The Peoples Improv Theater

The Peoples Improv Theater

Comedy Club, Indie Theater, and Bar
Rose Hill, New York
  • The experts at Village Voice and Time Out New York recommend this place
    • Village Voice
    • Time Out New York
  • keith h.
    "Watch PIT house teams Local 154 and Borealis on Weds nights @ 9PM!"(4 Tips)
    Brad R.
    "Wednesdays free improv night is great!"(4 Tips)
    Oz M.
    "Go every Wednesday night for Super Free Wednesdays."(3 Tips)
    jennifer v.
    "Wonderful and fun improv shows every day of the week."(2 Tips)
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  • Neil C.
    Neil CJune 14
    Great spot for Improv! Improv is life!
  • Amy C.
    Theater Review: “Aliens Coming” is Just the Ticket to Improv Your Weekend.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJanuary 23
    A great venue that happens to have a terrific bar.
  • Michelle C.
    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.
  • Ryan W.
    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.
  • 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
  • Marissa S.
    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!
  • jennifer v.
    jennifer von mayrhauserFebruary 19, 2016
    Wonderful and fun improv shows every day of the week. A good bar too.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhOctober 25, 2015
    Great place for late night laughs. There's a bar here!!
  • Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth OtaolaAugust 9, 2015
    Watched Fake Church. I wasnt sure about what to expect. Loved it. I didnt stop laughing for a minute!!
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerJune 13, 2015
    Free and cheap comedy (mostly improv) nightly. Before 7, drinks are $1 off.
  • LeAnna C.
    LeAnna ChristiansenMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of fun with cheap shows and a generous happy hour! Plus free water always!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AromandoApril 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Free improv shows all night on Mondays and Wednesdays on the Underground stage.
  • Jason S.
    Jason S.April 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.
  • Jan S.
    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.
  • Karina O.
    Karina O.March 16, 2015
    The bartenders here are very fair. (Non-attention-seeking whores, you know what I mean)
  • Karina O.
    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
  • Karina O.
    Karina O.March 16, 2015
    Tight seats.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    cheap, sometimes free comedy nightly
  • John W.
    John WiggsJanuary 9, 2015
    Just a fun place.
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJanuary 1, 2015
    The owner was born in Esfahan, Iran, which is why Esfahan time is posted among major world cities.
  • Donia
    DoniaDecember 11, 2014
    Great bar spot with tons of fun improv shows.
  • andy d.
    andy dongSeptember 22, 2014
    First time jam
  • Zain M.
    Zain M.September 8, 2014
    Very good shows. Prices are reasonable and with a student ID, it's even cheaper!
  • Andrew F.
    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.
  • Auzzie Y.
    Auzzie YazdMay 29, 2014
    Drinks free on your birthday!!!
  • 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.
  • Matt H.
    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!
  • Douglas W.
    Douglas WidickSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    North Coast: Hip-Hop Improv EVERY SATURDAY AT 8pm!
  • Patricia D.
    Patricia Diaz SwedinAugust 26, 2013
    My new fav comedy spot. 'Cover-band Han Valen. Deflowering the Crunch logo. Divorcing abusive cat. My sister, Lord Voldemort.' -- The Starkey & Grace men and the Gilda women were hilarious.
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Slap Fight is worth seeing! Read more
  • 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
  • StageBuddy
    StageBuddyAugust 2, 2013
    Best people to have in a bar, people who live by "Yes, AND..." Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kirk L.
    Kirk LoveJune 28, 2013
    Checking out Storytellers - RISK on the last Thursday of each month. Only $10 a ticket and it's absolutely fantastic.
  • 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
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RJune 15, 2013
    Kelly Fitzpatrick is the #1 reason to come here.
  • Pam K.
    Pam KimlerApril 30, 2013
    Come and see Slap Fight... the best comedy skit in town...
  • Liz G.
    Liz GApril 21, 2013
    Third Saturday of every month is Astronaut Theater. Excellent every time.
  • The Peoples Improv Theater
    REMEMBER: Any improv student with ID - regardless of school - gets into shows for FREE! YEAH!
  • Chris O.
    Chris O'NeilDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Super Free Monday is great , especially Matador at 9pm.
  • 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*
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Comedy Open Mic!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BresloveOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome classes for anyone wanting to learn
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RaghebSeptember 16, 2012
    The Vanilla Java Porter is great, almost as good as the comedy.
  • 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!
