In like a lion out like a Silence of the Lambs!
March comes in like a lion. And that just sucks. I’m doing this 100 Days of Gratitude thing where I try to identify the things I am grateful for every day. You know what I miss? COMPLAINING. I want to complain about my job, this ridiculous weather, my sad state of my bank account… I’m sure there is stuff you’d like to complain about too. Come here the best comedians kvetch and roar their complaints. And also do some stand up that will get you laughing and feeling much better about your own problems. Hopefully March will leave like a lamb. But for now we fitna roar…
Featuring: Luis Gabriel Rojo, Danny Rolando, Dee Ahmed, Dana Fleitman, Josh Kuderna, Rob Maher, Petey Steele, and more . . . – FB
The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, are proud to announce their latest presentation. EVERY Wednesday night, the Showcase will be presenting Fun Fun at 121: A Variety Open Mic at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights, located at 1400 Irving St NW, Washington DC 20010. 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. – FB
No two Flip Orley shows are the same, which is why he’s been a DC Improv favorite since the 1990s. Flip uses hypnosis to turn audience members into the stars of the show. He leads volunteers through twisted scenarios, getting reactions that are almost beyond belief – and he does it all without humiliating anyone. Whether you’re on stage or watching from the audience, Flip’s show is unforgettable. And no, we weren’t hypnotized into writing this. – DC Improv
You, Me, Them, Everybody Live (a talk show)
Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee
Co-host Allison Lane
Haywood Turnipseed Jr
Warm up from Norm Quarrinton – FB
All puns intended! For the first time, the DC Improv is hosting a pun competition. The night features two contests– one where you write the puns in advance, and one where they’re made up on the spot. Win either contest and you can go home with some kick-butt prizes. This event is organized by Laura Powell, the host of #ManicPunday on Twitter and a veteran of the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship. Admission is just $5. Got any questions on how this works? Zap Laura an e-mail (dailysuitcase [at] gmail.com). – DC Improv
A native of Baltimore City, Jason Weems is striving to become a comedic great. He’s spent many years working with kindergartners, which has left him with severe panic attacks and has shaped his humor in a very unique way. 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. “That’s what he calls a Win-Win”.
Jason has been seen at the most prestigious “By Invitation Only” 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. In December 2010, he filmed his first hour comedy special entitled Jason Weems, Vol. 1: Intellectual Property in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland that is being released independently. Keep your eyes open for him performing in your city, because it’s just a matter of time before his “Good Ass Jokes” are worldwide. – www.jasonweemscomedy.com
All ages, probably! – BYT
Spring break is coming. We don’t want you to drunk text us about how you listen to Mannie Fresh to try and remember what we had. Come to this show for one last Winter hurrah.
Sketch.Video.Improv.Party – FB
Jammin’ Java’s BIGGEST comedy event yet! 6 of DC’s best stand-up comedians on ONE SHOW! These comics have performed in bars, clubs, theaters, comedy festivals, and kids birthdays all over the country, and now they’re at Jammin’ Java, just to make you laugh!
VIBES BY DJ SWIFT-T
HOSTED BY BEN DANIELS
Featuring: Daylon Morrison, TJ Ferguson, Katherine Jessup, Dylan Meyer, Natalie McGill and Herbie Gill – FB
The Daily Show! The New(ish) Daily Show! – BYT
Comedy Kumite (koo-mih-tay) is a one-night stand-up comedy tournament — eight comics enter, but only one leaves! Each “match” has two comics doing five minute sets, and the audience picks the winners. It’s a showcase presented with the flair of pro wrestling, but probably less spandex. Who will be our next champion?
Early show sold out. Tickets available for 10 p.m. A one-night comedy tournament with eight great local performers. Featuring Russ Green, Josh Kuderna, Chelsea Shorte, Jamel Johnson, Elahe Izadi, Kandace Saunders, Max Rosenblum and Tok Moffat. RUMBLE! – DC Improv
Hosted by Natalie McGill!
