 seats left, and the Saturday 9:45 is coming up on half full.
And the following shows are entirely sold out ...
Adam Ferrara is currently bringing joy to the car-loving masses, as a new season of the American "Top Gear" unspools on History. He's great at wrecking cars, but we think he's even better on stage ... and we'll have him back November 3-6. Your obligatory samples:
Deon Cole recorded his new Comedy Central special, "Cole Blooded Seminar," at the Lincoln Theater back in February. (Right after doing a special tune-up show at the Improv.) We've got him back for a full weekend this fall, as he headlines October 27-30. Great writing, cool delivery ... here's a preview:
The big man is coming back! Lavell tore it up for a bunch of shows back in December 2015. We get him a few weeks earlier in 2016 -- he'll be headlining October 14-16. If memory serves, every show sold out last time, so this is probably one of those "plan ahead" weekends. Here's a peek:
The search for the funniest president continues! Harry Truman might be one of the most likable presidents ... but does that mean he's also one of the funniest?
Matthew Algeo, the author of "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure," is our guest. His book tells the story of ex-president Truman's 1953 road trip with his wife -- where he drove the car himself and tried (unsuccessfully) to travel incognito. It's a charming story that lets Harry's personality shine through.
Did Truman's "regular guy" ethic carry over to his comedy? Was he the best practical joker among presidents? And did highway patrolmen find his driving a little funny? Find out!
Music: Hail Columbia, "Kansas City Stride" by Count Basie and His Orchestra, "Kansas City Squabble" by Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra
For more than a decade, the DC Improv has been happy to assist the Radio and Television Correspondents Association in securing entertainers for its big annual dinner. This year, the big night (June 15) featured "Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj. His appearance has been getting a lot of attention the last few days ... partly for his very funny remarks at the opening, partly for his very serious closing statements. Check out the video:
The search for the funniest president continues! George W. Bush generates a lot of laughter ... whether it's through his good-natured charm, or through jokes at his expense. Does he deserve a shot at the title?
We're joined by the great comedian Frank Caliendo, whose Bush impression might be the best in the business. His take on GWB was seen on "MADtv," Letterman, at the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner and on comedy stages across the country. (And it might be seen at the DC Improv July 7-9, when Frank headlines five shows.)
And we're not just talking about Bush. Frank also does an incredible Donald Trump impression, so we're getting his insight on the presumptive GOP nominee for 2016.
- Frank doing Bush for Letterman
- Frank at the 2006 RTCA dinner
- More Frank video highlights
Music: "Hail Columbia," "Under a Texas Moon" by Guy Lombardo, "Texas Shuffle" by Count Basie and his Orchestra