Many comedians have gotten their starts in D.C. Saturday Night Live cast members, television stars and movie stars, D.C. is home to amazing comedic talent; making it a good place to check out rising stars and current favorites. When you are ready for a night of laughs, check out these places to see stand up comedy.
DC Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-7008
www.dcimprov.com

DC Improv is perhaps the most famous and popular comedy club in the D.C. area. Local and national acts love performing at this Dupont Circle hot spot. Everyone from Dave Chappelle to Gilbert Gottfried have performed there, keeping comedy lovers coming back again and again. But it’s not just big name stars, they also showcase up-and-coming comedians, including those who take their improv classes. You never know who might drop by to do a quick set.

Arlington Cinema Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 486-2345
www.arlingtondrafthouse.com

Two dollar movies, special events and 21 and over, the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse is not another movie theater. This special theater has been voted “Best Movie Theater,” “Best Thing To Do On A Friday Night” and “Best Comedy Club.” On top of being one of the most fun movie theaters in the area, the theater is also a great place to see stand up comedy. Popular comics are frequently on their events calendar, including Hal Sparks, Colin Jost, Michael Ian Black, Iliza Shlesinger and others. Take a look at the schedule and prepare to laugh.

Warner Theatre
513 13th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-4000
www.warnertheatredc.com

Warner Theatre is a historical DC venue that presents dance, music, plays, comedy and more. It is not uncommon for comedians to film their comedy specials at the theater. Comedians that are too big for the standard comedy club but not big enough for somewhere like the Verizon Center, often choose Warner. Margaret Cho, Louis CK, Wanda Sykes and so many more comedians pass through the venue while on tour. Make sure you check to see if your favorite comedian is planning to do a show at the theater.

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 888-0050
www.thelincolndc.com

Another important historical venue in Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre has been through its share of up and downs. But in the past few years, under new management, the theater has been on an up swing. Veteran artists have been returning to the theater, including Nas, Natalie Merchant, Lauryn Hill and Spoon. Along with musical acts, you can also see some live comedy at the venue. Hannibal Burress, Demetri Martin, Lisa Lampanelli and T.J. Miller are a few of the comedians who have stopped by. While it’s not a comedy club, it is still a great place to see some of your favorite comedians.

DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-1776
www.dar.org

DAR Constitution Hall seats thousands, quite a difference from the hundreds or less that most comedy clubs can seat. That makes the hall problematic for comedy lovers who appreciate intimate venues, but some comedians are just too famous to use small clubs for their tours. When you want to see someone like Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari or Amy Schumer you might have see them with thousands of other comedy fans. You’ll be laughing so hard you’ll forget how far away from the stage you are.

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