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August 22, 2017

DCI Update: August 22


Jim Ross

This Week at the Club

Crazy variety this week. On Wednesday night the Time Machine Roast happens in our main showroom for the first time. (Local comics get in costume as historic figures and insult each other.) It's hilarious, and it's only $10. Then on Thursday we have our monthly Open Mic Night.

The headliners start Friday when Michael Yo comes to town. He's the latest performer in our "Next Wave" series, and he's recommended to you by Jo Koy. ($20 tickets.) Sunday night belongs to Chingo Bling, a Mexican-American comedy star. His VIP tickets are sold out, but you can get $20 general admission tickets.

And if all that weren't enough, you can see ComedySportz improv in our lounge on Saturday night. The 7:30 early show is "all ages," while the 9:45 show is adults only. Either seating is $15 admission.

Kumite Champions!

Saturday night (August 19)  was a great time at the club: On short notice, we moved our "Comedy Kumite" competition from the lounge to the main showroom, but both shows still sold out. (Thank you DC!) With the biggest audiences in Kumite history, we crowned two new champions: Lafayette Wright on the early show and Dylan Meyer on the late show. We'll be back this fall with the second ever "Tournament of Champions," featuring past Kumite winners in one ferocious evening of comedy.

New Shows

Check out the lounge schedule for some nice additions. We're having another Comedy School Showcase on September 8, and we also added DMV showcases for September 9 and September 22.

Washington Post Express poll

The Express is doing its annual online poll to find people's favorite entertainment venues. If you're a fan of the Improv, we'd love to have your vote in the comedy category. Here's the link to the poll.

 

August 16, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


kumiteWe love you and we want you to be happy. However, as a comedy club, we only view happiness through the lens of attending comedy shows. Therefore, you should get tickets to these shows before they sell out. Hey, we're complex. The Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

  • Huggy Lowdown, Chris Paul and Friends (August 17): The early show on Thursday night is sold out. There are only 32 seats left for the late show (starting at 9:30). 
  • Comedy Kumite (August 19): Our early seating (7:30) is half sold. And because tickets are just $15, it'll probably end up all sold. Plan ahead. 
  • Rod Man (Aug. 31-Sept. 3): We have 120 seats left for the Saturday early show, and the Thursday show is also half sold.
  • Sommore (September 15-17): Both Saturday shows are now sold out. There are 37 seats left for the Friday early show, and the Friday late show is half full. The Sunday show is also more than half full (117 tickets left).
  • Bert Kreischer (September 28-30): There are 19 tickets left for Bert's Thursday show. Friday and Saturday are sold out.
  • Dave Attell (October 13-15): There are 38 tickets left for the Saturday late show, and 70 left for the Saturday early show. The Friday late show is also about half full.
  • Gad Elmaleh (October 19-21):  We've got 34 tickets left for Thursday, and TWO left for the Friday late show. And that's it. Everything else is sold out.
  • wellRED: From Dixie With Love (October 26-29): The big movers from last week! The 7:30 shows on Thursday and Friday are half sold, and there are only four tickets left for Saturday 7:30. 
  • Iliza Shlesinger (November 16-18): She's going to sell out every show, so don't wait. Right now we have 3 tickets left for Saturday 7 p.m., and about 100 left for Saturday 9:30. The Friday late show (9:30) is also about half sold at this point.
 

August 15, 2017

DCI Update: August 15


Jim Ross

This Week at the Club

Well, there's a lot. We kick thinks off Wednesday night with a "Five Minutes to Funny" stand-up class graduation show. Tickets are $10. At the same time, we'll be running the August edition of Happy Hour Trivia in our lounge. On Thursday night, we have two shows in the big room, as Majic 102.3 presents Huggy Lowdown, Chris Paul and Friends. Those shows are $20, and they're almost sold out.

Our weekend was originally going to be Damon Wayans Jr., but he canceled -- so now it's a local comedy party to celebrate our 25th anniversary. All shows are $15, which is about as cheap a ticket as you'll see at the DC Improv on a weekend. GET ON IT! Friday night is a Best of DC Showcase, and Saturday night will be our Comedy Kumite stand-up competition.

Lincoln Cottage

Tickets are now on sale for the first show of our fall series with Lincolns Cottage. It's a September 27 showcase featuring stand-ups who are also veterans (Tim Miller, Cerrome Russell, Kj Pettersen and Michael Garvey). Tickets are only $5 and you can get them right here.

New Classes

We added another section of Beginning Improv that starts in October, so now we have three available sections for the fall - your choice of Saturday mornings, Monday nights or Wednesday.

Washington Post Express poll

The Express is doing its annual online poll to find people's favorite entertainment venues. If you're a fan of the Improv, we'd love to have your vote in the comedy category. Here's the link to the poll.

