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June 27, 2017

DCI Update: June 27


DeRay DavisThis Week at the Club

There's only one person on our dance card this week, but it's a big name: DeRay Davis is coming to town for eleven shows. (That's not a misprint.) We start on Thursday and go through Sunday. Lots of these shows are already very full, so if you're going, get your tickets sooner rather than later.

Dupont Underground

Our collaboration with Dupont Underground -- the art space in the trolley tunnels underneath Dupont Circle -- starts tonight. Naturally, the show is already sold out. But we're going back to the Underground on Tuesday, July 25, and this time we're doing the Beltway Pundits competition. Tickets should be on sale at the end of this week, so mark your calendars ...

Schedule Change for August

Bryan Callen was set for August 24-26, but those shows are now being rescheduled. Our new headliner for the weekend is Michael Yo, performing as part of the Next Wave series. You've probably seen Michael as a correspondent on a bunch of entertainment news programs, or as a panelist on "Chelsea Lately." He's recommended to you by none other than Jo Koy (who has seven sold out shows this August).

More New Shows

Our November calendar is almost completely set. Late last week, we put tickets on sale for Rod Man (November 9-12) and also Bob Marley (November 16-19).

 

June 21, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Back to the 80sSummer's here, so no one has to work for three months, right? That means more time for comedy shows. Here's an update on all shows that are trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

June 20, 2017

DCI Update: June 20


Russell PetersThis Week at the Club

We kick things off on Wednesday night with the latest murder mystery comedy show from Die Laughing Productions. Tickets for "Back to the '80s" are $17. The rest of the week? The main showroom is already packed with eight sold out shows for Russell Peters.

You still have options over in the lounge showroom. We're hosting another DMV Showcase ($17) on Friday night, and ComedySportz improv takes the space over on Saturday night. The 7:30 ComedySportz show is "all ages" (meaning you can bring kids) while the Late Night show at 9:45 is for people 18 and older. Either show is $15.

Kumite winners

We held the tenth edition of our "Comedy Kumite" stand-up tournament last Saturday. Eight comics came to our lounge and duked it out in a bracketed tournament. After the first show, we re-set the board, shuffled around the bracket and did it again. Congrats to Benjy Himmelfarb for winning the early show (Kumite 10.1) and Tommy Sinbazo for taking the late show (Kumite 10.2).

New Shows

We've got some more lounge activity on the way: Our next trivia night is scheduled for July 13, and there's a DMV showcase scheduled for July 21. Also, at some point today we'll put tickets on sale for the return of Adam Ferrara, November 2-4.

 

June 14, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Nikki GlaserIf years of watching "The Walking Dead" have taught us anything, it's the value of preparedness. So ask yourself: When the zombie apocalypse comes, will you have enough comedy show tickets stockpiled to survive? Here's an update on all shows that are trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

June 13, 2017

DCI Update: June 13


Nikki GlaserThis Week at the Club

Our main showroom opens for business on Thursday night with the monthly open mic night. It's free admission (although the two-item minimum does still apply). Friday through Sunday, Nikki Glaser is in town to headline the club for a third year in a row. Tickets are $25 and we have five shows total.

The lounge showroom is also buzzing this week. We have trivia night on Thursday, which is free admission. On Friday night, in conjunction with Awesome Con, we're presenting Geek Night Comedy for two shows. And on Saturday the Comedy Kumite tournament is back for a tenth installment. All the Friday and Saturday shows are $17 admission.

New Shows

We announced some new Russell Peters shows on Monday, but the Thursday late show (June 22) is already sold out and the Sunday late show (June 25) is very close to sold out. There are also some new lounge shows on your way: We have a DMV Showcase on June 23 (Friday) and a Comedy School Showcase on July 7 (Friday).

Looking ahead, we now have a ninth installment of the Next Wave series locked in. Christian Finnegan recommended the New York-based comic Tim Dillon, so Tim will be here September 15-16 headlining our lounge.

Saturday Night Live sketch writing

In one month, the Improv's comedy school has one of its most popular annual offerings: SNL sketch writing workshops with Ali Farahnakian. Ali is a former SNL writer, and he helps you improve your work -- while also sharing his insights on how the writing process works for shows like SNL. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at comedy writing, it's a really fun way to get started. The workshop consists of three-hour sessions on consecutive days, and we have three different sections available from July 14-16. You can get all the info at dcimprov.com.