Is this a storytelling show? Is it a comedy show? Does it really actually matter? You’re going to hear some great stories and you’re going to laugh a lot.
Both guys in the show are NYC-based comedians who’ve been tapped on each shoulder with a rolled-up tote bag by some of NPR’s greatest storytelling shows. Between them, they’ve appeared on This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth Podcast, Adam Devine’s House Party, and The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Jeff Simmermon has won multiple Moth Slams and Moth Grand Slams in New York City, several Story League championships in Washington, DC and recently appeared on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast.
He has also appeared on This American Life. Jeff is a regular performer at UCB in the East Village, where he hosts, produces and performs in And I Am Not Lying, a variety show that’s been cock-rocking the NPR audience since 2010.
Anthony Devito is a comedian based in New York City who recently appeared on This American Life and The Jim Gaffigan Show, and will soon appear on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He was one of the ‘New Faces’ at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and won 2015’s ‘March Madness’ at Caroline’s on Broadway.
The Summer Camp Show is a hilarious evening of summer camp themed humor involving presentations, stand up, songs, arts & crafts, guided mediations, and our special bug juice (it involves rum). This is our 16th show and our strength continues to grow. Don’t worry, we got a tow truck to pull the camp bus out of the lake!
Romane Walters – FB
The artist formally known as Rallo Boykins returns to the Nation’s Capital Wednesday, March 9th with muslin cocoa butter in hand. Come witness some of the greatest comedic talent in the country! Rallo Boykins and E. Slye presents #PureComedyDC. Tickets here!
Damo Hicks – FB
The Improv is proud to host an open mic night featuring local comics in our main showroom. Admission is free, but you can guarantee yourself a seat if you RSVP (click on the ticket icon). Walk-ups are also welcome on the day of the show if seating is available. – DC Improv
Prepare yourselves! Teeming masses of shambling, vacant eyed wanderers are dragging their seemingly lifeless bodies… to a brewery near you! Port City Brewing Co that is! Moaning hordes froth at the mouth and claw desperately at whatever sustenance they can get within their reach. Even now you can hear their chilling wail…. “Beer… and Comedy… Beer… and Comedy…” Come join the Power of Positive Drinking as we gather DC’s finest comedic talent to make one last stand. If we can’t keep this swarm of crazed monsters at bay, we’ll at least die trying! – FB
Vir Das is getting to be a household name in a country with one-sixth of the world’s households. Thanks to movie roles, stand-up performances, and non-stop hustle, he has become one of India’s most popular comedians, and his reach is spreading around the globe. The DC Improv will be a part of his second U.S. tour – these shows are your chance to see an international star who is definitely on the rise. – DC Improv
10 p.m. show (doors at 9:30). Great local comics in our 60-seat showroom. Hosted by Rob Smallwood, featuring Kasha Patel, Shahryar Rivzi, Jon Mumma, Kasaun Wilson and Liz Miele. – DC Improv
Tom Brady is a comic living in NYC by way of Bloomington, IN. He is the son of a great lady and some Indian guy he never met. In 2015, Tom was named a “New Face” by the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as one of the “Best of the Midwest” by Gilda’s Laugh Fest. He’s also been chosen to perform on the main stage at the Limestone Comedy Festival and Cincy Brew Haha Festival. Tom has been featured on Vice, NPR, and PBS, and recently he was named a “Comedian you should know” by Chicago Magazine.
Tom hosts the podcast, “Girls’ Night with Tom Brady”, which has gotten rave reviews from listeners all around the country, and it is consistently among the top 50 comedy podcasts on podomatic.com. He’s also been featured on The Todd Glass show and We Know Nothing with Nikki Glaser, Anya Marina, and Phil Hanley. – www.tombrady.tumblr.com
Blessings and Light! Some Souls Church welcomes all sinners (even minorities) to get the pews sticky at Church Night!
