Whether you are looking to take a class, submit for one of improv or sketch teams, pitch a show idea, find job opportunities, or more we got your back. This page will list the ways in which you can get involved here at Philly Improv Theater. If you have any questions about opportunities not listed here, please feel free to email booking@phillyimprovtheater.com.

AUDITION AND SUBMISSION ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLACK FRIDAY COMEDY MARATHON: Philly Improv Theater is excited to announce the return of the Black Friday Comedy Marathon for 2019! For those that are unfamiliar with BFCM, it’s full of Philly acts and some out of town guests performing sketch, improv, stand-up, storytelling, variety shows, and lots and lots of “bit” shows around the clock. It’s also a big homecoming for comedy performers in and from the city, with a great party space for accepted acts to meet and network throughout the 33 hours. The 2019 Black Friday Comedy Marathon will begin on Friday, November 29th at 3:00 p.m. and end on Saturday, November 30th at 11:59 p.m. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SHOW NOW!
IMPROV AUDITIONS!: Improv auditions at the Philly Improv Theater have awaken from their slumber and will be back Saturday, December 7th! We will be auditioning for two new improv teams to perform on Wednesday nights, a limited run of “Episodic”, and casting additional members for existing ensembles. For more information please see this audition announcement. Any questions can be emailed to auditions@phillyimprovththeater.com.
ACTING AUDITIONS!: Smitten, PHIT’s 2020 Valentine’s themed sketch comedy show, is looking for actors! Smitten’s director, Oliver de Luz, is looking to cast a group of energetic and committed performers with improv and acting experience for Smitten. For more information click here to go to the audition announcement.

ONGOING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you’re an improviser, sketch comedian, stand-up, or another type of awesome performer… there is a performance opportunity for you below.

Read through the descriptions of each show to learn the types of acts they are booking as well as any special requirements performers must meet. If you are looking to book as a show of your own – one-person show, stand-up act, etc. – scroll to the bottom of this page for the Submit a Show/Act section.

THE IMPROV JAM

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

Capping off every Wednesday night is our FREE Improv Jam at 6:00 p.m. Students and non students can get up to do a scene with various PHIT company members. To participate in the improv jam show up by 9:55 p.m. to sign up and then sit back and enjoy the show. You are also welcome to just watch!

MAESTRO: A COMPETITIVE IMPROV GAME

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and company members.

Maestro is a cut throat (read highly supportive and fun!) improvised competition. 12 improvisers vie for the audience’s affection round after round until only one Maestro champion is left standing. Maestro runs Wednesday Nights 7:30 p.m. Click here to submit to perform in an upcoming Maestro!

PHILLY SONG JAWN

Philly Song Jawn with Sean is Philly’s only song parody showcase & competition! Do you want to be a part of Philly Song Jawn? Got a killer song parody you can’t wait to unleash on the world? Philly Song Jawn is now accepting submissions! Now is your chance! Fill out the below form to express your interest and you might find yourself on the Philly Song Jawn stage. Submitting a form does not guarantee you will be booked. Click here for more info!

THE SIDESHOW

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

The Sideshow, currently on hiatus, is a variety show that welcomes improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and just about anything else. If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring please check back here soon for information on how to express interest in performing!

SINK OR SKETCH

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and performers.

Sink or sketch is PHIT’s King-of-the-hill style sketch comedy competition. Each month we assemble a new sketch group out from a group of individual submissions. Then that group puts up a brand new sketch show at PHIT going head to head with the champs. The Auditions votes for the winner! Click here to submit your name to Sink or Sketch!

SKETCH UP OR SHUT UP

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

Sketch Up or Shut Up is Philly’s only sketch comedy open mic! All are welcome at this monthly show – either to write and bring sketch comedy to perform, volunteer to act in someone’s sketch, or simply sit enjoy the show! Sketch Up is the place for sketch comedians to work out new or in progress material in front of an audience. Please note that we do not screen material for this show.

SUPER HUMAN HORSE
UP ALL NIGHT: THE IMPROV TO SKETCH CRAM

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and performers.

At 7:00 p.m. on a Wednesday night, a group of writers, actors, and directors from PHIT and our Training Center arrive at the theater to improvise, write, rehearse, and perform a new show in 24 hours. This is that show. Up All Night takes place at 7:00 p.m. every 5th Thursday with the process starting the day before. Submissions are open to current and former PHIT company members and training center students. Click here to submit your info!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROV AND SKETCH ACTS

Though Philly Improv Theater casts improv and sketch house teams on regularly, we also encourage you to form your own acts. Find some people you’ve taken class with, that you’ve met at our improv jam or sketch-up, or chatted with after shows and form an a group of your own! There are various opportunities around Philly to get stage time including right here. Below are a couple of the ways in which your team can be booked at PHIT.

CITYWIDE: IMPROV ACTS FROM ALL OVER PHILLY

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv Acts

Two improv teams enter. Two improv teams leave. That’s the show. This is not a competition. Visit the Citywide: Indie Improv Showcase page to submit your team now! Acts are selected by the improv producer and submitting the form does not guarantee you a spot in this show.

VS: AN IMPROV CAGE MATCH

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv Acts

In this improv tournament, two acts square off each week with the winner advancing to the next round. VS is a seasonal competition and accepts acts every sever months. The Winter 2020 season is now accepting submissions! Click here for more info and to submit your team!

THE SIDESHOW

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

The Sideshow, making a comeback in spring 2018, is a variety show that welcomes improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and just about anything else. If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring please check back here soon for information on how to express interest in performing!

GET BOOKED

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv acts and sketch acts

In addition to some one off opportunities as part of other shows as seen above, we also book acts to open or headline blocks. If you have an improv team or sketch group and would like to be considered for one of these opportunities please email us at contact@phillyimprovtheater.com.

SUBMIT AN ACT/SHOW

Do you have an idea for a show you’d like to do? Are you looking to do a special run here at PHIT? Let us know! We are always looking for new ideas and if we accept your pitch will work with you on getting your show up and running. Though we are Philly Improv Theater, we produce a wide variety of comedy shows including improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, storytelling, plays, and much more. If you are looking for a specific performance date, we recommend submitting your pitch at least 90 days in advance. Click here to submit your show pitch!