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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One part political debate, one part improv show. How are the two connected? Tom Brennan gathers some of the PIT’s favorite perfomers to make up scenes based on the week's news. And with the 2016 election looking more bananas than ever before, its likely...Improv Saturday April 30 2016 - Saturday October 29 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 April 30 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016Read more
Fly, You Fools!
The irreverent goons behind Hold Onto 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 four-person...Sketch shows Monday May 2 2016 - Friday May 20 2016Read more
Things to do
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
The 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 the hero....Performances Tuesday May 3 2016 - Tuesday May 24 2016Read more
Super Free Wednesday
Every Wednesday, all night long, see the PIT's best house teams doing their brand of long-form improvisation.Improv Wednesday May 4 2016 - Wednesday December 28 2016 FreeRead more
Bailiff Bowen Yang oversees this night of satirical small-claims drama at the Underground, featuring various local drag stars such as BibleGirl666, Cher Noble and honorable Judge Ruby Roo. Wigs are likely to be snatched.Thursday May 5 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!