Comedy Clubs in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Where to Enjoy Live Comedy and Improv Theater in the Capital Region

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Comedy clubs are fun places to enjoy live entertainment. Check out these comedy clubs and enjoy an evening of laughter in Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia.

DC Improv Comedy Club Restaurant - 1140 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. (Between L & M Sts.) (202) 296-7008. The Improv Comedy Club has been recognized as one of the nation’s premiere comedy venues. The Washington, DC location is one of 16 clubs around the United States, and some of the masters of comedy --Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfield and Jay Leno-- began right here at the DC Improv.

All shows are for ages 18 and over. There is a two item minimum order required per person that can include a combination of food, drinks, coffee or dessert. The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burritos. The DC Improv has a comedy school, called Comedy College, where you can learn the art of comedy. You can also hire a comic to entertain at a private party or corporate event.

Capitol StepsRonald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC. The Capitol Steps is a creative and one of a kind performance. Former Congressional staffers perform a political musical satire and keep you laughing about events and personalities on Capitol Hill, the Oval Office, and other centers of power around the world. Since they began more than 30 years ago, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, "Desperate Housemembers" and their special holiday release, "Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree." The Capitol Steps perform live in Washington DC every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

 The Capitol Steps perform four yearly radio shows entitled "Politics Takes a Holiday" on April Fools', July Fourth, Halloween and New Year's. In Washington, DC tune into WAMU-FM 88.5. This show is broadcast throughout the nation. Although the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, their shows are performed locally and out-of-town for University audiences, associations, or state legislators.

You may also book the Capitol Steps for your own inaugural ball, ballot recounting party, convention, etc. Call (703) 683-8330. The material is updated to keep up with current political issues and scandals. 

Drafthouse Comedy - New in 2016! 13th and L streets NW Washington DC. The owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened a comedy arts theater located in the heart of DC to feature stand-up comedy, while also dedicating time to sketch and improv. Shows are 70 to 80 minutes in length. Each weekend will feature, on average, 8 shows (2 on Thursday, 3 on Friday, and 3 on Saturday). The Drafthouse Comedy Theater is styled after a black box arts theater and offers a concession with beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare to purchase.

Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse - 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA (703) 486-2345. The Drafthouse offers a unique venue of a full restaurant located inside a theater. The calendar of events includes comedy, movies, festivals and entertainment for all ages.

Comedy Zone - Windows Over Washington, Double Tree Hotel Crystal City, 14th Floor North Floor, 300 Army Navy Blvd. Arlington, VA 877-33-LAUGH (52844) The dinner/variety show features live music, variety acts - (magicians, jugglers, etc.), and nationally touring comedians.

The Comedy Zone Revue is scheduled Friday & Saturday nights. For over 8 years, The Comedy Zone DC has offered the nation's top comics and talented variety acts to the Washington DC Metro Area, setting the standard for the DC comedy scene.

Gross National Product - This comedy group presents political comedy revues, customized stage shows and impersonations that have been highly acclaimed by the media and have been nationally broadcast on PBS. Performances can be scheduled throughout the year for special events and periodically are open to the public. Gross National Product also presents a unique way to tour Washington, DC, with a 90 minute bus tour that highlights the current political scandals in the nation’s capital.Tour runs from April 1 through Labor Day on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Reservations are required.

Underground Comedy -  Underground Comedy produces independent comedy shows at a variety of clubs and festivals in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Looking for more evening entertainment ideas? See a guide to Washington DC at Night: Entertainment for All Ages.