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 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 Show Friday, August...

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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, characters...

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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!!! Who will raise the Hammer of Lowell in final victory? You'll have to come to this month's show to find out! 3 teams will be given just 15 minutes to perform any style of improv comedy they choose... all in a...

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Good Talk: The Brad McMurran Show

Get ready for a night of comedy from the Pushers' own Brad McMurran. "My Bicycle Journey Across America" is the tale of the wild situations and lessons learned in Brad's one-man adventure to find himself. Based on the Jounal Brad kept during this 66 day exploration of our great nation, this...

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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...

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How the West was Improvised: The Made Up Western

How the West was Improvised: The Made Up Western Howdy there, partner! Get ready for a special Norfolk Comedy Festival edition of the Improvised Western. Don't miss the gun slinger with a heart of gold, the damsel in distress, the villain dressed in black... bank heists, shoot outs, horse chases...

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Locals Only featuring Musical Riot and The Dudes

Don't miss Hampton Roads' finest comedy Super Stars!!! Monocle Style. Glamour. Sophistication. Comedy. Monocle is a 2x (and current) IMPROVAGEDDON champion. Musical Riot Get ready for a comedy and music mash up, as the gang from Musical Riot brings you a night of comedy served with a healthy...

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The Magical Negro and Other Blackness + The Reformed Whores (Friday)

The Magical Negro and Other Blackness Have you ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged? Is it possible to skip and listen to hip hop at the same time? Do black people actually carry around race cards? Well, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Mark...

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Andy has Friends! + The Pushers (Saturday)

Andy has Friends! The improv equivalent of a roulette wheel, Andy has Friends! is a show where the cast is always a surprise. Not content to just perform in his regular improv shows, Andy Livengood wants to play with ALL of his friends. In each Andy has Friends! show, Andy is joined by a special...

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The Magical Negro and Other Blackness + The Reformed Whores (Saturday)

The Magical Negro and Other Blackness Have you ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged? Is it possible to skip and listen to hip hop at the same time? Do black people actually carry around race cards? Well, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Mark...

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Lip Service - Ultimate Lip Sync Competition: Round 2

9 contestants, 4 months, 1 Golden Mic! Core Theatre Ensemble and Push Comedy Theater present the most ultimate Lip Sync Competition in Hampton Roads! Each month three brave contestants will show off their Lip Syncing skills over three different rounds with loud music, sweet dance moves, trash...

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Current And Upcoming Classes

Improv 501: Improv Studio

***THIS COURSE WILL CAP AT 16 STUDENTS*** This course focuses on giving students individual attention to their strengths and weaknesses. We will also break down the different components of improv scenes and the choices that improvisers have and make within those scenes. Improv 501 is a 6 week...

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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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Musical Improv 101

This is what you've been waiting for! The Push Comedy Theater brings you MUSICAL IMPROV!!! This course offers an introduction to long form musical improvisation. We will cover the basics of how to work with music while learning how to create two person musical numbers, placing them together to...

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Musical Improv 201

Musical Improv 201 This class is focused on building a long form Musical Harold. It will improve upon the concepts and skills learned in Musical Improv 101, with a focus on finding deeper relationships and themes to bring to life through song. Be prepared to play with unique 2nd beats, duets,...

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​Improv 201 at the Push Comedy Theater

Improv 201 at the Push Comedy Theater This 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 401: Advanced Harold

Improv 401: Advanced Harold Now we put it all together. Students will combine the skills learned in the previous courses for an in depth study of The Harold. This course will delve deeper into the form, focusing on editing scenes, individual and group commitment, as well as the components of...

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