Welcome to The PIT Comedy School!

Looking to find laughter in this time of social distancing? Use the tabs to the left to check out our online classes for improv, stand-up, sketch writing, acting, producing & so much more!
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Black Lives Matter

We have updated our Standards of Conduct, instituted a new ACCESS scholarship for students from diverse backgrounds, & several other measures dedicated to making active strides to become not just inclusive, but actively anti-racist to reach equity of representation and opportunity in all of our spaces.

Please visit the link below to learn more about the steps we are taking, resources, and actionable ways to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

After you register for a remote class, you will receive a confirmation email. Your confirmation email will include: receipt of purchase, class dates, grad show date (if applicable) and all necessary ZOOM links.

*Oftentimes your confirmation email will go to your spam folder. Please check your spam folder before emailing us.

Due to COVID-19 and the temporary closure of our spaces, we are offering online remote classes via Zoom taught by a live instructor.

In-person classes would usually take place at Simple Studios, located at 134 W 29th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

You do not have to be based in NYC to take our classes! We connect and teach students from all over the world. All you need is a stable internet connection and the device you’re using to read this web page.

If you purchased an “Auditor” ticket, that means you have agreed to pay a reduced price to observe a class only. Your audio and video will be turned off by the host.

Multiple session classes can range anywhere between 3-8 classes and 55 minutes-3 hours in length, depending on the class. Multiple session classes might also have remote grad shows. Grad shows provide students the opportunity to perform what they have been working on in class with their friends, family and peers.

Single session classes are one day only. They can range anywhere between 55 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the class.

Drop-in’s are single session classes that run for a total of 55 minutes.

*All classes require students to have ZOOM in order to participate.
*Depending on overall class size, the overall session time may be cut shorter at the discretion of the instructor.

Digital Packet Classes will be taught remotely via Canvas allowing students to “learn at their own pace.” Students will need access to a computer. New lessons and assignments will be dropped on Monday throughout the course. Each video lesson will cover a variety of skills which students will use to complete their weekly assignment. They’ll have until Friday to watch each prerecorded video lesson and submit the assignment.

Check out our Free Monthly Seminars!

In order to maintain accessibility, and to acknowledge our role as a gatekeeper of training and knowledge, we’re proud to announce our new free monthly seminars. Seminars are 40 minutes long and are open enrollment.

See this month’s free offering below, and sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when new free seminars are up!

Online Intro To Self Producing Seminar, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 6:00 pm

Instructors: Matt Prigge, Stephen Stout

Want to start producing your own work, but don't know where to start? Intro to Self-Producing is a series of free workshops facilitated by members of the PIT Artistic Staff that will help you clarify your goals, get organized, and get a plan. Each session is a self-contained workshop meant to help address particular producing challenges and goals, sign up for as many or as few as you like.

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Online Intro To Self Producing Seminar, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 6:00 pm

Instructors: Matt Prigge, Stephen Stout

Want to start producing your own work, but don't know where to start? Intro to Self-Producing is a series of free workshops facilitated by members of the PIT Artistic Staff that will help you clarify your goals, get organized, and get a plan. Each session is a self-contained workshop meant to help address particular producing challenges and goals, sign up for as many or as few as you like.

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Introducing our Youth Classes!

See our youth classes offerings below, and sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when new youth classes are up!

Signing up for a Youth Class:
Please fill out the registration form and our classes team will get back to you with payment info. Make sure to indicate on the registration form which class you are interested in taking.

Registration For Youth Classes

Scholarships:
There are 4 Access Scholarship seats reserved in each class, as well as a number of 1/2 Off Scholarships available. If you are interested in registering your student for a scholarship seat, please indicate so in the registration form and apply on our Scholarships page. Make sure to indicate on the scholarship application form which class you are interested in registering your student for.

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Online Approach to Dramatic Improv, 11/30

Monday 11/30 – Tuesday 12/15

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this two hour intensive, we will explore character objective, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as an acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. 

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Online Level 1 Improv: Introduction to Improv, 11/30

Monday 11/30-Wednesday 12/16, 6-8pm

Instructor: Dana Shulman

In this class you will use scene work and group exercises to explore the joy of improvisation, be more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn  “Yes, and…!” until you have to say “No, thank you”. Focus on positive choices to initiate scenes, real-life and character monologues grounded in TRUTH! The PIT’s Intro to Improv class creates a rich and nurturing environment that will benefit your physical, emotional and mental health.  A final, remote, graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.” Spread the Word!

