The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival brings together stand-ups and improvisers in a five-day celebration of all things funny. Our goals are to show off Pittsburgh on a national level, to make the art of comedy accessible here in Pittsburgh, and to raise up a wide array of perspectives and voices. That means informative workshops, programming for comedians and comedy fans young and old, and best of all, fantastic shows in the intimate settings of the South Side’s City Theatre and Club Cafe.
Don’t miss your chance to experience this incredible weekend of comedy!
How We Got Started
The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (PCF) was the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. The event brought stand-up and improv acts from across the nation to Pittsburgh’s growing comedy community. In addition to generating comedy buzz about Pittsburgh, the festival supported artistic growth by offering talks, workshops, and programming that delighted artists and audiences of all ages.
The festival featured performances by festival headliner Judah Friedlander, improv headliners Cackowski & Talarico, a Kids’ Comedy Cabaret, and over 30 other acts from around the country. These performers entertained more than 1000 attendees over the course of three days!
What People Are Saying
Each year we hear a lot from performers and festival attendees, here’s a bit of what they say:
“This was my first comedy show, and I never really had much interest in stand-up before, but now I’d like to make it a point in my life to see more comedians live.” -Attendee
“Great job! I’ve been to a lot of festivals, and this was wonderful!” – Performer
“Our family really enjoyed every part of this! Our 11 year-old son is celebrating one year of being cancer-free today, and this was a great way to do it! Thank you!” – Attendee
PCF & Comedy Arts Pittsburgh
PCF is a project of Comedy Arts Pittsburgh (CAP)–an arts organization founded to raise the profile of comedy as a performing art in Pittsburgh and to raise Pittsburgh’s profile nationally. Using comedy as a universal language, CAP partners with artists, public and private organizations to promote comedy and the life skills it imparts.