Best Improv Comedy in Washington, D.C.

September 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Imrov comedy has been responsible for getting some of the biggest television and movie stars where they are today. It is also a great way to break out of your shell and learn some valuable skills. Washington, D.C. is home to some amazing comedians and comedy clubs. Here are the best spots for improv comedy in the District.

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

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse is a one-stop shop for entertainment in the D.C. area. You can choose from live music, movies, comedy and more. This Virginia favorite is a great place to see some comedy, including improv. Improv groups like Porkchop Volcano, a short-form improv group, will take your suggestions and do something hilarious with them. Enjoy this free way to laugh so hard your stomach hurts at one of the best comedy clubs in the area.

The Comedy Spot
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 294-5233

ComedySportz might sound like a sports-themed comedy show to you, but it is not exactly that. It is a competition between two teams to be deemed the funniest. This comedic sport entertains audiences of all ages, but if you are concerned about your little ones, there is ComedySportz 4 Kidz, where your kids get a chance to show off their comedic chops. And if you enjoy unfiltered, uncensored comedy, go to the late-night The Blue Show. It’s the same fast-paced comedy, with no holding back. The Comedy Spot will have your whole family laughing.

DC Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-7008

DC Improv has hosted the nation’s and world’s biggest and upcoming comedy stars, including Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Mitch Hedberg and many more. Whether they got their start at DC Improv or just stopped through on a tour, these comedians graced the stage. With comic royalty having been there, and it’s own improv school, you would expect the best talent to perform for you every night. And you would be right. For improv in DC, and comedy in general, DC Improv is where you want to go.

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Maryland Ensemble Theatre
31 W. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 694-4744

Theatre is an art form that can bring you to tears, make you think, provoke you and make you laugh. While some might not consider it so, comedy is an art form, and Maryland Ensemble Theatre takes it just as seriously as the straight-form works. With its resident improv and sketch comedy group, The Comedy Pigs, the theatre is a competitor in the DMV improv comedy scene. Performing short- and long-form improv comedy, The Comedy Pigs have been making audiences laugh for over 20 years, including being featured on Comedy Central.

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

Besides having improv in the name, Washington Improv Theater is an obvious choice for a night of improv in Washington DC. Focusing specifically on improvisational comedy, this theater’s mission is to maintain a place for improv in the city. Between improv classes, shows at the theater and community programs, the theater is nonstop improv. Nurturing the theater aspect of improv, the comedians will make you laugh while honing their craft. For improv in DC, Washington Improv Theater is where you want to go.

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