GRAND OPENING WEEKEND
NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2017
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
8PM: PLAYER ONE
Headlining improv by Arcade’s original short form troupe Player One with special guests Julianne Avolio, Alistair Spatz, and Brian Gray, stand-up comedy by Aaron Kleiber, and music by Jesse LE.
An incredible line-up of Pittsburgh comics, hosted by Jason Clark: Ossia Dwyer, Ian McIntosh, Seneca Stone, Tom Musial, Collin Chamberlin, Jeff Konkle, Terry Jones
10PM: FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV
A special Friday Nite Improvs set featuring special guest Jon Daly, alongside opening sets by Arcade’s long form teams Warp Zone and Change Machine.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
8PM: DINNER WITH THE NOLENS
A very special Dinner with the Nolens featuring all four of the Arcade Creative Directors along with guest Jon Daly. Opening improv set by Irony City, and Master of Ceremonies Rick Sebak.
9PM: BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL
A very special stand-up comedy line-up hosted by Shannon Norman: Joey Welsh, Ramsey Daniels, Helen Wildy, Joey Marchi, Mike Sasson, Norlex Belma
10PM: ARCADE HOOTENANNY with JON DALY
A star-studded closing show, featuring a special guest Jon Daly telling tales and inspiring improv scenes with an all-star Arcade Hootenanny cast. Also sketch comedy by Frankly Scarlett, and short form improv by Arcade’s own 8-BIT.
ABOUT THE NEW ARCADE
The city’s multi-award winning, only non-profit comedy theater has experienced a big upgrade. After years of planning, strategizing, and growing out of its first location down the street, Arcade Comedy Theater is thrilled to unveil its completely renovated 943 Liberty Avenue address.
The move to 943 Liberty is the result of four years of growth and expansion. Since opening February 2013 in a “temporary space” at 811 Liberty, Arcade Comedy Theater has produced and/or presented over 1,000 performances. The storefront venue, with a variety of affordable, accessible live comedy shows, attracted over 50,000 patrons to the Cultural District. This includes hundreds of Arcade Academy students who spend their weeknights downtown, learning and rehearsing the art of comedy. All of this meant one thing: time to upgrade.
Arcade’s new Cultural District address at 943 Liberty features three floors, two theaters, designated classroom space, lounge overlooking Smithfield Street, and even a couple new arcade games. The facility is the first major performance space construction by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust since the Trust Arts Education Center in 2009. 943 Liberty Ave is also a fully-accessible venue, with a new elevator installation, restrooms, and flexible seating.
This grand opening is just the beginning. Shows continue every weekend, with an expanded line-up of shows, giving everyone in the community a chance to laugh.
Arcade Comedy Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that produces, presents, and educates in the art of comedy. Proceeds from this weekend benefit the Arcade Upgrade campaign, to help fund and improve the theater’s home at 943 Liberty Ave.