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.
October 19-22, 2017. It's that time of the year again! The Peoples Improv Theater is turning 15, and the NYC Sketch Fest is back to grow a wispy mustache and help celebrate!
The PIT's Annual Comedy Festivals:
Next up: Spring 2018! The 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.
Next Up: June 2018. Celebrate Pride with QueerCom, Pride's Unofficial LGBTQIA+ Comedy Festival. 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.
Next Up: July 4, 2018. 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. Join The PIT & independent improv teams from across New York and beyond for hours of shows, our annual potluck BBQ, and much, much revelry.
Next Up: July 14-16 2017. StoryFest is a three-day festival that celebrates the best of the New York City comedy storytelling scene; featuring some of the top storytelling shows in the city coming to the PIT Loft. For two years running StoryFest has been bringing you the finest in NYC storytelling
Produced by The Peoples Improv Theater andHarmon Leon (VICE contributor and the man behind the TALE storytelling series), StoryFest spotlights the wide variety themed shows that dots the New York landscape – and trumpets why our city is the number one in the world when it comes to our storytelling scene.
Next Up: October 19-22 2017. The 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.
Next Up: November 16-19 2017. The PIT presents SOLOCOM, NYC's Only All-New Solo Comedy Festival.
Now entering its fifth year, SOLOCOM is a unique solo show festival that has launched over 400 new solo comedies that have gone on to longer runs, tours and festivals around the world. This 4-day festival in NYC takes place in 3.5 spaces at The Peoples Improv Theater in the Flatiron District and at The PIT Loft in Chelsea.