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December 2nd

It’s Your Birthday, Michele Sometimes (THE HYPERBOLE EDITION) @ Wonderland Ballroom

Hello all,

It’s the December edition of Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy Show. And of course it’s Sagittarius season, and OF COURSE the theme will be giving thanks to the Queen of Sometimes Comedy, NAY THE WORLD, Michele Effing Sometimes.

We have a great show for you! I’m throwing out some Improv Sitches. We will also be joining forces with THE DJ ESKIMO SHOW who will providing you with the best music on the PLANET.

And check out this line up,

Allen Sidley
David Coulter
Andrew Cook
Andrew Bucket
Mike Brown
Chico Will!!!

I’ll leave room for some special guests. (FB) Maybe they’ll be women! – (BYT)

Fun Fun at 121: A Variety Open Mic @ Acre 121

Fun Fun at 121 will feature some of the DMV’s finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists. And the best part is, the show is FREE! And not only that, there is Happy Hour specials ALL NIGHT, from open to close, which include $5 draft beers, rail drinks, and house wines. Artists can sign up in advance by emailing [email protected] There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. (FB)

Drunk vs Faded: A Spelling Bee

Spelling bees: they’re great! But they’re for kids. When you’re an adult, you realize fun times are better when intoxicated. Let’s be adult kids for an evening. Two teams comprised of DC’s funniest will be completely plastered or completely faded and they’ll be spelling words that YOU suggest. Will the drunks win? Will the legal DC activities win? Let’s find out together!

Audience, we’ll need word suggestions for the following rounds:
CHAIR ROUND (easy, common words)
THESAURUS ROUND (medium-strength common words)
SYZYGY ROUND (super hard words)

Doors at 7:30.

December 3rd

Bo Burnham @ The Lyric (Baltimore)

Sure. – BYT

But here’s what The Lyric says: Bo’s live shows are a unique blend of stand-up, music, and theatre.

Open Mic Night @ DC Improv

Local comedians participate in our open mic, hosted this month by Kevin Seefried. Doors at 6:30, show at 8. Free admission. Click here to RSVP! – (dcimprov.com)

Mondo Baltimore – “Cage” and the return of the Mondo Bazaar!

This event is hosted by some of the BEST people in Baltimore and/or the world – (BYT)

It’s our annual holiday show and time to pick up some spooky goodies in with the return of the MONDO BAZAAR!

Vendors include:
Chris & Melissa LaMartina (Midnight Crew Studios flicks & baked goodies)
Dire Wit Films (Indie horror flicks)
Book of Lael (Handmade paper crafts, postcards & jewelry)
Victor Accord (8 Bit Art & More)
The Boo Croo (jewelry, knick knacks, and cosplay apparel)
Kristina Green and Eddie Lee (Bizarro arts & crafts)
Letitia Susi (Jewelry, taxidermy & figurines)

7:00PM – Thanksgiving Leftovers
A clip show STUFFED to the brim with schlock… just be sure you save room for desert!

8:00PM – Cage
(1989, Lang Elliot)
Lou Ferrigno stars as a Vietnam vet who returns from war with brain damage, only to be exploited and pushed into a seedy underground cage-fighting ring. Yep, Lou Ferrigno is deaf in real life, and to Hollywood casting agents that equates to brain damage… now lets watch him bash the shit out of some folks for 90 minutes… you’re welcome.

Ryleigh’s Comedy Night! @ Ryleigh’s Oyster Mount Vernon (Baltimore)

Things we are thankful for: Great Family! Great Friends! Great Food! Great Comedy!

We’re proud to announce Thursday night comedy in Ryleigh’s new LIVE entertainment venue, The Basement!

24 VIP seats available each week by reserving online at

December Comedian Schedules & Line-ups:

12/3 * 8:30pm
Jason Weems
w/ Chris Colletti,Violet Gray, Kiragu Beauttah, & Anthony Davis

12/10 * 8pm
Tommy Sinbazo
w/ Dark Mark, Phoenyx, & more!

12/17 * 8pm
Josh Kuderna
w/ Haywood Turnipseed, Umar Khan, & more!

