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What It's Like to Be an Artistic Director at a Comedy Theater

Comedy is an industry, and for every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jobs that are less visible than that of a performer, and talking to the people who do those jobs about what they do, how they got there, and how that job has affected their perspective on comedy.

All around the country, comedy theaters are producing the next wave of comedians. Often small organizations that play host to hundreds of shows every year, these improv [...]

A Peek Inside the PIT's SNL Fantasy Camp

The Village Voice today has a behind-the-scenes look at the People's Improv Theater writing class "Writing for SNL Fantasy Camp." The week-long class is run by PIT founder Ali Farahnakian who wrote for SNL in its 1999-2000 season, and is described here as "a soothing, persuasive authority, an energy drawn from the cold fusion when Zen calm meets improv training meets self-help uplift meets entrepreneurial mojo." (?) Anyway, the week-long class is structured like an average week at SNL, with everything from table reads and dress rehearsals to a guest host and musical guest. The week ends with a mock-SNL, complete with the opening: "Live from the PIT, it's Saturday night!" If it sounds like [...]

Chris, Abby, and Bridey Elliott Are Doing a Live Show Together

Living comedy legend Chris Elliott and his talented daughters Abby (from SNL) and Bridey Elliott (from Twitter) will be appearing together onstage next month for the first time ever. The live late night show "Running Late with Scott Rogowsky" will host "An Evening with the Elliotts" at the PIT in NYC on December 6th. Hopefully, this will become an annual thing, and by next year, this comedy family will have grown even larger and there will be five funny Elliotts onstage together.