The Peoples Improv Theater
The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is dedicated to the instruction, performance, and development of original comedy. The PIT strives to entertain and educate the community about the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The PIT is composed of three elements: a school that focuses on the craft of improvisation, an eclectic variety of electives, and an unparalleled professional writing program; a theater that presents original comedic shows spanning everything from improv, sketch, theater, storytelling, stand up, solo performance, etc. seven nights a week; and a corporate and educational workshop program that offers team building, leadership, and business training.
The PIT was founded by Ali Reza Farahnakian in 2002, in a small blackbox theater located at 154 W. 29th Street. After outgrowing its original home, The PIT moved to 123 E. 24th Street on December 31, 2010, opening up the PIT Striker & PIT Underground theaters. In 2015, the original PIT theater on W. 29th Street was renamed The PIT Loft and officially became the third theater at The PIT.