It's Comedy Week!

Proclamation of "Comedy Week"

Pittsburgh City Council declared this week Comedy Week in celebration of Pittsburgh's growing and kick-ass comedy scene!

It's also the week of the 2nd annual Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. So head on down to Pitt's campus to check out:

  • Bombardo, with the wry Aubrey Plaza, teachers and performers from UCB in NYC and LA, and comedy that has been termed "weird,” “psychadelic,” and “full of cats."
  • Todd Glass: I have so much respect for a comic who takes his comedy seriously. You know him from Louie, Mr. Show and his podcast The Todd Glass Show.
  • Over 30 acts from all over the country. I can't pick a few to talk about because I am seriously excited about all of them.
  • Kids Comedy Cabaret: I am so proud that PCF could help enable such a truly imaginative show.
  • Six workshops featuring everything from sketch from the co-founder of the "feminist Onion" to Shakespearean improv to viewpoints! 
  • Talking Funny: The PCF Comedy Panel where you can ask Qs and hear As about comedy as an artform as a career from Todd Glass (Comedy Central, Louie), Chlesea Clarke (UCB NY Instructor, Bombardo), Marcy Jarreau (UCB LA Instructor), Jared Pascoe (Docherty Talent Agent) and Aaron Kleiber (Gotham Comedy Live, Pgh Mag Best Comic).
  • Parties, free food, happy hour, winding through the Cathedral loading dock. Does this all sound fun to you? Sign up to volunteer!

Amie and Kristen on Talking Shop in April!

Photo credit Erin Pitts

In just two short weeks, I will be back on the mic and interviewing New York and Philly natives Amie Roe and Kristen Schier!

I am so excited to talk shop with these incredibly talented improvisers. I first saw them in Jan 2011 when Irony City coordinated a trip they took to Pittsburgh for a performance and workshop. I also made a point to see them at the Del Close Marathon last year and they were easily one of the best shows at the festival.

But don't take my word for it. The Amie and Kristen Show has won 16 awards at festivals throughout the US and Canada, and they were voted Best Improv Group by their peers Philadelphia's 2011 Witout Awards.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 20 11pm at the Steel City Improv Theater.