Thursday, March 28, 2013

Improv Workshop this Saturday with Paul Grondy


Arcade Comedy Theater is excited to announce our first improv workshop, which will be held Saturday March 30from 4:00pm-7:00pm. It’s being taught by Chicago improvisor Paul Grondy, who has trained at The Second City and under Del Close at iO (back when it was called ImprovOlympic). Paul has been teaching improv since 1997, and his experience, humor, and insight are things any improvisor could learn from.

"Commit to Character and Discover Comedy"
If you stress about making your improv scenes funny, or discover you exist in a state of panic during scene work, you might be placing “funny” at too high a priority.
Change your priority list, and put committed character portrayal at the top. Use your natural charm and real life experiences to develop a real person in your scene, that is accessible and recognizable to your audience. You love acting, I love acting. Just because it’s improv doesn’t mean you stop acting. Once the audience believes your are who you say you are, then they will laugh at all that funny stuff you come up with.
Space for this workshop is limited so sign up soon! Registration is $50. Everyone who comes to the workshop is also welcome to stay for the 8pm show, which features an improv set by Paul Grondy, Sue Silvi and stand-up with Bess Boughan.


Comics for Comics at the TOONSEUM: April 4, 2013

The ToonSeum Pittsburgh's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art presents Comics 4 Comics 4!
The 4th installment of this annual fundraiser brings headliner Michael Capozzola to Pittsburgh and onto to the stage at Little E's at 8pm on April 4th.

Michael Capozzola is a San Francisco-based comedian and cartoonist. He's contributed to Mad Magazine, The New York Times and National Lampoon. Michael is the producer and host of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum's annual Comics for Comix fundraiser which served as the inspiration for the ToonSeum's yearly event.

"We are really delighted to have all these great comedians donate their time to support the ToonSeum." said ToonSeum Marketing and Events Director Mandi Bridgeman, "It is really a special moment for us to have Michael Capozzola, the originator of Comics for Comics visiting our museum here in Pittsburgh to share his unique brand of humor."
Joining Michael are the evenings emcee Michael Buzzelli and local comedian Terry Jones.
Mike Buzzelli is a standup comedian and published author. As a comedian, he has performed all around the country, most notably, the Ice House, the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles. He has performed as a stand up in Pittsburgh as well, most notably for several local charity events such as Cabaret for a Cause, The GLSEN Awards, and Brewing Up A Cure. As a writer, Mike has published in a variety of websites, magazines and newspapers. His book, Below Average Genius, a collection of humor pieces culled from his weekly humor column at the Observer-Reporter newspaper, is on sale now at Amazon.com.
Terry Jones is a well known Pittsburgh name in the Comedy world. He is now Co-Hosting the New Top 100 Comedy Podcast on iTunes “Jim Krenn - No Restrictions” that is Worldwide on the Sideshow Network. He is Co-Hosting with Pittsburgh Native and Legend Jim Krenn. With his years of experience and array of impersonations he will sure make you double over in laughter.
The event will be preceded by a VIP reception at the ToonSeum beginning at 6:30pm. Comics for Comics will then open at Little E's directly next door to the ToonSeum at 949 Liberty Avenue.
Tickets for Comics for Comics are $20. VIP tickets which include reserved seating and the reception are $35. All proceeds benefit the ToonSeum. A non-profit museum of comic and cartoon art.

For more information:

email mandi@toonseum.org


Toonseum- VIP Reception
945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Little E's- Show
949 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Monday, March 25, 2013

HARLAND WILLIAMS at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 26-28, 2013

Fri - Sun, Apr 26th - 28th
Harland Williams
Harland Williams: Comedian and Actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand up and sketch comedy routines. From his unforgettable roles in films such as Dumb and Dumber, There's Something about Mary, Half Baked, Rocketman, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope and many more. Harland has been described as a scene stealing actor whose unique portrayals of his characters keep them etched in the minds of filmgoers everywhere. Add to this his incredible stand up comedy routines, which have been seen on Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brian, HBO, Comedy Central and everywhere else. Described as sharp, witty, is...

