Concierge Close-Up: DC IMPROV

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Laugh out loud at the DC IMPROV!

Have you had a good chuckle lately?  Williams James said, “We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”  Some have even claimed that laughter is contagious and can help to relieve stress!

DC ImprovOne place in Washington, DC where you can always find people laughing is DC IMPROV.  This comedy club, situated between Farragut Square and Dupont Circle in Northwest, offers a wide variety on its calendar of events.

Many of the performances feature comedians who have starred or co-starred in cable television talk shows, comedy specials or the reality show competition “Last Comic Standing.”

Read Concierge Shelley’s review of DC IMPROV below —

On Friday night, I had the opportunity to see Kevin Nealon, star of Saturday Night Live, Weeds and many of Adam Sandler’s movies.  The MC for the event and feature act Jay Black had the crowd roaring even before Kevin stepped on stage!

Photo Credit: Kevin Nealon (Flickr)
Photo Credit: Kevin Nealon (Flickr)

This comedy legend’s presence was calm and collected, but he kept his audience smiling as he described what life was like with his six year-old son and reminiscing about his many roles.  His very personable manner made you forget just how big of a star he is! 

At the end of the show, he invited each guest to take a photograph with him which he uploaded to his website and made available to download for free (see picture above).

If you prefer something like Drew Carey’s “Whose Line is it Anyway” instead of stand-up comedy, I recommend the true improv shows starring both professional comedians and students of their own Improv School.

These performances consist of different comedy games in which the participants are familiar with the format of the game, but the topics and themes are created from audience input. 

The comedians have to, quite literally, think on their feet, never knowing how and with what their stage-mates will respond.  The result?  A barrel of laughs for all involved!

When planning a visit to the DC Improv, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. They do not print tickets to their shows.  When you purchase from their website, your name is put on their guest list and you check in once you arrive at the show.  It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your ticket confirmation in the case of any discrepancy.
  2. If you like to get up close and personal with the comics, and also don’t mind if they get up and personal with you during their set, buy your tickets well in advance and arrive early!  The shows beginning at 8pm are seated first-come, first-serve.  Even if you don’t want a first row seat, it’s best to make sure you are there well before the start time. You can always request to be seated further back from the stage.  Seating for the 10pm shows are assigned, based on when you purchase your tickets.
  3. There is a two-item minimum per person from their menu.  You can choose from catered food from California Tortilla, beer, wine or cocktails.  For those with a sweet tooth, they also offer several desserts like peanut butter cup pie and carrot cake.
  4. No photographs, filming, texting or tweeting during the show!  The comedians desire your attention and hold the rights to the show!  You will most definitely be called out if your table becomes illuminated by your cell phone screen.

Check out the other venues below that can keep you laughing:

Post created by: Shelley W.
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