Tasty bar food, drinks, and lots of laughs – What's not to love? Find all of this at the D.C. Improv!

A show at this comedy club is an intimate affair. At the Improv, you'll be in a room with about 250 other patrons, enjoying snacks on tiny, cramped tables. Once the stand-up starts, though, it's better than any comedy show you've ever watched online. Unlike a concert at KenCen or a show at Wolf Trap, you'll be able to see pretty much every facial expression and hear every quirky intonation right from your seat.

Simply go to their website and browse the upcoming performances. You buy the tickets online and check in at the box office on the day of the show. Simple! Tickets are transferrable if you can't make it; just call the club ahead of time and switch the name of your ticketholders. The early show is a bit more organized than the late show, in my opinion. Doors open about an hour before the show, whereas the late show can often be delayed.

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ADDRESS: 1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: Available for purchase online | $20-$60, prices vary by show
PHONE: (202) 296-7008
METRO: The closest stops are Farragut North and Farragut West stations.
PARKING: limited metered street parking | nearby pay garages


Know Before You Go

  • The tables seat 4 or 6. If you have fewer than that in your party, you'll end up sharing a table. It's not a huge deal – the room gets pretty tight anyway.
  • The early show is general admission, and the late show has assigned seating. The club staff coordinates both shows so you can't rush the stage, even if you wanted to.
  • There is a two-item minimum per person. The food is actually pretty good and not too expensive!
  • Phone usage during shows is strictly prohibited. I have witnessed a staff member taking a phone and deleting a photo during a famous comedian's act. Don't risk it!
  • There is handicap-accessible seating. Call ahead and let the box office know you'll need it.
  • The club is below street level, so look for the stairs heading down to the entrance.

For more information, including an updated show schedule, visit the official D.C. Improv website.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the D.C. Improv.