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Tammy Pescatelli went back to school for her latest special ... literally. She made the "Way After School Special" in the auditorium of her old high school. Listen to that cool story and more, then come see her June 29-30.
 
We're talking relationships, comedy and more with the host of #datefails. Also, there's a story involving Katt Williams and his "stable." Good times. Kate headlines our lounge June 22-23 ...
 
Are you a good person? Finally, there's a show that answers this question (and for only $17-$22 a ticket, yowza). When Christian Finnegan comes to town July 12-15, he'll be polishing up "My Goodness," a comedic look at what it means to be good. We're chatting with Christian about what inspired the concept and how he measures up.…
 
The British correspondent on "The Daily Show" knows how to take risks. She walked away from a great day job to try comedy. Then she walked away from great success in the U.K., hoping to crack the U.S. market. We talk about those bold moves and more in advance of her DC Improv debut, June 8-10.
 
All puns intended! Pun DMV events are the showcase for wordplay in the nation's capital. Check out these clips from May 16, featuring Dana Fleitman, Walt Matthey, Aaron Schwartzbaum and some of our tournament semifinalists. Then check out our next Pun DMVs on June 28 and August 2.
 
Erin Jackson started her comedy career in DC, and she's coming back to record her first album. Get to know one of our favorite local success stories, then come see her July 13-14. Also, fly Eagles fly.
 
Dhaya has two degrees from MIT and she worked in venture capital. Now she applies all that brainpower to make people laugh. We're talking to our May 20 headliner about nerds, comedy by the Bay, the mixture of politics and laughter and lots more.
 
Nemr has a fascinating story: After growing up in both San Diego and Lebanon, he helped put stand-up comedy on the map in the Middle East. A day before his six-show run (April 19-22), he stopped into the club to share his perspective on what laughter can accomplish. And we also conclusively prove that anyone NOT coming to the show supports ISIS ...…
 
We're saying hi to Jordan Rock a few days before he headlines our main showroom (April 13-15). Talking about growing up in South Carolina, his relationship with his brother Tony and the one way that he's like a white Southern woman. Good times!
 
Ramon Rivas makes his DC Improv debut April 20-21, so we're saying hi in advance. If you love a self-made success story, check him out -- we talk about his work building up Cleveland's comedy scene and creating some of his own opportunities. Plus: A little pun preview to get you warmed up for our May 16 pun contest.…
 
Taylor Tomlinson makes her DC Improv headlining debut in two weeks, so we're saying hi to her in advance. We talk about starting comedy young (she's 24), her very unusual stand-up origin story and the joys of self-help.
 
A chat with Brad before his headlining weekend, March 15-18. We talk about his life as a newly married man and a first-time homeowner, the joys of having a Bed Bath and Beyond guy, and what happens if you try to physically pick Brad up. Takeaway: Do not try to pick Brad up.
 
Andy Woodhull makes his DC Improv headlining debut April 13-14, 2018, in our lounge. One month in advance, we're saying hello. Listen in for a fun conversation about step-parenting, long distance relationships and what goes into following a comedy dream.
 
One of our favorite guests is back in advance of his shows at the club March 8-11, 2018. He explains why he is the Warren Buffett / Albert Einstein of stand-up. Also we discuss waterskiing.
 
Jessica Kirson headlines the lounge showroom March 2-4, so we're saying hello with a phone interview. In honor of our upcoming pun events (March 28 / May 16), you get a look back at one of our top entries from January. And before Bob Marley gets here (March 8-11), we're revisiting a chat from his last time in town.…
 
The WWE Hall of Famer calls up to chat, a few weeks before the August 10 "Ringside" show at the DC Improv. We talk about great wrestling towns, President Trump's cup of coffee with the WWE, a legend of women's wrestling, DC's own Dave Batista and more. Have a listen, then get your tickets to see JR at the Improv in a few weeks.…
 
Before headlining the club July 6-9, the "Last Comic Standing" champ tells us about his summer vacations, his quest to become the world's greatest breakdancer, and the fun of digital detox.
 
Every few months the Improv hosts "Beltway Pundits," the DMV's No. 1 pun competition. We rolled tape on the May 2 edition, and a few of the contestants gave us the thumbs up to put their speeches online. Check out these pun soliloquies from Dana Fleitman, Alex Snider, Gail Ballantyne, Rachel Gross, Libby Bowers and Aaron Schwartzbaum.…
 
The reigning "Last Comic Standing" champ is back at the Improv to headline April 21-23. We talk about repping his hometown of Atlanta, the intersection of pot and comedy, and naturally which exotic pet he would want.
 
