Nightlife & Music

Best Comedy Clubs In The DC Area

January 28, 2011 7:46 AM

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Love The Beer RFD

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DC Improv

1140 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-7008

The nation’s #1 venue for all your comedy needs; featuring national touring headliners, local celebrities, a comedy school, two showrooms, plus a full restaurant and bar. The DC Improv first launched in 1992 showcasing newcomers Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle and Brian Regan. Today, The DC Improv continues to house the best comedic talent in the business.

Love The Beer RFD

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810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

Brad Ryan and Ralph Cooper are organizing this show in the back room of RFD most Thursday nights. Doors open at 7:30, and the show starts at 8:30. Comics get 5-7 minutes. You can sign up on site, or by e-mailing or

Topaz Hotel

733 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

TOPAZ HOTEL in Dupont Circle, DC. Shows run 8 – 10. Lower Level Enlightenment Room. 3 to 10 minutes stage time. Newbies welcome! $25 cash prize joke contest for non-coms after the show! Metro friendly. Sign-up: e-mail CurtShackelford (at)

Laugh Out Loud at Club Elite

3285 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748

“DC’s Only Urban Comedy Club” has this listed on their web site as being every Thursday at 9 p.m., with a rotating host. $5 admission for guys, and women get in free. There’s no indication on their site how to sign up for the open mic, but you can always try to e-mail for more information.

Baltimore Comedy Factory

32 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1007
(410) 547-7798

The Baltimore Comedy Factory is another staple within the DMV. Patrons can sign up to be on the email list and receive tickets in the mail to attend shows for free. There is a 2 drink minimum purchase for all shows, but the beverages do not have to be alcoholic. Many big names have graced the stage at the Factory. Thursday night show at 8:00 PM; Friday night shows at 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:30 PM; Saturday night shows at 7PM, 9PM and 11PM

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  • JSP

    Awesome Thursdays at RFD is the best room in the city — hands down. Brad and Ralph give an opportunity to every comic regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or background. I’ve been doing stand up for the past 5 years and I have never seen anything like the show they produce each week and best of all its FREE!

  • Chuck

    I’ve been to several of the Awesome Thursdays at RFD and the shows are just what they advertise – AWESOME! These guys are funny and creative and bring in the best talent around. Definitely a good time.
    They also offer Saturday Night Headliner shows once a month – slight cover charge, but the lineup is great and definitely worth it.

  • Rae Laser

    RFD is amazing. Brad and Ralph took my Stand-Up virginity and it was hands down a much better experience then losing my actual virginity! Love this place!

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