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The world's greatest comedy competition! Great DMV comics battle in an one-night stand-up tournament. With Matt Bergman, Chris Alan, Shelley Kim, Max Wolfson, Violet Gray, John F. O'Donnell, Haywood Turnipseed and Dana Fleitman. RUMBLE!

January 12lounge


Every few months, the Improv brings eight great DMV comics together for a one-night stand-up tournament. Each "match" has two comics doing five-minute sets, and the audience chooses one person to advance. At the end of the night, we have a champion ... and the audience ALWAYS wins.

The lineup for January 12: Matt Bergman, Chris Alan, Shelley Kim, Max Wolfson, Violet Gray, John F. O'Donnell, Haywood Turnipseed and Dana Fleitman.


Matt Bergman 

Matt Bergman has been seen on AXS TV "Gotham Comedy Live" and his debut cd "A Little Bit Balder Now" reached the top 15 on iTunes.

Chris Alan 

Chris Alan began his comedy career in 2008 in Las Vegas. He moved to Dayton, OH in 2010 and quickly became a local favorite working the clubs. In 2012 he won Dayton's funniest comic and in 2014 he made his television debut Laughs on Fox.

Shelley Kim 

Hailing from the mean streets of suburban Southern California, Shelley Kim is a DC-based stand-up comedian, satirist, producer, designer and huge dork. A versatile millennial who likes to stay busy, Shelley is consistently churning out satire on social media. Her projects include a Mike Pence Pinterest boards, Steve Bannon Spotify Sessions, and Alternative Valentine’s– a series of Valentine’s card based on our nation’s favorite political administration. Check out one of her projects above, or see her live. Or just say hi on Instagram at @Shell_Gasoline. Your attention would mean a lot to her.

Max Wolfson 

Max Wolfson is a comedian based in Washington, DC, by way of the wild mountains of southwestern Virginia. He first began performing over 5 years ago, progressing from dive bars and open mics to shows all over DC and the East Coast. Armed with a friendly but sarcastic style, Max attacks the nuances of everyday life with a keen wit and a lot of eye rolling. Max can be found on Twitter being an extremely nice boy at @maximumwolfson.

Violet Gray 

Violet Gray, Baltimore's very own Queen LARPtress, has been a mainstay on the Baltimore comedy scene for years. She has won the pearl Next Superstar Comedian contest and is proud to be North Baltimore’s ONLY Dungeons & Dragons player.

John O’Donnell 

John F. O'Donnell (JFOD) is currently a 'Political Correspondent' on the comedy news television show 'Redacted Tonight w/ Lee Camp' on RT America. According to the Comedy Central Insider, "John F. O'Donnell is one of the more explosive comics in New York City. On stage, he's like a tightly capped liter of soda filled with lit fireworks." John has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times and The Huffington Post, as well as being one of Comedy Central's Fresh Faces of Comedy.

Haywood Turnipseed 

During the day Haywood Turnipseed Jr. is a Husband, a Dad, a Telephone Man, and a Jedi; at night he becomes a Stand-Up Comic, and occasionally a Sith Lord. Haywood likes both Michael Jackson's & Prince's Music; Hip-Hop; The Pittsburgh Steelers Football Team; Mambo Sauce on chicken wings; and Laughing. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood graduated from high school in Moon Township, Pa., attended two semesters at Waynesburg College, then enlisted in the US Air Force.

Dana Fleitman 

Dana Fleitman is a Washington, D.C. comedienne who brings laughter to the joyless masses of our nation’s capital through her imaginative over-analysis of everyday life. Clever, sarcastic and generally awesome, Dana will merrily pontificate on groundbreaking and original topics like her cat, dating and eating. Dana comes from an activist and social justice background and is excited to lend her voice to less important issues. She is also the regular host of Pun DMV competitions at the Improv.