The Other Side
The official podcast of the DC Improv, the finest comedy club in all the land.
info_outline Living the Fairy Tales, Vol. 2 04/08/2020
Living the Fairy Tales, Vol. 2 In the 1800s, the Brothers Grimm compiled and published more than 60 fairy tales and folktales. Those stories are really weird ... and they're really in the publci domain. We asked people in the DC comedy scene to pick a fairy tale and read us their interpretation, whether it's doing voices, adding sound effects, or chiming in with running commentary. If you enjoy listening, support the comedians! Find them online and go see them perform when life gets back to normal. And support the Improv by going to dcimprov.com and learning more about venue credits and donating to our staff. Volume Two: reads "Hansel and Gretel" reads "The Mouse, the Bird and the Sasuage" reads "Doctor Knowall"
info_outline Throwback Interview: Greg Giraldo 2009 04/02/2020
Throwback Interview: Greg Giraldo 2009 Help out some nice people! The DC Improv (like most entertainment venues and restaurants) had to lay off its staff for the duration of this public health situation. To help our once and future employees out in these tough times, we are collecting donations through a GoFundMe linked at dcimprov.com. We're also selling DC Improv venue credits to keep the club running until it's time to open our doors again. But we don't want something for nothing! Presented for your listening pleasure: A 2009 interview with the late, great Greg Giraldo. Enjoy the chat!
info_outline Living the Fairy Tales, Vol. 1 03/31/2020
Living the Fairy Tales, Vol. 1 In the 1800s, the Brothers Grimm compiled and published more than 60 fairy tales and folktales. Those stories can be enchanting, bizarre, magical or cruel -- sometimes all at once. But most important, in the year 2020, they're all in the public domain. We asked people in the DC comedy scene to pick a fairy tale, and read us their interpretation, whether it's doing voices, adding sound effects, or chiming in with running commentary. If you enjoy listening, support the comedians! Find them online and go see them perform when life gets back to normal. And support the Improv by going to dcimprov.com and learning more about venue credits and donating to our staff. Volume One: reads "The Fisherman and His Wife" reads "Old Sultan" reads "The Turnip"
info_outline I Take Requests 03/30/2020
I Take Requests Chris White (the host of our podcast) recorded a full-length comedy album in the DC Improv lounge in 2011. To keep you quarantined in style, we're presenting it in its entirety, free of charge. Our request: If you enjoy this, go to dcimprov.com and support the club by buying venue credits, or donating to our staff GoFundMe.
info_outline Throwback Interview: John Mulaney 2011 03/26/2020
Throwback Interview: John Mulaney 2011 Help out some nice people! The DC Improv (like most entertainment venues and restaurants) had to lay off its staff for the duration of this public health situation. To help our once and future employees out in these tough times, we are collecting donations through a GoFundMe linked at dcimprov.com. But we don't want something for nothing! Presented for your listening pleasure: A 2011 interview we did with John Mulaney, before he was a mega-star and before podcasts were cool. Enjoy the chat, and if you have the means, please donate over at dcimprov.com. Thank you!
info_outline Ian Edwards 02/05/2020
Ian Edwards Ian Edwards has Valentine's weekend duty at the DC Improv -- his first time headlining the club! So we're calling ahead to get to know him. Finding out about his love of soccer, his approach to romance, some of his writing plans and plenty more. Have a listen, then get your tickets for Feb. 13-16 ... Instagram: @ianedwardscomic
info_outline Steve Byrne 01/29/2020
Steve Byrne We know Steve Byrne (@stevebyrnelive) is a great stand-up -- he's headlining our club February 20-22. But the last few years he's been honing his director skills. His first project was a documentary about the great comedic magician The Amazing Johnathan. And now he has put the finishing touches on "The Opening Act," a film he wrote about a young performer pondering a life in show business. Steve calls in to give us the back story on that project, his on-the-job training as a director and (for good measure) some thoughts on his latest hour of stand-up.
info_outline Fahim Anwar 12/20/2019
Fahim Anwar Sure, Fahim Anwar is an accomplished multi-platform comedian. But did you know he can DANCE? On this episode of The Other Side, we ask him about his BFAB status. And then, because it's our job, we ask him about comedy too: How his training as an engineer helps him approach the entertainment business; whether Goatface will rise again to produce more sketch comedy; and sorting out what it means to be a brown comic in 2019. Have a listen, get to know him, then come see his DC Improv debut, January 23-26. Instagram: @fahimanwar
info_outline Kiran Deol 12/18/2019
Kiran Deol A lot of impressive people come to the DC Improv, but it's hard to top Kiran Deol -- how many stand-ups have starred in a network sitcom AND filmed a documentary in the mountains of Nepal? The "Sunnyside" star calls in to chat about the holidays, her path to comedy, the joys of being on (the side of) a bus and lots more. Get to know her, then snag tickets for her DCI debut -- January 10-11 in our lounge showroom! www.kirandeol.com
info_outline Adam Ray 11/27/2019
Adam Ray Adam Ray will be our last 2019 headliner and the star of our New Year's Eve celebration. But the rest of his resume ain't too shabby: He's a magical flying unicorn, an NBA star (sort of), a movie star, a veteran podcaster and a karaoke champion. He's calling in to talk about all these things -- so listen, get to know him, then snag your tickets for the last week of the year. You won't regret it! #ALNPodcasdt
info_outline Jessica Kirson 11/20/2019
Jessica Kirson Jessica Kirson is about to have a great December. Comedy Central releases her first special on December 6 -- and then she comes to DC for a supershow on the last night of Hanukkah (December 30). She's calling in to chat about those projects, her new documentary on women in comedy, and how to entertain elderly Jewish people. Catch up with one of our favorite performers!
