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 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!)

Bonus Stage - 02/26/2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arcade 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 pm
Arcade 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 $12

competition, Improv


House Team Night - 03/02/2017 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


Pittsburgh Improv Jam - 03/02/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:15 pm
Cabaret 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!

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SCIT Improv Jam - 03/02/2017 at 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Steel 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 pm
Unplanned 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 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


Enter Warp Zone - 03/03/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Arcade 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 am
Arcade Comedy Theater

A Midnight Show Unlike No Other

“Probably the best show in Pittsburgh right now” – Your Editor

bill withers, Improv


Beta Stage - 03/04/2017 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.


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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 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!