Ryan Conner

Next Wave: Ryan Conner

A new generation of stars, recommended to you by DC Improv headliners. Ryan (Last Comic Standing, MTV) gets the nod from Wanda Sykes.

October 14lounge

  • Price: $17 general admission
  • Showtimes: Saturday 7:30 / 9:45
  • Featuring: TBD
  • Ryan's website


In 2017, the DC Improv celebrates its 25th anniversary by remembering the past – and looking to the future. The Next Wave series features rising stars, recommended to us (and you) by some of our favorite DC Improv headliners. These are performers that comedy fans will be talking about for years to come, and this is your chance to see them up close at one of the most respected comedy venues in America.

Ryan Conner started his comedy career in DC. His agile comedic mind – as well as his distinctive upbringing in a huge mixed family – has caught the attention of the industry. Ryan finished in the top 10 for the 2015 edition of “Last Comic Standing,” and he is recommended to you by an executive producer of that show – the one and only Wanda Sykes!


Originally from DC, Ryan Conner was a finalist on the most recent season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, where judge Norm MacDonald called his first set "The best 3.5 minutes I've seen in five years." And Roseanne Barr called him, "Brilliant, wonderfully American. It’s the next level.”

In addition to touring the country doing stand-up, Ryan is also a writer/producer for MTV's Ridiculousness, and was a contributing writer for two seasons of TruTV's "Billy On The Street."

You can hear his album "Live From An Old Prison" anywhere albums can be heard.


Wanda SykesWanda Sykes is one of the most recognizable figures in comedy, with accomplishments as a writer (The Chris Rock Show), an actress (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and a producer (Last Comic Standing). And that's not even mentioning her prolific stand-up comedy career, which has resulted in multiple HBO specials and her own talk show. During her rise to the top, Wanda headlined the DC Improv numerous times, and she even used the club for her last tune-up performance before the 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner.