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April 26, 2017

(almost) SOLD OUT

Big Jay Oakerson May is shaping up to be bonkers, with LOTS of popular shows. Definitely plan ahead. This list is everything on our schedule that's 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 ...


April 25, 2017

DCI Update: April 25

This Week At the Club

Big Jay Oakerson

You got options this week. On Wednesday we have our free-admission Open Mic Night. (There is a two-item minimum in the showroom, though. Heads up.) Thursday through Sunday, Big Jay Oakerson headlines the club for a total of six shows. He's one of the best we've ever seen at "crowd work," so you could probably go to four or five of the shows and see something different every time. Go for it. (Tickets are $17-$19.)

Over in the lounge showroom, The Time Machine Roast makes its debut on Thursaday. It features local comedic luminaries dressing up as historic figures and insulting each other. Tickets are just $5, and they're almost gone. Then on Saturday night, The Tony Perkins Show records its third live episode at the club. Special guests are Sarah Fraser and Rob Maher. Tickets are $17.

New Shows

Today we're announcing the return of Jim Ross to the DC Improv. He'll be bringing "Ringside" to the club on August 10. Tickets go on sale May 2, one week from today. JR is a legend in the pro wrestling industrty, and his show features some very cool stories from his career and a q-and-a session. We last had him here in 2015.

New Class

Our first summer session of "Beginning Improv" goes on sale today. Anna Bethel will be teaching a five-week version of the class starting June 21. (There's a one-week break for Independence Day.) 

Around the Web

If you're a fan of the "Friday" movies ... John Witherspoon says a fourth installment is in the works. Whether he's right or not, Pops will be here at the club in July.


April 21, 2017

Clayton English takes it higher

Our headliner this weekend is legitimately one of the nicest people you'll meet in comedy. It was great to have him back in our lounge for a chat about all kinds of things -- his hometown of Atlanta, how pot factors into his comedy, the intersection of stand-up and acting, and impeccably dressed marsupials.


April 20, 2017

Crowd Sourcing

This is pretty cool ... Seeso put a full episode of Jay Oakerson's crowd work show on YouTube. Jay's here next week (April 27-30), and he puts a lot of crowd work into his show. Which means every audience gets a unique experience. If you're a fan of live comedy, it's definitely worth seeing.


April 19, 2017

(almost) SOLD OUT

Bruce Bruce Now that your taxes are done, you can finally figure out your exact spring comedy budget. This list is everything on our schedule that's 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 ...


April 18, 2017

DCI Update: April 18

This Week At the Club

Adele Givens

Thursday through Sunday, the reigning Last Comic Standing champ is here at the Improv. We had a lot of fun with Clayton English in 2016, so it's cool to have him back. Tickets are $20 Thursday and Sunday, and $22 Friday and Saturday. On Thursday night in the lounge showroom, you can check out top-tier improv comedy from Porkchop Volcano. Tickets are $10 for that one.

New Shows

An all-time comedy club great is coming back to the Improv, and tickets went on sale today. You can catch Dave Attell on October 13, 14 or 15. Also added to the calendar: Tony Roberts (the comedian, not the motivational speaker) headlines September 7-10.

Around the Web

The first season"Hip Hop Squares" on VH1 was a lot of fun ... and VH1 has thoughtfully put together this NSFW compilation of Michael Blackson clips from the show. Michael is here Memorial Day weekend, and the host of "Hip Hop Squares," DeRay Davis, headlines the week before Independence Day. Mark your calendars.

Next Next Wave

We had another successful installation of the Next Wave series over the weekend, as Mike Speirs headlined two sold-out shows in our lounge. The series resumes in a few weeks when Marshall Brandon (the selection of Donnell Rawlings) headlines the lounge June 2-3.


April 12, 2017

(almost) SOLD OUT

Adele Givens Spend a few hours in a basement, and it makes you appreciate the nice spring weather even more. So hey, you might as well make it a FUNNY basement, right? This list is everything on our schedule that's 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 ...


April 11, 2017

DCI Update: April 11

This Week At the Club

Adele Givens On Wednesday night in the main showroom, our latest batch of stand-up class grads take the stage. Tickets are just $10. Thursday through Saturday, Adele Givens makes her long-awaited return to the club for five shows. Three of those are already sold out, so if you want to see her, your options are Thursday 7:30 or Friday 9:45. All of Adele's shows are $25.

Our lounge hosts the next show in the Next Wave series on Saturday night. Bob Marley recommended Mike Speirs to us, so he'll be headlining shows at 7:30 and 9:45 on April 15. Tickets are $17.

New Shows

Good news! We added Russell Peters to our calendar, and he'll be here June 22-25 as he works out new material for his next big tour/special. Bad news! All the shows are already sold out. If any extra tickets are released, or if any shows are added, we'll be spreading the word on social media.

Around the Web

If you have the streaming service Seeso, then you can now watch the second season of "What's Your F***ing Deal?" It's a stand-up series that focuses on the art of crowd work -- each comic on each show gets a new "front row" of audience members to mess with. The whole thing is masterminded and hosted by Big Jay Oakerson ... and wouldn't you know it, Jay headlines the Improv at the end of this month.

Best of DC: SIXPEAT!

The Washington City Paper last week released the results of its "Best of DC" readers poll for 2017. For the sixth year in a row, the Improv was voted the top comedy venue. (The club has won every year that the category has existed.) Our thanks to everyone who voted for us. And if you didn't, it's never too late to get on board ... Find out why we're the best!


April 7, 2017

A chat with Ms. Pat

Ms. Pat tells some amazing stories on stage. Now she's figuring out how to tell them on the page and the screen. On Friday morning she stopped into the lounge to talk about the process of adapting your life into a book and TV show. Have a listen, then come see her this weekend.


April 6, 2017

Here's to You, Mr. Robinson

Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson is very popular. He sold out six shows, more than six weeks before getting to town. So how do you get to be so popular? By taking care of your fans. Craig has added two more shows: May 18 (Thursday) at 9:45, and May 21 (Sunday) at 9:30. We're pretty sure those will be the last ones added, because we're out of calendar days that week. So if you want to see Craig, don't dawdle.

deraydavisAnd speaking of comedy superstars, congratulations to DeRay Davis. Today VH1 announced that "Hip Hop Squares" is coming back for another season. DeRay is here June 29 to July 2.


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