About the Arcade

Our mission:

To elevate and advance the art of comedy.

Our vision:

Arcade Comedy Theater will inspire laughter for all through community driven, innovative, high-quality comedy performance and education.

Arcade Comedy Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater organization located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District that produces, presents, and educates in the art of comedy. The Arcade was founded in 2013 as the city’s first non-profit theater exclusively dedicated to comedy, with a mission to strengthen and enrich the community through laughter for all. In 2017, the theater successfully expanded from a small storefront to a custom and accessible three-story, two-theater facility in order to serve more artists and audiences with new programming and class opportunities.

The theater presents a variety of programming 52 weekends a year in improv, stand-up, sketch, and other comedic forms, plus a bi-monthly matinee improv show for kids. Improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy classes for all ages and levels are taught by talented professional actors and comedians within the Arcade Academy. Arcade’s Corporate Training and Entertainment strengthens the communication skills of professionals and makes work fun throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Arcade has been named “Best Place to See Live Comedy” by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine multiple times, and has been featured in WQED, Yahoo News, and Paste Magazine.

Board of Directors

Jay Evans, President
Liz Labacz, Vice President
Christa Lerch, Treasurer
Allie Chornick, Secretary
Matt Lancaster
Jenee Iyer

Former Members of the Board

Kahmeela Adams-Friedson
Vicki Mayowski
Val Schafer
Melissa Clark
Margaret Ogden
Mary C Parker
Kelsey Halling
Jason Coll
Jared Pascoe
David Fudor
Adam Novak

The Board is currently seeking opportunities to add capable members with a commitment to charity, fiscal discipline, and inclusion. If you would like to express interest or learn more, please contact us.

Arcade is proud to be sponsored and supported by…

Awards & Recognitions

Best Place to See Live Comedy

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2017

Best Place to See Live Comedy

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2016

3rd Best Non-Profit

Pittsburgh City Paper
Best of Pittsburgh 2015

Best Comedic Tasting Menu

Bonus Stage: Arcade Improv Night

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2017

Write In: Best Comedy Venue

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2015

Best Live Read Series

Arcade Comedy Theater Live Reads

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2014

Best Improv/Sketch Troupe

Dinner with the Nolens

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2017

Best Nerd Fantasy Come to Life

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2015

Write In: Best Comedy Venue

Pittsburgh Magazine
Best of the Burgh 2014

Arcade Comedy Theater, founded in 2013

creative directors

Founded in 2013, by Kristy Nolen, Abby Fudor, Jethro Nolen, Mike Rubino, and Randy Kirk at 811 Liberty Avenue.
Photo by David S. Rubin