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Thursday, January 7, 2010

3 Chord Comedy

The next 3 Chord Comedy at The Velvet Lounge will feature Ryan Conner, who regularly contributes jokes to "SNL" and has appeared on BBC.

The line-up:

Ryan Conner (Contributing writer for "SNL," BBC)
Jason Weems (Last Comic Standing)
Jimmy Meritt (37 State College Tour)
Will Hessler (Opened for Doug Benson)
Eli Sairs (Bentzen Ball)

January 15th
7 p.m.

These have been a treat. Come be a part of it. The price is bad-economy friendly. You need laughter in these tough times. Come drink and laugh away the (great?) depression.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rob Cantrell at this friday's "3 Chord Comedy"

Rob Cantrell (NBC, CBS, HBO, writer for "High Times Magazine") will be headlining this months edition of 3 Chord Comedy at The Velvet Lounge.

Also, DC super-studs Mike Eltringham, Ahmed Huidobro and Eli Sairs will be performing.

This here's the info:

December 4th / 7 pm / $4 / The Velvet Lounge (915 U St.)

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

3 Chord Comedy Show at The Velvet Lounge this Friday

From Eli:

It's early enough, you'll still have time for other parties later.
A rare one-- we're bringin' down some comics from New York- with an "Onion News Network" contributer and UCB regular in their ranks.

October 30th
7 pm
Velvet Lounge (915 U St.)

Zach Broussard (The Onion News Network, Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre)
Alex Grubard ( ComedyCentral.com)
Zachary Sims (DC Comedy Fest)
Aparna Nancherla (NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity)
Eli Sairs (Bentzen Ball)

HAPPY HOUR -- $2 Natty, $4 rail
Hope to see you.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Benzten Ball, this weekend

For an overload of LA comics and some local favorites, check out The Bentzen Ball, which kicks off tonight, and runs through Sunday's finale at the 9:30 club with Sarah Silverman.

For a list of shows and comics, check out the website.

The hootinany kicks off this evening with Patton Oswalt and former DC comic Rory Scovel at the Lincoln Theater.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Doug Stanhope is in Adam's Morgan this Thursday

Come check out Doug Stanhope at Tom Tom in Adam's Morgan this thursday.

You can get tickets here.
My first comedy show ever was Doug Stanhope at Ohio University. A third of the crowd didn't know they could be so profoundly offended, and started throwing verbal assaults and storming out of the theater, shell-shocked. The rest of the crowd cheered on the chaos or tried to hide in their seats. I sat giggling in middle of the war-zone, my idea of what's edgy forever redefined.

He elevates shock comedy to an insightful and intelligent level. His shows are an experience. I highly recommend partaking.

He's also real, real funny.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Endorsed by DC's Own (kind of) Rory Scovel: Arlington Drafthouse Presents Brent Weinbach

Brent Weinbach will be headlining two nights in Arlington (Washington, DC area) as part of his Night Shift Tour, promoting the release the of his brand new album, "The Night Shift," out on Talent Moat Records. Here's all the show info:

SHOWDATE: Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2009

SHOWTIME: 9:45pm (doors at 9:15pm)

SHOWPLACE: Arlington Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

ADMISSION: $18 More Info Here
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Friday, September 25, 2009

It's Back! 72 Film Fest in Frederick, MD

Didn't get in the 48 Hour Film Contest in DC or Baltimore? Or didn't get enough? Maybe you needed an extra day? Well, the 72 Hour Film Fest in Frederick, Maryland is perfect for you. Great place to start if you are just getting started with film and video and an excellent way to meet people that can help you produce future projects.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This friday ---

Third show! The first two were better than a hundred Christmases! This one will be better than a hundred Christmases plus a million birthdays MINUS the holocaust. September 25th-- DC's top comics in a top rock venue.

On the bill:

Doug Powell
Tim Miller
Michael Foody
Eli Sairs

Musical guest: Mike Manco-Johnson

Happy hour + hilarity = best friday ever

$2 Natty, $4 rail
The Velvet Lounge (915 U St.)
Friday 9/25
7 pm
2 bucks

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Thursday, September 17, 2009


Sharing the creative fun of improv on stage is only half of WIT's mission. Just as important as our shows are our classes, where we've shared the craft of improv with over a thousand students over the last decade. WIT's managing director, Topher Bellavia, leads the training program. Below he tackles the frequently asked question: "Why should I take an improv class?"

"It's not a simple question to answer because everyone gets something different out it. If you're considering it, take a look at the student quotes to the left here.

Half of why it's so great is the awesome group of people who are brave, fun, and creative enough to take a chance on having the experience of a lifetime.

The other half is transformation you'll see in yourself. Better communication skills, lower stress levels, a heightened understanding of the world around you, increased confidence and renewed creativity at home, work and play.

The early registration discount has been extended to Monday; now is the time.

If you know someone else that could use a little improv in their life, click on the 'forward' button below."

Topher Bellavia
Managing Director

(w) 202-204-7772

FAQ, Browse Classes, Teacher Bios, Registration, Schedule

The Details

Washington Improv Theater is a creative atmosphere to learn the art of improv. And it’s just plain fun. WIT classes are for everyone from the acting student to the business professional.
· Classes meet for 2 ½ hours once a week for 8 weeks.
· Training focuses on communications and teamwork.
· Small classes mean more personal attention.
· Enthusiastic instructors create a fun and trusting atmosphere.
Former students said:
“F-ing Awesome”
“I loved this class”
“Great opportunity for expression, meet cool people and build confidence.”

