About the Arcade

Pittsburgh's only non-profit comedy theater.

We’re Pittsburgh’s only non-profit theater dedicated to comedy.

Our mission:

Arcade Comedy Theater provides an interactive platform for players of all levels, both onstage and off, to experience various forms of theatrical comedy, from proven standards to offbeat styles.

Our vision:

We strive to elevate and advance the art of comedy in Pittsburgh.

Arcade Comedy Theater is downtown Pittsburgh’s destination for all things comedy. Opened in February 2013, the Arcade began as a storefront converted into an intimate 75-seat theater. With a charming brick wall backdrop (and a loud, echo-y tile floor) the theater first space was home to some of the funniest, most innovative, and most affordable comedy in the city.

For over four and a half years, the Arcade produced or presented over 1,000 shows and welcomed over 50,000 visitors to the Cultural District.

In November 2016, the Arcade announced that it would be moving (just down the street) to a newly renovated facility at 943 Liberty Avenue. The Arcade’s new home, which is opening in November 2017, occupies one of the last vacant buildings in the Cultural District’s 900 block. It’s a major upgrade for the comedy community: the Arcade’s new home features two stages, a lounge, dedicated classroom space, and plenty of room to grow.

Even as the Arcade expands into a brand new building, its goal is the same: to present fun, accessible, and affordable live comedy to the Pittsburgh community… every weekend.

Board of Directors

Mary Parker, President
Jay Evans, Vice President
Vicki Mayowski, Treasurer
Margaret Ogden, Secretary
Kelsey Halling
Melissa Clark

Former Members of the Board
Jason Coll
Jared Pascoe
David Fudor
Adam Novak

Creative Directors

Abby Fudor
Jethro Nolen
Kristy Nolen
Michael Rubino

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