YANNIS PAPPAS at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 19-21, 2013

Fri - Sun, Apr 19th - 21st
Yannis Pappas
Yannis Pappas: Yannis Pappas performs is unique mix of stand up comedy and combines it with his beloved characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. See what has made Yannis one of the most popular rising stars in comedy. Yannis Pappas has been featured on Comedy Central, VH1's Best Week Ever and CBS. He tours the world doing stand up comedy and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. Along with Director Jesse Scaturro, he is the co-founder of the comedy production company Ditch Films. www.ditchfilms.com

Saturday, March 23, 2013

RALPHIE MAY at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 11-14, 2013

Thu - Sun, Apr 11th - 14th
Ralphie May
Ralphie May: Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, Ralphie May has filmed a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, all of which were among the networks most highly-rated. He’ll be filming a new special on October 1st at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, proving that Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian. Ralphie has a proven track record of selling out multiple shows in 1,500 to 3,000 seat venues. a...

Friday, March 22, 2013

BILL BELLAMY at the Pittsburgh Improv: April 5-7, 2013

Fri - Sun, Apr 5th - 7th
Bill Bellamy
Bill Bellamy: Staying busy is not a problem for Bill Bellamy, whose flourishing career encompasses the worlds of feature film, television, comedy and more. His career is on the rise, yet his feet remain firmly planted on the ground. Bill stars in the new sitcom “Mr. Box Office” with Jon Lovitz, Gary Busey and Vivica A. Fox which airs weekends in national syndication. He plays Marcus Jackson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world who, after pushing a paparazzi, finds himself having to put his film career on hold, while relegated to a long-term community service stint teaching underprivileged high school kids in South Central. Bill can also...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

CHRIS KATTAN and Friends at the Pittsburgh Improv: March 28-30, 2013

Thu - Sat, Mar 28th - 30th
Chris Kattan and Friends
Chris Kattan: Kattan was a member of several improv/sketch comedy troupes one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the first episode of the second season of NewsRadio, "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life," as a photo shop employee. He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term "dagitybo") and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers in...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BRET ERNST at the Pittsburgh Improv: March 21-24, 2013

Thu - Sun, Mar 21st - 24th
Bret Ernst
with Jeff Konkle
Bret Ernst: Bret Ernst is a headliner in the top clubs across the country and has earned the sought after honor of marquee status on the Sunset Strip. His half-hour special was ranked in the top 5 of the Comedy Central Presents series and his highly-anticipated debut album, “American Comic,” is being released this year. Ernst was the host of the Oxygen Series LOVE GAMES: BAD GIRLS NEED LOVE TOO. He was also featured on the BET series ONE MIC STAND & the SHOWTIME series COMICS WITHOUT BORDERS. Ernst starred in the feature film VINCE VAUGHN'S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW, a film documenting Ernst with Vaughn & three other comedians as they performed...

Stewart Huff and Mike Wysocki at Village Tavern: March 22, 2013


Get Your Laughs with WDVE's MIKE WYSOCKI
Plus Aspen Laff Fest Winner
STEWART HUFF
TWO SHOWS!!!   8:00pm & 10:30pm
 FRIDAY - MARCH 22 @ The Village Tavern
424 Main Street - (West End) Pgh, PA -  412-458-0417

Pittsburgh Comedy

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Comedy Theater Premieres Live Reading of “The Sandlot” Featuring Local Actors and Comics


Arcade Comedy Theater continues to expand its programming to new and exciting forms of comedy by collaborating with local filmmaker Chris Preksta on a live screenplay reading. Friday, March 22 at 8pm and 10pm, the venue will produce a live reading of the 1993 screenplay "The Sandlot." For an inspired twist, the performance will feature adult actors and comedians playing the children's roles in the film, and kids cast as the adults. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the box office the night of the show—tickets are still available for the 10pm show.




Chris Preksta, whose credits include the YouTube sensation Pittsburgh Dad and the Syfy series Mercury Men, approached the Arcade with the idea early in the theater's development. Within hours of pitching the idea, Preksta had already talked to David Mickey Evans, the director and co-­‐writer of the "The Sandlot." Preksta, who assembled the cast, is directing the show and providing the narration.


