The Improv

Comedy Club

Editorial Review

Whether you're into the comedy scene or just looking for a laugh after a long day's work, the D.C. Improv is probably the funniest spot in town (aside from the Oval Office).

With its exposed brick walls, fuschia neon accent lighting and 150 or so small round tables, the Improv looks exactly like every other comedy club on the circuit and is just one of a chain of eight clubs nationwide; the first was New York's Improv, which opened 35 years ago. The Washington club has hosted a bevy of famous funnymen and women, including Kevin Nealon and Chris Rock. The Improv's main room is large and well-ventilated, and you can see fairly well from most tables.

Following the usual comedy club formula, there is an opening comic who serves as MC the rest of the night, an up-and-coming act in the middle, followed by a headliner; doors open at 7 and even though shows begin at 8 or 8:30, it's a good idea to get there early to scout a decent table.

-- Shayla Thiel