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6 at 23rd St.
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| Thru 3/22 ||NYC Improv Festival|
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.
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