"When he said that he wanted to do it at Arcade, I was immediately on board,” says co-­‐creative director Mike Rubino, who first met with Preksta about the show. “This kind of new, collaborative programming was what we wanted to foster at the theater."


The cast for "The Sandlot," includes a mix of local talent from the theater, stand-­‐up, and improv worlds: Pittsburgh Dad himself Curt Wootton; Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best Local Comic" Aaron Kleiber; star of the recent Steeltown Film Factory movie "Escape from St. Quentin" Nick Staso; along with Mike Rubino, Abby Fudor, John Feightner, Larry Phillis, Dave Fedor, Missy Moreno, Amy Staggs, Mark Tierno, Jeff Brancolini, and Chris Preksta.


“Events like this are popular in LA and New York, and I've always wanted to attend one, but I had never seen something like this offered in Pittsburgh,” says Preksta. This idea is proving to be popular here too: when the 8pm show sold out a week in advance, Arcade added a second performance on Friday, March 22 at 10pm.

Arcade Comedy Theater opened its doors in February 2013 and is a non-­‐profit organization dedicated to elevating and advancing the art of comedy in Pittsburgh. They produce and present shows every Friday and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. On Saturday, March 23, the theater will also feature two installments of the local radio adventure show, Dodge Intrepid and the Pages of Time. For more information, visit arcadecomedytheater.com 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hollywood Producer/Comedy Writer, MAXINE LAPIDUSS, to Host Workshop in Pittsburgh


She's a successful TV comedy writer and producer in Los Angeles ("Ellen," "Roseanne," "Home Improvement") as well as a stand-up performer and entrepreneur, but Maxine Lapiduss remains a Pittsburgh girl at heart. On Thursday, she will be at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland to judge Campus Superstar, the talent competition for college students sponsored by Hillel Jewish University Center (hilleljuc.org). She has judged the event before, but this year's edition is especially meaningful to her as it honors Ellen Weiss Kander, her best friend from childhood, who died in June. Ms. Kander was a chair of the Superstar event and co-founder, with Ms. Lapiduss and Carl Kurlander, of Steeltown Entertainment, dedicated to making show business a mainstay of the Pittsburgh economy.
Also while in town, on March 23 and 24, she will offer branding workshops for small-business owners, artists and entrepreneurs. "I show people how to find what's unique about them and figure out how to make money from it," she said. "It's a really fun day." The courses will be at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for $250 per session. Registration is at www.lapidusscreative.com.

Read more (including a Q&A): http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/theater-dance/person-of-interest-performer-and-producer-maxine-lapiduss-679681/#ixzz2NuICByGZ

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Last Laugh with Derek Minto at Steel City Improv Theater: March 23, 2013



A comic Tells Jokes.
An improv team turns them into scenes.
Come see who gets... THE LAST LAUGH!!

Featured Comic: Derek Minto

March 23, 2013 @ 10PM

Steel City Improv Theater
5950 Ellsworth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Venue Review: Hambone’s BY Jeff Konkle


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It blows my mind that there is consistently an good audience at Hambones.  There is an intrinsic worth to working out material in front of people who don’t hate comedy. - Derek Minto
  
At first glance, Hambone’s Restaurant doesn’t seem like anything special.  Lawrenceville is practically choked with unique dive bars and cool restaurants.  But as we all know, it’s not the location, or the food, or the ironic interior decorating that makes a place great.  It’s the people.  The TV show Cheers could have been set in a Burger King dumpster for all I cared.  As long as George Wendt, Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley all stopped by and interacted with one another, that would have been good enough for me. 

The people at Hambone’s care about live performance, especially comedy.  It all starts with Jeff Holt, the manager of this fine establishment.  If a non-comic in this city could earn a Medal of Honor for Service to the Comedy Industry, Jeff Holt’s name would have a check on my ballot.  He has been a key role-player in the Pittsburgh Open-Mic scene for a few years now.  It started when he brought comedy to Papa J’s Italian Restaurant Dowtown.  He had to put up with his share of crap while at the infamous former brothel: comics who didn’t buy anything, rambling open mic’ers who probably frightened normal customers, and Elliot Burns awkwardly stumbling through late-onset puberty on stage.  However, like a foster parent, he opened the doors of that place to comedians so that we could come in from the cold on Thursday nights. 

