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Here are some upcoming improv shows in Pittsburgh (and some stand-up and sketch too!)
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 Jam - 03/02/2017 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 - 03/02/2017 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
Harold Night - 03/03/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmUnplanned Comedy Warehouse
Doing the classic long-form format the Harold, Unplanned Comedy’s house teams will create a theater piece right before your eyes
Your Life: The Musical - 03/03/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmArcade Comedy Theater
A fully-improvised musical all about YOU.
Ever wanted to see your name in lights? One lucky audience member will have his or her life story transformed into a hilarious and touching musical theater show, as if featured on Broadway (except with no script and no budget). It could be you!Improv, long form, musical
Enter Warp Zone - 03/03/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:15 pmArcade Comedy Theater
Arcade Comedy Theater’s venerable long-form team WARP ZONE invites you on an adventure unlike anything else in town. It’s like an improv comedy show happening inside Inception right when all those buildings start folding into each other. Or something like that.Improv, long form
The Justin and Jerome Experience - 03/03/2017 - 03/04/2017 at 11:45 pm - 1:15 amArcade Comedy Theater
A Midnight Show Unlike No Other
“Probably the best show in Pittsburgh right now” – Your Editorbill withers, Improv
Beta Stage - 03/04/2017 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.
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!