Party Earth Review Ever since DC native Dave Chappelle and budding comedienne Ellen DeGeneres took the stage at The DC Improv when it first opened in 1992, the comedy club has remained the city’s premier spot to catch quality stand-up. Hosting... ... read full review
1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Red Line: Farragut North; Blue, Orange Lines: Farragut West
Shows Tu–Th, Su 8pm, F–Sa 8pm and 10:30pm
Show times and days can vary
DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, DC –
Ever since DC native Dave Chappelle and budding comedienne Ellen DeGeneres took the stage at The DC Improv when it first opened in 1992, the comedy club has remained the city’s premier spot to catch quality stand-up.
Hosting a mix of well-known and local talent, the basement venue draws a steady stream of tourists and anyone else in need of a few drinks and a few laughs.
A long checkered hallway leading to the box office features photos of some of the Improv’s most prominent past performers, and since doors open an hour-and-a-half before the first show, groups of friends making their way to the main stage have ample time to fulfill the two-item minimum off the menu.
Latecomers will have to cram into whatever remaining seats they can find, while budget-conscious comedy fans can hold out for the monthly “pay what you can” nights to get their laughter fix.
Those looking for a more intimate performance – or a chance to try out their own material – can take advantage of the rent-a-comic service offered in the smaller Lounge room, which also acts as classroom for the club’s popular comedy school.
Although healthcare plans may always be a contentious issue on Capitol Hill, at DC Improv, laughter is still the best medicine in town.
Mix of young professionals, tourists, interns, couples on dates, college students, and amateur comedians, 18 to late 30s+.
Stand-up shows ranging from well-known acts to Improv school graduates. Times and days can vary; check venue website for latest schedule.
Bar and restaurant serving bar food and Mexican dishes. Full menu only available during first show, appetizers thereafter. Seating for first shows is typically first-come, first-served, while later shows offer reserved seating based on time of ticket purchase.
“Pay what you can” night held once a month. Monthly Happy Hour Trivia night in the lounge. Ticket holders receive a Frequent Laughter Card, entitling them to a free show after the purchase of ten tickets.
Ticket prices vary, usually $10–$25. Appetizers $6–$10, tacos and burritos $10–$11, salads and sandwiches $10–$11. Beer $6–$8, wine $6–$7/glass or $25–$69/bottle, cocktails $9, champagne and sparkling wines $26–$69/bottle.
Casual to business casual: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, dresses, skirts.
Friday and Saturday nights for the most popular comedians.
The Studio Theatre (1501 14th Street NW) produces contemporary plays in a four-stage complex. Though the shows are usually more serious than at the Improv, The Studio also provides classes for anyone looking to hone their acting chops.