Soon Jeff mentioned that he’d be leaving Papa J’s and moving over to booming Lawrenceville to head up an operation named Hambones.  He promised to take comedy with him.  But comedians knew that trick.  Another promise broken.  Another crowd didn’t want them.  But a few months later, the Thursday night open mic was up and running again at the new location.  He kept his promise!
The staff is very supportive–they will literally take a punch for the comedians. – James J. Hamilton
Since moving to Hambone’s we’ve had our share of ups and downs.  The low point was the “Great James J. Hamilton Fist-Melee” in which a emotionally unstable patron and her cadre of eco-terrorist friends (all of whom were 12 feet tall from what I understand)* decided to charge the host of the open mic.  Of course, Jeff Holt was in the middle, protecting comedians from harm and eating a knuckle sandwich in the process. 
But there have also been truly great moments as well.  Most notable were when Lee Camp, a nationally touring comedian, held a packed weekend show there, and when Hannibal Burress, in town for a show at Mr. Smalls, sniffed out Hambone’s to get some stage time. 
I’m not sure if we’ll ever be able to get Jeff Holt an Honorary Doctorate from Clown College.  But judging from his brief body of work, we’ll try.  By God, we’ll try. 

It’s a great location for getting foot traffic in and since the mic is in a separate room from the bar the crowd is usually very attentive. I’ve had some of my favorite open mic sets there.  - Zach Funk

When: Open Mic on Thursday night.  Showcases once a month on the weekend.
Where: Butler Street, Lawrenceville (right by Arsenal Bowling)
Drinks: Nothing special, just everything.
Feature: Really good, authentic Pittsburgh food (I’m talking pierogies mo-fo!).  Knuckle Sandwiches are no longer being served. 
Attire: Weeknights: nothing special.  Weekends: you better hipster it up.  If you have some sort of ridiculous-looking heavy wool sweater, that’d be your best bet.  The more you look like a New England Fishing Boat captain, the better. 
Parking: There’s  a lot right across the street, but you should just be able to park on Butler. 
Cover Charge: Zip for open mic.  Maybe a few buck for a show on the weekend.
* I obviously wasn’t there for this incident.  Comedians tend to exaggerate their stories.

Jeff Konkle is a stand up comedian and writer.
Go see him live. 
Check out Konkdaddy.com for more.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Venue Review: The Pittsburgh Improv BY Jeff Konkle


We’ve talked a lot about the gritty backstage factories where comedy is forged and refined.  But after it’s packaged up and loaded onto the trucks at the distribution center, where does comedy go?  It needs a showroom, a bright floor that will allow the audience to see what comedy can be at its absolute best.
Pittsburgh’s biggest and best comedy stage is the Improv.  Located in Homestead on the banks of the Monongahela river, the Improv is preferred stop for many of the nation’s biggest comedy acts.  On any given weekend you could see a TV star, a Saturday Night Live alum, or a proven road comedian (aka “Drunk”).  I’ve worked with people that I could never have imagined even meeting before starting to do comedy.  Since I’m insecure, I will name a few: Pauly Shore, Jon Lovitz, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr, Billy Gardell and Charlie Murphy.

It’s an awesome venue and stage. Since I started doing open mics there when I was 21, I’ve gathered comedy knowledge and wisdom from some of my childhood idols. -Terry Jones

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Perhaps the biggest contribution that the Improv has to offer the comedy scene is a pathway.  I’ve seen literally hundreds of comedians in the past 6 years that have never made it past the stage of an open mic at a dive bar.  The Improv somehow offers a light at the end of that smokey tunnel.  In a lot of ways, getting in the starting line-up of opening and feature comedians at the Improv means that a performer’s skills have reached another level.  It’s like getting called up from Triple A to the big leagues.  When you get booked to work at the Improv, you know that you’ll be performing for over a thousand people over the course of a weekend.  You have to fill out a W-2 form before you get paid at the club, which means one thing: you are officially a professional comedian.

