The DC Improv

Bar / Comedy Club / Restaurant
The DC Improv Ever since DC natives like Dave Chappelle and 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. Washington, DC United States 38.904963 -77.041219
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The DC Improv - Bar | Comedy Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Farragut North; Blue, Orange Lines: Farragut West

  • Phone:

    202.296.7008

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  • Hours:

    Shows Tu–Th, Su 8pm, F–Sa 8pm and 10:30pm
    Show times and days can vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

The DC Improv Schedule of Events

Oct09Thu
Tammy Pescatelli

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Oct10Fri
Tammy Pescatelli

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Oct10Fri
Tammy Pescatelli

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10:30 pm
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Oct11Sat
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Oct11Sat
Tammy Pescatelli

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10:30 pm
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Oct12Sun
Tammy Pescatelli

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Oct16Thu
John Caparulo

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8:00 pm
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Oct17Fri
John Caparulo

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8:00 pm
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Oct17Fri
John Caparulo

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10:30 pm
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Oct18Sat
John Caparulo

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8:00 pm
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Oct18Sat
John Caparulo

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10:30 pm
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Oct19Sun
John Caparulo

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8:00 pm
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Nov06Thu
Tommy Davidson

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8:00 pm
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Nov07Fri
Tommy Davidson

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8:00 pm
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Nov07Fri
Tommy Davidson

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10:30 pm
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Nov08Sat
Tommy Davidson

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8:00 pm
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Nov08Sat
Tommy Davidson

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10:30 pm
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Nov09Sun
Tommy Davidson

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8:00 pm
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Nov20Thu
Bob Marley (Comedy)

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Nov21Fri
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Nov21Fri
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Nov22Sat
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Nov22Sat
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Nov23Sun
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Party Earth The DC Improv Review

The Scene

Ever since DC natives like Dave Chappelle and 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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Purchasing DC Improv merchandise can be a great investment for club regulars. With the exception of special events, anyone donning Improv attire will be admitted to Sunday and Tuesday shows for free!

  • Crowd

    Mix of young professionals, tourists, interns, couples on dates, college students, and amateur comedians, 18 to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Stand-up shows ranging from well-known acts to Improv school graduates. Times and days can vary; check venue website for latest schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, dresses, skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the most popular comedians.

  • Close By

    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.

The DC Improv User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Place for a Laugh
Connie C. Jul 2, 2013
The DC Improv is just a great place to go to when looking for a laugh. My first time there was a great experience. Staff is awesome and the Comedians are all just so great and very funny. They made my first ti me at a Comedy Show extremely amazing and I can not wait to go back. In front, I have been thinking of attending their classes in their Comedy School. I highly recommend this place out!
A good laugh and a change of pace
Sherry M. Oct 3, 2012
We got some good laughs when we went to DC Improv. It's a novelty type of place, when you're looking to do something different.
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