  • Jonisue C.
    Jonisue CleavengerSeptember 3, 2012
    They did twin peaks season 3 here! It was great ! I only caught the last show so I hope they do it again !!
  • Matt H.
    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!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out Monday night downstairs for more free shows. Monderground! Starts at 8pm.
  • Kaydee B.
    Kaydee BJune 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.
  • Kris R.
    Kris RobinsonMay 27, 2012
    Bartenders here are soooo hot. Especially this cutie named J.D. :)
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WalshMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartenders here are super hot!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MyersApril 30, 2012
    Staff is quite friendly and welcoming.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CucutaApril 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the "haberdasher hat trick"!
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Paul V.
    Paul ValentiMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Some of the best shows in the city! The CHRIS and PAUL show!!
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LepineMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Free improv house teams on Monday and Wednesday.
  • etta y.
    etta yFebruary 12, 2012
    Comic Book Club on Tuesday nights is a good time, even if you know nothing about comics. Also: Booth Man.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiuFebruary 4, 2012
    Free shows on Wednesdays. Also, "Harvard Sailing Team" is awesome.
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PritchettJanuary 29, 2012
    Great shows with no drink minimums
  • 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!
  • Henry W. N.
    Henry W. NgDecember 29, 2011
    don't sit down with a pocketful of peanuts.
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GalanDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out FUCT on Saturday nights at Midnight ...most outrageous comedy troupe in NYC!
  • Georgia J.
    Georgia JacksonNovember 16, 2011
    Must see To Be Continued! Three's Company was extremely entertaining! Great Mr. Furley!
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LepineNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Mmmm craft beers
  • 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.
  • Leah R.
    Leah R-CNovember 8, 2011
    See every show starring Emma!
  • Richelle T.
    Richelle TrivediNovember 5, 2011
    Check out spurn, hilarious!!
  • Howcast
    HowcastNovember 2, 2011
    Want to give comedy a shot? Watch our video and learn how to get the whole room laughing.
  • Karin D.
    Karin DaileyOctober 29, 2011
    yeahhhh. improv group did skits using n-word. eff you, people's improv theater. eff you. both middle fingers up in the air.
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GregoryOctober 1, 2011
    Goldie & the Hawns rocks my face off!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Brian L.
    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!
  • Brad R.
    Brad ReasonAugust 30, 2011
    Wednesdays free improv night is great! And check in with Foursquare to get a $1 off a drink.
  • My Damn Channel
    My Damn ChannelAugust 24, 2011
    Check out Daily Grace's Grace Helbig in 'The Morning Show' on the 3rd Friday of every month at the PIT! Read more
  • 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!
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZalbenAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't come here! It's closed! Go to 123 E. 24th Street instead.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Für Immer
    Für ImmerJuly 24, 2011
    Aston Hollins is the best
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LepineJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Any improv student with ID - regardless of school - gets shows for FREE! Boom Improv!
  • 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)
  • Christine P.
    Christine PynnJune 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Almost every bartender's name starts with 'J.'
  • Bradley L.
    Bradley LabormanJune 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Make Your Own Grilled Cheese (Sourdough, Muenster & Bacon) - #gooeygoodness
  • Robert D.
    Robert DuffyJune 4, 2011
    Cheap drafts!
  • Todd S.
    Todd SimmonsMay 3, 2011
    Errrrrr. That's "Ajay". My typo bad.
  • Todd S.
    Todd SimmonsMay 2, 2011
    Aajay "Office Space" Naidu in the house!
  • Eva E.
    Eva EwenFebruary 22, 2011
    Good coffee and yummy desserts. Try the chocolate chip cookies :)
  • 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!
  • cc
    ccFebruary 20, 2011
    For a laughgasm, watch Audience of Two every third Saturday
  • keith h.
    keith huangFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Watch PIT house teams Local 154 and Borealis on Weds nights @ 9PM!
  • Nelson M.
    Nelson MartinezFebruary 1, 2011
    The coffee is top notch and it is only $0.99
  • Joanna F.
    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!)
  • Len
    LenJanuary 11, 2011
    New theater location. So fresh and so clean. BAR! Toilets flush loud for extra comedy you can hear from your theater seats.
  • Robim #.
    Robim #BETA LAB#May 26, 2014
    bom isso ae, muito show de bola
  • Adllogan R.
    Adllogan RobertoOctober 11, 2012
    Hilário... Muito engraçado!
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