End the weekend by practicing what you've learned all week! We will focus on grounded scene work and committed acting choices and let the truth bring out the comedy. Each week, the hosts will challenge you to a skill to focus on. Hosted By: Steph Jacobson & Lex Bondoc $5 CASH DOORS 9:30PM NO ENTRIES AFTER 10:00 PM MAX CAPACITY: 58 First Come, First Serve
“The Wednesday Night Scene Jam,” our little gem nestled right in the middle, is the perfect way shake off the TUESDAYS and let your scenes breathe! $5 CASH DOORS 9:15PM NO ENTRIES AFTER 10:00PM MAX CAPACITY: 58 First Come, First Serve
A little bit of this, and a little bit of that! HEMLOCK, an all-female, indie improv team is inviting you as their date to their next event. A wedding? A baby shower? The coronation of the next Queen of Scotland? It's up to you where we're going! The Party City Kazoos are a quirky, fun, lovable indie improv team doing a classic Harold with some twists!
B.A.D is an improvised comedy trio consisting of comedian/writers Bethany Hall (Upright Citizens Brigade, The Chris Gethard Show), Abby Sher (HBO, NPR) & Dion Flynn (The Tonight Show, The Moth). Mug-Mug welcomes you to have a great time at this fast-paced and hilarious three-quarters of an hour. Bethany Hall is Creative Director of Comedy Initiatives at the Center for Media & Social Impact. She’s Co-Creator and Executive Producer of GoodLaugh at CMSI. Hall is the Creative Director of the Yes, And…Laughter Lab. She is a writer, producer, and comedian who spent years as a cast member on ‘The Chris Gethard Show’ on TruTV. She’s an Executive Producer on ‘By Us For Us,’ an original comedy by Color of Change. She co-created and EP’d the series, ‘Thanksgiving,’ has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ and as the TGS writer, Bethany, on NBC’s ‘30 Rock’. Bethany served as the Communications Project Manager for The Atlantic Philanthropies, responsible for coordination and oversight of the foundation’s various legacy products. Hall is a graduate of Middlesex University in London. ABBY SHER: A former whiny kid turned prolific writer and performer. She’s collaborated with The Second City, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, HBO, Nick Jr., and NPR. Abby authored five books and her essays have appeared in major publications like The New York Times and The New Yorker. She’s the co-host of the Chucklepatch Comedy Show, and her upcoming book “Sanctuary” is co-written with activist Paola Mendoza. DION FLYNN: Cited by Oprah Magazine as “one of our favorite creative thinkers…”, improvisor, comedian, actor, writer and army veteran Dion Flynn, is best known as Barack Obama (and other characters) with over 100 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As founder of “The Improvisor’s Mindset,” Dion Flynn fuses his improv background with personal development insights, offering strategies for cultivating an improvisational mindset applicable to communication, creativity, and problem-solving for business leaders.
I Mostly Blame Myself is a live sketch comedy show running for almost 2 years in NYC & LA. It's a series of dark, weird, hilarious sketches ranging from Disney parodies to historical musicals, to some slightly controversial topics you've always wanted to address. Every show is brand new, completely original, and absolutely absurd. The recommended age of the show is 18+. Come check it out for yourself!
A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come to the jam and practice what you've been learning in class!
DOORS @ 9:45
NO ENTRIES AFTER 10:30PM
MAX CAPACITY: 58 First Come, First Serve
Hey Gagootz, it's just like the title says. "Sopranos and Snakes on a Plane on Ice the Half Improv Musical." Featuring: Ross Belsky, Adam Podell, Jacob Williams, Ana Paula Galvan, Steve Gerard, Ari Shield, more. Featuring stand up by Mia Faith Hammond.
This sketch/stand-up variety spectacular finally answers the question, “why is being funny an attractive quality for men to have, but a threatening quality for women?” by giving the hottest and most threatening women in New York City the platform they deserve. No boys allowed, except in the audience where they belong <3 Featuring: Colleen Granberg Caitlyn Letterii Morgan Conley Daphne Moses Izzy Wachtel Dara Weinstein Jiayi Peng
Katherine Coleman has failed her New Year’s Resolution of being less judgmental for three years in a row, but now you benefit with an hour of sketch comedy holding up a mirror to the human race’s quirks. Featuring: Katherine Coleman, Jack Dominick, Caroline Hibbert, Roxie Pell, Jason Wildhagen
GIVE THANKS, because LEE HALL is BACK at the PIT, just in time for the Holidays! Join us for our live movie set, an improvised homage to your favorite summer blockbusters, pulse-pounding thrillers, and heart-swelling romances! Action, Drama, and Laughs all inspired by audience suggestion! Featuring performances from some of the city's finest up and coming comedians! Lee Hall is Connie Thompson, Lindsay Clancy, Manus Clancy, and Melissa Lodge. This month, Lee Hall are joined by the hilarious Team Naomi (@team__naomi) and Just Two Shawls (@twoshawls
Welcome to the improvised documentary — a longform improv show filled with talking heads, found footage, re-enactments, and more! Join the performers of Super 8 as they create a never-before-seen doc on the spot, taking cues from classic tropes of the genre.
