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

Class Dismissed: The 401 Graduation Show

Dust off those caps and gowns... It's Harold Graduation 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...

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The Improvised Movie - 2 Day Workshop​

Lights! Camera! Improv! Learn how to perform the Improvised Movie, and be the envy of all your friends. This is a 2 day workshop, followed by a graduation show. You'll learn the improv form, The Movie. Upon completion of the class, students will be eligible to audition for the Double Feature...

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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, May...

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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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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...

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First Friday at the Push Comedy Theater

In honor of First Friday in The NEON District, we will be offering a night of free improv! Starting at 5pm, The Pushers and our friends will be performing a free improv show every half hour. It'll be like a mini improv marathon... Don't miss out on the fun. It's totally FREE. First Friday at...

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SKETCHMAGEDDON: The Ultimate Sketch Comedy Competition

Don't miss this epic sketch comedy showdown, where truly anything can happen. SKETCHMAGEDDON -- Get ready for a sketch comedy show like no other!!! SKETCHMAGEDDON takes three groups and forces them to compete in an all-out comedy deathmatch! Each team will be given 15 minutes to dazzle you...

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Comedy for a Cause: A Benefit for VB Native Sara Flint Mihaly

Please join us for a very special event as we showcase some of Push Comedy Theater’s funniest shows, all while supporting a great cause! The night will include Meet the Couple, Musical Improv, Stand Up Comedy, Improvised Ghost Stories, and some hilarious sketches from the past year... AND, 100%...

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Who Dunnit? ...The Improvised Murder Mystery

***In celebration of Harbor Fest, this month, the Murder Mystery will start at 7:30! Afterward, there will be a walk with the cast to watch the fireworks, weather permitting!*** Get ready for a spine tingling murder mystery!!! There's a killer on the loose... can you solve this classic who...

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On The House: Housewarming Sketch Comedy Show

The Push Comedy Theater is proud to present On The House: Housewarming Sketch Comedy Show! This crazy, funny family of hysterically dysfunctional young comedians (plus one older guy) will have you rolling in the aisles. Its On The House's inaugural show, and you can be a part of history as they...

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The Upright Senior Citizens Brigade

YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG Don't Miss The Upright Senior Citizens Brigade Sunday, June 25th, 2pm at the Push Comedy Theater Tickets are $5 The Upright Senior Citizens Brigade is a group of 50-year old and up individuals who perform both long and short-form improv as well as sketch comedy....

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Current And Upcoming Classes

​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 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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​Improv 301 : The Harold Openers and Group Games

***THIS COURSE WILL CAP AT 16 STUDENTS*** Improv 301 : The Harold Openers and Group Games This 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...

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Pre-Teen Improv Camp (session 1)

Pre-Teen Improv Summer Camp (session 1) 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...

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Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy Summer Camp

Jump head first into the wonderful world of improv and sketch 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...

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Pre-Teen Improv Camp (session 2)

Pre-Teen Improv Summer Camp (session 2) 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...

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