Arcade Academy



Arcade Comedy Theater offers workshops for beginner and advanced improvisers on a variety of subjects, inspiring performers to continue their education and approach the art of improv from different directions. Workshops have been taught by nationally-known improvisers and instructors, including Kevin McDonald, Laura Hall, Rick Hall, Jimmy Carrane, Paul Grondy, Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer, Rob Belushi, Tim Stoltenberg, Susan Messing, Rachel Mason and more.


Workshop Schedule



1-Day Stand-Up Workshop

Arcade Academy is proud to present comedian and teaching artist Eddie Brill, who will be leading the theater’s first-ever one-day stand up comedy workshop! Open to comedians of every level, and includes a ticket to one of Eddie’s headlining shows at the theater that weekend.

Each workshop participant receives individual coaching on the spot from Eddie, as well as from fellow classmates, allowing for a unique student-teacher perspective in the process of building a firm foundation for you to easily understand how to truly be yourself on stage.

This is a rare opportunity for comics to be completely honest with themselves and each other — it’s a chance to focus on the craft and leave egos at the door. The class size is limited, allowing everyone to get the most out of their day-long session with this veteran of comedy.


Eddie Brill is a well respected and very funny stand up here in the USA and abroad. For seventeen years, he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman. He was the audience warm-up and for eleven of those years he was the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator.

Eddie has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries…including ten appearances on The Late Show…and the FX hit series, Louie. He has been seen in many films including, 30 Years To Life with Tracy Morgan. A 3-time MAC award winner for Outstanding Male Comic in NYC, Eddie created The Great American Comedy Festival which honors Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, NE…and is one of the talent coordinators of this year’s premiere Woodstock Comedy Festival as well.

Saturday, Oct 13

10:30AM – 5:00PM
Registration $150


2-Day Advanced Sketch Writing Workshop

Arcade Academy is thrilled to welcome comedy writer Christine Nangle for a special two-day advanced sketch writing diagnostic workshop: “Welcome to the Writers’ Room!” Sketch writers will have an opportunity to work with Christine in a writers’ room setting, receive feedback and input on their sketches, and get a chance to revise them for additional feedback. The workshop is a chance for students to discuss collaboration, idea generation, and experiment with new writing styles.

Students should have taken a prior sketch class or have had at least one year writing/performing sketch experience. Students should come to class prepared with one or two written sketches and one sketch outline for feedback and discussion.


Christine Nangle is a proud of alum of the Pittsburgh improv and sketch comedy community, where she was a founding member of Hustlebot, a writer/performer with The Cellar Dwellers, and a server at Max & Erma’s. After training at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, she went on to write for several television shows including Inside Amy SchumerThe President ShowKroll Show, and most recently, The Break with Michelle Wolf. She is a Peabody Award and Writers Guild Award winning writer and a seven-time Emmy nominee. She can be found on Twitter at @nanglish.

Tues and Thurs, Oct 23 & 25

6:30PM – 9:30PM
Registration $75