After many years in Chelsea, this improv and sketch theater moved crosstown to a dramatic East Side location with a warm main stage proscenium, a black box in the basement and an inviting bar. Cheap shows and free jams keep the crowds young and lively.
|Venue name:||Peoples Improv Theater||Contact:|
123 E 24th St
|Cross street:||between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 23rd St–Broadway; 6 to 23rd St|
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Super Free Wednesday
Every Wednesday, all night long, see the PIT's best house teams doing their brand of long-form improvisation.Improv Wednesday June 1 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016 FreeRead more
Now That's What I Call Parody: Tech Obsessed
Some of the PIT's most gleefully demented performers warp your favorite chart-toppers with hilariously dark new lyrics. It's time to let go of Adele's "Hello" and watch this genius troupe rip it apart.Musical Thursday June 2 2016Read more
With Planned Parenthood under constant threat and women's sexuality still stigmatized in the media, some of the city's sharpest women comics are striking back. This stand-up show celebrates naughty parts and even commits to their health, with portions...Political Friday June 3 2016Read more
Watching a subpar improv troupe can feel a bit like suffering through Dante’s Inferno (and that goes doubly for musical improv), but the stars of North Coast deliver every time with their “hip-hopera.” The group raps and beat-boxes an unscripted original...Sketch shows Saturday June 4 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016Read more
Fly, You Fools!
The irreverent goons behind Hold On To Your Butts and the director of the Harry Potter parody show Puffs present this "shot-for-shot" reenactment of the gloriously dramatic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Expect wigs to fly as this...Sketch shows Sunday June 5 2016 - Saturday July 30 2016Read more
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Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
The frighteningly creative minds behind Kapow-i GoGo bring you a Harry Potter parody of epic proportions. The gentle Hufflepuffs often live in the shadows of J.K. Rowling's universe, and this show follows the forgotten lives of the students sitting next to...Performances Monday June 6 2016 - Monday June 27 2016Read more
X Plus One
Take part in a totally improvised 1940s-style sci-fi radio show, complete with war rockets, jet packs and plenty of blimps as the X Plus One crew performs and records their podcast live. Whether you're down for the square-jawed superheroes of the war...Improv Thursday June 9 2016Read more
Good Catch Musical Improv
Witness musical improv greatness (or calamity) as a wildly creative group of comics creates and performs a complete musical on the spot, based on your suggestions. May's MGM theme promises tapping, tuxedos and plenty of romance, but there's always a chance...Improv Monday June 13 2016Read more
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The sixth go-round of PIT’s annual IndiePendence Day Festival will feature more of what attracted big crowds to the first five: a 12-hour marathon of live comedy performances, beer and—best of all—free BB (so we can all pretend the founding fathers added...Monday July 4 2016Read more
The talent that graces the stage is actually quite good! The goofiness definitely permeates throughout the crowd(Knocking back a few reasonably priced drinks first doesn't hurt). The bartenders are super friendly, and the post-grad crowd is rowdy enough to make it a fun night out without making you want to throw a bottle at someone. Worth the trip if you're in a festive mood.
If I'm not seeing a show at UCB, I'm seeing one here. They've got great stages, plenty of talent and really unique shows, my favorite being Hold On to Your Butts, a shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park pulled off completely by two guys. There's also a nice, big bar area up front so everyone doesn't feel so crowded in, and some snacks like pizza and popcorn. Shows are usually pretty cheap, and students get in for $1. Check it out to go off the beaten comedy path just a bit, and if you'e brave enough or want to make new friends, take a class!