DC Comedy Showcase

DMV Comedy Showcase

Great local comics in our 60-seat showroom. With Danny Rolando, Elahe Izadi, Jason Weems, Tanael Joachim and Benjy Himmelfarb.

May 4lounge


DMV showcases feature excellent up-and-coming performers with ties to the DC-Baltimore area. (Every now and then we also throw in an out-of-towner for fun.) This show is in our 60-seat lounge showroom, and the comedians will perform for a total of around 90 minutes. The Improv's full food and drink menu is available.


Jason Weems 

A native of Baltimore City, Jason Weems is striving to become a comedic great. He has been seen at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” In 2014 he appeared on the New Comedy Series Laughs on FOX & his NEW ONLINE SERIES THE LUNCHTIME SHOW (thelunchtimeshow.com) signed with Marlon Wayans’ new online venture WHATTHEFUNNY.COM.

Elahe Izadi 

Elahe Izadi is a Washington, DC-based stand-up comic. She was born to Iranian immigrants who owned an Italian restaurant in rural Maryland so, yeah, there's a lot happening there. Elahe regularly performs at venues throughout the area, including the DC Improv, Lincoln Theatre and her parents’ kitchen. She is a repeated past performer of Women in Comedy Festival and Bentzen Ball. Elahe is also a journalist who frequents MSNBC, Fox News and major NPR member stations. Follow her on Twitter @ElaheIzadi.

Tanael Joachim 

Tanael Joachim is a standup comedian who has made appearances on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV and on Good Day New York on FOX. He is based in New York City but was born and raised in Haiti. Tanael has a very laid back, smooth, and conversational style and he jokes about race, society’s idiosyncrasies, and the inherent contrast between life in Haiti and America. Some people say his humor is smart and eye-opening; he would probably agree with these people.

Danny Rolando 

Danny Rolando made a great financial decision when he left a high paying bank job to pursue the rewarding, stable and low paying benefits of a career in stand up comedy. His material is extracted from his experience growing up Latino in America. He describes it as a double life; being Latino at home and American outside the home which has given him a slanted twist on life. He has entertained up and down the east coast and enjoys performing in front of all types of audiences.

Benjy Himmelfarb 

Benjy Himmelfarb is a Washington D.C. based comedian who has performed at the Kennedy Center, comedy clubs across the country & many dive bars that smell like old cheese. The Washington Post has called him "sardonic, Semitic", which is a frighteningly concise way of summing him up. Beyond standup, he can be found misusing his college degree to zing historical figures at the Time Machine Roast or cracking jokes about bug mating habits & space nerds on his YouTube channel. See a clip on YouTube.