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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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.

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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, 1/21

Thursday 1/21 6:00 pm

Instructors: Stephen Stout, Matt Prigge

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, 2/1

Monday 2/1 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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Occasionally we offer seats at a discounted price. Take a look below to see this week’s offerings!

Be the first to know when discounted seats are available by signing up for our mailing list. 

Online Level 1 Stand-Up, 1/17

Sunday 1/17 – Sunday 2/21

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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Welcome to 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!

Steps to take to sign up for a Youth Class
Please take a moment to follow these steps in order to successfully register for our youth classes.

1. Fill out our Youth Classes Registration Form below. Make sure to indicate on the registration form which class you are interested in taking.
Registration For Youth Classes

2. Apply for a Youth Scholarship! There are 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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3. Register for the Class. Once you’ve submitted your registration form and applied for a scholarship (if applicable), purchase and reserve a set in your preferred class!


 

Online Storytelling Level Fun! (Grades 6-9), 1/22

Friday 1/22 – Friday 2/12

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

You will bring moments from your past to life.  Jump right into storytelling!  Clearly creating the arc of a story and learning how to emote, you will keep the audience completely captivated.  If you have fun, they will have fun listening to you. In a nurturing environment, receive feedback that  boosts your confidence and skills as a storyteller.  You will share one story at a final, remote, graduation performance at The PIT for your friends, family, and others (Invitation only). Great preparation for future life in school interviews and jobs. Plant the seeds now.  

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Welcome to our Award Winning Improv Classes!

At The PIT, we have a core Improv curriculum consisting of Improv Levels 1-5. If you are interested in completing our core curriculum, you must complete all 5 levels in this order: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5. (Students may enter into higher levels on a case by case basis and must email classes@thepit-nyc.com to complete this process).

Improv classes that are not level based fall under our elective classes. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their improv journey unless otherwise notated in the class description. Some Elective classes require a certain completion of our core curriculum.

Scholarship applications for classes are available here.

Online Joy Of Improv, 1/19

Tuesday 1/19 – Tuesday 2/9

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

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 How To Start An Indie Team, 1/20

Wednesday 1/20 – Wednesday 2/24

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*prerequisite: completed Level 2 improv or higher 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 virtual indie improv team. This class has an 8 student max capacity and meets every Wednesday evening 6-8pm ET PLUS you will be required to perform every Monday evening at 8:30pm ET (20-25 minute show) on Socially Distant Improv Facebook Live.

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Online Level 1 Improv, 1/20

Wednesday 1/20 – Sunday 2/14

Instructor: Chris Griggs

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 Advanced Dramatic Improv, 1/21

Thursday 1/21 – Friday 2/5

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

(*prerequisite: Approach to Dramatic Improv or equivalent elsewhere) Continue your journey towards a more grounded approach to scene work with this six part, three week class aimed at developing a unique, One Act Play Form specific for you and your classmates. Continue studying point of view driven character objectives and emotional honesty while taking things to a new level; weaving plot and character together to eventually present a completely improvised, 45-50 minute play- beginning, middle, and end, all made up by you and your new team mates! Classes run Thursday and Friday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.      

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Online Level 5 Improv: Teach the Teacher! , 1/21

Thursday 1/21 – Thursday 2/18

Instructor: Chris Griggs

“To know, read, to learn, write, to master, teach.” In this class you will continue to study Longform improvisation and be guided by a seasoned instructor as to how to coach improv by running the warm up, running exercises and giving notes on scenes by both side coaching and post scene notes. Taking turns doing that at some point throughout the class.

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In this twelve-part workshop series, we will explore the fundamentals of twelve different improv forms in stand alone, two hour lessons. It is encouraged that students have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of improv (level one or higher) but it is not required. Each session caps at 10 students, so you’ll receive focused notes and plenty of ‘on your feet’ work.  This is a perfect crash course in each of the forms listed below and newer or more experienced improvisers can gain a wealth of knowledge from any form that catches your eye. Enroll in one or two (or all!) and walk away confident with your play in a variety of forms!

This Workshop will be focused on : The Bat - a long form structure performed entirely in the dark (or on Zoom, with our cameras off!)

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Online Improv Workshop: Bull/Matador, 1/23

Saturday 1/23 3:00 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 The Ultimate Improv Jam, 1/26

Tuesday 1/26 8:00 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 Level 1: Introduction To Improv, 2/2

Tuesday 2/2 – Thursday 2/25

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 The Ultimate Improv Jam, 2/2

Tuesday 2/2 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 Level 2 Improv, 2/6

Saturday 2/6 – Saturday 3/27

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

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 Joy Of Improv, 2/6

Saturday 2/6 – Saturday 2/27

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 Approach To Dramatic Improv, 2/8

Monday 2/8 – Tuesday 2/23

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*no prerequisite, beginners welcome!

