DC Comedy Clubs Overview

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It’s easy to poke fun at Washington, DC, and with a plethora of comedy clubs in the District, comedians certainly don’t pull any punches when riffing on the nation’s political climate.

DC comedy natives include legends like Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K., and up-and-coming star Whitney Cummings was raised in Georgetown.

One of the best Washington, DC comedy clubs is the DC Improv. First opened in 1992, the club helped launch the careers of Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle and continues to book the hottest touring acts in the country as well as local favorites.

For some serious political humor, the Capitol Steps comedy troupe plays at the Ronald Reagan Building on Friday and Saturday nights, and entertains stressed out staffers and camera-happy tourists alike with off-color commentary on the day’s political news.

Over in Penn Quarter, the Riot Act Comedy Theater has shows throughout the week in addition to a school for comedic wannabes.

If you’re looking for comedy clubs in Washington, DC you’ll always have plenty of options. Make it a date night. Celebrate a birthday. Bring out the bachelorettes. Or just come to cheer up. No matter what your mood or what the occasion might be, the comedy clubs in DC will leave you laughing and longing for more.

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