Thinking about coming to a show? Decided to come to a show? Have some questions before you get here? We’ve assembled some of our most frequently asked questions below so you can get answers!
Don’t see your question here? Head on over to the Contact page to send us an email or give us a call.
What nights do you have shows?
At the moment, PHIT Comedy has multiple shows every night of the week, every week of the year.
What are the shows like?
All PHIT Comedy’s shows are approximately 1 hour long, and most feature 2 acts. On Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday nights we feature improvised shows – featuring ensembles of anywhere from 2-10 actor/comedians creating an original show on the spot inspired by a suggestion from the audience at the start of the show. At 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays we offer sketch comedy shows, in a style similar to Saturday Night Live – with material written and rehearsed in advance. At our earlier and later shows on Thursday and Friday we offer a variety of offbeat and unusual “alternative” comedy shows: think of the weird stuff you’ve seen on the internet or Adult Swim on Cartoon Network in the middle of the night (and if you haven’t seen that stuff, check the descriptions of the shows on our calendar and why not give something a chance)?
What shows are happening on [insert night here]?
You should check our Calendar page or our Tickets page (the Tickets page is a bit more mobile phone friendly – plus it’s easier to buy tickets from there).
How old do you need to be to attend shows?
Our evening shows are open to all ages, though we recommend children be 16+ or have parents who don’t mind doing a lot of explaining after the show (it’s improv, and we can be R-rated). All unattended minors seeing shows at PHIT must comply with the Philadelphia Curfew Law – we don’t make the law, but we do have to follow it. 🙁
How can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets in advance online – just visit our Get Tickets page (or, if you are having trouble with the page, you can go directly to our ticket listings on TicketLeap by visiting http://phillyimprovtheater.ticketleap.com). For online purchases we accept most major credit cards.
You can also purchase tickets in person at our box office starting 30 minutes before the first performance of the night, and continuing until 15 minutes after the start of the final performance of the night. You can pay for tickets in person with cash or most major credit cards.
We do not sell tickets over the phone, sorry!
I purchased a ticket in advance – do I need to print my ticket?
No need to print your tickets, just come with the name the tickets were reserved under and we’ll look you up when you arrive.
Where are you located?
We’re at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 – inside the Adrienne Theatre arts complex. We’re about 2 blocks from Rittenhouse Square.
How do I get to the theater?
You’d probably find the answer to that question by using our Directions page and Google Maps widget on it!
What are the parking options around the theater?
There is street parking around the theater, which is free on Wednesday evenings after 6:00 p.m., though it is usually very difficult to find spaces. There is a surface lot at the corner of 20th & Sansom Streets (1/2 block from the Adrienne Theatre), a valet lot across the street from the theater, and two additional valet lots on Sansom Street between 21st & 22nd Street. If you are driving and know you would like to park in a lot, we recommend you reserve parking in advance. We have partnered with Parking Panda to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near the Philly Improv Theater. Through the Parking Panda site you can view real-time availability and pricing at locations at several convenient locations nearby. (Use promo code PHILLYIMPROV at checkout for 10% off your parking reservation).
Help! What happens if I am running late?
If you are running late and the show is sold out, we will offer open seats to our standby line 5 minutes before the performance starts. If you arrive late and there are no seats we may not be able to seat you. Be on time!
I have my friend’s ticket and they’re running late. Can you hold it for them?
If you purchased your tickets in advance and they are under your name then your friend can give your name when they arrive. If you are purchasing at the door, just let your friend know what name they should give when they arrive (or put them under your friend’s name)! Please note – your friend will still have to arrive by 5 minutes before the stat of the show in order to avoid having their ticket given to the stand-by line if we are sold out.
Do you provide standing room only seating?
We do not provide standing room only seating, because that is an oxymoron. We also do not provide standing room, because it could get us in trouble with the Philadelphia Fire Department, and then there would be no more jokes at this address – only a code violation notice and a closed theater.
I’m a student with a pass. Why do I have to wait to enter?
Student Passes entitle you to free stand-by admission to performances 5 minutes before the show. We ask you to wait so that customers who purchased tickets in advance, and customers who are purchasing tickets have a chance to be seated first.
If you’re a student, you can hand your pass to the box office anytime starting 30 minutes before the show and they’ll keep an ordered list of who is waiting for seats. 5 minutes before the show we’ll read off who gets in to see the show, and you can get into the line to enter the stage. You can collect your student pass from the box office immediately after the show by giving them your name.
Do you serve food or drinks at shows?
We do not have food or drinks available for sale at shows. However, you can bring in your own snacks or drinks (including beer & wine, although if you bring alcohol we may ask to see ID you if you appear to be younger than 27).
Is there a limit to how much BYOB I can B?
We ask that individuals not carrying in more than one six-pack of beer or one bottle of wine. That means if you’ve got a group of 4 friends and you’re carrying in a case of beer we’re cool with it too. Basically, if you’re bringing enough alcohol to enjoy during an hour long show we’re cool, but if you’re bringing enough alcohol to get wasted during an hour long show you might be better just going to a bar?
We have a big group coming and it’s a special night for us – bachelorette party, milestone birthday, weirdly celebratory post-funeral bar crawl – can you do something to involve us in the show?
Unfortunately, our shows probably aren’t structured to involve quite as much audience participation as you might like and we are not able to change them for your group, sorry. We do still think you’d have a f**king awesome time with us though! (Except you, funeral bar crawl people, what are you thinking!?!).
What’s the best way to get involved in shows at PHIT?
IF you want to go beyond offering a suggestion at the top of improv shows, why not check out our classes?