Experimental, New Comedy
Thursdays at 7pm
Arcade Comedy Theater presents Beta Stage, a weekly platform showcasing new, experimental, and student-generated comedy. Beta Stage features a variety of comedy acts, including short-form and long-form improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, and more! Shows are just under an hour long and just $7.
Every Beta Stage is a chance to catch acts in various stages of development, and even get in on the action yourself. An average show could include an experimental performance by a veteran comedy troupe, the debut of a new student team, the world premiere of a sketch or short film.
The Arcade is all about experimentation, trying new things, and elevating the art of comedy. Beta Stage is a weekly platform where you can see the comedy of tomorrow, today.
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What to Expect at Beta Stage
Beta Stage is a variety show, and includes many different kinds of comedic performance. Our main focus is to showcase the kinds of comedy that are taught at Arcade. Those include:
Improv comedy involves players making up everything you see in the moment. Beta Stage often features short-form improv made up of improv games (a la Whose Line Is It Anyway) with an emphasis on audience participation. We also feature long-form improv made up of improvised scenes and one-act plays using different “forms” and techniques. Expect to see a mix of student teams, practice teams, indie groups, and Arcade house teams!
Sketch comedy involves written scenes that are rehearsed and performed, often with blocking, costumes, and props. You’ll get to see local sketch troupes developing new material, premieres of new comedy videos, and writers seeing their words performed for the first time!
Stand-up comedy involves (usually) one performer standing at a microphone telling jokes that they’ve written and rehearsed. It might be personal, clever, silly–it all depends on the comic. Look for brand new students performing their first 5 minute set and experienced pros trying out new material or a new style of comedy.
There’s so much more happening at Beta Stage that fits into multiple categories or none at all! We’ve had improvised Broadway-style musical numbers, talk shows, piano karaoke, wrestling promos, actors from downtown productions improvising, folk music, more talk shows, silent stand-up, clowning and a whole lot more!
Want to Perform?
All shows are booked in advance. To submit an act to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming Beta Stage, please fill out the form below. The form also lists all Beta Stage submission policies.
Beta Stage Producers & Volunteer Staff
Beta Stage is put on each week with the enormous efforts of an amazing team. Beyond producers, they are creators and evangelists, putting together new projects for the series and encouraging and catalyzing others in the community to participate. Let’s get to know the Beta team!
Beta Stage Executive Director
Beta Stage Marketing
We’d also like to thank past producers:
- Ben Amiri
- Nicole Havranek
- Olivia Grace Traini
- Jason Newsom
- Dave Hart, Jr.
- Nick Stamatakis
- Robin Hitchcock
Beta Stage is truly a team effort and would not be possible without the help of so many people! We’d like to thank a few of them here:
- Abby Fudor
- Kristy Nolen
- Mike Rubino
- Mindy Cooper
- Aaron Tarnow
- Our amazing acts
- Our supportive audiences
Do you have questions about Beta Stage? Below are a set of questions we get asked frequently. If you can’t find an answer below, please contact us.
Q: Who can perform at Beta Stage?
Q: Who do I talk to to book a slot?
A: The easiest way to reach out is to fill out our submission form. This is just a “get to know you.” The appropriate producer will be in touch to discuss further.
Q: Can I do ____ at Beta? OR I have a half-baked idea, how do I workshop it for Beta Stage?
A: Yes! You can do ___ at Beta Stage! (we reserve the right to find exceptions to this, but we haven’t found them yet). We’ve also worked with acts to workshop their ideas. If you’re interested in this, let us know when you submit your act. Often one of our producers can work with you directly, or recommend someone in our community to help bring your idea to life!