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Comedy Kumite 16

The sweet 16th edition of the world's greatest stand-up tournament. Eight great local stand-ups compete for comedic supremacy. RUMBLE!

September 8lounge


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 September 8 will be announced in the weeks ahead.


Rahmein Mostafavi 

Kumite Grand Champion: Rahmein Mostafavi. Rahmein (who won both Kumite 4.1 and the October 2016 Tournament of Champions) wins over every crowd with charm, comic timing, and charisma. He has shared the stage with some of the best comics in the nation including Artie Lange, Bert Kreischer, Dave Attell, Kyle Kinane, Finesse Mitchell, and Maz Jobrani. He has also been featured at some of the biggest comedy festivals in the nation, including Laugh Your Asheville Off , The Cleveland Comedy Festival, and the Cape May Comedy Festival. Rahmein has been seen on FOX, heard regularly on Sirius XM, and was featured in “The Truth About Money” on PBS.

Dylan Meyer 

Kumite Grand Champion: Dylan Meyer. Dylan (who won both Kumite 11.2 and the October 2017 Tournament of Champions 2.2) was a fast-rising talent whose eclectic style was complemented perfectly by his sharp wit and contagious energy. Always in the moment, Dylan delivered uniquely hilarious performances every time he took the stage. He passed away in May 2018 and is greatly missed by the DC comedy community.

Cerrome Russell 

Kumite Grand Champion: Cerrome Russell. A born and bred southern man, Cerrome (who won Kumite 9.1 and 9.2, plus the October 2017 Tournament of Champions 2.1) brings his own brand of storytelling to the stage. He has more than a decade of experience making people laugh. Get ready for the monster from Georgia.

Eddie Morrison 

Kumite 15.2 Champ: Eddie Morrison. Eddie is a D.C. native who has performed standup comedy all over the metro area. His appearances include the DC Improv, State Theatre, and Magooby’s Jokehouse, where he was named runner-up at the 2015 New Comedian of the Year Competition.

Tim Miller 

Kumite 7.2 and 15.1 Champ: Tim Miller. Tim's aggressive but endearing comedy style creates a show worth seeing more than once. His life as a sheltered son of Pentecostal ministers from Waco, TX, and working at the White House (during three administrations) has made for an energetic show that combines a dynamic stage presence with an energetic delivery.

Martin Amini 

Kumite 14 (Underground) Champ: Martin Amini. Martin 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. See a clip on YouTube.

Mia Jackson 

Kumite 12.1 and 12.2 Champ: Mia Jackson. Mia 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.”

Lafayette Wright 

Kumite 11.1, 13.1 and 13.2 Champ: 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.

Benjy Himmelfarb 

Kumite 10.1 Champ: Benjy Himmelfarb. Benjy Himmelfarb is a Washington DC based comedian who performs at clubs and theaters all over the country. He has written and performed in online comedy sketches like "The Break Up" with Silver City Productions. He also produces a house party comedy showcase called "The Jewish Jews of Comedy" which he has taken on the road to packed houses (literally) across the east and west coasts.

Tommy Sinbazo 

Kumite 10.2 Champ: Tommy Sinbazo. Mixing a quick wit honed through years of Improv Comedy experience, raw honesty, and his own, odd outlook on life, Tommy Sinbazo has kept audiences laughing for over 12 years. You’ll never know what Tommy’s going to say next-- mostly because he doesn't either. His high energy, often off the cuff act touches on topics ranging from relationships and childhood, to masturbation and crafting.

Pat Riley 

Kumite 8.1 Champ: Pat Riley. Pat is a standup comedian, voiceover artist, sketch writer performer, and DC native with a knack for pointing out the absurd. In addition to being chosen to perform at the Capital Fringe Festival and Charm City Comedy Festival, Pat has worked with headliners such as Mike Britt, Kevin Downey Jr., Judah Friedlander, Jake Johannsen, Bobby Lee, Loni Love, and John Witherspoon - and he will continue to do so if you let him.

