Submit an Improv Act

  • Submit your improv act by Sunday, May 27, 2018 with a $30 submission fee for a chance to be a part of the 5th annual Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. Acts will be selected by early July. This year's festival runs August 22-26, 2018 at our two new locations, City Theatre and Club Cafe!

    PCF celebrates the breadth of styles and voices* in improv. Past improv headliners include North Coast: hip-hop improv comedy, Chicago mainstays Sheldon, and the all-female powerhouse Bombardo. If you're as jazzed as we are, talk to your team members/partner/self about submitting! Wait, before you do that, have the following pieces of information in mind:

    • Festival sets will be around 20 minutes long.
    • We love acts with fresh perspectives, original ideas, and who bring their unique personality to the stage.
    • 20-person troupe? Solo show? Sounds great to us! We love acts that play outside the ordinary just as much as we adore a very traditional set.
    • As with all our programming, your act's content should respect the diversity of both our audience and performers, and be concurrent with the inclusive spirit of our festival.

    If you have any questions about the submissions or selection process, or any of the above info, please let us know. Good luck!

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  • Ideally a full show, 15+ minutes, with minimal editing.
  • Minimum resolution of 300x300 pixels. Logos and graphics are fine.
  • Minimum resolution of 600x600 pixels. No logos or graphics. This photo is optional, but increases your chances of being featured in the press.
  • This will not be shared, but is simply for the PCF staff to consider your submission.
  • This will be published on the website, and possibly shared in other marketing materials.
  • Does your show rely on a certain lighting or audio setup? Any other special technical concerns?
  • Deselect any dates for which you are not available.
  • List each cast member individually. This will not be shared publicly, but will be used by PCF staff for administrative and planning purposes.
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  • (When you press submit, you will be sent to PayPal to pay your submission fee.)
*One of the goals of the PCF Executive Committee is to advance PCF’s Diversity and Inclusion mission by including performers who represent historically marginalized identities, specifically women and non-binary people, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, people with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities, people over 40 years of age.