Backdoor Barbecue is a critically acclaimed* NYC-based sketch comedy group that serves up high-energy and tightly-structured shows. Featuring musical performances, character bits, topical monologue joke segments, and more, Backdoor Barbecue cooks up a new sketch revue with some of the funniest folks in New York! ABOUT THE TEAM: Backdoor Barbecue is a NYC-based sketch comedy group that serves up high-energy shows that makes audiences say, “That was a comedy show.” Since its founding in 2016, they have been one of the PIT's long-standing sketch comedy teams, and have been featured in New York City SketchFest, The Second City Network, The PIT’s Pilot Season and House Teams, and NYC SketchBlock, and have hosted a number of podcasts across the vast interweb. Backdoor Barbecue is Mike Brian, Paul Cohen and Chris Migliaccio.
Each show Chris Griggs (The Baldwins) puts together a cast of artists that will delve into a unique, weird, and surreal performance of improvisation set in a dream state. This daring style is both imaginative and hilarious. There will also be an opening dance number, music throughout and a special appearance by The Sandman.
A live, onstage comedy adventure, where YOU create the heroes, YOU cast the spells, and YOU roll the (20 sided) die! No need to bring your player’s handbook! Those unfamiliar with dnd will laugh as much as the hardcore fans; we create a fantasy narrative improv entirely based on audience suggestions, letting your input shape the story throughout the show. Show up early and you’ll receive one of our spell scrolls, gaining access to powerful magics that can alter the story! Check us out at improvised-dnd.com or on instagram @improvised_dnd to get a feel for the show!
Forgotten by history, The Dadgeant reigned supreme on primetime network television between 1979 and 1985. Join Geoff Grimwood, Sarah Nowak, Rachel Scherer, and Ainsley Waller for an improvised pageant spectacular set in the 80s and starring America’s best dads. Watch three finalist dads go head to head on stump removal, why that Taco Bell REALLY closed on Fig St., and evening wear!
QueerProv NYC: Come watch Queer performers get into the “Yas, and!” spirit as they spread the LGBTQIA+ agenda through improv comedy! It’ll be a gay ole time! Fool Party: Short Form Improv Short form improv returns to the PIT Loft! Fool Party brings together some of the best improvisers in New York City for an hour of games, songs, weird characters, bad jokes, and, most importantly, laughs! FEATURING THE FOOL PARTY PLAYERS: Surriya Ahmad, Michele Lim, Matt Pozzuolo, Kristin Elliott, Valerie Sachs, Mark Viera & Eric Buscher, with musical accompaniment by Amber Reynolds
Join us as we play short-form games that bleed into our long-form finally! Featuring: Colby Blangiardo, Zara Hannaford, Parker Fritts, Sean Luca, Daniel Golden, Christine Betts, Delaney Sciascia, Violette Devieille
Take a trip into the world's first billion-dollar movie....that's completely improvised. YOU give us the title of a fake movie and we'll give you the version of it where Paramount/Universal/Disney joined forces and gave us a billion-dollars to make it. With the cast swirling between the stage and the tech booth, this FILM will have state-of-the-art Music, Lighting, VFX, and CGI! Get ready for the movie nobody's talking about and a show that'll have Christopher Nolan & Martin Scorsese shaking in their boots. Featuring: Tony Harkin Sebastian Martinez Jack Dominick Kihresha Redmond Donald Chang Kit Carter Opener: JoAnn Schinderle
Ring in the holidays at The PIT, as several of New York City's finest improvisers perform a never before seen sequel to the classic Dickens tale live on stage with the help of your suggestions! You won't want to miss what's in store, so be sure to ask Old Man Scrooge for the night off in advance.
In this reimagining of “A Christmas Carol”, it is Bob Cratchitt who is visited by 3 ghosts to review his past, present, and future. The ghosts must teach Bob to stand up for himself and not let his rich a-hole of a boss take advantage of him.
Theatresports™ is the fast-paced improv show where two teams of improvisers will compete against each other, taking your suggestions to perform hilarious scenes, songs, games and more! YOU may even be brought up on stage to help them out! Boo the Judges as they score each teams scene and bring them farther or closer to winning the night! At the end of the show, one team will be crowned the winner based on the judges total scores. This show has been done all around the world and is a perfect way to start your Night in New York!