WIT’s Spring Classes begin September 21
Classes are located at the Children’s Studio School at 1301 V St NW.* Tuition is $240, with a $20 discount for early registration.

Foundations of Improv Classes:

Monday September 21 7:00 9:30pm
Tuesday September 22 7:00-9:30pm
Wednesday September 23 7:00 – 9:30pm
Thursday September 24 7:00 – 9:30pm
Sunday September 27 5:00 – 8:00pm

Level I Music Improv:
Sunday September 27 12:00 – 3:00pm
* School is located at the corner of 13th and V Sts, NW - one block north of U Street-Cardozo Metro Station (13th Street exit).

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Washington Improv Theater Auditions 9/19 10:30 am

JINX, Caveat, and Season Six are looking for new players and will be holding open call auditions on Saturday 9.19 between 11AM and 5PM.*Click here to reserve your audition slot now!

Sign-up deadline is midnight on Thursday 9.17. Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Children's Studio School at 1301 V St NW (on the corner of 13th and V Street NW). JINX and Season Six callbacks will take place Monday 9.21 from 7-10PM. Caveat hold their callbacks on Wednesday 9.23 from 7-10PM.

If 9.19 is a conflict for you, especially for religious reasons, contact Mark at mark@washingtonimprovtheater.com to explore alternate scheduling.

How often does WIT conduct auditions?

As often as necessary: whenever an existing ensemble requires new players, or a new project or troupe seeks new talent.

How many people are you looking for?

There is no pre-set number. Each ensemble has room for more people if we find the right folks.

There’s no sex, race, or gender quota. We’re looking for the best improvisers in Washington. People who enjoy playing, support their scene partners, commit to authentic and interesting characters. Players in all of our ensembles strive to listen to and support one another, to be positive and to make one another look good. We value strong relationships and engaging storytelling. Players strive for spontaneity without self-censorship and work to maintain a playful atmosphere of artistic collaboration. If you have fun and play to the top of your intelligence you’ll show yourself in the best light.

What show is this for?

These auditions are seeking permanent ensemble members, not for a single show run. We’re looking for players to join us for the long-term and become members of our family.

First you audition at the open call. Players and directors from auditioning groups will be there to see your work and cheer you on. At open call you'll do mostly 2-person scenes. A bunch of them, all improvised. No need to have anything prepared (no monolog, no singing, no dancing). If selected for call-backs, you’ll receive a phone call by 2pm Sunday to notify you of your callback time. Callbacks will also involve a healthy amount of two-person scenework, and may also include some group games and truthful monologs, to name a few possibilities. In any case, there's nothing to prepare and the goals of the callbacks will be explained to you at the time. If a troupe selects you after call-backs, that means they want you and will invite you for a trial rehearsal period, to give you a chance to try the group on and to see how you fit in. After the trial period, the ensemble and artistic director determine whether to invite you to become a member.

Why such a drawn out process?

WIT troupes are on-going collaborative ensembles, with no set “end-date” for a production. So once you join you’re part of the family. We want to be as sure as we can that we’ve made the right match, to avoid heartache on both sides.

What’s the schedule, and the time/energy commitment?

Rehearsals are weekly, typically on a weeknight between 7pm and 10pm. JINX and Season Six rehearse on Monday evenings. Caveat rehearses Wednesday evenings. Special rehearsals and additional playing opportunities come up occasionally, including some mandatory rehearsals. Each ensemble usually conducts a weekend retreat once a year, and there is occasional travel to other cities for improv festivals. Performance runs are usually for 4-7 weeks, with between one and three shows per week. You don’t have to be available for every single event, but the greater majority.

Playing in an ensemble is currently a labor of love. Opportunities to earn money arise in private performances, corporate training, and teaching in WIT's classes program.

If I get accepted into a troupe should I continue taking classes?

If at all possible, yes. We believe progressing through the WIT curriculum will make you the strongest improviser you can be. But as a troupe-member you’ll receive a steep discount.

Do I just rehearse and play?

No. Ensemble members also help out behind the scenes in activity areas such as marketing, operations, classes, corporate training.

What if I don’t get in?

Maybe you would benefit from further training before joining a performance troupe. Or maybe you just had a bad audition. In any case, you'll have had the experience of auditioning and can approach it with that much more knowledge next time.

Where can I ask more questions?

If you don’t find the answer here feel free to ask us at auditions@washingtonimprovtheater.com.

See you at auditions!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 14th -- the second happy hour comedy show at
indie rock club "The Velvet Lounge" on U st. The first one
was orgasmic.

Top comics at a top rock club.

Just $2!

This time we've got:

Keith Irvine
Marcus Brown
Hampton Yount (Again?!! He has alota material...)
Eli Sairs
Crucial Element

(Crucial Element: Ryan Conner and Quincy Ledbetter)

Come have happy hour and comedy at the same time! Kick off your friday night hilariously.

$2 Natty, $4 rail

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Planet Washington

In DC Saturday Night? We got Laughter, Music, A/C, Sotomayor!
To members of Planet Washington

We Are Not Sold Out - (tho we'd like to be)

Come by the Westin, 1400 M Street NW,
Saturday, 8:00-9:30 PM.

Planet Washington
with Ken Rynne


With Special "Guests"

Sarah Palin, The Love Gov R- Mark Sanford,
The Love Gov D - Eliot Spitzer, Starbucks Baristas,
WalMart Shoppers, Bo Obama, and a wise Latina,
All this and more - great music, guaranteed laughs
or twice your misery back!

"Great show. Potent. Pithy. Funny!!!" - Mark Russell

Planet Washington.com
when news breaks, we fix it
202 360 5056

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