established 2003, Allyson Jaffe, principal

DC Improv Comedy School: Stand-Up Classes


Stand-up comedy is the foundation that comedy clubs are built on. Lots of people dream about trying stand-up, whether it's to scratch it off a bucket list, or to pursue a hobby or career entertaining people.

Our classes are designed to give you a structured environment that motivates you to finally get on stage. Our instructors will show you how to write, polish and perform a short stand-up set. Some classes even feature a graduation show on the famous DC Improv stage (or, in the case of online classes, in our virtual showroom). Whether you're hoping to be a superstar or just looking to try something new, you're welcome at the comedy school!

PLEASE NOTE: "Five Minutes to Funny" is extremely popular and fills up quickly. If you'd like to be placed on the wait list for that class, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and specify the course in the subject line. The wait list is done via e-mail, and once a class is announced via e-mail, the first people to pay in full get into the course. Payment must be made online, with a credit card. If you miss out on registering and want to stay on the wait list, you must e-mail that request to the Improv. You are not automatically enrolled into the wait list for the next class announcement.


By Appointment
Stand-Up Coaching
One-on-one coaching from Rahmein Mostafavi. Via video conferencing.
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December 18
Workshop with Jessica Kirson
Afternoon workshop with a stand-up star.
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January 14 - February 4
Level 2 Stand-Up
Four weeks on Saturdays. Graduation showcase February 9.
January 15 - February 5
Five Minutes to Funny
Four weeks on Sundays. Our "intro to stand-up" class! Grad show Feb. 15.
March 4 - March 25
Level 2 Stand-Up
Four weeks on Saturdays. Graduation showcase March 30.
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