Why So Serious? Check Out These D.C. Area Comedy Clubs for Laughs

Washington, D.C. is the district that people come to when they want to discuss important issues, pour their hearts into causes they are passionate about and aid bills into becoming laws. It can be quite the stressful, serious place but as cable and network late night hosts prove – the nation's capital is a goldmine for comedy.

10Best has searched area clubs and performance groups to find the best places to make your sides hurt from laughing so hard. Since this is a town that revolves around politics, The Capitol Steps comedy group is your best bet for political satire. They have been poking fun at politicians for nearly 35 years and aim to put the 'mock' in democracy.  

Want to see a 'Who's who' of nationally and internationally known comedians perform? Head to DC Improv where Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black and Ellen DeGeneres have all taken the stage. If you are looking for more local, up and coming talent, The Topaz Bar is a great spot for a free weekly show. The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse offers multiple entertainment options including must-see comedy acts.

So if you need a good workout for your abs, don't do crunches. Just head to these amazing comedy clubs in the nation's capital.





Founded in 2001, this dinner/variety show group brings in nationally touring comedians along with live music and magicians to the D.C. area. Be sure to catch their 'Weekend Uncensored' shows which hark back to the more traditional stand up...  Read More

Lygo DC
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With a mission to make people laugh, enhance the local community and advance the careers of comedians, LYGO DC succeeded. LYGO is an acronym for Laugh Your Grits Off because the group started in 2012 with a brunch and comedy show – now named...  Read More

Columbia Heights
Wonderland Ballroom


Sundays can seem like such a dull, sad day because the long work week is just hours away. Instead of moping, go to Wonderland Ballroom's Sunday night Underground Comedy show. You will find some of the area's best comics and freshest talent...  Read More

Underground Comedy
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With all the political bickering, Washington, D.C. needs cheering up seven days a week and thankfully Underground Comedy is here to help by making your face hurt from laughing so much. Shows feature new, up and coming talent along with drop in...  Read More

Washington Improv Theater


Some of the best comedy laughs come from innovative, imaginative performances that can go in unpredictable directions. Head to the Washington Improv Theater to see unscripted shows and expect to laugh til your sides hurt. Shows are performed by...  Read More

Topaz Bar
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Topaz Bar is a Moroccan-themed club featuring top-notch drinks and delicious small meals. Located inside the Topaz Hotel, the venue also has a great free comedy show each Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. called the Laughing Buddha-ha. The show...  Read More



The Comedy Spot puts on two shows that you will not want to miss – ComedySportz, DC and The Blue Show. ComedySportz features two teams battling to make the audience laugh. Skits and songs are made up on the spot through audience suggestions. A...  Read More



Want to see well-known touring comics in a fun atmosphere? Cross the district boarder and head on over to the the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. This 1930s art deco theater features top-notch comedy and live music shows, movie showings, and a...  Read More



With a goal of putting the 'mock' in democracy, The Capitol Steps comedy show takes on Washington politics and politicians in hilarious song parodies and skits where no elected official is safe. Formed in 1981 by a group of Senate staffers who...  Read More

DC Improv


Everyone needs a good laugh and what better way to tickle your funny bone than to come to DC Improv, one of the top comedy clubs in the nation. A 'Who's who' of comedians have performed here including Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black...  Read More


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