Throughout the year the PIT is home to several comedy festivals including SketchFest, NYC's premiere sketch comedy festival, and ImprovFest, which features improvisers from all over the world.

IndieFest 2017

The PIT is happy to announce that submissions are open for the seventh annual IndieFest, to be held on our Striker and Underground stages on July 4th, 2017!

For seven years, Student Driver and The Peoples Improv Theater have celebrated America's liberation from those rascally Brits and your improv team's liberation from whatever ails you. On Tuesday, July 4th 2017, The PIT will host independent improv teams from across New York and beyond for hours of shows, our annual potluck BBQ, and much, much revelry.

Click here to submit your show!


NYC QueerComThe Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is happy to announce that submissions are open for QueerCom 2017, to be held June 16th - 18th! Kick off Pride Week with QueerCom, Pride's Unofficial LGBTQIA+ Comedy Festival, running Friday June 16 through Sunday June 18th. 3 days of improv, stand-up, sketch, drag, storytelling, solo shows, musical acts, screenings, panels, full-length musicals, and anything else funny you can think of. QueerCom is built to highlight New York City's funniest LGBTQIA+ comics in every medium.

The deadline for submissions is May 12th. 


The PIT is happy to announce that submissions are open for StoryFest 2017, to be held at The PIT Loft July 14th - 16th!

Last year’s inaugural StoryFest was a solid sold-out weekend. Curated by The PIT in tandem with international storyteller Harmon Leon (TALE, Big Fat Racist Show), StoryFest is a three-day festival that celebrates the very best of the NYC storytelling scene.

StoryFest aims to spotlight the wide variety of themed shows that dot the New York landscape - and trumpet what's best about our storytelling scene. Last year we featured such shows as The Bitch Seat, VHS Presents, Political TALE, & The Virgin Chronicles.

This year, submissions are open to both producers of storytelling show, and individual performers. Do you have a regular storytelling show you want to submit to StoryFest or do you want to be part of a group show?



NYC SketchFestThe comedy community in New York City has grown from humble beginnings to one of the premiere cities for improvisation and sketch comedy. With several longform-improv theaters boasting some of the best improvisers and sketch performers in the country, our local comedy community offers a uniquely diverse and exciting comedy scene featuring a wide variety of comedic styles and philosophies. To showcase this, The New York City Sketch Festival was created not only to celebrate the diversity of talent but also to foster links between writers and performers in New York City with artists from all over the world, as well as with members of the entertainment industry at large.

Coming Fall, 2017!


SolocomThe PIT, along with award-winning solo show artist Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) presents SOLOCOM, NYC's Only All-New Solo Comedy Festival.

For four days in November, the PIT's stages are taken over by all-new world premiere solo comedies by artists from across the country, Canada and England. SOLOCOM 2016 featured everything from autobiographical performance to sketch, storytelling, stand-up, music, dance, drag, puppetry, autobiographical puppetry, autobiographical discography, magic, multi-media, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival artists, fake talk shows, fake podcasts, cooking, improv, cabaret, pole dancing, a Bob Ross led painting session, clowning, beautifully obsessive Star Trek fandom, and the fearless acting of a cardboard box.

Coming Fall, 2017!


NYC ImprovFest 2017The 7th Annual NYC Improv Festival will feature house teams, indie teams, teams experimenting with form, improvised shows, improvised solo shows, experimental improvised shows, short form improv, improvised improvised shows... y'know, improv.

Coming Spring, 2018!