August 2 - 4
Alfred Kainga
lounge / 2023 breakout comedian of the year
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About the Show

Price: $22

When: Friday 7:30 and 9:45, Saturday 7 and 9:30, Sunday 7

Spotlight: DC Improv debut! Alfred Kainga was named the "Breakout Comedian of the Year" at the 2023 Because They're Funny comedy festival, right here in Washington, DC. Now he's back in the nation's capital, taking a victory lap on the city's most famous comedy stage. Born in Zimbabwe, Alfred is a two-time Finalist in the Funniest Comic in Texas Competition. He made his television debut in 2016 on Comedy Central, performing on Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City.”

Featuring: TBA

About the Comics

Alfred Kainga

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Alfred Kainga throughout his childhood developed a comedic talent and was known for making family and friends erupt in laughter. He moved to the United States in 2001 and began his comedy career in 2005, in the highly competitive, Dallas comedy scene.

Alfred has achieved much success in the world of comedy throughout a short span of time. He is a 2 time Finalist in the Funniest Comic in Texas Competition. Alfred Kainga made his television debut in 2016 on Comedy Central, performing in Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City.” He has also appeared on the Chad Prather Comedy Shootout on RideTv in 2018. Alfred has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in comedy and is a staple feature in Comedy Clubs across the country and has toured in colleges and universities across the US.

Instagram: @alfredkainga

Rahmein Mostafavi (official website) charms crowds with comic timing and charisma developed during a decade of live performance. He entered the stand-up world after working as a longtime cast member of “Shear Madness,” the acclaimed Kennedy Center improv/comedy whodunit. His natural joke writing ability, combined with his acting chops, have won him rave reviews in both the Washington area and around the country. He also produced events under the “Cool Cow Comedy” banner, bringing live comedy to venues in Maryland and Virginia.

Rahmein has been featured at the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, The Devil Cup, Red Clay, The Cleveland Comedy Festival, and the Cape May Comedy Festival. Rahmein has been seen on FOX, heard regularly on Sirius XM, was featured in “The Truth About Money” on PBS, and was honored to be a speaker at the world famous TEDx Talks.

Born in Iran, Rahmein moved to the United States with his family at a very young age. He currently resides in Northern Virginia. Rahmein won Comedy Kumite 4.2 (winter 2016) at the DC Improv, as well as two Kumite Tournaments of Champions (fall 2016 and summer 2021).

YouTube Special: Live From Helium (2022)

Instagram: @rahmein88

David Balagizi

David Balagizi is a 22-year-old comic who lights an audience with his crowd work, African upbringing, and also his weird observations. Off the stage, he’s amassed an amazing 900k following on Tiktok/Instagram!

Instagram: @_zunnni_