Seeing the same comic or comedy show can believe it or not, get boring. That is why the gods of comedy created Improv. Improv is the craft of creating comedy on the spot and takes skills that only wittiest and creative comics can muster.  These low cost and sometimes free shows give you the opportunity see something unique and creative from local comedians as well as the superstar elites. 
DC Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-7008

The DC Improv has been making people laugh in DC since 1992. The club has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy including Dave Chapelle, Bill Burr and Jim Gaffigan. The DC Improv offers a variety of themed shows in the lounge including sports and late-night versions. Improv fanatics can get in free to DC Improv shows by purchasing a DC Improv hat or t-shirts and wearing it to the show. The club also has a comedy school that offers classes in improv, standup and comedy writing.

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

The Washington Improv Theater works out of the Source on 14th street. The company specializes in long form improv and offers two types of shows, WIT Presents and Harold. The WIT Presents schedule includes nightly shows and the theme changes with the seasons. The “Harold” night shows include performances by the company’s 16 in-house improv troupes. These shows are free and are offered every Tuesday night at  8 and 9 p.m.. Washington Improv also has a large dossier of improv classes that includes free workshops and corporate team building events.

Dojo Comedy
3503 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(844) 469-3656

Dojo Comedy is a workshop for improv and sketch comedy dedicated to cultivating talent in the DC area. Show types include long form, Armandojo, Harold and sketch comedy. Most shows are free or low cost and are scheduled on weekends and weekdays. Improv students can participate for free in a weekday lunch hour “jam” that meets every other week. Dojo Comedy also offers a rotating lineup of improv classes.

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Chinese Menu Comedy
2438 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 431-0858

Chinese Menu Comedy is a monthly stand up showcase that brings comics and improvisors together for a one-of-a-kind show. The hilarious and entertaining shows have sold out for seven years straight and have included the participation of artists from Second City, UCB, Big and more. Shows also feature performances by the in-house troupe, The Haddington Club. Tickets to the monthly shows are $10 and sell out fast. Visit the website for more information and show dates.

Laugh Index Theatre
916 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 573-2017

The Laugh Index Theatre is a comedy school and performance theater focused on long form improv. The community based company has produced its own comedy festival since 2013, advancing the careers of comedians and bringing improv comedy to the masses. The new fall season begins on Aug. 7, 2016 and tickets start at $10. Laugh Index Theatre or “LIT” also has open mic and improv nights.

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