And now a break down of the weekend shows at the Improv by Mike Wysocki:
ThursdayCrowds are usually light.  Its like a run through for the weekend.  Usually a good, more laid back feel.  Nice way to start off the weekend.
FridayEarly shows are packed, lots of old people and parents getting away from their bratty kids.  Late shows are tough for a performer. They start at 10 so the audience is already drunk and tired.  Getting people to pay attention and be quiet and not yawn can be a challenge.   
SaturdayThis is what you live for as a comic.  Saturday night, fired up crowds and the late show at 9 isn’t too late.  Incredible. 
Sunday: Sort of a wind down.  It’s usually for people that weren’t able to make it to the Friday or Saturday shows. 

There’s one thing about the Improv that can annoy comedians (including myself).  Almost every comedian fancies themselves a philosopher in a way.  We believe that by pointing out the stupid, the hypocritical and the incongruent we can somehow make a reverberating ripple on this tainted blue orb we call Earth.  ”We can change them!”  The thing about audiences at the Improv is that they rarely give a crap about your “point.”  They don’t want to be told why they should support Green Architecture.  They don’t want to be told about why abortion is immoral.   They just paid $45 for tickets and $20 for a bucket of Heineken because they want to blow off some steam.  So it can be frustrating when you unveil a little piece of fragile artistry to the 300+ audience members and are met with silence. But cut them a break, they’re there to laugh for God’s sake!
It’s a great room when it’s filled and a difficult and intimidating one when it’s not.  You really have to earn it with every audience, but if they like you, then there’s nothing better.  - Bill Crawford
I owe practically every accomplishment in my comedy career to the Improv.  It’s my home club.  It’s the best club.   So we all need to support it.  Let’s fill those seats.


When: Open Mic’s on every other Wednesday.  Weekend shows usually run Thursday-Sunday
Where: Homestead (you can call it the Waterfront if that makes you feel better)
Drinks: Two-drink minimum
Feature: Top touring comedians from stage and screen
Attire: I guess two-levels down from what you think would be appropriate to wear to a Samba Club?  Or one level up from anything you’d wear to your nephew’s birthday party?
Parking: Right by Macy’s under the bridge
Cover Charge: You’re looking at a pretty expensive night.  But you get what you pay for, which is the most top-notch comedy product that the city has to offer.

Jeff Konkle is a stand up comedian and writer.
Go see him live. 
Check out Konkdaddy.com for more.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Venue Review: The Pleasure Bar BY Jeff Konkle


So football season is over, WWE Monday Night Raw is getting stale (they’re pushing Randy Orton…again), and you’re bored.  Where do you go?  Why not try heading down to Bloomfield, Pittsburgh’s Little Italy, for a nice little taste of open-mic comedy?  The Pleasure Bar on Liberty Avenue is the first open mic of the long week for struggling comedians.


It might be my personal favorite mic of the week.  Some of my best jokes have been enormously improved at the Pleasure Bar, either on stage, or in conversation work-shopping with the city’s funniest and most committed young comics. - John Winters

Bloomfield is one of those charming neighborhoods that straddles the line of sketchy and bohemian so well.  The bars are quaint.  The food is excellent.  But maybe don’t park your car 5 blocks away from the main drag.  It draws in a very mixed crowd.  Cool hipsters, blue-collar types, and  the occasional Italian Men’s Bocce League.
Seriously.  I had to perform in front of 50 septuagenarians who had just finished eating a five-course pasta explosion.  Bruno Samartino was supposedly going to be in the audience for that one.  Thank God he wasn’t.  I couldn’t bear to have the man who sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times listen to my jokes about what it’d be like if I went to prison.

Inside the side room of the Pleasure Bar for the Roast of Danny Palumbo
Inside the side room of the Pleasure Bar for the Roast of Danny Palumbo

The audience is sometimes made up of girlfriends and other comics.  But Spring seems to be the best time for Pleasure Bar audiences, college students and such. Aaron Kleiber is a great host, way cooler than that F*%% face who hosts Beerhive. The atmosphere at Pbar is fun, loose, and very welcoming (outside of John Winters). – Shannon Norman

Crazies do come out at night and some of them decide to perform. Host Aaron Kleiber has had to wrangle in his fair share of psychos and otherwise incoherent people trying comedy for the first time.  However, that’s what’s great about the Pleasure Bar.  It’s usually your first chance to see someone trying comedy for the first time.  I saw the following comedians for the first time ever at the Pleasure Bar: Shannon Norman, Alex Stypula, John Winters, and Tim Ross.
I think this is something that more people would enjoy seeing.  A comedian being born.  The Pleasure Bar is almost like an incubation room.  It’s a warm environment where comedians can be nourished and fed and sleep sometimes.

