SUMMER VACATION AND YOUR LIFE ARE OVER. BACK TO WORK DRONE.
Arnez J is one of the most physical comedians working today – which isn’t surprising, considering he was once on track to be a Harlem Globetrotter. His gift for telling and acting out jokes gives him broad appeal, which was on display during his two seasons as host of “Comic View.” Recently, he’s been headlining theaters as part of Shaq’s famous “All Star Comedy Jam,” but we get to see him up close and personal this September. Special showtimes: Please note that Saturday’s shows are at 7, 9 and 11. (DC Improv)
FREE with Karaoke after the Show!
7PM – Chop Socky!
A kung-fu clip show sure to put the “hi-ya” to your jugular.
8PM – Hawkeye
(George Chung, 1988)
Before there was Rush Hour, there was Hawkeye! East meets west in this buddy cop flick, that has absolutely nothing to do with everyone’s least favorite Marvel superhero.
Hawkeye’s partner is killed when a Las Vegas drug investigation goes bad. He is then teamed with Charles, a smooth talking officer who clashes with his Texas cowboy ways. Together they hit the dingier backstreets of the city to find the murderers, even if they have to bend the rules. (FB)
This is one of our favorite things to do in DC. Always.
Hosted By Brandon Wetherbee
According to TimeOut Chicago Drew is “smart, funny, and unabashedly crass,” which, as you can expect, went straight to his giant head. He was a New Face in the 2014 Montreal Just For Laughs festival earning rave reviews from Laughspin.com: “…deviates so easily from the setup-punch line formula to great effect.” He released his first album (Lovely) in 2013. The album debuted #1 on the iTunes comedy charts, which is surprising considering it’s this really pretentious love-concept album that nobody understands. He also does this stupid podcast (I Might Be Wrong) where he just sits in his apartment and complains for a half-hour each week. He thinks he’s being really honest and profound when he talks about esoteric topics but the truth is he can’t sit still with his own thoughts so he forces them down the throats of his listeners. (www.drewmichael.com)
All your favorite local comics and some new favorites!!! (BYT)
Come watch some of NYC’s funniest storytellers relieve their most embarrassing sexual experiences for your viewing pleasure. Kinky, we know.
*This event is 21+* (Black Cat)
Every month we take a transcript of an old classic sitcom and spice it up with some “Very Special” elements of our own and get actors, improvisers and comedians to read the whole thing for a live bar audience… someday we’ll even get around to posting these things online. This months Very Special Episode will turn our eye of absurdity toward that very special episode of Punky Brewster that reminds us of the dangers of refrigerators and the importance of not getting kicked out of class when you’re learning CPR.
Please come out and join us. It’s free. (FB)
If you got tickets, great! If not…better luck next time. You snoozed. You losed. (BYT)
The Summer Camp Show is a comedy show lampooning summer camp and other childhood tropes. Admission is free and there is free alcoholic bug juice.
Nate Johnson, Camp Coordinator
Natalie McGill, Spiritual Advisor
Michael Sullivan, Music Coordinator
Herb Manilla, Music Coordinator
Topher Bellavia, Counselor
James Freeman, Counselor
Graham Hall, Stand Up Comedian
Doors open at 7:30pm. We’ll have Arts & Crafts, Get To Know You Games, and more! (FB)
A Hilarious Happy Hour comes to H St replete with drink specials, delectable Mexican cuisine and the DMV’s downright funniest comics! (FB)
Originally from Detroit, comedian, actor, writer and (sometimes) director Tony T. Roberts has been blessed with the coveted honor of being the “comedians’ comedian,” the guy other performers love to watch work. His hilarious and refreshing energetic comedy style has granted him respect and created a huge demand for him on the comedy circuit, here in the states and abroad. (DC Improv)
A night of FREE stand up comedy featuring the best comics available on a school night for cheap beer. (FB)
A McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath band. Seriously. YOU’RE LOVIN’ IT! (BYT)
Blessings and Light! Some Souls Church welcomes all sinners (even minorities) to get the pews sticky at Church Night!
