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Stand Up Graduation

Stand-Up Class Graduation

March 25 / $10

Grads of our "Five Minutes to Funny" class take the Improv stage for the first time. Hosted by teacher Chris Coccia.


The DC Improv Comedy School is proud to present the "Five Minutes to Funny" Graduation Showcase. After four weeks of comedy school, freshly minted comics head to the Improv stage to showcase what they learned. Teacher Chris Coccia hosts what's sure to be a funny and memorable evening for everyone involved.


The lineup for March 25: Bernie Rico, Tyler Freiberger, Krista A., Milan Griffin, Nick Popescu, Tom Chih, Paul Gordon, Amanda Bozzi, Marc Antoine, Jason Evans, Gabe Bluestone, Monique Fortenberry, Turner Swicegood, Alev Sezer-Jacobs, Lucy Lohrmann.

Chris Coccia

Chris Coccia

Chris Coccia started teaching stand-up at the DC Improv in 2006, but he was a regular on the DC Improv stage way before that. Friendly, funny and accessible, he has a real gift for connecting with audiences of all types. His act is a perfect combination of hilarious material and the ability to present it "in the moment." Flowing seamlessly between material and improvised interaction with the crowd, Chris is able to open the audience up as he pulls them into a shared recognition of our own human-ness.

Chris keeps a full schedule working everything from the country’s top comedy clubs to corporate events to colleges. In addition, he won the 2008 Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, a national event with a $10,000.00 prize. He was also invited to be part of the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson's Nebraska hometown, put together by the talent coordinator of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Eddie Brill. He has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network, and XM Radio. Chris is also a frequent and favorite guest on several Philadelphia based radio shows.