info_outline Nathan Macintosh 10/07/2019
Nathan Macintosh Nathan Macintosh built a comedy career in two countries -- first his native Canada, and now the United States. A few weeks before his DC Improv debut, he calls in to talk about "positive anger," his high-energy style and what put him on the path to comedy. Plus there's a guest appearance by Nathan's chihuahua. Have a listen, then get your tickets to see Nathan on November 8-9. www.nathanmacintosh.com
info_outline Michael Rapaport 10/01/2019
Michael Rapaport You've seen Michael Rapaport: He's been in 60 movies, popped up in tons of television shows and worked as a sports broadcaster. But even with all that success, now he's stretching his legs as a stand-up comedian. In some ways, it's a return to his roots -- and he tells us all about it in this interview. Have a listen, then get your tickets to see him October 4-6. www.michaelrapaportcomedy.com
info_outline Daniel Weingarten 09/24/2019
Daniel Weingarten Daniel Weingarten is half Mexican, half Argentinian, all Jewish and all funny. He calls in to tell us about his journey from a self-professed "annoying kid" to an accomplished stage performer -- including some of the bumps on that road (like his rap phase). Plus we sing the praises of "I Love Lucy," and get a great story about doing stand-up in Spanish. Have a listen, then get your tickets to see him in our lounge October 18-19.
info_outline Margaret Cho 09/13/2019
Margaret Cho Margaret Cho is on the program! The comedy icon stops by to tell us about her latest project, The Margaret Cho podcast on the Earios network. We're talking about her goals as an interviewer, why she came back to podcasting, her dream guests, and what she looks for in up-and-coming comedians. Plus we sneak in one "Masked Singer" question at the end. Have a listen to this interview, then go check out .
info_outline Erin Foley 09/12/2019
Erin Foley Erin Foley loves doing stand-up, but she's over the moon about women's sports. Her "Sports Without Balls" podcast has been picking up steam in 2019, as she gets great athletes, journalists and more to share their stories. We're talking about her "rebranded" podcast, her approach to stand-up comedy and more ... have a listen, then get your tickets to see her headline our lounge showroom September 27 and 28! Instagram: @erinkfoley
info_outline Rahmein Mostafavi 05/29/2019
Rahmein Mostafavi Rahmein Mostafavi gives us the scoop on two of his projects: the wildly popular "Couples Therapy: A Comedy Show" and his multi-night album recording this July. Can one comedian solve ALL the world's romantic problems? For sales purposes, we're willing to say: YES! Listen to this interview with a DC Improv favorite, then check out his shows at dcimprov.com.
info_outline Mo Amer 05/22/2019
Mo Amer Once a refugee, now a world-famous comedian: Mo Amer has been on a journey that's both inspiring and hilarious. Before making his DC Improv headlining debut (June 7-9), he calls in to share his story. We talk about his role on the breakthrough Hulu sitcom "Ramy," how winding up in Houston helped him as an artist, the advice he gets from Dave Chappelle, and some timely summer travel tips. Have a listen, then get your tickets ...
info_outline Die Laughing Productions / Rob Maher 05/15/2019
Die Laughing Productions / Rob Maher We're killing it on this episode of the Other Side: Rob Maher is in studio to take us behind the scenes at Die Laughing Productions. Their murder mystery comedy shows have been a hit at the Improv over the last several years -- and they're back July 21 with "Hit Me '90s One More Time." Rob explains how the company got off the ground, what goes into producing a murder mystery show, and shares some of the highlights from past performances. Have a listen ... then assemble your Scooby gang to to solve a murder July 21.
info_outline Paul Virzi 05/08/2019
Paul Virzi Paul Virzi (our headliner May 16-19) talks about his great comedy year: taping his first TV special, reaching a podcasting milestone and collaborating with stand-up giants. Plus we get insights into his early days on the "urban" scene, what it's like to play Madison Square Garden (!) and why he prioritizes work/life balance. Get to know Paul, then get your tickets to see him at the club. paulvirzi.com dcimprov.com
info_outline Greg Proops 05/01/2019
Greg Proops We're catching up with the great Greg Proops before he comes to town for shows May 31 - June 2. Greg is never afraid to share his opinions -- so we're talkin' baseball, feminism, the art of political comedy, and his place in the Star Wars universe. (Among other things.) Get your sample of one of the liveliest minds in comedy, then snag your tickets at dcimprov.com.
info_outline Tim Dillon 03/18/2019
Tim Dillon Tim Dillon chats with us a few weeks before headlining the main showroom April 4-6. He's just your typical real estate guy / "Sesame Street" extra / bus tour guide / conspiracy enthusiast. Listen to this very animated 30 minutes then get your tickets ...
info_outline Jenny Johnson 03/06/2019
Jenny Johnson Jenny Johnson headlines our lounge showroom March 15-16, so she's calling in to introduce herself. We're talking about her Texas roots, her past work in TV news, and how she climbed to Twitter fame (@JennyJohnsonHi5). Plus we're getting a little behind-the-scenes info on what it takes to be a drunk historian. Listen, then get your tickets before the shows sell out.
info_outline Pun DMV Returns 02/20/2019
Pun DMV Returns On this punderful episode of The Other Side, we're sharing some of the action from our first Pun DMV event of 2019. Have a listen to Sai D, Jarad Schofer, Dana Fleitman and one of our tournament battles -- then get on board for our next pun events, March 10 and May 1. Tickets and info at dcimprov.com.
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 ...