The Second Annual District Improv Festival is Coming Sept. 24

What is the District Improv Festival?

The District Improv Company, in alliance with Washington Improv Theater, is proud to host the second annual District Improv Festival! The festival will showcase longform improv troupes from across North America, including a strong representation of DC-based acts.

The Festival will also feature an exciting array of workshops taught by experienced instructors from participating troupes. This year, the festival will feature a headlining performance by the premier improv duo in the country: TJ and Dave. The New York Times featured TJ and Dave in a recent profile, writing: "'TJ and Dave,' the hourlong improv show by the Second City veterans TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, the premier improv duo working today, unfolds so seamlessly that it makes you wonder: Are these guys really making all this up on the spot?"

Tickets for TJ and Dave will go on sale separately and will be announced via the District Improv newsletter. To receive the newsletter (and get the scoop on all of the DC improv news), sign up here.

When is it? And where?

The festival begins on Sept. 24 and runs through Sept. 27 (with additional workshops taking place on the 28th). 

All shows will take place at Source (1835 14th St. NW), which is conveniently located in the District's bustling 14th Street corridor (and one block away from the U Street neighborhood). Source is easily accessed using the green/yellow line metro (U St./Cardozo stop), but is walking distance from the Dupont Circle (red line) and McPherson Square (orange/blue line) metro stops.

Who's going to be there?

Top-notch troupes from DC and beyond. Last year, we got troupes coming in from New York, Chicago, Austin, and Toronto! Each participating troupe was selected from a committee made up of a broad cross-section of DC-based improvisers.

We'll be announcing the full line-up for the 2014 festival later this summer. But, in the meantime, you can read a recap of last year's festival and take a look at the participating troupes below.

Last year's line-up:

  • Aboulia! - Washington, DC
  • Aeropuerto - Cambridge, MA
  • The Amie & Kristen Show/The Kristen & Amie Show  - Philadelphia, PA
  • Commonwealth - Washington, DC
  • Dial M for Nasty  - Washington, DC
  • Disco Taxi - Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Fantastic  - Washington, DC
  • Evan the Loyal - Baltimore, MD
  • Gus - Baltimore, MD
  • Haroldo Rivera - New York, NY
  • Hello Laser - New York, NY
  • iMusical - Washington, DC
  • In Our Prime - Austin, TX
  • Jimmy Fedora - New York, NY
  • Jive Turkey - Washington, DC
  • King Bee - Washington, DC
  • The Lodge  -  Washington, DC
  • Mandudebro  -  Bethlehem, PA
  • Mason Improv Association -  Fairfax, VA
  • Mr. Meaner - Washington, DC
  • Nox - Washington, DC
  • Population Six  - Baltimore, MD
  • The Score - Washington, DC
  • Sea Tea Improv - Hartford, CT
  • Season Six  - Washington, DC
  • ShawnMikael(s) - Washington, DC
  • Singles Cruise - New York, NY
  • Sistine Robot  - Washington, DC
  • Stranger - Chicago, IL
  • Vox Pop - Annadale, VA / New York, NY
  • Weekend of Regret - New York, NY

In addition, the free District Improv Invitational (which preceded the festival) featured six additional DC-based acts: The Word of God, Temporary Surcharge, Just Moxie, Press Play, and Hot & Sweaty.