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Here are some upcoming improv shows in Pittsburgh (and some stand-up and sketch too!)
The Orange Economy: Spring Show - 03/29/2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pmSouth Side BBQ Company
After a long hiatus (no show in January and a theme-show in February) the Orange Economy – Steve Barth, Tamara Siegert, Kyle Longsdorf, Ben Amiri, Mike Cerce, Courtney Lynn, and Chad Shannon – are bringing back some regular @SS short form improv. That’s right, no gimmicks and no fancy productions, just some regular a** comedy.
This isn’t a one year anniversary show. Nope, the’s group’s producer, Chad, missed that chance last month. Just some short-form games with some possible music. Possible you say? Yes, the same negligent producer may have forgotten to notify the regular performing music group, Minature Table Concerts (Kevin O’Brien and Michelle Riches). If they can’t make it, we make conbread and baked beans jokes up until you laugh.
So, come on down and see us and get yourself some good eats and libations while you are at it!
FreeImprov, musical, short form
House Team Night - 03/30/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmSteel 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.Improv
Pittsburgh Improv Jam - 03/30/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:15 pmCabaret at Theater Square
The Pittsburgh Improv Jam is a night of spontaneous, comedic scenes inspired by audience suggestions and performed by experienced improvisers. Improvisers of all skill levels are welcome!Improv, jam
SCIT Improv Jam - 03/30/2017 at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pmSteel City Improv Theater
After our SCIT HOUS TEAMS show at 8pm, stick around for the SCIT Improv Jam. Sign up begins at 930pm and jam begins shortly there after.Improv, jam
Absolute Truth - 03/31/2017 at 8:00 pmSteel City Improv Theater
If you thought science couldn’t be funny, think again! Like peanut butter and chocolate, we’re bringing together the best of both worlds with this science-based night of improv comedy. We’ll be interviewing two active members of the scientific community to discuss what they do and why it matters. This show, we’ll be talking to Deepu Murty about how the brain prioritizes memories, and Scott Duda about decaying water structures and controlling pathogen growth in man made water-systems Then, jumping off the interviews, we’ll have a group of talented improvisers use those conversations as inspiration to create one-of-a-kind, one night only scenes. Come out to laugh, and leave having learnt something too!
with guest scientists Deepu Murty (Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory) and Scott Duda (PE- Water/Wastewater Project Engineer)
HOSTED BY JON DAVID
Burning Bridges Festival presents: Shane Torres - 03/31/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmArcade Comedy Theater
Arcade Comedy Theater is teaming up with the Burning Bridges Festival for a night of stand-up comedy with Shane Torres. The show also features Justin Thompson, Josh Morrow, Jordan James, Reena Calm, Kelsey Claire Hagen, Kevin Obrien, and host Jason Clark.
Arcade is proud to be a part of Pittsburgh’s Burning Bridges Comedy Festival happening in great venues all around the city.stand up
Burning Bridges Festival presents: James Adomian - 03/31/2017 at 8:30 pm - 10:30 pmMr. Smalls - Theater
Burning Bridges Festival is back for its 2nd year, March 31-April 2nd all over Pittsburgh. On March 31st, James Adomian headlines at Mr. Smalls Theater. With special guests Isaac Crow, John Dick Winters, Alex Stypula. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm.
JAMES ADOMIAN is a comedian and actor who is well known for his standup, characters and impressions. He can be seen in David Cross’ feature directorial debut HITS, and in forthcoming feature films LOVE AFTER LOVE and ADVENTURES OF DRUNKY. He has guest starred on Comedy Central’s @MIDNIGHT, THE MELTDOWN and DRUNK HISTORY, on Adult Swim’s CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and on IFC’s COMEDY BANG! BANG! as a variety of guest characters. As Bernie Sanders, James is one-half of TRUMP VS. BERNIE, a comedy debate act that includes a memorable guest appearance on Comedy Central and two TV specials for Fusion, along with a live international tour in 2016.
Burning Bridges Festival presents: Hambone's Standup Showcase - 03/31/2017 at 9:00 pm - 10:30 pmHambones
Pittsburgh’s longest running standup showcase continues with a special Burning Bridges Festival edition. Featuring: Mary Santora, Andrew Michael, Mike Sasson, Jen Lenny, Allan Lee, Mekkie Lepper, Phil Forrence, and Norlex Belma. Hosted by Derek Minto.
FN'Improv with The Cellar Dwellers - 03/31/2017 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pmBeaver Valley Bowl
The Cellar Dwellers have been Beaver County’s premier sketch comedy and improv troupe since 1997. Their show is a combination of lightning-fast short-form and experimental long-form improv which has been delighting audiences for over 20 years!Improv, long form, short form
SketchPROV - 03/31/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:00 pmSteel City Improv Theater
SketchProv is an improv and sketch competition show. Two teams will perform 15 minutes of improv, then have 20 minutes to write a sketch inspired by their sets. While their writing, you enjoy a standup set! It’s a win – win, guys
Both teams will then perform their sketches and the audience will vote on their favorite!
Tickets $10competition, Improv, sketch
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.
Phone: (412) 339-0608
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.
Phone: (412) 404-2695
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 a 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 look 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 shows, you can probably find one that suits your mood.
If you want something fast-paced and funny, and like what you may have seen on TV, look for short-form shows. These are improv sets that are made up of short games that only take the performers a few minutes to complete. At this type of show, you’ll probably get a lot of opportunities to give suggestions and help the actors on stage.
On the other hand long-form improv means shows with longer scenes and may resemble things you’ve seen in theater pieces or movies. Rather than watching people play short 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!