People's Improv Theater (The PIT)

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 04/16/14 10:30:38 AM
Address: 123 E 24th (btwn Park and Lex)
New York, NY    10011

Phone: 212-563-7488
Location: South side of 29th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues

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Cojones: Variety Show with Balls for a Buck  | Open: 02/28/14 Close: 04/25/14
Singers who want to twerk. Dancers who want to juggle daggers. Comics who dare to get serious. Perhaps some X-rated ventriloquism. The monthly variety showcase called COJONES invites a dozen performers to try something onstage they've always wanted to do but didn't have the you-know-whats to try. This is the craziest variety show you've never seen.

Host Peter Michael Marino (Desperately Seeking the Exit) will be joined by Amanda Duarte (Dead Darlings) and the Liz Heeden Tiny Band for an evening of fun and frivolity - all for one dollar. COJONES plays Friday, April 25 at 11 p.m., Friday, January 31 at the The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), 123 East 24th Street (off Park Ave).

Tickets are $1 (yes, one US dollar) and can be purchased at the door. The PIT is located at 123 East 24 Street off Park Ave. Full bar available. 


Tru 2013 Combined Audition Event.  | Open: 04/06/13 Close: 04/07/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces that submissions are open for the TRU 2013 Combined Audition Event, produced by Jaye Maynard and Michelle Slonim, and presented in association with Actors Access, Actors Connection, Modernage/, People's Improv Theater (The PIT), The Players Theatre, Ripley Grier Studios, Studio 7 Photography, TheaterMania, Wag That Reel and Weist-Barron Studios.

Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2013 from 10am-6pm at People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), 123 East 24th Street, NYC.From March 6 to registration closing on March 25, the fee is $75 ($65 for AEA and TRU members).  Registration is required, and application information can be found at

The TRU 2013 Combined Audition Event gives actors the opportunity to audition for more than 40 producers, theater companies, casting directors, agents, writers and directors over two days. Each actor prepares a 2 minute time slot with two contrasting monologues for non-singing auditions on Sunday April 7th, or monologue and 16 bars of music on the Saturday April 6th musical audition day.  

This unique Combined Audition is open to Equity and non-union actors; the venue is handicap-accessible, and actors with disabilities are encouraged to apply and inspire attendees with the possibility of greater diversity in casting.

About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios. 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit or call 212-714-7628.

Political Subversities  | Open: 02/04/12 Close: 02/11/12

Recently featured as performers on MSNBC, Political Subversitiesreturns to the People’s Improv Theater to lampoon this election season on February 4th at 9:30PM.    

Political Subversities is a darkly funny cabaret presenting new material every week that mocks the humorous, the stupid and the downright absurd in today's social and political landscape in the form of side-splitting sketches, fast and funny monologues and Broadway-worthy songs.  Political Subversities seamlessly presents more than 40 sketches and songs in under an hour.

Initially conceived by Tony Nominee and Obie Award winner Elizabeth Swados, and currently written by a cast of actors, writers, singers and sketch comedians, this show has been featured Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Gawker and numerous other blogs.  It has also been featured as Time Out New York’s pick of the week and has sold out return engagements at Joe’s Pub.

On February 4th the popular group will return to The People’s Improv Theater at 9:30PM, continuing its two year engagement with the East Side’s favorite comedy venue. The show will continue to play every Saturday night at 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained at or by calling 1-212-563-7488.  The show is approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.

A live cast album recorded at Joe’s Pub will be available for purchase. 

The group’s growing selection of viral videos including Political Wife, Trapped in a Mountain, The Social Network Uses Blackface, Michelle Obama’s Arms, Lemonade Stand, Shut up and Pay Your Taxes and the most recent Made Up Disease have been shared by thousands of bloggers, Facebook/Twitter users, and political websites.

­POLITICAL SUBVERSITIES is created and performed by a cast of young, vibrant writers and performers including Kim Blanck, Todd Dakotah Briscoe, Jabari Brisport, Andrew R. Butler, Ismael-Enrique Cruz Cordova (The Good Wife) , nicHi douglas (The Today Show), Matthew Robert Gehring (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Cyndi Perczek, Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, Shaina K. Taub  (The Daughters) and Dominique Toney (The Daughters).  Directed by Andrew Neisler, Assistant Directed by Annie Tippe with Music Direction by Matt Vinson .

