The Other Side: Podcast
Big Jay Oakerson headlines the club May 13-15. We asked him to do a podcast, and true to his style of comedy he just sat down and started having a conversation. It's pretty amazing to watch the tightrope act live ... you get a unique comedy experience show after show.
Also chatting: feature act Mike Finoia, who is Jay's buddy (and roommate). We talk about the Philly scene, what got them into comedy, and Jay's upcoming Comedy Central special.
When you work in a specialized field, you ALWAYS have to keep on learning new job skills... even if you're a medium! Cindy Kaza returns to the podcast to tell us about her travels to Indonesia, as she tries to understand mediumship and spiritual connections in other parts of the world.
Cindy is back on our stage May 4!
Ian Bagg is one of the great road warriors of comedy -- stand-up has allowed him to circle the globe. The road brings him to DC May 5-8, so we're catching up with him before he gets to town.
Ian tells us how his experiences playing hockey helped shape his humor, shares his thoughts on chatting with an audience, and gives us some more perspective on "Last Comic Standing." (He was a top 5 finalist in 2015, and you gotta hear what the tour bus was like.) Have a listen, then check him out at the club next week ...
On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln went to see a comedy show in DC. It didn't end well. But it DID give us a reason in 2015 to produce a podcast episode about Lincoln, his attempts to relax, and the comedy show he went to see. Hey, it's probably a slow day at work ... have a listen!
Clayton English won the 2015 edition of "Last Comic Standing," and now he's making his DC Improv headlining debut (March 31-April 3).
He tells us about the scene in his hometown of Atlanta and why it seems to produce so many great comics. He gives us some scoop on "The Walking Dead." AND we find out how they passed the time on the "Last Comic Standing" tour bus.
It's a fun chat with a very cool guy ... check it out, and if you want tickets, get 'em ASAP.
Brandon T. Jackson has been a movie star ("Tropic Thunder"), a TV star ("Mr. Robinson") and a stand-up star (he headlines the Improv 2/26 - 2/28). Now he's about to be a reality star. He calls in from the set of "Living With Funny," his new series documenting the lives of comedians and their families.
We talk about the show, why his Detroit roots are so important to him, and what it's like to start your stand-up career in a church. Get to know him, then come to see him.
At one point, Ms. Pat was a drug-dealing teen mother of two. Now she's a nationally touring comedian, and her amazing real life stories are the foundation of her act. A few weeks before she headlines the DC Improv for the first time (February 18-21) she calls in to introduce herself and explain how she turned her life around.
John Heffron (headlining January 14-17) is a great stand-up, but did you know that he's also an R&B music mogul in his spare time? In the summer of 2015, he wrote and released "Let's Have a Date Night" -- with vocals by DC's own Elan Noelle. And now we're all gonna learn how to become DIY record producers. A very fun chat for our first headliner interview of 2016.
In 2016, the nation gets to choose the next president. Here at the Improv, we're setting our sights a little higher. By the time this year is done, we'll announce the FUNNIEST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME!
Of course, getting there is half the fun. Starting January 11 on the Other Side podcast, we're going to break down what's funny about different presidents -- one POTUS at a time. We're talking to experts, enthusiasts and anyone else willing to chime in on the most important historical question of all time. We're kicking things off with Bill Clinton, and our expert is speechwriter Mark Katz, the author of "Clinton and Me." Check back Monday for the kickoff!
We've got a great interview for you on our latest episode. Headliner Finesse Mitchell tells us about his ties to "Star Wars" director JJ Abrams, his football days at the University of Miami, the experience of auditioning for "Saturday Night Live" and his connection to Donald Trump. A jam-packed interview with one of the smoothest guys we've ever met ...