Featuring comedy from: Elahe Izadi and Umar Khan and Burlesque from Ruby Rockafella
*This event is 21+*
Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” and was profiled in the March 2015 issue of Runner’s World. She regularly tours with the “Nobodies of Comedy” and Armed Forces Entertainment and just finished performing on a book tour for Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run.” Her joke “Feminist Sex Positions” went viral both on YouTube and Upworthy.com. She just completed writing and producing season one of her animated web series “Damaged,” voiced by great comics including, Maz Jobrani, Hari Kondabolu, Ted Alexandro, Dean Edwards, DC Benny, Joe Machi and so many more. She also co-produced and co-starred in 40 episodes of a web series called “Apt C3” with fellow comic, Carmen Lynch and fashion photographer, Chris Vongsawat. Liz recently released her debut comedy album, “Emotionally Exhausting” on iTunes and Amazon. – www.lizmiele.com
Great local comics in our 60-seat showroom. Hosted by Rachel Hinton, featuring Liz Miele, Cerrome Russell, Andy Kline, Mike Storck and Danny Rolando. – DC Improv
Pablo is a high-energy tornado of voices, characters, impressions and laughs. Few comedians can throw themselves into a performance the way Pablo does. His stand-up has been featured in two one-hour specials on Comedy Central, and he was a cast member on “Mad TV.” His voice talent has also gotten national recognition, most famously his impression of “The Movie Trailer Guy” Don LaFontaine.- DC Improv
Nate Bargatze’s debut one-hour comedy special, “Full Time Magic,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2015. Esquire named him as one of the Best New Comedians of 2012, and both Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine listed him as a comedian to watch. He was also listed as number one on Vulture’s list of 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015. His television credits include “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” “@midnight” and his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents.” In addition to performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Oddball Comedy Festival, he went on tour with Jimmy Fallon’s Clean Cut Comedy Tour and performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Bargatze’s first comedy album, “Yelled At by a Clown” (2014), reached number one on the iTunes comedy charts and stayed on the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for several weeks. – www.drafthousecomedy.com
Emma Willmann is a name to watch in 2016. One of the top new comedians coming out of NYC, she has a variety of projects happening, including her own comedy show, The Check Spot, on SiriusXM starting in March. Her First Time podcast – a hilarious show dedicated to women talking openly about their first periods – will return for a second season and feature other talented guests such as MTV’s Carly Aquilino and Awkwafina, Comedy Central’s Kerry Coddett, Sarah Benincasa, and Ashley Fetters from GQ. – www.emmacomedy.com
Our Late-Night Improv slot features “The Blue Show,” the cast from the early ComedySportz show making up comedy on the spot for your amusement. It’s the late show, so no kids at this show. We never know how “blue” this Late Night Improv show will be. It all depends on how dysFUNctional the crowd is. Ages 18 and up welcome. – DC Improv
The rock star, all star improv showcase in town is back. This month Ryan Karels from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater is in town. A guest like things brings out the best. Here are some others already committed to playing:
– Kate Symes
– Catherine Deadman
– Joe Uchno
– Pete Bergen
– Bryan Jackson
– Liz Sanders
– Jordana Mishory
– Rachel Showalter
– Mikael Johnson
– Greer Smith
– Colin Murchie
The evening will be hosted by the hysterical Stefan Subotich – FB
Nemr is a Lebanese/American comic credited with pioneering the stand-up scene throughout the Middle East. He grew up in San Diego, then moved back with his family to Lebanon, where he went on to break down barriers and unite people in a region where bombing on stage can have a completely different meaning. He is an accomplished comic with six full feature specials, and he currently holds the record for the biggest show in every major country in the Middle East. VIP tickets: VIP ticketholders will have premier seating (closest to the stage) and a meet-and-greet with Nemr. – DC Improv
Back in the day, Dominique worked at Washington’s Brentwood postal facility. Rather than “go postal,” she decided to give comedy a try, and the rest is history. Great sets at DC open mics led to TV appearances, national tours, segments on Tom Joyner and gigs alongside greats like Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan. Now she’s back where it all began, headlining the DC Improv to kick off the spring! – DC Improv
