established 2003, Allyson Jaffe, principal

DC Improv Comedy School: Stand-Up Classes


Stand-up comedy is the foundation that comedy clubs are built on. Lots of people dream about trying stand-up, whether it's to scratch it off a bucket list, or to pursue a hobby or career entertaining people.

Our classes are designed to give you a structured environment that motivates you to finally get on stage. Our instructors will show you how to write, polish and perform a short stand-up set. Some classes even feature a graduation show on the famous DC Improv stage (or, in the case of online classes, in our virtual showroom). Whether you're hoping to be a superstar or just looking to try something new, you're welcome at the comedy school!

Wait List: "Five Minutes to Funny" is extremely popular and fills up quickly. If you'd like to be placed on the wait list for that class, complete the Google form at this link.. The wait list is done via e-mail, and once a class is announced via e-mail, the first people to pay in full get into the course. Payment must be made online, with a credit card. If you miss out on registering and want to stay on the wait list, you must complete the form again. You are not automatically enrolled into the wait list for the next class announcement.


By Appointment
Stand-Up Coaching
One-on-one coaching from Rahmein Mostafavi. Via video conferencing.
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January 7 - January 28
Five Minutes to Funny
Four weeks on Sundays. Our "intro to stand-up" class! Grad show February 7.
January 22 - February 5
Level 2 Stand-Up
Three weeks on Mondays. Graduation showcase February 18.
February 20
The Science of Joke Writing
Three hour class on a Tuesday.
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