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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 pmArcade 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 pmArcade 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 pmUnplanned Comedy Warehouse
THE FINALS ARE HERE.
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 pmArcade 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.Improv
The Keaton - 02/25/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmSteel 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.
WHEN THE REAL MICHAEL KEATON DOES THIS SHOW,
THE SHOW WILL END!
Impression Prov - 02/25/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:00 pmSteel 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 $10Improv, long form
Knights of the Arcade - 02/25/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pmArcade Comedy Theater
A LIVE D&D COMEDY SHOW WHERE YOU CHOOSE THE ADVENTUREd&d, gaming, Improv, nerd
Bonus Stage - 02/26/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmArcade Comedy Theater
Each Sunday, Bonus Stage features a rotating selection of Arcade Comedy Theater House Teams, guest troops, and special events.Improv
Comedy Royale Improv Madness 2017 - 03/02/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmArcade 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 $12competition, Improv
House Team Night - 03/02/2017 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 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 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!