Hosted & promoted by Mike Quindlen & Craig Boarman (FB)

Only one female comic? 🙁 (BYT)

December 4th

Holiday-ish 4 Album Recording @ Wonderland Ballroom

We recorded holiday albums in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Chicago, D.C. and NYC. We’re doing it again this year.

Holiday stories/jokes/songs/ideas from…

Andrew Bucket
Linsay Deming
Diane Ivey
Nik Oldershaw
Natalie McGill
Jessy Morner-Ritt
John F O’Donnell
Norm Quarrinton
Haywood Turnipseed Jr

Hosted by Jenn Tisdale (FB)


This is an actual album Brandon Wetherbee owns

Lavell Crawford @ DC Improv (Dec. 4 – 6)

4 p.m. Saturday show added. Doors at 3, first-come-first-served seating. All other shows SOLD OUT> Lavell has been a comedy star for years, but the big man really hit the big time as the runner-up in the fifth edition of “Last Comic Standing.” Since then, he’s been a true national star, headlining clubs and theaters with his signature suits and side-splitting jokes. And he’s also making breakthroughs as an actor – fans of “Breaking Bad” know him as Saul Goodman’s bodyguard Huell. – (dcimprov.com)

Giulia Rozzi @ The Big Hunt (Dec. 4 & 5)

Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress, and writer that’s been seen on Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, CNN, TLC, Chelsea Lately, The Artie Lang Show, and Playboy TV. Recently she taped an episode of Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, that will air this winter. She is a Moth GrandSLAM champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, a two-time ECNY Best Female Stand-Up nominee, and an alum of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic West, The Groundlings and Kimball Studios. She is the co-host of the popular storytelling series Stripped Stories and has written and performed two solo shows: Stupid Foreigners and Bad Bride, which toured the US and UK. She’s written for Girl Code and Silent Library and has been published in BUST Magazine, Esquire.com, The Huffington Post, xoJane and more. – (undergroundcomedydc.com)

$5 Local Showcase @ Town Tavern

Featuring Chris Milner, Mike Finazzo, Natalie McGill, Sean Savoy, and Max Rosenblum! – (lastresortcomedy.com)

December 5th

CRACK: Christmas with the Camps @ Town Danceboutique

From time to time, we replace our normal drag show with other kinds of shows…CRACK is a variety show featuring a mess of “performers” who do a number of things …not all of which are impressive …but always entertaining!  It is not for you if you have don’t have a strong stomach.

This December, come home for the holidays with Summer Camp and meet her family and friends. See how this off the wall group celebrates the season. Featuring Summer Camp, Chris Farris, and Karl Marxxx along with their usual band of CRACK misfits.

No reservations are taken for this show.

Music for the night will be by dj Matt Bailer upstairs after the show!

Doors open at 9pm
Showtime 10pm
The cover is $12.
Music and video downstairs by Wess.
21 and over to enter (towndc.com)
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Jive Turkey & Friends @ DC Improv Lounge

The improv troupe Jive Turkey has been on the DC scene since 2008, performing sharp long-form improv in front of millions of screaming fans. (Millions might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.) For this show, they’ll be performing in our 60-seat lounge showroom, and they’re bringing along a few of their favorite troupes to join in the fun. – (dcimprov.com)

December 7th

New Monday Night Mic @ Shenanigans!

Comedy at a bar named Shenanigans, why that’s like having Skydiving at a bar called Point Break. Free! Shows start at 8.

