What about improv comedy in Pittsburgh do you want to do?

I want to

See it

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?


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!


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!)

Coconut Night: Monty Python & The Holy Grail - 05/27/2017 - 05/28/2017 at 11:30 pm - 2:00 am
Row House Cinema

What is Coconut Night? Well, it’s the movie Monty Python & The Holy Grail, of course, but we throw in live performances from comedy troupe Well Known Strangers PLUS audience participation!

Think Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Monty Python.

Saturday May 27th – Midnight
Row House Cinema
Tickets are $12 and includes a set of coconuts.

Show starts at midnight. Be there or or we shall taunt you a second time!

Bonus Stage - 05/28/2017 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.


5 and Dime: Stand Up and Improv - 05/29/2017 at 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Join us Every Monday Night 8:30 PM for Unplanned Comedy’s Five and Dime Stand-Up Comedy and Improvisation Night Hosted by Joey Marchi. One comedian or story teller does a 5 minute set, that inspires a group of improvisers to do a 10 minute scene. Open to all. Come sign up. It is also Wing Night Until 10 PM. There is Plenty of Free Street Parking and a Lighted City Lot Just Across The Street.

Improv, jam, stand up

House Team Night - 06/01/2017 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.


Pittsburgh Improv Jam - 06/01/2017 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!

Improv, jam

SCIT Improv Jam - 06/01/2017 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

FN'Improv with The Cellar Dwellers - 06/02/2017 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Beaver Valley Bowl

The Cellar Dwellers have been Beaver County’s premier sketch comedy and improv troupe since 1997. Their show is a combination of lightning-fast short-form and experimental long-form improv which has been delighting audiences for over 20 years!

Improv, long form, short form

The Justin and Jerome Experience - 06/02/2017 - 06/03/2017 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 - 06/03/2017 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 Duo Show - 06/03/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

The Duo Show began at the SCIT in 2012, when the theater began putting one night only twosomes together. Since it’s inception, the Duo Show has produced hundreds of Duos, some of which are still together!

Tickets $10

Improv, long form

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.

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.

Calendar Of Shows

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

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 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!