PHIT Comedy originally started in November 2005 as a training center for improv comedy. Our first classes and workshops were offered in January 2006. Since that time, we have continuously offered small classes with the top improv teachers in the city while growing over the course of more than a decade to encompass training in improv comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, musical comedy, and comedy acting. PHIT’s Training Center now rivals major theater institutions in Philadelphia like the Walnut Street Theatre School in the size and scope of it’s offerings, with 5 sessions of classes offering each year, more than 100 courses offering annually, and 350-400 students enrolled at any given point during the year. Alumni of our Training Center have gone on work in comedy and the entertainment industry in major cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and overseas in the United Kingdom.
Over the years we have developed an extensive set of contacts, allowing us to host master classes with people like Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Kevin Allison (The State, RISK!), Ali Faranakian (SNL), Christine Nangle (SNL, The Kroll Show), Rich Talarico (SNL, Key & Peel, The Tonight Show), Christina Gausas (Girls, Difficult People), Luke Giordano (Two and a Half Men), Keith Johnstone (author of Impro) and countless others.
In 2014, PHIT Comedy expanded the reach of our education program by creating the PHIT Kids & Teens program, offering classes in improvisation for children in grades K-12 in fall and spring sessions.
Since it’s founding, PHIT has taken the lessons of improv into workplaces through it’s PHIT Corporate program. We’ve worked with everyone from small start-ups to the entire Guinness national sales team. Our clients have ranged from small businesses to important regional brands like Wawa to Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Comcast, and General Electric. In 2016, the theater hired our first sales director for our Corporate Workshops and Touring Company programs.