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Online Joy Of Improv, 11/30

Monday 11/30 – Monday 12/21

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online Start an Indie Improv Team, 12/2

Wednesday 12/2 – Wednesday 1/6

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

Combine forces with improvisers from all over the country to become the newest, virtual indie improv team! Together, you and your new teammates will spend 6 weeks developing a brand new form, performing once a week, and learning all the ins and outs of having a successful indie improv team. This class meets every Wednesday evening 6-8pm ET PLUS you will be required to perform every Monday evening at 8:30pm ET (25 minute show + notes) on the @SociallyDistantImprov comedy network. Show dates: 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 01/04, 01/11 at 8:30pm ET on Socially Distant Improv Network.

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Online The Ultimate Improv Jam, 12/2

Wednesday 12/2 7:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world!

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Online Fundamentals of a Form, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 – Saturday 12/19

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this six-part class, we will explore the fundamentals of six different improv forms. Come out of the quarantine with the knowledge and tools to jump onstage and perform with confidence.  La Ronde, Family Portrait, Slacker, Spokane, Meanwhile, Documentary.

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Online Remote Level 1 For Educators, 12/5

Saturday 12/5 3:00 pm

Instructors: Dana Shulman, Roy Rodriguez

This course is for school teachers that are interested in learning the fundamentals of teaching longform improv to beginning students. The “crash course” will be a 3 hour course ending with a 1 hour show featuring our graduates to be streamed on The PIT’s Social Media Accounts. Educators will leave the course with a “TOOL BOX” and Vernacular for teaching improv in any classroom setting! It will not only Improve the instructors life, but that of all future students. Livestream show on 12/5 @ 7:00pm on the PIT's FB page.

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Online Let’s Get Serious, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 – Tuesday 12/29

Instructor: Anoo Tree Brod

Ready to kill it on stage? Let's use quarantine time to become the best improvisers we can be. This class is for experienced improvisers only who want to perfect their craft. Focus will be on scene work, monologues, and duologues as well as copious side-coaching to make you the best improviser you can be.

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Online Level 1 Improv, 12/16

Wednesday 12/16 – Wednesday 2/3

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

In this class you will use scene work and group exercises to explore the joy of improvisation, be more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn  “Yes, and…!” until you have to say “No, thank you”. Focus on positive choices to initiate scenes, real-life and character monologues grounded in TRUTH! The PIT’s Intro to Improv class creates a rich and nurturing environment that will benefit your physical, emotional and mental health.  A final, remote, graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.” Spread the Word!

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Online The Suggestion: A Breakdown, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 6:00 pm

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

In this class we will explore and deconstruct audience suggestions. We'll go over first, second, and third thought breakdowns and how to best apply them to scene work. So when someone suggests pineapple for the 3rd week in a row, you'll always have something new to explore.

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Online Improv Workshop: Bull/Matador, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 7:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Griggs

Bull/Matador (created by former Pitizen Matt Donnelly) is a signature improv scene technique that gets performers out of their heads by reacting to body language rather than over thinking about the dialogue. We’re also going to explore game of the improv scene and how to use it in scene-work. We’ll cover heightening, finding it, playing multiple games at once. Great workshop for those new to playing game and improvisers wanting to brush up their skills.

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Online Joy Of Improv, 12/19

Saturday 12/19 – Saturday 1/9

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online Level 2 Improv, 12/20

Sunday 12/20 – Sunday 2/7

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

In level 2 you will continue to focus on strong listening and reacting without interrupting your scene partner. Making sure “the beginning  of your sentence doesn’t get in the way of the middle of theirs”. You will reinforce saying “Yes, and...!” Until you have to say “no thank you”. The goal will be to be able to do a first and second beat of a 2 person scene using the tool of a “time-dash” either going forward or backward in time. Personal, truthful, monologues will also be part of the tool box that will benefit all aspects of life and performance. Editing will be introduced so performers know when it’s time to enter a scene and edit a scene with walk on’s and sweep edits.