*This event is 21+* (Black Cat)
Louis has performed at the Montreal “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival, the Atlanta “Laffapalooza” Comedy Festival, the Amsterdam “Toomler International” Comedy Festival and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” Jamie Foxx’s “America’s Funniest Comics,” and HBO’s “Down & Dirty w/Jim Norton.” His half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special airs in early 2011, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album, “If These Balls Could Talk,” on Comedy Central. (www.louiskatzcomedy.com)
Short-form improv. Long-form improv. There’s always been bad blood between the two. They spend most of their days circling each other like prizefighters, eyeing each other suspiciously. But ShawnMikael(s) is determined to end this thing — this Sicilian thing — between the two camps, to broker a lasting peace that will reaffirm your faith in humanity, as if you just watched a “baby-goats-wearing-pajamas” video. That’s why we’re bringing Northern Virginia short-form geniuses Last Ham Standing to Columbia Heights to share the bill with new-to-the-scene Request for Protest, making their ShawnMikael(s) debut, one they’ll definitely rock. Trust us. (FB)
One of the best products of the DC/Baltimore stand-up comedy scene. Jason has great on-stage energy and the ability to get any crowd rolling – skills that came in handy when he taught kindergarten. Jason has been featured on “Last Comic Standing,” and he’s a regular at the Improv. This show also features Matty Litwack and Vijai Nathan. (DC Improv)
Over the last 15 years of teaching improv in DC, I have taught dozens of stand-ups how to use improv as a tool to create better sets — including Rory Scovel, Aparna Nancherla, and Seaton Smith.
“To this day my standup act still relies heavily on the different techniques that Topher taught me. Most importantly I can transition in and out of many different characters/voices within my standup act and that range of characters/voices expands every show thanks to Topher.” —Rory Scovel
Having experience with improv is what separates your ability to entertain and connect with crowds from just giving dry monologues. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use improv to create and hone characters and voices for the jokes you have, develop new material and gain the security and confidence required to own the stage in front of a crowd.
“He brought out my funny by sharing his experience and giving practical approaches. I always call him when I get stuck even now.” —Seaton Smith (FB)
#NerdNightOut is the tour for the nerdy set. For lovers of Star Trek, board games, cats or generally just staying inside, #NerdNightOut is a show worth leaving the house for. This fall, #NerdNightOut’s fall East Coast tour includes nerd-folk sister duo The Doubleclicks, geek-flavored comedian and writer Joseph Scrimshaw, and ukulele songwriter and YouTube star Molly Lewis, along with special guests in some cities. (Black Cat)
A beer and comedy event to celebrate the addition of DC Brau to our menu. Comedy from Rob Cantrell, and a contest to find the best drinking story! The Improv is adding DC Brau to its beer lineup, and we’re celebrating the best way possible. This show features great comedy from Rob Cantrell (a DC native!) and great beers on the menu. Even better, we’re having a contest to find the best drinking story. Come party with two of DC’s finest institutions for a night of beer and laughs. (DC Improv)
Oh boy, oh boy. As summer draws to a close, there’s still a little bit of extra sunshine for Washington, DC because the TasteTest Comedy team is bringing our lovely show down to the District!
You’re the Expert’s Chris Duffy and stand-up Kevin Seefried are bringing their favorite comics to Prequel DC for a night filled with real goofball-style bits, scrumptious food samples, and top-notch stand-up comedy.
Chris Duffy (You’re the Expert)
Kevin Seefried (Boston Comedy Festival)
Maeve Higgins (Inside Amy Schumer, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
Joe Zimmerman (Comedy Central Half Hour, CONAN)
Tickets are just $13 and include the food samples you get when you walk in the door. TasteTest shows have been a huge hit in Boston, NYC, and Chapel Hill and we’re stoked to be bringing the show to the nation’s capital.