The Improv Investigation is part game show, part courtroom drama. Contestants will tell brief stories about themselves. Some stories will be true and some will be total fabrications. The opposing team will then use the art of interrogation and improvisation to determine who lied and who told the truth. The truth will out...in the most ridiculous and roundabout way possible! Starring: Jake Joseph, Ben Sisemore, Max Carney
After a decade of making up musicals together, veteran musical improv team Vern returns to The PIT, the place where it all started, perform a fully improvised musical. Join us for an evening of laughter, tears, and song, right out of a Sondheim fever dream. VERN is Rachel Bouton, Daniel Tepper, Kiki Mikkelsen, Julie Feltman, Jeff Scherer, Katie Hammond, Matt Giroveanu & Mikey Montalbano with musical direction from Jody Shelton.
Climbing Ladders is an improv show that takes a theme and begins climbing, starting with a 10 second scene followed by progressively longer scenes (30sec, 1min30sec, 3min, etc) until we do a 12 minute monoscene and then climb back down the ladder doing progressively shorter scenes. Come watch this show and go through the ups and downs with us! Featuring: Kyle Shamblin Tony Harkin Mike Warner Patrick McCartney Desiree Justin and more!
Join Help Me I’m Drowning for an hour of improv structured around a loose Harold, drawing on experimental roots. As the show progresses, relationships develop, themes emerge, and unique characters are explored. With an emphasis on theatricality, grounded emotion, and playful comedy, the show weaves together storylines and games to arrive at a satisfying emotional and comedic conclusion. Featuring: McKenzie Fleischer Ethan St. Germain Robin Fierberg
"Fact or Fiction" is a dance and storytelling event in which performers tell stories with language and movement and the audience votes on the veracity of each. Bring a date, bring your friends, and get ready to laugh, maybe cry and definitely have something to talk about after the show! Featuring: Allegra Herman, Dan Pahl, Illya Lenych, Morgen Littlejohn and Elizabeth Hepp
Candy canes, sugar plums, loose peanut brittle: it’s holiday pocket candy! This value-sized special will be a sweet variety show. Come enjoy 60 minutes of fantasy, idealism, and sparkling surprises with Pocket Candy. And what’s a holiday without puppets?
The “Sick” Stand Up show features Stand Up and Story telling about chronic illness, invisible illness and disability. It’s the sickest show you’ll see all week! Starring: Ian Goldstein, Diana Aydin, Dan Friend, Sandi Marx
Breaking the Internet LIVE! with Summer Moran is a high-energy musical improvised game show bringing some of the Internet’s most loved trends to the stage! From the “Try Not To Laugh” game to the messy “Eat It Or Wear It” challenge, there is no shortage of fun during this interactive event. And who knows? You might just go viral!
From the creator of the ultimate sketch comedy competition "Bragging Rights" comes the comedy gauntlet, where actors find themselves having to flex their comedy muscles by earning enough points in sketch, improv and standup games and scenes to outlast their competitors. Can YOU survive the gauntlet?
The worst part of censorship is [REDACTED]. Join a diverse line up of stand up and musical comedians as they make you laugh without making you cry. Host and comedian Liv Rocklin wondered "what would happen if comedians didn't have to punch other people down to get a laugh?" Some answered "THAT'S THE DEATH OF COMEDY!" So welcome to the Death of Comedy Comedy Show, where the drinks are at your expense, not the jokes. 5 hilarious comedians from different walks of life here to give you a good night. Might be a weird one. But the good kind of weird.
Edu-tain Me is a show that explores the cross section between being educational and entertaining, hence “edu-tain”. 6 charismatic people will present (Ted Talk style) on topics that they are knowledgeable and passionate about. You will leave this show knowing a few things you didn't know before and lots of laughs!
Executive Produced by Ali Farahnakian
Smarties, tums, loose peanuts: the pocket candy of Gods! This value-sized special will be sweet with delusion. Come enjoy 60 minutes of fantasy, idealism, and main character moments with Pocket Candy. Grab your favorite emotional support gobstopper and step into our weird little fever dream. And what’s a fever dream without puppets?
Do you love musicals, gameshows, and a good laugh? Then this is the show for you! A cast of 6 Broadway Divas (portrayed by NYC Improvisors) takes the stage of Musical Match Game, where they compete to make the most matches with our audience contestants, sing a song... or four, and make you laugh, cry, and jazz-hands until your spirit fingers get sore!
Baby Dangerous is a sketch comedy group that features PIT writers and performers, who are up-and-coming-and-unwell. With an emphasis on finding hilarity in the lives of the mundane, Baby Dangerous presents a revue of sketches, characters, and musical performances that explore the most bizarre and downright dangerous delights of the average Joe.