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 has some option of improv, sketch or stand-up in town.

Ready to go?

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

What's playing now?

Learn About It

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

Relax!

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!

Awesome!

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!)

House Team Night - 08/17/2017 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.

Improv


Beta Stage - 08/19/2017 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.


The Five & Dime - 08/21/2017 at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hambones

FREE Every Monday at Hambones. UNPLANNED COMEDY’S FIVE AND DIME. An open jam for stand-ups, storytellers, and improvisers. Each scripted set inspires each improv scene. Show starts at 8:30PM. Sign-up and play or sit back and watch.

Improv, jam, stand up


House Team Night - 08/24/2017 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.

Improv


Beta Stage - 08/26/2017 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.


The Five & Dime - 08/28/2017 at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hambones

FREE Every Monday at Hambones. UNPLANNED COMEDY’S FIVE AND DIME. An open jam for stand-ups, storytellers, and improvisers. Each scripted set inspires each improv scene. Show starts at 8:30PM. Sign-up and play or sit back and watch.

Improv, jam, stand up


Your Life: The Musical - 09/01/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arcade 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


Beta Stage - 09/02/2017 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.


Unplanned Comedy Players - 09/07/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

Come every Thursday night for the Unplanned Comedy Players, the house teams of Unplanned Comedy

Improv


Beta Stage - 09/09/2017 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.


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.

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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?

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!