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Comedy Kumite XI

Comics from the DMV compete in a one-night stand-up tournament. With Martin Amini, Denise Taylor, Franqi French, Lafayette Wright, Elahe Izadi, Dylan Meyer, Jesse Thomas and Kasha Patel. RUMBLE!

August 19lounge


Eight comedians from the DMV square off in a one-night tournament. Each match has two comics doing five-minute sets, and the audience chooses one person to advance. Pick your favorite and cheer them to victory! The Comedy Kumite has become a DC comedy institution, featuring some of the best talent from the local scene and crowning the first ever grand champion in October 2016. The August 2017 lineup will be posted in the near future.


Martin Amini 

Martin Amini was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. In the past 5 years Martin has performed at comedy clubs and colleges across the country. Martin has opened for touring headliners such as Trevor Noah, Jerrod Carmichael, and Jermaine Fowler. Martins stand up material touches on what it's like growing up mixed in America coming from an Iranian and Bolivian background. In the past year Martin has appeared in the Washington Post, Complex Magazine, and Revolt TV.

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.

Lafayette Wright 

Lafayette’s obsessions with art and expression fuel who he is both onstage and off. He has spent close to a decade honing his skills on the DC Comedy scene, and he now has a razor sharp act and undeniable onstage likability.

Denise Taylor 

Denise Taylor is a stand-up comic who performs all over the DC area. She's wanted to be a comedian ever since her fourth grade teacher called her a "ringleader" for distracting the class with jokes. Denise goes to law school now, where teachers are still frustrated with her. She loves two things: satire and attention.

Jesse Thomas 

Some say Jesse Thomas was the love child of a wolf and a mighty redwood. Some say he’s just hairy and tall. The truth is Jesse Thomas a comedian as comfortable on stage as he is uncomfortable writing 3rd person bios. Starting out in Richmond, Va., he has worked with acts as varied as Hannibal Burress, Jim Breuer, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, and Jim Norton.

Franqi French 

Franqi French has a way of perfectly balancing her brash wit with a refreshing point of view. In addition to her local performances, she has graced stages on the West Coast and opened for one of the original kings of comedy: DL Hughley. Franqi has made several TV appearances on the Roland Martin show on TV One.

Dylan Meyer 

Dylan Meyer is a stand-up comic based out of Washington, DC. Standing at 6'5", Meyer has always had a unique perspective on life, both literally and figuratively. His intimidating size is rivaled only by his teddy bear personality. Meyer's actively aloof nature serves as the tour guide through his past and present experiences, which he happily shares with audiences all across the country. Always living in the moment and thinking on his feet, Meyer is sure to say something you didn't expect and will never forget.

Kasha Patel 

Kasha Patel fills the unknown demand of Indian female comics from West Virginia. Based in Washington, DC, she loves telling jokes about her odd upbringing and science. She hosts and produces Science Comedy shows, where only science jokes and stories are allowed, in the DC area. Some describe her stand-up as "thoughtful" while others keep their unsolicited opinions to themselves. She has performed in clubs, comedy festivals, and Chinese restaurants in cities nationwide including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and New York City. Follow her on Twitter @KashaPatel.