Godfrey goes big, and we’re not just talking about his biceps. He grew up in the melting-pot city of Chicago with Nigerian parents. Before long, he learned to make all kinds of people laugh with voices, wide-eyed expressions and a high-energy style of comedy. Today, he still strives to put on a show that breaks through barriers. In addition to being a comedy club favorite, Godfrey recorded a one-hour special for Comedy Central, appeared on “Louie,” and served as a national spokesman for 7UP. This summer, he’s also co-hosting the gameshow “Bullseye” on FOX. (DC Improv)
Tommy Davidson, In Living Color, that’s awesome…but perhaps more importantly (and rather insanely/insultingly) here’s the dress code for the Baltimore Comedy Factory. Totally not profiling at all:
- Profanity on clothing
- Sleeveless clothing on men
- Excessively torn clothing
- Excessively baggy or sagging clothes
- Full sweatsuits and sweatpants
- Excessively long clothing (when standing, sleeve can not extend past fingers)
- Jersey’s (sleeved jerseys are permitted in conjunction with sporting events)
- Gym shorts
Do not wear gym shorts. They do not endorse healthy living. (BYT)
Hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (truTV’s Hack My Life, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson)
Featuring: Martin Amini (DC Improv/Silver City Productions), Natalie McGill (Winner, DC’s Funniest Journalist), Andrew Panebianco (First Person Arts StorySlam Winner), Paris Sashay (Howard Theatre, Yuung Funny), Jill Wagner (John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson) (Black Cat)
Straight off of NBC’s Hit show, Last Comic Standing and the critically acclaimed movie, Chef, and of course, Netflix, Canada’s number one stand-up export, RUSSELL PETERS returns with ALL NEW MATERIAL for his ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR. Featuring Russell’s latest take on some of his favorite communities, jobs he can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s never been punched in the mouth, plus Russell’s signature lightning fast improv with the audience. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY, THESE SHOWS WILL BE SOLD OUT! (The Lyric)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqabV82aYWA
Well, he’s definitely coming! (BYT)
Amey Goerlich from the UCB Theater is in town to play with some of the best DC has to offer. Mark your calendars as Chinese Menu returns from its summer break.
This show will also feature the Menu debuts of Dennis R. Johnson and Marianne Lalonde!
The Artistic Director and Founder of Improv Training Hub
Host and Producer of UCB East Indie Cage Match a Saturday 7pm show that has been running each week since November 2011.
Member of the legendary UCB team, KROMPF (along with Neil Casey, Ryan Karel and Joe Wenger)
Her Current Improv Teams and or shows: Krompf, Indie Cage Match Host & Producer (UCB east), Wicked Fuckin’ Queeah, Fart Police, Chica Go Go (PIT), Spoiled Space Monkey & Nit Wits (Annoyance Theatre
Also in the line up:
(cast subject to change) (FB)
Hosted by Mark Miller
This time around we bring you
Brian Barganier and Dame FK on their newly extended
“Half Empty Fantasy Tour”
And it’s all free. (FB)
A DC Improv debut by one of the bright young stars of comedy. Originally from Texas, Cristela worked hard to break into stand-up comedy. Her hustle eventually resulted in the ABC show “Cristela,” the first network sitcom created by, produced by and starring a Latina. She has appeared on “Conan,” “The Late Show,” at a bunch of festivals and at countless colleges. Now she makes her first appearance headlining the DC Improv. (DC Improv)
Geoff has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He toured the country as part of the Comedy Central Live Presents’ Mike Birbiglia’s Secret Public Journal Live, he appeared at The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, and has been on The Bob and Tom Show. Geoff “has a knack for mining his own personal history for big laughs” (The Capital Times, Madison, WI) and his style has been compared to the late Mitch Hedberg (The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH). (www.undergroundcomedydc.com)
Greg Proops has a new book called “The Smartest Book in the World,” based on his Vodkast The Smartest Man in the World. Now the book and the podcast on the same night in his beloved District of Columbia. Greg will record the podcast live with the usual mix of drinking, so-called jokes, singing, poor dancing and boring preachy parts. Then he’ll meet and touch all you kittens and gratefully sign copies of the book which will conveniently be on sale. Everyone wins and then we go for Chinese food. Sexy people only. (Please note that showtime is 7:30.) (DC Improv)
OPEN YOUR MIIIIIIIIND (BYT/Total Recall)