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Pittsburgh has a vibrant comedy scene! Almost every night of the week there's 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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Curious about what improv is? Not sure what to expect when you go to a show?

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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 new people, actors looking to sharpen their skills, or improvisers new to town, there are a lot of options!

Awesome!

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

Let's do it!

Upcoming Shows

Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl - 01/20/2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

Pop in to the Arcade Comedy Theater for short-form improv shows every half hour, starting at 6pm!

all-ages, Free, Improv, short form


The Draft - 01/20/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

The Draft is a premier monthly show at the Steel City Improv Theater. We take select SCIT students and SCIT veterans mix them together to make two awesome, one time only teams.


WHAT A JOKE: A national comedy fundraiser (ACLU) - 01/20/2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

In response to our President-elect’s repeated threats on our human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend.

aclu, benefit, charity, stand up


Lady Business - 01/20/2017 at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

LADY BUSINESS is all ladies, getting down to their improv business on the SCIT stage!

Improv


Comedy Royale - 01/20/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

A knock-down, drag-out improv competition

Improv


Technically Sunday Comedy Show - 01/21/2017 at 12:00 am
Arcade Comedy Theater

A midnight stand-up show hosted by John Dick Winters


Beta Stage - 01/21/2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

Experimental, New Comedy every Saturday at 6pm


Celebrity Sofa with Mindy Mchale - 01/21/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

Mindy Mchale shares here sofa with some very special guests with very special talents.

Improv, talk show


Comedian Gene Collier - 01/21/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

The legendary Pittsburgh comedian and sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gene Collier, returns to Arcade for a one-night-only headlining performance.

stand up


Curious Theater with Jeffrey the Plant - 01/21/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

Improv vets Jeffrey The Plant host this unique, off-the-cuff, comedy experience. 3 teams will bring some awkwardness for your delight and pleasure. Along with Jeffrey The Plant you will witness performances from The Nilesh Show and The Justin Jerome Experience.


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Pittsburgh Improv Theaters

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.

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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.

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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

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What is Improv?

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 practice this sort of thing.

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

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.

Long form improv means shows that usually longer scenes that look more like things from regular theater. Rather than playing games, you see what might look like a series of sketches or a short play get made up in the moment.

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 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!