Peoples Improv Theater

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The Peoples Improv Theater

The Peoples Improv Theater is a training center and comedy theater in New York City, founded by Ali Farahnakian in 2002. The PIT consists of three venues: Striker, Underground, and the Loft. The Striker Stage and Underground are located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District at 123 E. 24th Street. The Loft, located in Chelsea, Manhattan at 154 W. 29th Street, was the PIT’s original location. Shows performed here include improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, theater and original comedy.


The Peoples Improv Theater was founded by Ali Reza Farahnakian in 2002 and was originally located at 154 W29th Street. After outgrowing its original home, The PIT moved to its current location (123 E24th Street) on December 31, 2010. As of September 1, 2015 the original location of the PIT became The PIT Loft and officially became the third venue of The PIT. The PIT now consists of three theaters, the Striker Main Stage and Underground both at the Flatiron location and The Loft in the Chelsea location.

In 2018, Farahnakian opened up a new location in his home state of North Carolina, called The PIT Chapel Hill (462 W Franklin Street).


Current and prospective students can apply for the Workstudy Program.


As the digital home of the Peoples Improv Theater, PITtv provides content to subscribers. PITtv creates original video content for their YouTube Channel, which has over 11-million views to date.[citation needed] Their videos have also been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die, Gizmodo, and Laughing Squid.[citation needed]

Notable Alumni of the PIT[edit]

Ellie Kemper, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Gaby Dunn

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