DC Improv has the last laugh


The evening of June 27 was special for the owner of DC Improv Allyson Jaffe and his partner, Antoine Griffin. In order to find a venue big enough to celebrate three decades of comedy, the 9:30 Club hosted a DC native Josh Adam Meyersfucking comedy jam to celebrate DC Improv’s 30th anniversary.

The premise was simple: comedians, including Meyers, Christian Fingan, Red Grant, Steve Byrne, Jessica Kirsonand Donnell Rawlings, each performed a few minutes of comedy followed by singing a song of their choice accompanied by a backup band.

Throughout the evening there were many shouts, birthday wishes and thanks to the improv, Jaffe, Griffin and comedy club staff in attendance, who were happy to be praised.

During the finale, Jaffe and Griffin joined the comedians on stage for an epic dance party, singing renditions of The killers‘ “Mr. The good side,” Stevie Wonder“Happy Birthday” Nirvana“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and 4 No Blondes‘ “What’s new.” From this vantage point, Jaffe could watch the audience from the stage, knowing full well that the crowd was being entertained.

It may seem strange for a comedy club to celebrate its 30th anniversary in another location, but we live in untraditional times. In fact, in 2022, the survival of such a club is a major achievement after two years of the pandemic and its lingering complications. When it first opened in the early 1990s, DC Improv, or the Improv as it’s often called, had a simple mission: to make the town laugh. Thirty years later, it still provides audiences with giggles, groans, and belly laughs while providing comedians with a safe, non-judgmental space to hone their craft.

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