Elizabeth Swados (Tony Nominee, Obie Winner) initially conceived the show.  She states, "This crew of Political Subversities is a combination of goofy, edgy, nasty, and bighearted. It's political theater you won't see anywhere else. It is intelligent and has a sensibility that has been developed for almost four years. Enjoy and be offended."

 “It almost seems unfair that this massive group seems to be hogging all of the funniest, smartest, best-looking performers with incredible voices…ambitious, talented and hilarious.  I can’t wait to see what they do next.” - Grace Evans, Bust Magazine Blog

"Democrat or Republican, no party is safe and no topics are sacrosanct for these edgy comedians, and the results are ridiculously entertaining." - Matthew Manuszak, Unveiled Arts

Chickapalooza  | Open: 04/07/11 Close: 04/28/11
Heralded for her brilliant, comedic character work, Alicia Levy is ready to Rock her audiences yet again with her latest one-woman show, “ALICIA LEVY’S CHICKAPALOOZA”, a  night of original music and hit comedy videos and celebrity impressions that will leave you wanting more!

Classy  | Open: 03/24/08 Close: 03/24/08
Classy is a brand new sketch comedy group featuring Sam Foreman, Aaron Kheifets, James Rich and Dave Warth. They are directed by Kevin Allison from MTV's The State. All two out of four of the members have participated and medaled in the 2000 Hawaii Armed Forces Women's Middle Weight Bodybuilding Competition. All four members have at one time or another received haircuts.
Rue Brutalia is Literally On Fire.  | Open: 02/01/08 Close: 02/22/08
Rue Brutalia returns from Chicago with a new run, and a bible full of fresh material - THAT WE HAVE LIT ON FIRE....just a little. Its time to join the revolution. The Rue is back.

"Inventive...Jon Pack and Jason Kalter create sketches you may have trouble getting out of your head." - Hy On Theatre Reviews, NYC Comedy Picks

Cream of the Corp.  | Open: 11/04/06 Close: 11/25/06
With original music by Laura Kessler/Kimberly Weeks.

Originally produced for The Second City Chicago's Skybox Theater, Cream of the Corp. is an inventive sketch comedy musical that exploits the inherent hilarity of the workplace through both song and dance. Hailed as one of Chicago's must-see musical comedies, Cream of the Corp. will have you laughing like it's your job.

Unaccessorized  | Open: 04/06/06 Close: 04/27/06
A queer overachieving Filipino comes out at age 14, facing hate crimes at school, prayer vigils from Mom and the threat of electroshock therapy from Dad. Wrestling with his family's expectations of medical school and his own dreams of fashion design, he escapes the suburban cornfields of Illinois to the streets of New York City. Will he find love, enlightenment and theperfect shade of beige? Through sharp humor, poignant truth, lush sound design and crisp choreography, this autobiopic romp shreds cultural legacy into a hilariously insightful adventure.
Everybody Wants A Piece of Braeson  | Open: 04/09/06 Close: 04/25/06
"Braeson is at a crossroads. As an anti-socialite, he knows it takes work to share with people. But is life alone more appealing than having a friend? Did his isolation start when the other kids teased him, and said he looked like Annie? And is his name really that complicated to spell AND say? Get the answers to these questions...and "Everybody Wants A Piece of Braeson"...The show that dare not speak its name...until you can pronounce it right."
A Foreplay Unscripted  | Open: 02/11/05 Close: 08/01/05
Erotically charged comedy seduces audiences with improvisation inspired by audience suggestions. Complimentary wine and desserts served.
Freedumb  | Open: 07/12/05 Close: 07/26/05
Republican fanatics, uber-liberals, cheating husbands, slutty women, the Bush twins, abortionists and pornographers all converge in FREEDUMB. A new sketch show that explores America's moral fiber...or lack thereof.

Written & Performed by Andrea Alton, Laura Crocenzi, Robin Gelfenbien, David Spiecher, Theron Steiner, Allen Warnock, Marshall York

The Stanley Project  | Open: 05/02/05 Close: 05/30/05
Improv comedy.

The Stanley Project takes audience suggestions and creates "on the spot" mini documentaries complete with crazy characters, interviews, scenes, outtakes and director commentary.

Fearsome: Look At That!  | Open: 04/01/05 Close: 04/22/05
FEARSOME, winner of the 2004 "The Vital Funny" sketch comedy competition, and one of the four New York groups selected to perform at the 2005 Chicago Sketchfest, the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation, is proud to present an all new, action packed extravaganza of fearsome comedy this April titled, "Fearsome: Look at That!" For more information, go to