The Other Side
The official podcast of the DC Improv, the finest comedy club in all the land.
info_outline Jesus Trejo 12/21/2018
Jesus Trejo Jesus is the reason for ... this episode! Jesus Trejo calls in to talk about "Care to Laugh," the new documentary about his efforts to build a comedy career while also serving as a caregiver for his parents. We also get a rundown of classic Mexican comedy and a lesson in positivity. Have a listen, then come see Jesus make his DC Improv debut February 8-9 in our lounge showroom.
info_outline Luenell 12/18/2018
Luenell Luenell knows how to make an impression, whether it's through her stand-up or her acting. A few weeks ahead of her DC Improv debut, she calls in to talk about "A Star Is Born," the upcoming "Dolemite Is My Name," some of her favorite comedians and more. Have a listen, then get your tickets for early January ...
info_outline Dov Davidoff 12/11/2018
Dov Davidoff Easily one of the most fascinating people you'll ever meet, Dov Davidoff returns to the Improv to close out 2018. We're chatting with him about his new kid, his recent memoir, his work on "Crashing" and a few other odds and ends. Bonus content: Keep listening at the end for the audio from our 2008 conversation with Dov.
info_outline Emmy Blotnick 10/04/2018
Emmy Blotnick Emmy Blotnick is having a great year: Two late-night talk show spots, a half-hour special on Comedy Central, and a new job as a staff writer for Stephen Colbert's "Late Show." We say hello before she headlines the lounge October 5-6. (Or as we like to think of it, the cherry on the sundae.)
info_outline Christian Finnegan 06/06/2018
Christian Finnegan 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.
info_outline Gina Yashere 05/30/2018
Gina Yashere 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.
info_outline Pun DMV 05/24/2018
Pun DMV 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.
info_outline Dhaya Lakshminarayanan 05/09/2018
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan 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.
info_outline Nemr is the answer 04/18/2018
Nemr is the answer 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. Get to know him ...
info_outline Ramon Rivas 04/04/2018
Ramon Rivas 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.
info_outline Brad Williams strikes back 03/15/2018
Brad Williams strikes back 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.
info_outline Andy Woodhull steps up 03/14/2018
Andy Woodhull steps 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.
info_outline Jessica Kirson, pun and games, Bob Marley 02/28/2018
Jessica Kirson, pun and games, Bob Marley 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.
info_outline Ringside with Jim Ross 07/24/2017
Ringside with Jim Ross 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.
info_outline Beltway Pundits 05/09/2017
Beltway Pundits 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.
info_outline Clayton English takes it higher 04/21/2017
Clayton English takes it higher 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.
info_outline Brad Williams thinks big 03/03/2017
Brad Williams thinks big 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!)
info_outline Headliner of State: Inauguration 02/20/2017
Headliner of State: Inauguration 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!
info_outline Headliner of State: Abraham Lincoln 02/12/2017
Headliner of State: Abraham Lincoln 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 career -- for better or worse. It's a thoughtful, joke-filled discussion about the humanity of an American legend. And it's a great conclusion to our profiles in presidential humor! Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power Lincoln's Sense of Humor MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Leapin' at Lincoln Gardens" by Charlie Barnet, "Springfield Stomp" by Cecil Scott and His Bright Boys