Maybe you’ve never been to a comedy show. Maybe you’ve been to an open mic to see a friend or one of DC’s many theaters to see a national touring headliner. Maybe your first comedy show was at a LYGO show and you want to see more. No matter what, you can’t go wrong heading to the DC Improv!
For tickets typically in the $20-$40 range, the DC Improv brings national headliners to DC such as Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, and Brian Regan for you to enjoy in the old school comedy club setting. If you want the classic experience or to make all those stand-up TV shows you grew up watching to come alive with the nation’s top comedic talent, the DC Improv can’t be beat.
And this is no mistake — the Improv is a comedy club franchise founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on West 44th near the SE corner of 9th Ave. You’d be hard pressed to find a comedy stand-up star that hasn’t performed in one or several of the Improv venues in major cities across the U.S.
A pillar of the community, the DC Improv also features local comics, a comedy school, two showrooms, and a full restaurant and bar. It’s fearless leader is Allyson Jaffe, who somehow manages to be both excellent at her job and extremely likable. A quick Google search and you’ll find one glowing profile after another — here’s a quote by Allyson with a link to one of those profiles:¬†‚ÄúI just loved it always, growing up. I‚Äôm still kind of a comedy geek when it comes to just the art. I just think it‚Äôs so important to laugh.‚Äù
So check out a show at the DC Improv: “The nation‚Äôs #1 venue for all your comedy needs, featuring national touring headliners, local celebrities, a comedy school, two showrooms, plus a full restaurant and bar.“