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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 amRow 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 pmArcade Comedy Theater
Each Sunday, Bonus Stage features a rotating selection of Arcade Comedy Theater House Teams, guest troops, and special events.Improv
5 and Dime: Stand Up and Improv - 05/29/2017 at 8:30 pm - 11:30 pmHambones
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 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 - 06/01/2017 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 - 06/01/2017 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
FN'Improv with The Cellar Dwellers - 06/02/2017 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pmBeaver 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 amArcade Comedy Theater
A Midnight Show Unlike No Other
“Probably the best show in Pittsburgh right now” – Your Editorbill withers, Improv
Beta Stage - 06/03/2017 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.
The Duo Show - 06/03/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:15 pmSteel 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 $10Improv, long form
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 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!