Matt Braunger was raised in Portland, Oregon. An actor since childhood, Matt studied theatre in New York and improvisation in Chicago under such luminaries as Susan Messing and Del Close. Matt was recently a series regular on “MADtv,” his television credits also include “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “United States of Tara,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Carpoolers,” “Acceptable TV” and Live at Gotham. Along with touring comedy clubs across the country, Matt has performed at a variety of prestigious comedy festivals including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Chicago, the TBS Comedy Festival Las Vegas, South by Southwest and won the “Best Of The Fest” at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen. He was recently featured in Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” and his debut album “Soak Up the Night” was released by Comedy Central Records. Matt is currently a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Improv Comedy Club in Los Angeles. – Drafthouse Comedy
Former head writer of SNL, might be a co-headwriter? Either way he’s still writing on SNL and we’re not JOST KIDDING about that. – BYT
Bentzen Ball alum Phoebe Robinson returns to DC and we couldn’t be more excited! – BYT
According to Serial Optimist, NYC-based stand up-comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson “is brilliant and able to critique some really complex concepts in a sentence or two. Bask in it, people.” Which is precisely what Flavorwire is trying to get the public to do when it listed her as one of “25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know,” and with the way things are going, it seems the place to get to know her is on TV.
Phoebe most recently appeared on Last Comic Standing, the TODAY show, Comedy Central’s Broad City and is a staff writer for MTV’s Girl Code. She has co-hosted an episode of the series Raising McCain, starred in the MTV pilot Chicks Out of Water, written on the VH1 pilot Chateau Buteau, appeared on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, HuffPo Live, and has been featured on several talking head shows for Pivot TV, VH-1, and the TV Guide Channel such as 100 Shows to See Before You Die, 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, and 40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs. – www.phoeberobinson.tumblr.com
Oh man, it’s so nice outside. Going outside is great and now we’re outside all the time. Doesn’t it make you miss inside, though? Where all the cheap beers and laughs are? Come inside. Have a good time. Don’t worry about it.
Hillary Scofield (DC Improv [including as a competitor in their “Comedy Kumite” competition], Story League, Black Cat, Fringe Festival 2015, Black Rock Theater, State Theater, Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, host of the podcast “Swing and a Miss” http://swingandamiss.podbean.com/)
LizaBanks Campagna (teenage wunderkind)
Shelley Kim (Nerdist)
Jessy Morner-Ritt (Funny or Die)
Brittany Carney (Church Night) – FB
There was fierce competition on “Last Comic Standing” in 2015, but when the dust settled, your winner was none other than Clayton English. Judges praised him as the total package: A performer who was animated, honest, likable and hilarious. Coming off the nationwide LCS tour, Clayton makes his DC Improv debut this spring. – DC Improv
Described by LA Weekly as “a comic who’s got big ideas and big plans to go big places,” Byron Bowers is a stand-up comedian and actor that has toured nationally with Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, John Caparulo, and Eric Andre and The Eric Andre Show Live. Byron won the Big Sky International Comedy Competition and was named by LA Weekly as a “Comedy Act to Watch in 2013”. He was also featured as a New Face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2013. Byron performed on the side stage at the Oddball Comedy Festival in 2013, only to be promoted to the main stage in 2014, sharing the spotlight with Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman and others. – Drafthouse Comedy
Bentzen Ball alum and friend of BYT, Liza Treyger is back! – BYT
Liza Treyger is from the former Soviet Union where jokes aren’t allowed so she moved to America and has been telling jokes in Chicago and loving it. For close to two years she was creator and co-producer of one of Chicago’s most loved weekly showcases, Riot Comedy. In the past year she’s been able to travel the country performing with her friends and heroes in amazing venues and prestigious and super fun festivals. – Drafthouse Comedy
w/ Matteo Lane!