The Peoples Improv Theater is proud to host NYC’s premier comedy festivals for solo shows, improv, and sketch.


March Madness Improv Tournament:

A knockout-style improv competition.

Congratulations to this year’s winner: Really, Chef?!


A festival dedicated to solo performances.

Congratulations and Thank You to our SolocomNYC’24 performers!

Indie-pendence Fest:

A celebration of independent improv teams.

Indie Fest 2024 will run July 3rd & 4th.


A 4-day festival dedicated to sketch comedy performance and writing.

Sketchfest 2024 will run October 17th-20th.


Go to the individual festival tabs for more information and full schedules.

Stay tuned for more announcements and upcoming dates!

March Madness Header


Over the course of 4 weeks 32 improv teams have competed for 1 of 16 bracket slots. Now, March 11th-16th watch those 16 teams battle it out over five days to see who will become the March Madness Improv Champion. The winning team will receive a 3-month residency at The PIT, a cash prize, and eternal glory!


CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s winner: Really, Chef?!

The Peoples Improv Theater proudly announces the 10TH ANNUAL SOLOCOM!

SolocomNYC has launched over 400 new solo comedies that have gone on to longer runs, tours and festivals around the world (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)

SolocomNYC is a festival of new solo work. All shows presented are 75% – 100% new material, and are created specifically for the festival. SOLOCOM’s goal is to push artists to create a show that is meaningful, personal and to follow the fear.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2024 solo performers!

Indie Fest

The Peoples Improv Theater is thrilled to present the 12th Annual INDIE-pendence Day Fest.

The longest running Indie Improv Festival in NYC was originally created by Student Driver & hosted by The PIT.

Our goal is to foster community, play, and highlight some of the best Indie Improv from around the globe! It will feature Special Guests, Jams, and a Barbecue Picnic!

Spanning 2 days, the festival is your team’s chance to follow the fear, take the leap, and put yourselves in front of an audience!

This is the perfect festival for new and old teams! Teams that debuted at IndieFest have gone on to successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Off-Broadway, and more! All are Welcome to Apply!

IndieFest will run, Wednesday July 3rd – Thursday July 4th.


Stay Tuned for the Official Line-Up!


Please follow this LINK to submit!

Submission fees help cover the costs associated with producing the festival, including marketing, staffing, food, operations, etc.

Everyone can purchase a $30.00 festival pass which allows you to get into all shows over the weekend! If you plan on seeing more than 2 fantastic improv shows, it’s totally worth it! Linked HERE!

If you have any questions, please email

Submissions will close on Thursday, June 6th @ 5pm ET.

NYC SketchFest

NYC Sketchfest is New York City’s premier sketch comedy festival and one of the nations largest. The festival is focused on highlighting local, national, old, and new sketch teams and bring them all together again! This 4-day sketch-tacular programming that will not only include incredible sketch shows, but panel discussions, writer’s rooms, and more!