Best Comedy Clubs In The DC Area

August 5, 2013 8:00 AM

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A good laugh can change your mood, bring people together and burn calories. Like Chicago and New York, DC has some laugh-out-loud comedy clubs. Along with the clubs in the previous “Best Comedy Clubs In The DC Area” list, here are your best bests for a funny night out.

Laugh Riot
The Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-1234

Date: Saturdays

DC is partly known for its upscale, classy and expensive everything. So sometimes it is nice to see something almost the complete opposite of that. Laugh Riot is an adult comedy night that does not care which neighborhood you live in. Everyone must pay the $10 cover, be in line to purchase tickets when sales start and all of your party must be together, no saving seats. This is part of the charm, it’s all about the comedy. And it certainly delivers the funny.

Washington Improv Theater
1835 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 204-7770

Date: Tuesdays

The only thing better than live comedy is free live comedy. The Washington Improv Theater’s Harold Night, held every Tuesday night, is a free performance of long-form improvisational comedy — the comedy style that has made household names out of Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and so many more. Who knows, maybe someone you see on the stage will be the next big thing in comedy.

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 486-2345

The Washington DC area is full of unique arts organizations, programs and venues, one of those being the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, a bar, movie theatre, restaurant, events hall and a comedy club. There are few places that can barely handle two of those at the same time, but the drafthouse does them all well. Comedy lovers and those looking to try something new have an abundance of options: live standup from SNL veterans, comedy stars, some of the best local showcases and more.

Related: Best Open Mic Venues In DC

Laugh Your Grits Off
1334 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 265-0709

Date: Wednesdays

Laughter has gotten the nation through some hard times and given us something to bond over. The founders of LYGO, Laugh Your Grits Off, know the power of a good laugh. On top of providing a welcome distraction to locals, they also help break local talent, donate to charity and represent DC in a positive way. Seeing a LYGO show at Codmother, or the Sunday shows at Desperado, will not only make you chuckle but it supports DMV artists, businesses and the community in general.

Old Town Theater
815 1/2 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 544-5315

The Old Town Theater is nearly a century old and is still providing Virginians with top-notch entertainment. From concerts, to lectures, to private events and comedy, the theater has something for everyone. And the comics and comedians it showcases are just as diverse including local favorites, national talents, television vets and magicians. Whether you and your friends want to laugh or you want to bring your whole family, you can find a show here.

Related: Best Local Standup Comics and Comedians In Washington DC

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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