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Comedy Kumite XII

The 12th edition of the world's greatest stand-up tournament. With Violet Gray, Umar Khan, Rob Maher, Naomi Karavani, Hawyood Turnipseed Jr., Mia Jackson, Eddie Morrison and Chris Alan. RUMBLE!

January 13lounge


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.

Combatants for January 13

Rob Maher 

Rob Maher is a regional winner of Comedy Central’s Up Next Competition. He was featured on PBS's “The Truth About Money” and can be heard each week on his podcast, the Rob and Joe Show ( Rob has also had the fortunate opportunity to go overseas and perform for our troops. He’s performed all throughout the Middle East including Afghanistan as well as in Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Italy and Egypt.

Mia Jackson 

Mia Jackson is a bonafide Georgia peach (that's Georgian for “native”) and self-proclaimed know-it-all. After graduating from the University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit she has appeared on “NickMom's Night Out,” “Viceland” and was a semi-finalist on Season 9 of NBC's “Last Comic Standing.” She also appeared on the fourth season premiere of “Inside Amy Schumer” and the movie “Mother's Day.”

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.

Naomi Karavani 

Naomi Karavani is a comedian and currently an on-camera correspondent and writer for the weekly comedy news show "Redacted Tonight" in Washington, D.C. She featured in a number of comedy festivals such as the Women in Comedy, Cape Fear Comedy Fest, the Underground Comedy Fest, the 202 Comedy Festival, What a Joke Fest, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Rogue Island Comedy Festival, Limestone, and the District of Comedy Festival. Before joining the Redacted team she worked as a high school history teacher in Brooklyn, New York for over five years.

Eddie Morrison 

Eddie Morrison is a D.C. native who has performed standup comedy all over the metro area. His appearances include the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, State Theatre, and Magooby’s Jokehouse where he was named runner-up at the 2015 New Comedian of the Year Competition.

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 Baltimore’s Next Superstar Comedian contest and is proud to be North Baltimore’s ONLY Dungeons & Dragons player.

Umar Khan 

Umark Khan is a Baltimore comedian who has been performing regularly for the past 5 years. He’s become a regular at clubs, colleges, independent shows, and local theaters in the Baltimore and DC areas. He has performed at the Baltimore Comedy Factory, Magooby's Joke House, Creative Alliance Theater in Baltimore, and the DC Improv. Umar has had the opportunity open up for great comedians like Todd Barry and Hari Kondabolu.

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.