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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New Material Night with Aasif Mandvi: Come See How the Sausage Gets Made
Come be a guinea pig when The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Mandvi hits the stage to workshop his new solo show. There will be hits and misses, but count on more of the former from this Peabody award–winning actor and writer.Stand-up Sunday August 6 2017
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I went to the People's Improv Theater (PIT) all throughout college. I have seen very talented people grace the stage, and it is incredibly affordable. It is normally $10 and only $1 for people with a student ID. The drinks at the bar are also reasonably priced and they made me a hot toddy, which was delicious!
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!