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123 E. 24th St., New York, NY 10010 40.740533 -73.984751
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-563-7488 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Comedy Club, Game Nights, Karaoke Nights, Open Mic, Private Party Space, Restaurant & Bar
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Daily, 4pm-4am

Happy Hour

Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm; $1 off all beer, $5 mixed drinks and wine

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 23rd St.

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For a city with such a vibrant improv community, the theaters are seriously lacking. And while two of the best known, the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theater, are still operating in small blackbox spaces, The P.I.T. (or Peoples Improv Theater) moved into a new—and very professional—theater complex in late 2010. The building formerly housed the Algonquin Theater and the Blue Heron Arts Center, but it now contains a full bar, 99-seat formal theater, and, downstairs, a 60-seat blackbox—all in the name of improv.  Starting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. every night, a mix of stand-up, improve, and sketch comedy shows take place in both the basement blackbox and the main stage. Talent runs the gamut from fresh-out-of-comedy-class comedians to hilarious staples like Kristin Schaal, and The Office’s Ellie Kemper. Some sort of try-before-you-buy open mic or improv takes place regularly for everyday folks who think they’ve got jokes.