As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we asked great headliners to recommend rising stars that DC needs to see. Bob Marley picked Mike Speirs, so we're getting to know him before he headlines the lounge April 15.
 
Pat headlines the Improv on April 7-9 ... and this summer, she works to turn her amazing personal story into a TV pilot. We get her thoughts on the crazy process of adapting her life for the screen.
 
Brad Williams made his DC Improv headlining debut on March 2. The next day, he stopped by to talk about his path through the stand-up world, his upcoming wedding and more. Check out this conversation, then get your tickets to see Brad March 3 or March 5. (Saturday shows are sold out!)
 
In January 2016, we asked a simple question: Who is the funniest president of all time? After shining the spotlight on 43 different men, we have our answer. Join host Chris White for the inauguration of the Headliner of State!
 
Lincoln might be the greatest president. Can he also claim the title of funniest president? Lincoln Prize winner Richard Carwardine spent the last several years researching and writing "Lincoln's Sense of Humor." He joins us to chat about Abe's remarkable gift for storytelling, his purposeful use of comedy, and the ways it affected his public c ...…
 
James Garfield was an insatiable student. But did he learn to be funny? The National Park Service is here to help us find out. Todd Arrington, the site manager for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, tells us all about the 20th president's personality -- and why Garfield's good nature helped him become a contender in the first place. ...…
 
Was Zachary Taylor the funniest president ever? If any experts out there know, they ain't talking. So on a very special episode, we're going straight to Zachary Taylor himself. Get ready for seven minutes of stand-up comedy from the 12th president. Old Rough and Ready is back from the dead and on the mic. Will you Whig out?…
 
Would it be prudent to call George Bush funny? This episode of Headliner of State, we're joined by Bush speechwriter Curt Smith, who tells us about the 41st president's personality and character. We cover the kind of humor that Bush enjoys, the "rules" he lives by as a public figure, and how he uses laughter to build personal relationships. Plu ...…
 
Tragedy brought Gerald Ford to the White House ... but did humor help define his presidency? Our excellent expert is Ron Nessen, an accomplished journalist who served as Ford's press secretary. Ron talks about Ford's character and his sense of what was "needed" from the president in the post-Watergate era. And we also chat about Ron's special p ...…
 
When we restarted this podcast in 2015, our first guest was Tom Rhodes. He's in town to headline the New Year's Eve shows, so he's back on the program! We talk about celebrations around the world, looking sharp on stage, setting up shop in L.A. and lots more. Have a listen, then come party with us on NYE!…
 
Jimmy Carter punched his ticket to Washington by running as an outsider. Could he make people laugh in the ultimate insider town? Our excellent expert is James Fallows, who worked as Carter's lead speechwriter for two years. (These days, he's an astounding journalist working at The Atlantic.) We talk about Carter's voice, his appeal in the post ...…
 
Orny Adams, one of the best observational comics in the business, headlines the Improv December 2-4. He stops in the lounge to talk about his amazing hair, memories of 20 years performing at the DC Improv, the "Comedian" documentary and more. Stick around to the end for an amazingly cool story about the December 1 show.…
 
Teddy Roosevelt believed in "the strenuous life," and part of that was the strain of having so damn much fun. Wherever TR went, laughter was sure to follow. Joe Wiegand (teddyrooseveltshow.com) is our excellent expert. As a "reprisor," Joe transforms himself into the president to educate and entertain audiences all over the country. (Performanc ...…
 
Lots of people have given John Quincy Adams the title of America's greatest diplomat. But could he negotiate his way to the title of America's funniest president? Biographer James Traub ("John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit") is our excellent expert this week, and he tells us how Adams developed a personality to suit his work in foreign relation ...…
 
You can't deny that Woodrow Wilson was one of the most important presidents. But was he the funniest president? Andrew Phillips, the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, is our excellent expert. We talk about Woody's famously complex personality, his love of wordplay and some of the unfortunate aspects of his humor. It ...…
 
Bob is hands down one of our favorites, and he's headlining the club November 17-20. On today's podcast, you get 35 FREE minutes of Bob. We talk about his blown opportunity to be the craisin guy, the time he got run over, his advice for people planning to move to Maine, and his family vacations. Great times with a great comedian. Come see him a ...…
 
