The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Giveaway
Pittsburgh’s creative class is growing, and the comedy scene is no exception. In the past few years, venues like Arcade Comedy Theater, Unplanned Comedy, and Steel City Improv Theater have taken off. This year, for the first time, we’ll be treated to a festival of funny guys and gals from near and far. A project of Comedy Arts Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (PCF) will highlight quality, original material by stand-ups and improv comics from August 21-23. Sponsors Unplanned Comedy and Wingharts Whiskey and Burger Bar are making sure we laugh as much as possible while increasing awareness of the practice of comedy in the area.
The festival will take place at the Henry Heymann Theatre in Oakland, a neighborhood with 24-year-old roots in improv comedy that takes place in the basement of the Charity Randall Theatre. Judah Friedlander, who you might recognize from NBC’s 30 Rock, will headline on Thursday and Friday at 8PM. Thursday at 10PM will be the time to check out local improv groups. The Amish Monkeys, Well Known Strangers, and Yeah Those Guys will be performing some ‘unplanned comedy’ in the intimate setting–so get ready suspend your disbelief. We also recommend that you bring some tissues to wipe your eyes of those tears that come with laughing so hard you can’t breathe.
Friday stand-ups for the evening include local comedians Ed Zhitnik and Shannon Norman. Shannon was part of the Race to the Coffin comedy tour that took place in Pittsburgh last year. Enjoy the comedy stylings of Triple Double, a new, exciting improv group from Philly that describes itself as “smart, honest, authentic scene work that shows a little leg.” Pennsylvania-born and cheeky… we like it.
Earlier on Sautrday, there are some family-friendly shows, like The Josh and Gab Show, an anti-bullying musical comedy program for kids. Later, we’re looking forward to Cackowski & Talarico at 10PM on Friday and at 8PM on Saturday. You may know Craig Cackowski from Community and Drunk History, as well as the film 21 & Over. Rich Talarico is an Emmy-nominated writer known for his work on Key and Peele. The pair also boasts membership to the Los Angeles improv group, Dasariski.
From Pittsburgh, you can catch The LuPones, who specialize in improvised musicals, just in case you were ever wondering what it would be like if people actually DID spontaneously burst into showtunes. The night will also feature The Arcade Comedy Theatre’s house improv troupe, Change Machine. Pittsburgh native, Tim Dimond, will headline with his special blend of sarcasm at 10PM. Here’s a taste of his act if you haven’t seen it:
A full schedule of all acts is available on the website.