Stand-up class

Rahmein Mostafavi

Level 2 Stand-Up

June 1 - 22

Four weeks on Monday. Further develop your craft with instructor Rahmein Mostafavi. Grad show June 24.

Course Description

Take your comedy to the next level. Level 2 Stand-Up is for grads of our Five Minutes to Funny class, or relatively new comics trying to strengthen their sets and break into the scene. In this four-week program (finishing with a graduation performance in the Improv's lounge showroom) we'll dig deeper into your 5-minute set; work on strategies to hone it; and create new material based off it. Classes will also focus on joke-writing techniques, how to get booked, and the unsung secret to comedy success: becoming a sought-after host. Your instructor is DCI favorite Rahmein Mostafavi. An accomplished stand-up, producer, writer, and actor, Rahmein now joins our comedy school to help you ramp up your comedy game. So what do you say? Are you ready to get serious about your comedy career? Prerequisite: FMTF Class or at least 6 months of stand-up performance at open mics.

Wait List Policy: Our stand-up classes are extremely popular and fill up quickly. If you'd like to be placed on the wait list for these classes, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and specify the course in the subject line. Please note all classes are 18 and over and once you make a payment there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations. The waitlist 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 you’d like to continue to stay on the waitlist, you must e-mail that request to the Improv. You are not enrolled into the waitlist for the next announcement unless you request it.

  • Mondays, June 1-22, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Graduation show in the Improv lounge June 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $295
  • Prerequisite: "Five Minutes to Funny" class or at least 6 months of stand-up performance at open mics
  • All classes are 18 and over. Once payment is made, there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations.

About Rahmein Mostafavi

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Rahmein Mostafavi charms crowds with comic timing and charisma developed during a decade of live performance. He addresses social and political topics with a combination of satirical and observational comedy, leaving audiences with a greater sense of purpose, sex appeal and the occasional leg cramp.

Rahmein entered the stand-up world after working as a longtime cast member of “Shear Madness,” the acclaimed Kennedy Center improv/comedy whodunit. His natural joke writing ability, combined with his acting chops, have won him rave reviews in both the Washington area and around the country. He also produces events under the “Cool Cow Comedy” banner, bringing live comedy to venues in Maryland and Virginia.

Rahmein has shared the stage with some of the best comics in the nation, including Dave Attell, Jake Johannsen, Artie Lange, Bert Kreischer, Rich Vos, Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows, Joe Matarese, Bob Marley, The Sklar Brothers, Jen Kirkman, Red Grant, Godfrey, Joe Torry, Kyle Kinane, Finesse Mitchell, and Maz Jobrani. He has been featured at the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, The Devil Cup, Red Clay, The Cleveland Comedy Festival, and the Cape May Comedy Festival. Rahmein has been seen on FOX, heard regularly on Sirius XM, was featured in “The Truth About Money” on PBS, and was honored to be a speaker at the world famous TEDx Talks.

Born in Iran, Rahmein moved to the United States with his family at a very young age. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.