 

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this six part, three week intensive, we will explore character objectives, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as a beginner acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. Classes run Monday and Tuesday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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Online Advanced Dramatic Improv, 2/11

Thursday 2/11 – Friday 2/26

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*prerequisite: Approach to Dramatic Improv or equivalent elsewhere

 

Continue your journey towards a more grounded approach to scene work with this six part, three week class aimed at developing a unique, One Act Play Form specific for you and your classmates. Continue studying point of view driven character objectives and emotional honesty while taking things to a new level; weaving plot and character together to eventually present a completely improvised, 45-50 minute play- beginning, middle, and end, all made up by you and your new team mates! Classes run Thursday and Friday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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Welcome to our Sketch Classes!

At The PIT, we have a core sketch curriculum consisting of Sketch Levels 1-4. If you are interested in completing our core curriculum, you must complete all 4 levels in this order: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4. (Students may enter into higher levels on a case by case basis and must email classes@thepit-nyc.com to complete this process).

Sketch classes that are not level based fall under our elective classes. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their sketch journey unless otherwise notated in the class description. Some Elective classes require a certain completion of our core curriculum.

Scholarship applications for classes are available here.

Online Joy of Sketch, 1/19

Tuesday 1/19 – Tuesday 2/9

Instructor: LaGina Hill

Discover the fun of sketch comedy writing, this 4 week starter remote class! Perfect for beginners looking to put their sketch ideas to the page for the first time. Learn the basics of pitching, outlining, drafting and revision. Collaborate with other new writers and laugh in a low-pressure writer's room.

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Welcome to our Stand Up Classes!

At The PIT, we have a core Stand Up curriculum consisting of Levels 1-5. If you are interested in completing our core Stand Up curriculum, you must complete all 5 levels in this order: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5. (Students may enter into higher levels on a case by case basis and must email classes@thepit-nyc.com to complete this process).

Stand Up classes that are not level based fall under our elective classes. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their Stand Up journey unless otherwise notated in the class description. Some Elective classes require a certain completion of our core curriculum.

Scholarship applications for classes are available here.

Online Level 1 Stand-Up, 1/17

Sunday 1/17 – Sunday 2/21

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 Stand-Up Drop In, 2/13

Saturday 2/13 3:00 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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Welcome to our Storytelling Classes!

At The PIT, we have a core Storytelling curriculum consisting of Levels 1-3. If you are interested in completing our core curriculum, you must complete all 3 levels in this order: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3. (Students may enter into higher levels on a case by case basis and must email classes@thepit-nyc.com to complete this process).

Storytelling classes that are not level based fall under our elective classes. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their storytelling journey unless otherwise notated in the class description. Some Elective classes require a certain completion of our core curriculum.

Scholarship applications for classes are available here.

In this virtual introduction to podcasting class, journalist and host Kata Stevens will take students through all the tools needed for the basics of creating your own podcast. We will spend each class on a different element of creating a podcast. This class will teach the mechanics of capturing great sound, and how to edit and mix those sounds, from audio recorded in a studio or over video chat, to live sounds captured on a comedy stage. We'll flesh out different episode formats and structures, practice the art of interviewing, and explore who we are as hosts. We will be joined by several special guests: fascinating humans who will act as our interview subjects, and professionals from the sphere who will join us in discussions of their work. The class will culminate in a live virtual showcase for students to share selections from the work they produce.

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Welcome to our Life Skills Classes!

Classes on this page are considered PIT Elective classes. These classes are not a part of our core curriculum. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their journey unless otherwise notated that said Elective requires a certain completion of our core curriculum.

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Welcome to our Film/TV/Streaming/Stage Classes!

Classes on this page are considered PIT Elective classes. These classes are not a part of our core curriculum. Elective classes are available to students in any stage of their journey unless otherwise notated that said Elective requires a certain completion of our core curriculum.

In this virtual introduction to podcasting class, journalist and host Kata Stevens will take students through all the tools needed for the basics of creating your own podcast. We will spend each class on a different element of creating a podcast. This class will teach the mechanics of capturing great sound, and how to edit and mix those sounds, from audio recorded in a studio or over video chat, to live sounds captured on a comedy stage. We'll flesh out different episode formats and structures, practice the art of interviewing, and explore who we are as hosts. We will be joined by several special guests: fascinating humans who will act as our interview subjects, and professionals from the sphere who will join us in discussions of their work. The class will culminate in a live virtual showcase for students to share selections from the work they produce.

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