The Peoples Improv Theater

The Peoples Improv Theater

(Now Closed)
Comedy Club, Indie Theater, and Bar
Rose Hill, New York
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  • Summer S.heart icon on user image
    Summer SDecember 18, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    First Thursdays of every month - 7pm - You HAVE to see Super Crazy Fun Time Variety Game Show Hour. Trust me
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FafoutakisSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing place with 2 beautiful theaters. Bar is gorgeous & a wonderful staff. Lots of great, funny shows every night of the week. Be sure to check out "The Andrews Sisters" Tuesday nights at 9 PM.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupFebruary 22, 2011
    Intimate space to catch some sidesplitting improv – especially on Wednesdays when all the shows are free from 6-11pm. They serve wine and beer too!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CarothersApril 13, 2017
    Theater Review: “Aliens Coming” is Just the Ticket to Improv Your Weekend. https://nyctravelsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/aliens-coming-is-just-the-ticket-to-improv-your-weekend/
  • The Peoples Improv Theater
    Still needs plans for July 4th? Look no further! The PIT and Student Driver are thrilled to bring you Third Annual Indie-Pendence Day Festival. **SHOWS EVERY HOUR FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT!** Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkApril 21, 2016
    Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is the Harry Potter Parody we've all been waiting for. This weekend and throughout May. Read more
  • Ryan W.heart icon on user image
    Ryan WarrenderMay 4, 2016
    One of the best improv spots in NYC. It's more of a social club than a bar. The bartenders are legends.
  • Michelle C.heart icon on user image
    Michelle CAugust 13, 2016
    The bartenders here are great. Service is quick and pleasant. Happy hour is $1 off from 5-7 pm. Seats in the theater are pretty small and uncomfortable. I was smushed the entire time.
  • roxanne w.
    roxanne wangSeptember 27, 2011
    I went to see "Political Subversities" at this hipster-ridden theater and it was a fantastic! Not only is the show hilarious but each actor is incredibly talented. One of my best nights out!
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkDecember 18, 2012
    No need to pre-game at any nearby bars before attending a PIT show. There's a bar right in the lobby! And an impressive one at that. Drinks are allowed in the actual theatres as well. *burp*
  • Luis F.
    Luis FernandezAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bar space for before or after shows. Or anytime, really. If you're seeing a show you think may be bad in the theater sit in the back. There are stairs you can escape by w/o disrupting the show!
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Great place to practice your improv in front of an audience, just make sure you have cash. It sucks to have to go to the ATM, spend more on the transaction then the show and break a 20 for a 1. Read more
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJanuary 1, 2015
    The owner was born in Esfahan, Iran, which is why Esfahan time is posted among major world cities.
  • Marissa S.heart icon on user image
    Marissa StuartApril 15, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    A fantastic place to get a quality laugh. On Monday and Wednesday, you can see the hilarious house teams for FREE!
  • Kaydee
    KaydeeJune 10, 2012
    If you're catching a show in the basement, grab a beer upstairs first where they have lots of good stuff on tap. The selection downstairs is limited to only what's in the keg.
  • Jan S.heart icon on user image
    Jan Shaw-FlammMarch 30, 2015
    Saw Gypsy Danger and was happy to see what a fun performance you can see for almost nothing in NY. Would definitely go again.
  • Rahadyan S.
    Rahadyan SastrowardoyoSeptember 29, 2011
    Haven't been to the new venue yet. I enjoyed going there when it was in the West 20's. After I'm done with nursing school, I'd love to take a few classes in comedy writing here.
  • Karina O.heart icon on user image
    Karina O.March 16, 2015
    Don't worry about coming late. You can sneak into the back of the audience through the side door. The usher will show you
  • Flavia J.
    Flavia JordanJune 21, 2013
    Love the free all you can eat ice cream cones on the first day of summer,but miss the bar snacks. Nothing like the smell of grilled cheese and jalapeños
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    If you do improv this is the place to practice it. If you don't do improv this is the place to try it. Such a supportive atmosphere. Read more
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason StackApril 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good variety of standup showcases, improv groups, and more! Classes may be a little pricey, but drop-in classes aren't so expensive.
