The Push Comedy Theater is a 90 seat venue in the heart of Norfolk's brand new Arts District.

Founded by local comedy group The Pushers, the Push Comedy Theater is dedicated to bringing live comedy from the best local and national acts.

The Push Comedy Theater hosts live sketch, improv and stand-up comedy on Friday and Saturday nights. During the week classes are offered in stand-up, sketch and improv comedy as well as acting.

Whether you're a die-hard comedy lover or a casual fan... a seasoned performer or someone who's never stepped foot on stage... the Push Comedy Theater has something for you.

Upcoming Camps

Pre-teen Improvisation Comedy Camp

This camp is open to children ages 7 to 12. Students will explore the key elements of both long and short form improvisation. The children will play numerous improv games which will serve to develop and enhance their public-speaking, social, and team-building skills. This camp will be conducted...

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Teen Improv Camp

Jump head first into the wonderful world of improv comedy. This camp is open to teens from the age of 13 to 18, and absolutely no experience is needed. Students will explore the key tools behind both long and short form improvisation. We will play numerous improv games which will help to sharpen...

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Upcoming Shows

The Improv Riot: The Short Form Improv Show

Get ready for short form (Whose Line is it Anyway?) improv at the Push Comedy Theater.You demanded it! So now it's here!!! Our very own short form improv show. All the fun of Whose Line is it Anyway... right here in Downtown Norfolk.The Improv Riot: The Short Form Improv ShowFriday, May 27th,...

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Harold Night

It's Harold Night at the Push Comedy Theater! So who the heck is Harold? More accurately the question should be... what the heck is a Harold? The Harold is the big, bad grand daddy of all long form improv! It starts with an audience suggestion, then improvisers weave together scenes,...

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Couples Therapy

You think your relationship has problems?!?In Couples Therapy you'll meet a couple on the rocks... be it newlyweds on a honeymoon from hell or an elderly couple at the end of their rope.Based on an audience suggestion, Sean and Brittany take you through a roller coaster ride of emotions as they...

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IMPROVAGEDDON: The Ultimate Improv Competition!

Prepare for Glory!!Prepare for IMPROVAGEDDON: The Ultimate Improv Competition!!!We stand before the dawn of a new world!  Last month, the reigning champs, The Dudes, failed to abide and were forced to surrender the Improvageddon Championship, and the coveted Hammer of Lowell to 3 on 3 Improv...

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Class Dismissed: The Improv 401 Graduation Show

It's Harold Time!!!So who the heck is Harold? More accurately the question should be... what the heck is a Harold?The Harold is perhaps the best know style of long form improv. It starts with an audience suggestion, then improvisers weave together scenes, characters and group games to create a...

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The Dudes: Out of Our Element

The Dudes are packing their dirty undies, popping in some Creedence, and driving up to Richmond for The 2nd Best Comedy Fest... but before we do, come have some fun with us for a night of easy-going laughs at The Push Comedy Theater!The Dudes are bunch of guys who like to drink beer, talk dude...

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Double Feature: The Made Up Movie

Double Feature is back for another round of made up, movie mayhem!!!!Who needs Hollywood! With a single audience suggestion an entire movie is created right before your eyes. Courageous heroes... dastardly villains... mind blowing special effects... you'll see it all and more crammed into two 25...

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Sketchmageddon

The Push Comedy Theater's Sketch Comedy Showcase is back with a Vengeance!!!!This is the show where anything goes... and we do mean anything. Last month gave us one of the rawest, most bizarre shows ever. It's a show people are still talking about.Who knows what surprises we have in store for...

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Class Dismissed: The Improv 301 Graduation Show

It's Harold Time!!! So who the heck is Harold? More accurately the question should be... what the heck is a Harold? The Harold is perhaps the best know style of long form improv. It starts with an audience suggestion, then improvisers weave together scenes, characters and group games to...

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​The Bright Side: Believe. Achieve. Succeed.

The Bright Side Presents: Believe. Achieve. Succeed.With their second full length show of 2016, The Bright Side is taking to the Push Comedy Theater stage once again with a night filled with high energy sketch comedy!!!! The group that previously brought you breakdancing anarchist squirrels,...

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Girl-Prov: The Girls' Night of Improv

GET READY FOR GIRL'S NIGHT!Move over, gentleman! The ladies are taking over for a girls' night!GirlProv is an all-female improv group, making audiences lose it with laughter at the Push Comedy Theater.It's slumber party meets night out on the town meet sorority house party! Don't miss this night...

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Who Dunnit? ...The Improvised Murder Mystery

Get ready for a spine tingling murder mystery!!!There's a killer on the loose... can you solve this classic who dunnit before they strike again!?!This show will have all the trappings of a thrilling mystery... a dastardly villain, shifty suspects and an intrepid detective....And it will all be...

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Class Dismissed: The Improv 101 Mega Show part 1

Dust off those caps and gowns... because it's graduation time at the Push.Check out the Push Comedy Theater's Improv 101 class as they show off their comedy chops.You won't believe what these improv newcomers have in store for you!!!Class Dismissed: The Improv 101 Mega Graduation Show part...

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Class Dismissed: The Improv 101 Mega Show part 2

Dust off those caps and gowns... because it's graduation time at the Push.Check out the Push Comedy Theater's Improv 101 class as they show off their comedy chops.You won't believe what these improv newcomers have in store for you!!!Class Dismissed: The Improv 101 Mega Graduation Show part...

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Class Dismissed: The Improv 201 Graduation Show

Dust off those caps and gowns... because it's graduation time at the Push.Check out the Push Comedy Theater's Improv 201 class as they show off their comedy chops.Watch as these brave 201 souls dive head first into the wonderful world of The Harold. So who the heck is Harold? More accurately the...

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Current And Upcoming Classes

Sketch Comedy Writing 201

This is where it gets real!!!!This course builds upon the fundamentals and skills learned in 101. The class will focus on developing comedic characters, parody and building their own, unique showAt the end of the session, students sketches will be performed on the Push Comedy Theater stage by...

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​Improv 301 : The Harold Openers and Group Games

Improv 301 : The Harold Openers and Group GamesThis course continues the Harold work started in 201. Students will delve more deeply into 'The Harold' structure. They will learn a series of 'openers' and 'group games' that will complete the Harold format. Openers are used to derive inspiration...

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Improv 101 with Brad McMurran

Jump into the wonderful and wild world of improv comedy!!!Learn the beginnings of Chicago-based, long form improv. Students will learn how to create scenes based off of audience suggestions. They will learn the fundamentals of 'Yes, And,' how to support scene partners' ideas and energy, and how...

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Sketch 101 at the Push Comedy Theater

Sketch Comedy Writing 101Dive head first into the wonderful world of sketch comedy! Whether you're a seasoned writer or someone who rarely picks up a pen, this class will teach how to get the funny ideas out of your head and onto the page. In this class we will examine the various types of...

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​Improv 201 at the Push Comedy Theater

Improv 201 at the Push Comedy TheaterThis course builds upon the fundamentals and skills learned in 101. Students will learn the beginnings 'The Harold' a long form improvisation structure developed by Del Close. They will learn how to identify the 'game' of a scene and how to heighten these...

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Improv 101 with Brad McMurran

Jump into the wonderful and wild world of improv comedy!!!Learn the beginnings of Chicago-based, long form improv. Students will learn how to create scenes based off of audience suggestions. They will learn the fundamentals of 'Yes, And,' how to support scene partners' ideas and energy, and how...

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