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“$12 for 3 cups of tea”

DC Improv Comedy Club
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Best advice, watch your bill. My $11.00 burrito turned out to be $36. I started with amaretto on the rocks. Very minimal amount over lots of ice. Switched to hot tea. I was shocked to find that i had paid $12 for 3 off brand tea bags, hot water and a couple of lemon slices. Also, if there is an elevator from the street, i didnt see one. Two flights of stairs down. Grubby hand rails had everyone lining up to wash hands before dinner, much of which was hand held. The tables and chairs were ridiculously small, too. Not a comfy place at all.

Thank pegmoo
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I have seen several comedians at the DC Improv. On Friday, September 13, I attended the 8 p.m. show at the DC Improv to see comedian Lavell Crawford. I have to take a moment here and speak on Lavell. In my opinion, Lavell Crawford is one of the funniest comedians, if not the funniest, out there. He had everyone rolling over with laughter and tears coming from our eyes. That’s a normal reaction at a Lavell Crawford show. If you haven’t seen Lavell Crawford live, I highly recommend checking out his show at the DC Improv where you can see him up close and personal.

The Improv had two shows on Friday night -- one at 8:00 p.m. and the other at 10:30 p.m. If you plan to attend the 8:00 p.m. show, most folks start lining up in the Improv’s hallway around 6:00 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Once the doors open, you go to the ticket counter and give the name of the reservation. You turn right and enter an adjoining room where a host escorts you into the show room. The host will seat you according to the number in your party. Then the host will give you a menu and inform you of the name of your waiter.

No need to be concerned about leaving the ticket counter and entering the adjoining room before being seated. The Improv does this to keep order. If not, everyone would race into the show room and sit wherever they want. There’s limited space and they have to make it work. Some of the tables are two-party tables and some of the tables are “reserved” six-party to eight-party tables. Just imagine the mess that would get started if you had two people sitting at a table that was reserved for six or eight people who will attend that night’s show. So don’t get upset with the DC Improv about that. Appreciate it!

A heads up for you: If you are a party of two, you will share a small round table with two others. For the most part, folks introduce themselves and then mind their own business. Once the show begins, everyone is watching the show. Who you end up sharing a table with -- it is what it is.

The DC Improv is a good venue to see some of today’s top comedians up close and personal. The cost of a ticket is cheap compared to seeing these same comedians at larger concert venues. You are there to laugh. I can’t think of a better place to do that.

7  Thank Aileen P
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Last night went to see my son perform at the Improv. The staff is so friendly from the minute you walk in the door. The show was amazing. I don't drink, but there is a two menu min. so i ordered food and was surprised at how good the food was since some of the other reviews on this page say it was just ok. Maybe it was what they ordered? The salads are SO HUGE, even my husband couldn't finish it. Not skimpy at all. The guys at our table loved the fries too. Even the coffee was great. Worth every dime for food and entertainment. Our waitress was incredible. It was a wonderful evening.

Thank Dot f
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Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

Been here for several date nights, we try to see a comedian here every few months. Food is decent but not amazing. House wine is decent. But you dont go for the food, you go for the entertainment.

1  Thank AshBearPig
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

First off, we had a GREAT time. That said, there were several drawbacks that people should know about.

1. You have to check in twice, once at a lobby window and once again at a podium to be seated. The line will snake outside pretty quickly so if you're not there early (we were there right at 6:30pm for an 8pm show), you'll probably be out on the stairs.
2. The food is nothing to write home about--the cheesecake tasted strangely like nothing at all--but then again, you're not there for the food.
3. The table is TINY and they put 4 people at it, no matter what. For us, that meant sitting with 2 strangers (who were very nice) and sharing a tabletop about 16" in diameter.
4. It gets incredibly crowded, so make sure you go to the restroom early or be prepared to jostle a bunch of people to get there.

All in all, the good outweighs the bad IF you see someone really great (we saw Jo Koy and loved it).

2  Thank MangezDonc
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