When: Mondays at 8:00
Where: Bloomfield
Drinks: Nothing special, just everything.
Feature: Best food at an open-mic in Pittsburgh (tight race with Hambone’s though)
Attire: You’re good.  Don’t worry about it.
Parking: Can be tricky.  You can usually find on on Liberty, but one street back should be enough for an opening.
Cover Charge: Zip

Jeff Konkle is a stand up comedian and writer.
Go see him live. 
Check out Konkdaddy.com for more.

Noodlebowl Comedy at James Street Gastropub: March 14, 2013

The Noodlebowl Comedy Show, Live at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
Hosted by Krish Mohan
Featuring: Ed Knizhnik, Mark Mammone & Dan Jenniches
March 14, 2013. 9pm. No Cover. 18+ Show.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

IMPROV TRAINING at ARCADE COMEDY THEATER!

IMPROV TRAINING TO BEGIN AT
ARCADE COMEDY THEATER

 

Arcade Comedy Theater 811 Liberty AvenueYou've asked about it! You've been waiting for it!
You didn't know until just now how much you needed it!
Announcing Improv Classes at the Arcade Academy!

 

IMPROV ONE: The Basics


Arcade Comedy Theater is thrilled to announce its first class offering of IMPROV ONE starting the week of March 17th. This eight-week, three-hour class taught by Second City alum Kristy Nolen is open to everyone and appropriate for all levels of improv experience. Whether you are completely new to improvisation, or are a seasoned performer who wants to get back to basics, this class is for you. Students will learn: “Yes And” (agreement and extension), group mind, give and take, and basic environment and object work in a supportive, playful environment. The class culminates with a 30-minute “work-in-progress” showcase during week nine.

Day and time of classes will be determined by student interest and availability. Check out the online form, and stay tuned for the official schedule soon.
The cost of this class is $200 (with an early bird discount of $185 if you sign-up by March 6). Payment in full is required before classes begin; the Arcade accepts cash, check, or credit card. Payments can be made via PayPal, over the phone, or in person at our box office (Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm to midnight, or by appointment). Please call (412) 339-0608 for further registration details or to make a payment. We also have a limited number of internships available. Those interested should email us for more information. Additional FAQs about Arcade Academy, including policies and teacher bios, can be found on our website.



IMPROV WORKOUT: Intermediate & Advanced levels only


Prepare to strengthen those improv skills! The IMPROV WORKOUT is a weekly three-hour drop-in class for inspired, motivated performers who want to challenge themselves and advance their improv to a higher level. Personalized feedback and side-coaching is provided by an Arcade Academy instructor. A working understanding of improv vocabulary and fundamentals is prerequisite.
Stay for the IMPROV COOL-DOWN! The last 30 minutes of each class is set aside to discuss improv, share experiences, promote your shows, and socialize. 
The Workout schedule will be announced on our website soon. Sign-up is available starting each Monday and is open to the first 10 participants who email us requesting a spot. Cost is $10 (cash at the door or by credit card in advance).

COMING SOON...

WORKSHOPS

Arcade Academy will be offering various one-day workshops throughout the year. We’re lining up amazing seminars taught by acclaimed improv experts from Austin, Chicago, New York and local talent from right here in Pittsburgh! We'll also be offering workshops in sketch writing, stand-up, and more!

PRIVATE COACHING

Would your improv troupe benefit from extra rehearsals with a trained coach present? Do you want a new space and new teacher to help energize your members? The Arcade offers private coaching. E-mail us for rates and scheduling.

SUMMER SESSIONS

Our summer sessions begin June 1st! Here’s a sneak peek at some the classes we’ll be offering:
  • IMPROV TWO—Intermediate
  • Kids Improv
  • Teen Improv
  • Sketch Writing
  • Stand-Up Comedy
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