Ross Benoit 

Kumite 8.2 Champ: Ross Benoit. Ross is a Massachusetts native who moved to Northern Virginia at age 6. Eighteen years later, he started doing stand-up comedy. You can see him hosting shows and performing at venues all around the DMV.

Wendy Wroblewski 

Kumite 7.1 Champ: Wendy Wroblewski. Wendy is a math tutor and office temp from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She performs comedy all over the Washington DC metro area. She was recently a guest on the Betches of Comedy show in Washington DC, opening for Liza Treyger.

Jason Weems 

Kumite 6.1 and 6.2 Champ: Jason Weems. A native of Baltimore City, Jason is striving to become a comedic great. His very engaging & conversational style on stage leaves audiences feeling like they’ve just finished talking to a close friend, and it simultaneously acts as free therapy for him. Jason has been seen at the most prestigious comedy festival in the world, The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and recently added a featured semi-finalist credit to his name on the hit NBC Series Last Comic Standing. Find out more about Jason & where he’ll be telling “ Good Ass Jokes” next at

Russ Green 

Kumite 5.1 Champ: Russ Green. Russ is a writer, comedian, husband and father of four from Washington, DC. The Howard University graduate has opened for Alycia Cooper, Tony Woods, and produces "Laughter Hours with Russ Green" a monthly comedy series. Additionally, he has performed at The Big Hunt (Underground Comedy Presents' Smart, Funny & Black), The Howard Theatre (Brightest Young Things' Super Sampler), and Stand Up NY. His debut comedy sketch earned over 80K views on World Star Hip Hop and his Banana Bread Muffins are renowned.

Jamel Johnson 

Kumite 5.2 Champ: Jamel Johnson. Of Woodbridge, Virginia, Jamel has made a name for himself on the D.C. comedy scene through a hard-to-hate mixture of non-threatening yelling, weird stories and impressively specific but not alienating sports and music references. He lives for the laugh from the one dude in the back of the room who also watches too much SportsCenter and feels kind of OK about it even though really talented people work hard to write shows like The Wire.

Matty Litwack 

Kumite 4.2 Champ: Matty Litwack. Matty is a weird young stand up comedian and writer. He was once a physics PhD student, but dropped out when he realized it was super boring. Matty’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, New Zealand Herald, and Scientific American. He has also performed at many comedy festivals, such as the Limestone Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, Bentzen Ball, and San Francisco Sketchfest. In 2014, Matty was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and was the winner of the Devil Cup in New York City. Matty has also appeared on Fox’s “Laughs” and on National Geographic Channel’s “Crowd Control”.

Sean Savoy 

Kumite 3 Champ: Sean Savoy. Sean is a global force for comedy. Hailing from Columbia, MD, Savoy has toured the planet from Sweden and Norway to Guam and Japan and all over the U.S. of A. with his partner in comedy, the legendary Pablo Francisco. Savoy’s high-impact, rapidfire hilarity belies his mellow mood and laidback attitude. Sean recently appeared on Gotham Comedy Live, in his television debut and electrified the crowd. Combining diverse characters with a wicked wit, Savoy can reach any audience with his timeless material, while meeting his expressed goal – to bring joy with his jokes and heal hearts with humor, all while bringing as much fun to his audiences as he’s having on stage.

Natalie McGill 

Kumite 2 Champ: Natalie McGill. Natalie is a Baltimore-born but DC-living comic who has performed in the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival and has opened for acts such as Al Madrigal and Rob Cantrell. You can follow her on Twitter at @littlenightowl.

Kasuan Wilson 

Kumite 1 Champ: Kasaun Wilson. Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Mr. Kasaun Wilson is making a name for himself as one of the best up-and-coming comedians out today. Known for his clean comedy and quick wit, Kasaun has been featured in some of the greatest venues and some of the greatest acts in the country. From the dc improv to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, CA to Gotham Comedy Club in NY to The Ohio State University to many other colleges, churches, and theaters around this country. Mr. Wilson is QUICKLY building a reputation as one of the new forces in comedy to be reckoned with. Coming to a mic near you!