- The Peoples Improv Theater
154 West 29th Street, 212-563-7488; thepit-nyc.com
Maybe you want to be the next Jon Stewart, maybe you want to conquer your fear of public speaking, maybe you just want to improve your goofing-around-in-a-staff-meeting skills. Whatever the case may be, Peoples Improv Theater is an outstanding way to hone your comedy skills. Former Saturday Night Live writer Ali Farahnakian and Second City alum Armando Diaz opened the improv workshop (affectionately known as the Pit) six months ago, having coached, directed, and performed with comedians from SNL, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Students learn the secrets of no-net comedy in classes of eight to sixteen. After one three-hour session per week (six to eight weeks per class; $250–$300), you’ll have the confidence to kill even the toughest crowd.
Best Improv Lessons
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).