  • Comedy Central
    Comedy CentralApril 26, 2012
    PITIZENS! Ask the House Manager nicely & maybe they will give you tickets to this year's Comedy Awards! (Only Available in selected NYC Comedy Clubs) Premieres on Comedy Central Sunday May 6 at 9/8c. Read more
  • LeAnna C.heart icon on user image
    LeAnna ChristiansenMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of fun with cheap shows and a generous happy hour! Plus free water always!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best Comedy Club in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Go for Wed. free shows, or sign up for a class yourself.
  • Brendan J.
    Brendan JordanDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ali has set up a theater bar here that will be hard to match, although they should bring back the coffee and sandwiches too.
  • jennifer v.heart icon on user image
    jennifer von mayrhauserFebruary 19, 2016
    Wonderful and fun improv shows every day of the week. A good bar too.
  • Zain M.heart icon on user image
    Zain M.September 8, 2014
    Very good shows. Prices are reasonable and with a student ID, it's even cheaper!
  • Oz M.
    Oz MApril 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Go every Wednesday night for Super Free Wednesdays. Super fun and Super free, especially House Team Birds and Someday the Cake at 9pm.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Get Hard Cider and a shot of Fireball in it. It's the best drink for the best price in the city! Read more
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The PIT's new location has the 3 B's: it's Big, it's Beautiful, and there's a Bar in the lobby. Wednesday night all the shows are free (and funny!)
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 9, 2020
    Come here for late night laughs. There’s a bar here too!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Comedy Open Mic!
  • Alexa H.
    Alexa HarveyJune 27, 2011
    After the show, come by Pranna for a delicious meal or to just kick back, relax, and have a yummy cocktail. (79 Madison Avenue # 2)
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HealyDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The $5 ATM fee may seem harsh, but bring your receipt to the bar for $5 off your drink!
  • Binu P.
    Binu PauloseJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out RuBin, along with some of the funniest improv duos perform in "Couples' Retreat" - every 2nd Friday of the month @ 8pm!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJanuary 23, 2017
    A great venue that happens to have a terrific bar.
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HealyAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Seeing a show downstairs? Wait until the house is open and get your drinks at the downstairs bar. No wait!
  • Donia
    DoniaDecember 11, 2014
    Great bar spot with tons of fun improv shows.
  • Raquel P.
    Raquel PowellSeptember 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out Agent Cooper and Suspicious Package the First Tuesday of every month at 10pm on the PIT Mainstage!
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LucrazeSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There's free improv jams every weekday, Monday through Friday here at the PIT. Whether you have before or not - get into it!
  • Liz B.
    Liz BrooksApril 21, 2013
    Third Saturday of every month is Astronaut Theater. Excellent every time.
  • Elizabeth O.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth OtaolaAugust 9, 2015
    Watched Fake Church. I wasnt sure about what to expect. Loved it. I didnt stop laughing for a minute!!
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GalanMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask the bartenders for the Mama Nicole's Pound Cake...Best Snack Ever. Homemade and Healthy too!!!
  • Neil C.heart icon on user image
    Neil CJune 14, 2017
    Great spot for Improv! Improv is life!
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Political Subversities is absolutely hilarious, they change it up weekly based on current events. Catch it on Saturdays at 9:30pm!
  • Amanda T.heart icon on user image
    Amanda TheilerJune 13, 2015
    Free and cheap comedy (mostly improv) nightly. Before 7, drinks are $1 off.
  • Jerry N.
    Jerry NwosuochaAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Come check me and my PITizens preform every night!!! Super Free Wednesdays and GREAT BAR w/ GREAT Happy Hours!!! Read more
  • The Peoples Improv Theater
    REMEMBER: Any improv student with ID - regardless of school - gets into shows for FREE! YEAH!
  • Paul V.
    Paul ValentiMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Some of the best shows in the city! The CHRIS and PAUL show!!
  • Brendan J.
    Brendan JordanMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The new PIT is one of the best designed comedy and/or improv venues I can think of.
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