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.

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

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Learn About It

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

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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 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 - 06/29/2017 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.

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Pittsburgh Improv Jam - 06/29/2017 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 - 06/29/2017 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


Celebrity Sofa and Just Trust Me - 06/30/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

A Wacky Talkshow & Hilarious Gameshow Wrapped In One JUST TRUST ME hosted by Mindy Cooper A live gameshow featuring some interesting personalities lying, or not lying. You be the judge. CELEBRITY SOFA hosted by Mindy McHale. A variety talk show that invites some very interesting characters to spend some time on the sofa. Who’s […]

competition, game show, Improv, talk show


Celebrity Sofa with Dr. Terrence Randalwood, J. August Thornstrum IV, and Shirley Ziering - 06/30/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Unplanned Comedy Warehouse

The night opens with Mindy Cooper’s Just Trust Me, a comedy show full of ridiculous stories, strange beliefs, wild secrets and 6 panelists trying to hash out the truth from the lies. Every show is unique and mind-boggling in its own special way. Following this is your featured show: Celebrity Sofa. This is a live […]

Improv, variety


Frankly Scarlett: All Made Up - 06/30/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

An all-improv show from Pittsburgh’s favorite all-female comedy troupe Frankly Scarlett presents a night of all-improv with all-ladies! Check out this mix of short-form games and long-form scenes, featuring the cast of Frankly Scarlett alongside special guests from around Pittsburgh. Tickets $12

sketch


Three's Compay - 06/30/2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

If three is a crowd, then this is the comedy’s version of crowd surfing. Come see three groups of three improvisers do long-form improv! Tickets

Improv, long form


FN'Improv with The Cellar Dwellers - 06/30/2017 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


SketchProv - 06/30/2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Steel City Improv Theater

SketchProv is an improv and sketch competition show. Two teams will perform 15 minutes of improv, then have 20 minutes to write a sketch inspired by their sets. While their writing, you enjoy a standup set! It’s a win – win, guys. Tickets

Improv, sketch, stand up


Vidiots!: Found Footage, New Comedy - 06/30/2017 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Arcade Comedy Theater

Vidiots is a new variety show that mixes standup, improv, and an unhealthy dose of found footage weirdness courtesy of Salvaged Cinema to create something all together new and hilarious! Hosted by Shannon Norman Tickets $12

Improv, video


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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 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!