What about improv comedy in Pittsburgh do you want to do?

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Pittsburgh has a vibrant comedy scene! Almost every night of the week Pittsburgh some option of improv, sketch or stand-up in town.

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Take a look below for a sampling of what's coming up soon in Pittsburgh!

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Learn About It

Curious about the artform? Not sure what to expect when you go to a show? What is improv anyway?


It's simpler than you think!
Let me give you a brief introduction to what this is all about. It'll only take a minute.

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Do it

For improv beginners, actors looking to sharpen their skills, or improvisers new to Pittsburgh, there are a lot of options!


Pittsburgh has several training centers, many opportunities to get on stage, and a growing community!

Let's do it!

Upcoming Shows

Here are some upcoming improv shows in Pittsburgh (and some stand-up and sketch too!)

Penny Arcade: Kid's Comedy Show - 02/25/2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

The Penny Arcade Comedy group offers a monthly show that is completely unique because it is created on the spot using your ideas! Especially made for kids and families!

Improv, kid friendly

Beta Stage - 02/25/2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

Arcade Comedy Theater presents Beta Stage, a weekly platform showcasing new, experimental, and student-generated comedy.

CONTEST 4 IMPROV 4 HUMANS - Final Round - 02/25/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse


Matt Besser’s Improv4humans is holding a contest for a trip to NYC to perform in The Del Close Marathon. Each team performs a 20 minute “improv4humans” style comedy set for a panel of three judges. The winner will be one of 15 teams that may be picked by Matt Besser as the grand prize winner.

$10 – Under 21 Ok – Adult Content – BYOB OK. Corkage fees apply. Proper ID required.

Check out Hop Farm Brewery for beers to-go by the cup or growler. Corkage waived.

Doors open a half hour prior to showtime. Tickets sold at the door.

competition, featured, Improv

The Death Show - 02/25/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

The Death Show turns sorrow into satire with a little inspiration from a soon-to-be dearly departed audience member. Join some of Pittsburgh’s finest improvisors for one hilarious funeral, complete with eulogies, scenes, and maybe even a few words from the recently deceased.


The Keaton - 02/25/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

Each month a different guest monologist fills on for Pittsburgh’s own, Michael Keaton. They tell us personal stories that inspire hilarious scenes for top SCIT improvisers.


Improv, long form

Impression Prov - 02/25/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

Our bravest improvisers tackle the IMPRESSION WHEEL! The improvisers spin the wheel and must do a scene or scenes as that celebrity or character from stage or screen.

A challenge and a feat to behold. Don’t miss IMPRESSION PROV!

Tickets $10

Improv, long form

Knights of the Arcade - 02/25/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater


d&d, gaming, Improv, nerd

Bonus Stage - 02/26/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

Each Sunday, Bonus Stage features a rotating selection of Arcade Comedy Theater House Teams, guest troops, and special events.


Comedy Royale Improv Madness 2017 - 03/02/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

16 Improvisers Face-Off in Cut Throat Improv Tournament

Don’t miss a thrilling, hilarious moment in our 2016 Comedy Royale IMPROV MADNESS Tournament.

Matt Hartman hosts this original short-form improv competition. Each show, four talented performers are pitted against one another in a series of quick improv games, points are awarded by audience judges, and one player emerges victorious.

For four consecutive Thursdays, see the preliminary rounds of the Comedy Royale Improv Madness 2017 Tournament. The winner of each show will move on to the finals: Friday, March 24 at 8pm!

Tickets $12

competition, Improv

House Team Night - 03/02/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

House Teams are created from our recent graduates and alumni of our training program. Watch as they create entire worlds from a single suggestion performing scenes that will delight and intrigue all who attend.


More Shows

Pittsburgh Improv Theaters

Improv classes in Pittsburgh are available from three different training centers!
Start at the theater that fits you best!

Arcade Comedy Theater

A non-profit theater and training center in the heart of downtown’s cultural district. Arcade has classes and shows that gamut from stand-up to improv to variety.

Calendar Of Shows

Steel City Improv Theater

Pittsburgh’s oldest improv theater, specializing in teaching and showcasing long-form improvisation. Improv and stand-up shows feature at it’s Shadyside location.

Calendar Of Shows

Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

Located in Lawrenceville, Unplanned Comedy teaches classes in long-form improv, sketch writing and videography, and has its own podcasting network.

5601 Butler StPittsburgh, PA. 15217

Phone: (412) 212 -7061

Calendar Of Shows

What is Improv?

Simply put, Improv just means a show that doesn’t have a script.

All of the lines and the movement and (sometimes) the music is made up on the spot by people who train for this sort of thing.

Most shows have some kind of specific structure so it might look like fun party games (like Whose Line Is It Anyway), or it might look like a bunch of sketches (like SNL), or it might even be like a regular play (or musical)!

The people doing it practice, believe it or not, being able to work together in the moment to make these shows fun, entertaining, touching, meaningful, and a bunch of other adjectives depending on their direction.

Because there are so many different kinds of the shows, you can probably find ones that suits your mood.

If you want something fast, and funny, and like what you may have seen on TV, look for short form shows They’re called that because they usually are shows made up of games that only take a few minutes to complete. In most of these shows you’ll probably get a lot of opportunities to help by giving a suggestion or helping the actors.

On the other hand Long form improv means shows that usually longer scenes that look more like things from regular theater. Rather than seeing people playing games, you see what might look like a series of sketches or a short play.

There are also more specialty improv shows out there… shows that depend on making up songs, or maybe are trying to be a certain kind of genre piece (like and improvised Western, or a made-up Law and Order episode).

You’re really lucky actually, Pittsburgh improv is in a great place right now.

Take a look at the upcoming shows And I bet you’ll find something you’ll like!