 

June 8, 2017

Comedy Kumite X: Brittany Carney


Brittany Carney

The world's greatest comedy tournament is back on June 17 for the Xth time ... It's a one night stand-up battle, featuring top-notch local comedians. Get to know your gladiators!

Name: Brittany Carney

Nickname: Snoop Deer

Greatest Victory Outside of Comedy: Participation trophy for kids bowling league in 3rd grade

Best Simile for the Effect of My Jokes: my comedy will warm you like steam escaping a sewer cover in winter

The One Thing That Makes Me Cry: how your dog wants to be my friend so bad

Spoiler Alert: the proletariat will overthrow the bourgeoise?

Twitter: @marvingaelic

Instagram: @brittamy_carmey

 

June 7, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Aries SpearsLooking at our main showroom, we're currently on a streak of 28 straight sold out shows with headliners. Go back one week further and we've sold out 36 of 38 shows with headliners. In other words, PLAN AHEAD. Here's an update on all shows that are trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

June 6, 2017

DCI Update: June 6


Arise SpearsThis Week at the Club

We're keeping it simple this week: One headliner, no lounge shows. Aries Spears takes the stage Thursday through Sunday. A bunch of these shows are selling pretty well, so maybe plan ahead.

New Shows

Four big acts to tell you about. First off, we've got Damon Wayans Jr. making his DC Improv debut August 18-20. He's fantastic on TV, so we're looking forward to seeing what he can do on stage. In September, we're lucky to get a return visit from Sommore. She returned to the club in 2016 after a long hiatus, this time we only had to wait a year.

Jumping to October: International superstar Gad Elmaleh makes his DC Improv debut October 19-21. (Gad speaks four languages, but the show is in English.) He's gearing up for a Netflix special taping this fall, so these shows should be great. Then at the end of the month, the wellRED comedy guys are here for a full weekend. Tell all your liberal redneck friends.

Dupont Underground / Time Machine Roast

Tickets are selling very well for our June 27 event with Dupont Underground. The Time Machine Roast will be UNDER Dupont Circle that night ... so we have an unusual event in a unique space. Not bad for a Tuesday night. You can get the info at dcimprov.com; just be advised that the ticketing is handled by Dupont Underground, and the show is in their space.

 

June 5, 2017

Comedy Kumite X: Benjy Himmelfarb


Benjy Himmelfarb

The world's greatest comedy tournament is back on June 17 for the Xth time ... It's a one night stand-up battle, featuring top-notch local comedians. Get to know your gladiators!

Name: Benjy Himmelfarb

Nickname: The Hebrew Medium Size Hammer

Greatest Victory Outside of Comedy: The 30 years War

Best Simile for the Effect of My Jokes: like butter, high in cholesterol

Catch Phrase I Say When Standing Over Fallen Opponents: that's what you get for making fun of my large son!

The One Thing That Makes Me Cry: A beautifully executed roundhouse karate kick

Spoiler Alert: Harry potter dies at the end

Twitter: @benjyhimmel

Instagram: @benjyhimmel

 

May 31, 2017

Low Ticket Warning


Frank CaliendoSummer is here! We know it's going to be a very exciting summer, with both Jamie Foxx and Mario Lopez hosting game shows based on apps. But we still think live entertainment is better. If that's how you roll, come party with us ...  Here's an update on all shows that are trending toward sold out (or in some cases, the tickets are already gone). Lounge is 60 seats, main showroom is 285:

  • Frank Caliendo (June 2-4): Friday 7:30 and Saturday 7:30 are sold out. As we're typing this, there are 31 tickets left for Friday 9:45, 4 tickets left for Saturday 9:45, and 109 tickets left for Sunday 7. In other words, don't wait until the last minute.
  • Aries Spears (June 8-11): Saturday 7 has 80 tickets left, and Saturday 9:15 has 120 left. The Friday 9:15 is also half sold.
  • Nikki Glaser (June 16-18): Now just 95 tickets left for Saturday 7:30.
  • DeRay Davis (June 29-July 2): This is DeRay, AND it's a holiday weekend, so business is going to be brisk. Right now the Saturday 9 p.m. show is more than half full.
  • Judd Apatow (July 20-22): We're getting close to a sold out weekend. The Saturday 7:30 show is already gone. Thursday 7:30 has 37 tickets left. Saturday 9:45 has 45 tickets left. And each Friday show has around 65 tickets remaining.
  • Bert Kreischer (September 28-30): We're down to the last 47 seats for the Saturday 7:30 show. The Saturday 9:45 has around 120 seats left.

The following shows are all sold out ...

 

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