December 8th

Mike Finazzo @ Bier Baron Tavern

Whether it’s a two thousand seat theater or a cozy, comedy-club, Mike Finazzo uses his unique brand of storytelling to make audiences laugh. A Baltimore native, he’s performed as far north as Canada and as far west as California, opening for the likes of Dennis Miller, Drew Carey, Brian Posehn, Nick Dipaolo, Godfrey, Judah Friedlander, and Carlos Mencia. Mike’s debut CD, Stupid Genius (2012), quickly charted on the iTunes Top 50 and was followed by last year’s The Cheery Side of Denial (available on this website at no charge). – (thatmikefinazzo.com)
December 9th
Story League is the nation’s only funny-story competition, where the prize is $500 for Funniest Story. The audience picks the winner at our contests! We want “story” to join “sketch,” “standup,” and “improv” as another pillar of comedy. Story League has put on funny-story shows at top venues all over the D.C. area for the last four years, and proudly returns December 9 to the DC Improv for our winter championship. Our shows have been praised and recommended by the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Express, Washingtonian Magazine, DCist, and BYT, to name a few. We’ve welcomed a ton of outstanding comedians and storytellers from NYC, Philly, Baltimore, Boston, and other cities to our stage. We’re looking for the funniest stories: Join the fun and help us find them! – (dcimprov.com)
December 10th
If you have a TV, then you’ve probably seen Adam Ferrara. He’s been a regular on network shows for years – both as a talk show guest and as a regular on sitcoms and dramatic shows. Lately, he’s been conquering cable. Adam hosts the American version of “Top Gear” on the History Channel and he starred opposite Edie Falco on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Before that, he proudly played Chief Needles on the hit FX drama “Rescue Me.” And in his spare time, he’s one of the best stand-ups around. – (dcimprov.com)
The Make Up Party is a new kind of contest held in our lounge. Teams of 1-5 people can compete. One hour before showtime, we’ll announce a theme for the evening. Every team will then have an hour to write, plan or practice up to five minutes of comedy that features that theme. The comedy can be improv, sketch, stand-up, a monologue or anything in between.

At 8 p.m., we’ll start bringing teams on stage to see what they came up with. After everyone has done their thing, we’ll award our favorite team a set of passes granting them admission to future shows at the Improv. – (dcimprov.com)

December 11th

Andy Haynes @ The Big Hunt (Dec. 11 & 12)

Andy Haynes was raised on salmon and caffeine, in the shadows of Mt. Rainier in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a comedian, though he looks like he should be skippering a sailing regatta. With performances on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the New Faces showcase at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Andy is becoming a must see performer. – (imandyhaynes.com)

RIP The Pete Holmes Show

Church Night Holiday Extravaganza @ Black Cat Mainstage

Save yourself! – (BYT)

French Kiss Comedy Show @ Wonderland Ballroom

On Friday, December 11 Starr Struck Comedy is having its sexiest show EVER! Headliner Franqi French takes the stage to give you sex appeal, laughs, and a reason to get your drink on. Joined by Howard Lester, Alyssa Cowan, and Davon Magwood, this show has everything you need to get your Friday started right. Plus $7 BEER & SHOT combos during the show, so you can really get yourself that french kiss at the end of the night!

Hosted by Valerie Perry

Doors @ 7
Show @ 8

TICKETS: $10 at the door (FB)

Power of Positive Drinking’s Sexy, Sensy Holiday Anniversary Show @ The Velvet Lounge

Time flies when you’re delivering puns. Has it really been a year since we had the first Power of Positive Drinking show? Have we really put together over 25 shows? Did we really just spend the last twelve months wrecking our sleeping patterns and increase our drinking habits? All of you out there who’ve supported us from the beginning know the answer to all of these questions and we look forward to seeing you at the place we got our start. Those of you who are new, join us at the Velvet Lounge to see some of the best comedians in DC help us celebrate an interesting year. There’ll be music and cheap, strong drink, too. Let’s see who gets the sloppiest first. (FB)

What Improv Group?!?! Presents “It’s a Wonderful W.I.G.” @ Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center

Arts Collective’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.) presents “It’s a Wonderful W.I.G.”! A One-Night-Only Improv Show for Folks Ages 8 and Up! Donate a Children’s Book and Receive a Free Intermission Treat! (FB)

December 12th

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live! 6 Year Anniversary Show @ Black Cat Backstage

Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, co-hosted Allison Lane! Featuring Haywood Turnipseed Jr. (real name!), Kalee Chats hosted by Kalee Rinehart w/ guest Jenn Tisdale. Music from Polyon!