Adam Ferrara headlines the Improv November 4-6, and he stops in to chat with us again on the podcast. Comedy is a process, and Adam has fascinating perspective on the building of a joke. Plus we're talking "Top Gear," getting tips for traveling, and mentioning Renaissance art. You know, same old same old.…
 
Comedy Hack Day matches comedians with coders. Together, they figure out funny ideas for apps and websites. Then they build 'em. And then they present 'em. This year, the grand finale for Comedy Hack Day DC is at the Improv on November 13. We're talking to Ross Nover, who helps organize the event, and Kasha Patel, who was on the winning team fo ...…
 
John F. Kennedy charmed voters, reporters and just about everyone he met with his quick wit and self-effacing jokes. Why was humor so important to JFK, who might be our most charismatic president? Author Thomas Maier ("When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys," "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," "Masters of Sex") joins us to talk ...…
 
Grover Cleveland must have been fun -- the guy won the popular vote three times. But was he funny? Sharon Farrell, the caretaker of the Cleveland Birthplace in New Jersey, is our special guest. She gives us a tour of both sides of Grover: The hard-working politician and lawyer, and the fun-loving guy who enjoyed drinking, fishing and hunting wi ...…
 
Ronald Reagan was called the "Great Communicator," and a big part of that was humor. Whether he was explaining his philosophy, deflating an opponent or firing up a crowd, Reagan knew that a well-placed joke could make all the difference. Journalist and Reagan biographer Lou Cannon joins us to explain how Reagan's use of humor was both natural a ...…
 
John Tyler is the answer to a few trivia questions: The first vice president promoted to the big job, the president with the most kids, and the only president who joined the Confederacy. But what about this distinction: Was Tyler the funniest president? Professor Edward P. Crapol (retired from the College of William and Mary) is our guest. His ...…
 
For eight years, Brian was one of the funniest guys on "TMZ." But the last few years, he's been branching out from that gig to acting, parenting, AND stand-up comedy. The PG County native talks to us about his very eclectic and very cool career in the entertainment industry. Have a listen, then come to the DC Improv lounge on November 12 to see ...…
 
You know Tony Perkins from his work on Fox 5 and "Good Morning America." You've heard him on "The Tony Perkins Show" podcast, which tapes live at the Improv on October 8. But did you know that Tony worked for a decade as a stand-up comedian? He stops into the Improv to tell us about his experiences on the comedy stage -- and whether he'll ever ...…
 
Sean Patton makes his DC Improv headlining debut on September 29, closing out our DC Beer Week celebration with DC Brau. So we got him on the phone to say hi, tell us about his amazing comedic storytelling powers and share a drinking story. Check out this chat, then get your tickets for 9/29 ...
 
The search for the funniest president continues! We know that people liked Ike. But was comedy part of Dwight Eisenhower's appeal? Our guest is Michael Birkner, a history professor at Gettysburg College -- the very place where Eisenhower kept his offices after leaving the White House. We talk about Eisenhower's fundamental good nature, and the ...…
 
Lots of people know Roy Wood Jr. from "The Daily Show," but that's only the latest phase of his career. He's one of the great working road comics, who spent his 20s driving hundreds of thousands of miles to comedy gigs around the South and Midwest. Now that the road has brought him to the DC Improv (headlining September 2-4) he tells us about h ...…
 
The search for the funniest president continues! Warren Harding was amazingly popular in his day. Was he also amazingly funny? We're joined by Sherry Hall, the site manager of the Harding Home Presidential Site in Marion, Ohio. She gives us insight into Harding's personal style (he considered himself a newspaper editor above all), his love of s ...…
 
The search for the funniest president continues! Andrew Jackson has a reputation for killing ... but not in a comedic sense. He actually murdered a dude. So if we're looking at the comedy of Jackson, how does that work, exactly? Our guest is Michael Friedman, the composer and lyricist for the hit musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." That pro ...…
 
The search for the funniest president continues! James Buchanan didn't have much to laugh about as president, what with that whole "Civil War" thing starting on his watch. But how much has that one huge stain warped our view of POTUS No. 15? Patrick Clarke, the director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, welcomes us into the historic home ...…
 
Tony Roberts is one of the most purely entertaining headliners in the game ... and we've got him back headlining for a second year in a row (July 28-31). On Friday morning, Tony and feature act Katrina Pope came by the club for another podcast interview ... or more accurately, we turned the mics on and Tony and Katrina took over. Lots of fun ta ...…
 
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