After almost four years of shows, classes, awards, national acts, hundreds of local artists, and immeasurable laughter, the Arcade is taking a huge leap to a permanent home on Liberty Avenue! Arcade Comedy Theater, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater devoted to comedy, has outgrown its current location and are working with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Desmone Architects, and Guardian Construction to turn 943 Liberty Avenue, located at the intersection of Smithfield Street, into a 3-floor, 2-theater, state-of-the-art performance venue.

This page is the headquarters for our Arcade Upgrade campaign. In the coming months, we’ll be launching various fundraising efforts to help give our community a beautiful, professional space for comedy in the Cultural District. There will be a number of ways to contribute, volunteer, and spread the word throughout the region and the country. Our current theater was named the “best place to see live comedy” by Pittsburgh Magazine… and we are sure this new building will be even better.

Every dollar donated is tax-deductible and will go directly towards our Arcade Upgrade project: two incredible stages, additional classroom spaces, a lounge and lobby, and whole lot more.

Watch a video from our Arcade Upgrade announcement on November 13, 2016.

Arcade Comedy Theater is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.



Make an instant, tax-deductible, secure donation online via PayPal. You can use any major credit card, or your personal PayPal account, to give directly to Arcade Comedy Theater. Please include your mailing address as well, so that we can send you a receipt and thank you letter. All donations received will go directly towards Arcade Upgrade!


If you’re looking for an easy way to make a long-term impact on the Arcade, consider a donation subscription via PayPal! You can choose the amount you want to donate each month, and for how long, and your contribution will be made automatically. Best of all, we will count the total amount of your pledged subscription towards our goal – and as we announce new donation rewards and options, we’ll let you put your gift towards those as well.

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You can also make your donation via check – which allows Arcade to receive 100% of your donation, without paying any credit card fees. Please make all checks payable to Arcade Comedy Theater. And send them to our business office:

Arcade Comedy Theater
c/o Jethro Nolen
1748 Moynelle Dr.
Pittsburgh PA 15243.

What an exciting new chapter for the Arcade Comedy Theater. While our home will be new, our commitment to providing affordable comedy for the community of Pittsburgh not only remains, it is re-energized. This will reinvigorate our classes, our shows, and our comedy. Our new home will enable us to continue as an essential piece of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

As we strive to carry out our mission in Pittsburgh, we invite our patrons, community, and partners to invest in Arcade’s future. Your support will not only help us move into a new space. Your gift to the arcade will build the next bold chapter of art, comedy, and improv for the Pittsburgh community.

Adam Novak

President, Board of Directors, Arcade Comedy Theater


We are truly grateful for the support we’ve received so far in our Arcade Upgrade campaign.
This list of supporters is accurate as of January 7, 2017, and will be updated every two months.

High Score: $5,000+


High Score: $1,000 – $4,999

Tom Black
Jay Evans
Jethro & Kristy Nolen

High Score: $500 – $999

Gary Collier
Morris and Helen Messing Family Charitable Fund

High Score: $250 – $499

Greg Gillotti
Peter Grosz
Vicki Mayowski
Matt Naeger
Adam Novak

Anything to perpetuate your amazing support of the Pittsburgh comedy community.


Arcade Upgrade Donor

We’re so excited to have a permanent comedy fixture in Pittsburgh! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.


Arcade Upgrade Donor

High Score: $100 – $249

Stacey Babyak
Jordan Bailley
Charles G. Cogley
John & Janice Darby
Claire DeMarco
Vicki Diedrich
Frank Ginsberg
Brian Gray
Kelsey Halling
Karl Kemmerer
Liz Labacz
Mary Ann Kelly-Lovasz & John E. Lovasz
Christopher Maxwell
Mercury Men Pictures
Lisa Moucheron
Michael Peditto
Jeannie and Bill Rubacky
Laura & Mike Rubino
Randall Schweinsberg
Erica Sera and Nick Jaramillo
Valerie Shafer
Sue Soltis
Alistair Spatz
Nicholas Stamatakis
Scott Trampus
Watches 24 Seven
Courtney Young
Julianne Zackey

High Score: $1 – $99

Brett Bavar
Timothy Bickerton
Regina Connolly
Lauren Connolly
Rip Davis
The Hitchdieds
Aubrey Fearns
Honey and Harold Forman
David & Kenda Hammer in honor of Luke Lasky
Phyllis and Chuck Hartman
David and Denise Hull
Mary & Brian Dolan
Ben Korman
Sharon Lasky
Jeff Nolen
Mary C. Parker
Jared Pascoe
Mary Jo Graham & Bill Ryan
William Swidal
Jeremiah Waldrup
Fred Betzner
Don Cook
Melinda Cooper
Alan Corn
Jaclyn Fox
Abigail Fudor
Rachel Garmon
Parag Gohel
Christine Grossman
The Hart Family
Jocelyn Hillen
Carl Kurlander
Liz Labacz
Michael McBurney
Melissa Moreno
Steven Moye
Margaret Ogden
Kim and Jonathan Payne
Michelle Riches
Matthew Solter
Chelsea Sweithelm
Josh Verbanets
Allison Weakland