December 16th

Freestyle Funny Comedy Show @ DC Improv

Since 2009, The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show (#FFCS) has been winning over audiences around the country, including over 50 universities, with its unique approach to the live comedy experience. The #FFCS consists of four of the nation’s fastest rising comedians, three of which are cast members of MTV2 Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out show- Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, Anthony “Chico” Bean, Darren “Big Baby” Brand, and Demar “Osama Bin Drankin” Rankin. Each #FFCS is tailored to fit its audience, so every show is distinctly different than its predecessor. The fusion of original stand-up, urban improv, and interactive crowd games produces a recipe of funny that keeps its audience joyfully on the edge of their seats! – (dcimprov.com)

Identity Crisis Comedy Showcase @ Black Cat Backstage

A bunch of comics we like and one comic we don’t! – BYT

December 17th

Finesse Mitchell @ DC Improv (Dec 17 – 20)

For most people, showbusiness is as exciting as it gets. But Finesse used to play football at the University of Miami (alongside Dwayne Johnson and Warren Sapp), so the spotlight has gotta seem like his natural environment. Finesse spun early success in the stand-up game into a four-year run on “Saturday Night Live.” He continues to appear on the big-time talk shows, on HBO (the new “Brothers in Atlanta”) and in national theater tours such as Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam. – (dcimprov.com)

December 18th

Anthony DeVito @ The Big Hunt

Originally from New Jersey, Anthony DeVito is a NYC based comedian. He was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, has appeared on “This American Life,” made his television debut in 2014 on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and was the 2015 winner of Caroline’s March Madness. He’s also performed at the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival, 2014 Laugh Your Asheville Off, 2014 Limestone Comedy Fest, 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival and 2013 SF Sketchfest. In addition to stand-up, he’s appeared on TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, is a regular on Fox News Channel’s Red Eye, has been a featured guest on PIX 11’s Morning News, was on one of the final broadcasts of Sirius XM’s Ron and Fez, has been published in Timeout NY and is the former host of the NOC TV’s Say What?!. – (anthonydevitocomedy.com)


December 19th

Josh Gondelman @ Bier Baron Tavern

Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. Onstage, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to his experience teaching preschool and makes them all equally hilarious. Offstage, Josh is a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO and the co-author (along with Joe Berkowitz) of the book You Blew It, available here, now. – (joshgondelman.com)

Greg Stone @ The Big Hunt

Leave no Greg Comedy Stone unturned. – BYT

December 20th

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company @ Sixth & I

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings the very best of its New York City and Los Angeles theatres to our stage. See the comedic stars of today and tomorrow from the theatre that brought you comedy greats Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV’s Human Giant, The Daily Show’s Rob Riggle, and more. – (sixthandi.org)

December 26th

Erin Jackson @ DC Improv (DC. 26 & 27)

Our belated Christmas gift to you is Erin. She got started in comedy by taking a class right here at the DC Improv, but we can’t take credit for her success — she’s got natural charm, likability and humor by the boatload. Erin was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing” in 2014, and she co-hosts the talk show “Exhale” on Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE network. She has also been on “Ellen” and a bunch of other TV shows. Cancel your Boxing Day party and we’ll see you at the club. – (dcimprov.com)

Ryan Conner @ The Big Hunt

Stand-up comic, writer, and has a textbook jump-shot. As soon on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing! – (ryanconnercomedy.com)

December 31st

New Year’s Celebration w/ Orny Adams

Come party with us and headliner Orny Adams as we welcome 2016! You have two shows to choose from:

7:30 dinner show: We have a limited number of “dinner and a show” packages at $70 per person. That price includes a choice of dinner entrée (prime rib, salmon, chicken cordon bleu, pasta primavera), plus your choice of dessert (chocolate cake or carrot cake). It includes tax and gratuity, and each ticket comes with a free pass to see a future show at the DC Improv. If you’d like to pay only for the show up front, the cost is $35 (and you still get a free pass for a future show at the DC Improv). The Improv’s “late night” menu will be available for people not purchasing a dinner package.

10:15 countdown show: Tickets are $75 per person. This price includes admission, a champagne toast at midnight, a fruit, cheese & cracker plate and party favors. Each ticket comes with a free pass to see a future show at the DC Improv. The Improv’s “late night” menu will also be available. – (dcimprov.com)