If you want to take improv, stand-up or sketch-writing classes in Dallas, Dallas Comedy House has become the go-to place. The business Amanda Austin opened in 2009 has blossomed into a community; people sign up for classes and routinely stick around to teach, perform and support their friends once they've graduated. Case in point, David Allison, who started out as a student and was just yesterday named DCH's first theater director.
“It’ll be exciting to put 40 hours a week into the place that I love," Allison says in the press release announcing the hire. As of July 18, he will be in charge of programming and talent at the theater, where he will still perform improv with the troupes David & Terry, On-Time Delivery and The Rift, as well as teach sketch comedy. In the past, Allison has also been a contributor to the popular web comic Cyanide & Happiness.
The need for a theater director in the first place is a testament to DCH's growth. It started in a relatively small space on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum, but a year and a half ago jumped over one street to a building across from Monkey King Noodle Co. on Main Street. That space is much more luxurious, with two theaters, twice as many classrooms, and a full bar that even serves some food. The move has allowed DCH to build on its five-night-a-week programming, which has drawn in performances from big names such as Tim Meadows, Chelsea Peretti and Keegan-Michael Key.
“We’ve been long overdue for a theater director. In the past two years alone, we’ve more than tripled the amount of troupes and shows here at DCH,” Amanda Austin adds in the release. “The growth has been amazing, and I can’t wait to see how it takes off under the direction of a theater director."
Dallas Comedy House is located at 3025 Main St.