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Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

August 21-23, 2014

The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – August 21st through the 23rd at the Henry Heymann Theater in Oakland.


Get a preview of the festival August 1st with a local stand-up showcase at Hambones
Here's your chance to check out great local stand-up acts before they hit the PCF stage. Join us at Hambone's August 1st at 10 for more festival information and prizes!
2014 Entire Festival Night Pass (*)

On Sale: $40.00 $60.00

*This excludes our headliner show with Judah Friedlander (sold separately), Kids Comedy Cabaret (sold separately), and our Comedy Panel and Discussion (free with registration [coming soon]).


Click Here for all Passes
Below is our schedule of talented comedians from across the nation!
We are so proud to offer such a wonderful group of people!
8:00PM on Thursday 21st August 2014
  • Judah Friedlander - New York City, NY
Featuring:
  • Carl Schimmel - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Day Bracey - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Travis Irvine - New York City, NY
10:00PM on Thursday 21st August 2014
Featuring:
  • Amish Monkies - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Yeah Those Guys - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Well Known Strangers - Pittsburgh, PA
11:00PM on Thursday 21st August 2014
Featuring:
  • Brent Peasley - Austin, TX
  • Travis Walling - Irwin, PA
  • Tom Henry - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Zach Pugh - Los Angeles, CA
  • Robert Ecks - Philadelphia, PA
6:30PM on Friday 22nd August 2014
Featuring:
  • Kingsbury - Chicago, IL
  • Slim Line - Detroit, MI
  • Fracas - Philadelphia, PA
8:00PM on Friday 22nd August 2014
  • Judah Friedlander - New York City, NY
Featuring:
  • Ed Zhitnik - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Shannon Norman - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Curtis Cook - Portland, OR
10:00PM on Friday 22nd August 2014
  • Cackowski & Talarico - Los Angeles, CA
Featuring:
  • Triple Double - Philadelphia, PA
  • The Ambassators - Chicago, IL
1:00PM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
Featuring:
  • The Josh & Gab Show - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mark Hayward - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Penny Arcade - Pittsburgh, PA
5:00PM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
Featuring:
  • The LuPones - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wonderland - New York City, NY
  • North Coast - New York City, NY
6:30PM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
Featuring:
  • Ty Mac - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Valerie DiMambro - Philadelphia PA
  • John Pridmore - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Julia McClung - Durham, NC
  • Jeff Young - Boston, MA
8:00PM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
  • Cackowski & Talarico - Los Angeles, CA
Featuring:
  • Change Machine - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Left For Dead - Rochester, NY
10:00PM on Saturday 23rd August 2014
  • Tim Dimond - New York City, NY
Featuring:
  • Mat Alano-Martin - Bloomington, IN
  • Molly Sharrow - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Chanel Ali - Philadelphia, PA
  • Ian Fidance - Brooklyn, NY
 
 

About the PCF

Comedy has been a part of the arts since man first performed, but has only been carving out its place as its own art (distinct from theater, vaudeville, etc.) in the late 1950s to early 1960s. This is when stand-ups began developing their acts (speaking directly to the audience as themselves) in small clubs and innovative performers in Chicago began taking improvisational theater techniques and using them onstage rather than in a rehearsal process.

Pittsburgh has been a part of this history since its rise in the 1960s–producing stand-ups of note like Dennis Miller, Billy Gardell and Anthony Jeselnik and marking a designated road tour stop, perfectly nestled between the south, midwest, and northeast. Improvisational comedy has been performed weekly in the Cathedral of Learning for twenty-five years and within the past three years, two theaters have opened in town dedicated to its study and performance.

Yet the average Pittsburgher goes on unaware of the booming comedy scene in her backyard. With three institutions presenting and teaching comedy and dozens of bars, theaters, and art spaces increasing their comedy programming, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming a destination city for improvisors, stand-up comedians, and comedy variety acts

The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (PCF) will shine a spotlight on this incredible art of live comedy that is thriving in our city with Pittsburgh’s first-ever festival of improv and stand-up comedy. Occurring August 21-23, 2014, the festival is focused on:

 

  • Collaboration: PCF is working with public and private partners throughout Pittsburgh. We are exploring how the art of comedy can support what these partners are already doing to make amazing things happen.
  • Community: PCF will bring comedians to Pittsburgh from around the country. While here, we want to provide more than just an opportunity to perform and go home. There will be numerous social events, jams, open mics, panel discussions, parties and other opportunities to connect with other performers and the local community. We will also be reaching out to a variety of communities within Pittsburgh including children and families, seniors, and communities traditionally underserved by the arts.
  • Quality: The PCF selection committees will seek out and handpick the most professional, accessible, and unique performances from all our submissions. These will include some of the best improvisers and stand-ups in Pittsburgh, amazing interactive family and children’s programming and high caliber acts from around the country.

 

PCF is a project of Comedy Arts Pittsburgh (CAP)–a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to raise the profile of comedy as a performing art in Pittsburgh such that its performance and study can have a transformative impact on the region.

A big thank you to everyone who came out to support Pittsburgh Comedy Festival on May 01st!!

We are looking forward to sharing fun photos, a funner recap, and more soon! In the meantime check out the Twitter Feed at: #PCFLaunch

Contact Us

Meet the Staff

Feel free to reach out: info@pittsburghcomedyfestival.org

We are brought to you by our Sponsors

And also our Grant Partners


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