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Online Level 3 Improv, 12/20

Sunday 12/20 – Wednesday 1/13

Instructor: Chris Griggs

In level 3 you will continue to focus on strong listening and reacting without interrupting your scene partner. Making sure “the beginning  of your sentence doesn’t get in the way of the middle of theirs”. You will reinforce saying “Yes, and...!” Until you have to say “no thank you”. Work on the first-second and third beats of two person scenes as well as continuing to focus on editing by following your foot connected to your gut and heart to edit scenes at the height. Learn how to “heighten and tighten” a scene organically glued in reality to create “win-win” fun scenes to play to entertain yourself and others while “treating your partner like a genius”.

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Online Joy Of Improv, 12/28

Monday 12/28 – Monday 1/18

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online Sketch Level 2, 11/30

Monday 11/30 – Monday 1/4

Instructor: Matt Prigge

In Sketch Writing Level 2: Building Your Packet, students will utilize the skills developed in "Sketch Writing Level 1" to write sketches in a series of classic formats. Mastering the modern sketch comedy standards -  commercial parodies, character pieces, topical sketches, and many more - is the primary goal of this class, as students will begin to fine-tune and hone their personal sketch comedy voice. By the end of this class, students will have written five original sketches, and will be well on their way to having a polished, professional sketch writing packet.  

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Online Sketch Level 1, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 – Tuesday 1/12

Instructor: LaGina Hill

In Sketch Writing Level 1: The Basics of Sketch, students will develop the fundamental skills they need to start writing original comedy sketches. Build your sketch toolkit with the essentials - how to come up with a sketch idea, how to employ classic sketch structure, how to create memorable characters, how to clearly communicate your ideas to your audience.

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Online Stand-Up Drop In, 12/4

Friday 12/4 7:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Griggs

First timers and those new to stand-up welcome! Wanna write your first joke or work on those jokes you have?  In this drop-in, we focus on joke structure, editing, and polishing. Laughter is healing and let’s make this time productive as well.

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Online Level 1 Stand Up, 12/6

Sunday 12/6 – Sunday 1/10

Instructor: Chris Griggs

There’s nothing more exhilarating than performing stand up comedy, it can be intimidating.  More of a guide than a conventional class, this goal-oriented program will get you up there doing stand up for the first time. You will come out of this class with disciplined writing tools, informative personal feedback and important advice, as you begin your stand up comedy journey. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in other walks of comedy life, this class is for you. Class culminates in an online stand-up show, where students present their first 3 minutes of material.

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Online Level 2 Stand-Up, 12/10

Thursday 12/10 – Thursday 1/21

Instructor: Stephanie Holmes

Now that you’ve done your first three minutes in front of a live audience it’s time to build on that towards your 5 minutes. If you look up first time appearances of all your favorite stand ups on late night tv from Carson to now, it will generally be around 5 minutes. A tight 5 minutes can take you a long way!

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Online Joy Of Storytelling: Your Story, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 – Thursday 12/24

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

No pressure storytelling. Enter the wondrous world of words. This is perfect for the absolute beginner to get acquainted with the art of storytelling. Every week you will mine your memory and share a story in a safe space.  Whether you want to make the audience giggle or gasp, this is the class for you. Please note that there is no graduation show for this class, but feel free to practice telling your story to your friends and family on zoom or at the dinner table.

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Online Triple Threat Artistry, 12/13

Sunday 12/13 – Sunday 1/10

Instructor: Adrianna Mateo

This course is taught by new PIT teaching artist Adrianna Mateo (@adriannamateo). What’s it like to perform solos on Broadway, act onstage at the Met Opera, and record original music with a Grammy-nominated, Top 40 artist team? Have you ever wondered how to open for Alicia Keys, act on HBO, or sing on MTV - without an audition? Triple Threat Artistry with Adrianna Mateo examines what it means to be a multifaceted artist in today’s world. In this class, you'll stretch and develop multiple talents as an intuitive expansion of your “Artistic North," creating powerful work that truly reflects yourself. Finished audiovisual projects may incorporate singing, instrumental playing, acting, dance/movement, composition, story/narrative, or other talents explored over the four-week course.

