What is Pay What You Can?


PCF wants our community workshops to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible, and as such we have moved them to a sliding scale pricing model. Community workshops are $10-40 and several performances simply have a suggested admission fee. All we ask is that attendees pick a price level that is right for their current situation. But in all cases you Pay What You Can, no questions asked!

How should I pick my payment level?

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • receive public assistance
  • have immigration-related expenses
  • are an elder with limited financial support
  • are an unpaid community organizer
  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of need
  • work part time by choice
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power

What if the minimum price is still to high for my current financial situation?

The lowest price point for community workshops is $10. If this is too high for you to participate, please contact us at community@pittsburghcomedyfestival.org. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If able to pay more on the scale, it is greatly appreciated and considered a donation to a non-profit comedy festival.

What shows / workshops feature Pay What you Can?

The following events feature Pay What You Can pricing:

Family Friendly Improv Games (Welcomes individuals with special needs)
Evolutionary Improv
Show Up & Speak Up – An Applied Improv Workshop
Pittsburgh Improv Crash Course


Improv Appetizer – Friday 8/26 – 6:30 PM
Midnight Stand-up Show – Friday 8/26 – 11:30 PM
Early Bird Improv Special – Saturday 8/27 – 5:00 PM
Stand-Up Explosion – Saturday – 6:30 PM

How can PCF support pay what you can?

The 2016 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival is committed to having inclusive programming, and has adjusted its budget priorities to provide fair compensation for workshop providers / performances and offer tickets at a low price. Additional financial support is provided courtesy The Heinz Endowments.