Somewhere around 2005, DC Standup started organizing one-night Comedy Kumite stand-up tournaments. (Go watch "Bloodsport" if you don't get the name.) The DC Improv revived the idea in 2015, and Comedy Kumite is now one of the most entertaining showcases for local comedians.

Each event features eight stand-ups in a bracketed tournament. Each "match" has two comics doing five-minute performances, and the one who gets the loudest audience cheers advances to the next round. After about 100 minutes, one comic is left standing, making them the Comedy Kumite champion. Every kumite show in the DC Improv's lounge showroom has sold out ... and we even named a Grand Champion in October 2016, when former winners returned to compete against each other.

The next Comedy Kumite is on June 17, 2017. Tickets are $17 and you can get them at dcimprov.com.

 

THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Cerrome Russell

Winner of Kumite 9.1 and Kumite 9.2 in spring 2017.


Ross Benoit

Winner of Kumite 8.2 in winter 2017.


Pat Riley

Winner of Kumite 8.1 in winter 2017.


Grand Champion: Rahmein Mostafavi

Winner of Kumite 4.1 and the October 2016 Tournament of Champions.


Tim Miller

Winner of Kumite 7.2 in summer 2016.


Wendy Wroblewski

Winner of Kumite 7.1 in summer 2016.


Jason Weems

Winner of Kumite 6.1 and Kumite 6.2 in spring 2016.


Jamel Johnson

Winner of Kumite 5.2 in winter 2016.


Russ Green

Winner of Kumite 5.1 in winter 2016.


Matty Litwack

Winner of Kumite 4.2 in winter 2016.


Sean Savoy

Winner of Kumite 3 in fall 2015.


Natalie McGill

Winner of Kumite 2 in summer 2015.


Kasaun Wilson

Winner of the first Comedy Kumite  in summer 2015.