 

August 10, 2017

Comedy Kumite XI: Kasha Patel


Elahe Izadi

On August 19 the Improv hosts the 11th edition of world's greatest comedy tournament ... It's a one night stand-up battle, featuring top-notch local comedians. Get to know your gladiators!

Name: Kasha Patel

Nickname: "My calculus tutor"

How I got my street cred: Making the streets a safer place by reporting broken traffic lights

Strangest thing I've fought over: "No, I'm not related to your Indian friend from camp in middle school. Yes, I'm sure."

Favorite pre-match meal: Chicken, preferably dead

The sponsors I'd like to thank: Kashi because they help people remember my name

Inspirational message for the kids: You're never too old to win the gold medal in air rifle.

Twitter: @KashaPatel

 

August 9, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Jim Ross Half of DC is on vacation, so NOW IS THE TIME TO STRIKE. Get all the best comedy tickets while all those other chumps are busy driving 7 hours in heavy traffic to get to a beach. Here are the shows where you should plan in advance to snag tickets. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

August 9, 2017

Comedy Kumite XI: Elahe Izadi


Elahe Izadi

On August 19 the Improv hosts the 11th edition of world's greatest comedy tournament ... It's a one night stand-up battle, featuring top-notch local comedians. Get to know your gladiators!

Name: Elahe Izadi

Nickname: Elahe "Let me try this paleo diet for a few weeks" Izadi

How I got my street cred: Chase Preferred, which truly has the best points system around.

Strangest thing I've fought over: The number of "never gonna get it"s sung in the breakdown of En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)."

Favorite pre-match meal: Kabob and rice, the food of my ancestors

The sponsors I'd like to thank: Moby Dick's House of Kabob (see above)

Inspirational message for the kids: Kids, please stop reading this and go read a book or something.

Twitter: @ElaheIzadi

 

August 9, 2017

Best of DC / Kumite weekend


25 years

Early this week, we got word that Damon Wayans Jr. was canceling his shows at the Improv (August 18-20) to take an acting job. We're as thrilled about it as you are.

But lemonade from lemons, right? We're now devoting the weekend to DC's comedy scene. On Friday night (August 18), we're celebrating our 25th anniversary with a "Birthday Bash" showcase featuring five of DC's best local performers. Then on Saturday (August 19), we'll have eight of the DMV's finest competing in a the latest edition of our "Comedy Kumite" tournament. Friday or Saturday, the tickets are just $15. It's a very affordable way to have a lot of laughs. If you're in town, come join the good times ...

 

August 8, 2017

Comedy Kumite XI: Denise Taylor


Denise Taylor

On August 19 the Improv hosts the 11th edition of world's greatest comedy tournament ... It's a one night stand-up battle, featuring top-notch local comedians. Get to know your gladiators!

Name: Denise Taylor

Nickname: Deni from the Block

How I got my street cred: Flipped off a robin

Strangest thing I've fought over: The Mason-Dixon line

Favorite pre-match meal: Delicious e-cig vapor

The sponsors I'd like to thank: Hecht's: Thanks for staying around for as long as you did.

Inspirational message for the kids: Don't do drugs yet

Twitter: @Denidenitaytay

 

August 8, 2017

DCI Update: August 8


Jim Ross

This Week at the Club

Wrestling royalty comes to the Improv on Thursday night. Jim Ross, the iconic announcer / promoter / talent scout, will be telling stories and answering fan questions as part of his "Ringside" show. General admission tickets are $25, and the VIP seats (which include a pre-show meet-and-greet) are $75.

We're sold out Friday through Sunday in the main showroom with Jo Koy, but you can get tickets for the Friday evening DMV showcase in our lounge. Those are $17.

Happy Birthday to Us (new shows)

We officially turn 25 years old this month, and we're celebrating on Friday, August 18 with a "Best of DC Birthday Bash." Five excellent local comics will be performing, for an excellently cheap ticket price of $15. Those are on sale now.

Lincoln Cottage and Dupont Underground

We're happy to announce our collaboration with the Lincoln Cottage from 2016 has been renewed for another three-show comedy series. Starting next month, we'll be bringing comedy shows to the historic home located on the campus of DC's Old Soldiers Home. Each show has some thematic tie-in to the cottage or to Lincoln -- our September 27 event will feature comedians who have served in the military. More info will be posted here once the show goes on sale.

We'll also be back at the Dupont Underground in September, with another show in the tunnels underneath Dupont Circle. Pencil in September 19 -- and we'll let you know once the show format has been settled.

 

August 2, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Tony Rock August is not a slow month for the DC Improv. Unlike Congress, we enjoy working through the end of the summer. Here are the shows where you should plan in advance to snag tickets. Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

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