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Online How To Solo Show, 12/29

Tuesday 12/29 – Tuesday 2/2

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

Last year @thepatrickmac wrote and performed the critically acclaimed solo show “Sinister Kid” and directed the highly regarded one woman show “God Girl”. Now he’d like to help you create the story you need to tell. In this six week session you will learn how to write and perform your very own solo show. It will be a process that is as rewarding as it is difficult. We will be vulnerable, find light in the darkness, streamline a usually complicated story and reveal truths about the human condition that can only be touched on in the art of the solo show. For more info on  Patrick McCartney go to www.patmccartney.com

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Online Small Group Coaching, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 6:00 pm

Instructor: Taren Sterry

Taren Sterry is an ICF certified professional coach who has been teaching improv at The PIT for 15 years. In this small group class, you’ll be guided through some powerful exercises that will help you look at fear and the future in new ways. Get ready for some improv, getting out of your comfort zone, and challenging the ways you automatically relate to life and life’s circumstances so you can move forward powerfully. This class cannot be audited, full on-camera participation is required.

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Online Triple Threat Artistry, 12/13

Sunday 12/13 – Sunday 1/10

Instructor: Adrianna Mateo

This course is taught by new PIT teaching artist Adrianna Mateo (@adriannamateo). What’s it like to perform solos on Broadway, act onstage at the Met Opera, and record original music with a Grammy-nominated, Top 40 artist team? Have you ever wondered how to open for Alicia Keys, act on HBO, or sing on MTV - without an audition? Triple Threat Artistry with Adrianna Mateo examines what it means to be a multifaceted artist in today’s world. In this class, you'll stretch and develop multiple talents as an intuitive expansion of your “Artistic North," creating powerful work that truly reflects yourself. Finished audiovisual projects may incorporate singing, instrumental playing, acting, dance/movement, composition, story/narrative, or other talents explored over the four-week course.

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This video editing class will be taught remotely via Canvas allowing students to “learn at their own pace” and on their own time. There is a kickoff Zoom meeting on 11/2 but the remainder of the course is completely online and the teacher will be available for help via the Canvas messaging forum. Students will be emailed an access link to the Canvas course on the first day of class, Monday, 11/2. Students will need a computer and access to Adobe Premiere Pro. This is a four week course with new lessons/ assignments posted on Mondays and due on Fridays. Each video lesson will cover a variety of skills which students will use to complete their weekly assignment. The last assignment will be posted on Monday, 11/23 and will be due the following Monday on 11/30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Online Scene Study From The BIPOC Viewpoint, 12/1

Tuesday 12/1 – Tuesday 12/29

Instructor: Geovonday Jones

Open to all levels, from intermediate to professional actors. In this unapologetic class you will develop a practical system of preparation, script analysis, rehearsing, and performing scenes from an exclusively BIPOC list of playwrights. Using an action-based technique, you will work to find authenticity, truth, and honesty in scene work and performance, whether it’s for theatre, film, or TV. Also, acting exercises, character work, and actioning techniques will be used to further strengthen the actor’s performance. Rehearsals with scene partners outside of class is a requirement. Scenes are presented in class for feedback and coaching. 4 Access Scholarship Seats will be reserved in this class. Please apply here to reserve a seat: https://form.jotform.com/201536461858056  

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Online Live Producer Boot Camp, 12/1

Tuesday 12/1 – Tuesday 12/15

Instructor: Tom Kalnas

The Live Producer Boot Camp is a 3-week collaborative class, aiming to turn student ideas into full productions. Students will receive advice and instruction to create and stream their shows remotely to Facebook, Instagram, etc. Together, the class will pitch and workshop ideas, develop marketing strategies, watch technical demonstrations from Tom, and find the best way to bring their show to life. Put your project on its feet! Give your indie team a stage! Learn tips and tricks necessary for your production to succeed and flourish online. Hosted by Socially Distant Improv live producer Tom Kalnas. Check out tomkalnas.com for more info.

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Online Triple Threat Artistry, 12/13

Sunday 12/13 – Sunday 1/10

Instructor: Adrianna Mateo

This course is taught by new PIT teaching artist Adrianna Mateo (@adriannamateo). What’s it like to perform solos on Broadway, act onstage at the Met Opera, and record original music with a Grammy-nominated, Top 40 artist team? Have you ever wondered how to open for Alicia Keys, act on HBO, or sing on MTV - without an audition? Triple Threat Artistry with Adrianna Mateo examines what it means to be a multifaceted artist in today’s world. In this class, you'll stretch and develop multiple talents as an intuitive expansion of your “Artistic North," creating powerful work that truly reflects yourself. Finished audiovisual projects may incorporate singing, instrumental playing, acting, dance/movement, composition, story/narrative, or other talents explored over the four-week course.

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